“Hey girl – so glad you’re here today.” This was the first thing I heard upon entering Burn Boot Camp of Carmel last week for my first class and I instantly felt at home.

I am a fitness junkie. I love the accountability of a class with others, the sound of my feet hitting the ground during a solo trail run, and the clinking of machines in a gym setting. As theCityMoms closes out our nearly year-long #tCMGetFit initiative though – a program that allowed us to partner monthly with different fitness studios around Indianapolis – I’m looking at back at the spots with the top fitness classes for women in Indianapolis. And it’s only fitting to note that our post sponsor Burn Boot Camp of Carmel and Fishers most definitely made our list.

{And hey, we know there are plenty-capital-P options for workouts in Indy – these are just the ones that I’m a big fan of! Any I missed? Feel free to tweet me with the reco.}

A look at the top fitness classes for women in Indianapolis:

1. Burn Boot Camp of Carmel

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Admittedly, the photo above is our before pic from our visit to the new{er} Burn Boot Camp of Carmel. I was wayyyyy nervous going in to my first class but learned quickly that interval training “burns” a ton of calories, and makes me feel like a total badass on the backend. No two classes are the same, hugs and high fives are totes encouraged among class-goers and BBC instructors are super-skilled in the art of motivation. Their 45-minute class style lent itself well to multiple interval circuits from burpees to kettlebell work to short sprints to star jumps. This #tCMGetFit Studio of the Month had all of us rushing the member desk after class to signup. BONUS: Saturday morning classes are not only free and open to the community, but also offer free childcare!

Locations: Carmel and Fishers

Getting started: No equipment needed – the studio will provide it all. A 14-day trial is available to all new members!

 

2. Lululemon’s Free Saturday Yoga

Seriously one of my favorite finds EVAH. Like I’m almost nervous to spill this for fear everyone will read this post and crash my party, but here goes: Lululemon – the fancy-fance athleisure store at the Fashion Mall at Keystone – hosts a free yoga class every Saturday from 9-10am. Best part? They bring in a different studio each month not only to mix things up but also to intro class-goers to the various practices and vibes around Indy. Oh no wait, the best part is that it’s FREE. We gather members of theCityMoms once a month to take advantage of this activity and are always surprised more don’t know of it! Attendees tend to be primarily female and we’ve taken part in one class where the instructors didn’t arrive so another attendee lead class in her place. Girl group crush for sure.

Location: Fashion Mall at Keystone

Getting started: Mats available to borrow from the store – no other equipment needed. 

 

3. Hoosier Heights

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So maybe not your regulation female “class” per se but as our November #tCMGetFit Studio of the Month, we definitely wrangled the Hoosier Heights master course builder into one and she was wonderful. As an avid outdoorswoman, I’ve not really tapped my inner climbing queen yet so Hoosier Heights is perfect for beginners like me {and they also offer plenty of membership opps for those with more experience}. Each climber is required to have a spotter which builds a fast bond with your fellow female class-goers.

Location: Northwest Indianapolis

Getting started: First-timers are required to do a brief intro course with Hoosier Heights staffers 

 

4. Hot Room Yoga

I’ve tried ALL types of yoga classes. But I was especially taken with the culture inside Hot Room during our July #tCMGetFit visit. Owner Hye-Jin is a local momma and she just gets the need for a positive studio environment. From start to finish, she meticulously explained the poses we were doing, why they were beneficial for your body, and made changes when needed to accommodate our various body types. And I especially loved what a loving environment it felt like at the studio.

Locations: Northside Indianapolis, Downtown

Getting started: Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle or purchase from their in-studio pop-up shop


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5. Pure Barre

With the newest studio opening in Noblesville, Pure Barre has definitely established a foothold in the greater Indianapolis area. I’m personally partial to the Broad Ripple studio and staff {hiiiii ladies!}, but can note while traveling recently I popped into a Michigan-based Pure Barre and was thrilled to see that classes universally operated almost the same. Each class includes a regimented series of moves using sliders, weights, pilates balls or the barre, and you will definitely feel the positive effects post-workout. The instructors are all welcoming and able to make adjustments for mom and female-bods on the fly. I remember confessing to instructor Laura a couple months back about my raging case of cramps and she gave me easy changes to our Barre moves to help. BONUS: Complete a certain number of classes and you’ll sign a physical barre linking you to the PB female culture for life.

Locations: Downtown, Broad Ripple, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood and Noblesville

Getting started: Most studios offer the first week free. Sticky socks are a must and sold onsite {or bring your own}.

 

6. CycleBar

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My dad is a cyclist and I spend my summers watching the Tour de France. So I thought I’d have a natural penchant for CycleBar and boy was I wrong. I had. to. work. it. for our recent theCityMoms class with CycleBar Carmel, never realizing my so-called natural cycling ability would be challenged as much as it was. Thank goodness for instructor Shelby who pushed us to the max during this upbeat workout – our group loved the class tempo, music, and constant shouts of encouragement to keep going. Afterward, we clicked our cycling shoes into the lobby and confessed together that had it not been for the ladies around us {and the monitors reporting who was doing best during each interval!}, we may not have made it out alive. And we loved every minute of it.

Locations: Carmel and Trader’s Point

Getting started: Free 30-minute intro rides available. Cycling shoes are a must – CycleBar will fit you for complimentary shoes onsite. 

All right, lay it on me: Did I miss your favorite female workout class? Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and let me know.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeanine Bobenmoyer headshot - theCityMomsJeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader.

After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as our Chief Mom Officer, overseeing daily operations, marketing needs and expansion plans for theCityMoms. Find her on Instagram.