Workout Wednesday: Free exercise classes offered on Georgia Street

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s a free way to work out without any hassles, and it’s offered every Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis.

People line up on Georgia Street during their lunch breaks for Workout Wednesday.

“It’s convenient,” said Nina Pelon. “I just work over on Monument Circle, so it’s a couple blocks away.”

Pelon is one of about 50 people who took part in the first Workout Wednesday, and she loves it.

“It’s every Wednesday at 12. The class is 45 minutes long, and it last throughout the summer,” said Amanda Dorman, communications manager for Indianapolis Downtown Inc.

IDI has partnered with the YMCA to make this happen. It’s absolutely free. Workout Wednesday is the brainchild of Chris Hampton, the associate wellness director of the YMCA.

“I’ve been looking forward to it for months,” said Hampton. “When we came up with it in our planning meeting, it sound like it was going to be really fun.”

“It’s just a fun dance-inspired workout,” said Dornan. “And our classes are actually going to alternate, so if you don’t love Zumba, which was done on the first Workout Wednesday, you can always do boot camp next month.”

Boot camp is more of a beach body class. It uses just your own body weight for exercises such as pushups, squats and lunges.

All the classes are led by instructors from the YMCA, and any age group is welcome. If you like it and can’t make it downtown, you can give it a try at the YMCA. You can even sign up on Georgia Street if you like.

“If you enjoy dancing in your car, if you enjoy dancing anytime you hear music, it’s a great opportunity to come down and get a great workout,” said Andre Davis, YMCA instructor. “And if you like doing the normal things you do every day when you hear a great song on the radio, this work out is for you.”

Water and towels are provided.

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