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Boutique fitness studios in Bloomington popular due to results, trendy group atmosphere

April 19th, 2018

Orangetheory Fitness member Haley Anson started going to the fitness studio after her twin sister began her membership in Evansville. Hearing her sister rave about the fun she was having made Anson curious.

“The atmosphere of working out there is something I really enjoyed, and it was very motivating,” she said. “It’s like having a personal trainer but in a group setting.”

While some attribute the hype around boutique fitness to a trendy studio, others say the results from the workouts and the atmosphere of a group setting is keeping members going.

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Orangetheory Fitness owner Lyle Feigenbaum shares passion for fitness with community

March 29th, 2018

Inside his Orangetheory Fitness studio in Bloomington, Lyle Feigenbaum stands in the lobby to watch the heart rates on the monitor rise while the coach shouts for the participants to push themselves. Watching the colors change from green to orange, Feigenbaum smiled, and says the class is in an “all-out” phase, where members give it their all.

As the session comes to a close, Feigenbaum congratulats the rowers, runners and weightlifters with high fives and fist bumps. He calls them by name, asks how they are doing and praises them for their lifestyle changes.

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Personal experience shows difficulty differentiating when interviewees have similar thoughts

March 27th, 2018

My experiences during the person on the street reporting assignment were not too challenging, although I did face a few obstacles. My beat is health and fitness, so I wanted to focus my person on the street story on the trend of fitness boutique studios, primarily in the Bloomington community. I wanted to know if community members knew what these studios were, and if they noticed an increase of them in Bloomington. Additionally, I wanted to find out what they thought was driving the trend.

I didn’t face any problems finding diversity in my interviewees, as Bloomington is a diverse community. I interviewed a student from China, a Bloomington native and a brother and sister from northern Indiana. All of the people I interviewed had similar things to say about the trend of fitness studios, which was helpful for the topic of my story, but made differentiating the quotes tricky.

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Bloomington residents say group exercise classes popular due to peer motivation

March 1st, 2018

Group exercise classes in Bloomington gain popularity as studios like Orangetheory Fitness and Pure Barre open. According to interviews on Feb. 14, 2018 on Kirkwood Avenue, they say it is because people need peer motivation, according to interviews on Feb. 14, 2018, on Kirkwood Avenue.

“People don’t like to do things alone,” said 20-year-old Evan Nix of Nappanee. “I feel like, if you’re with other people, it kind of holds you accountable, and it makes it more fun.”

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On the Beat- Health and Fitness

February 15th, 2018


Jan. 23, 2018

Emily Isaacman, IDS

Barre Fitness and Pure Strength are two new group exercises the SRSC is adding in 2018. The two classes are aimed at strength training without the cardio and using Pop music as motivation. Assistant director of fitness Emily Gartland calls it “a little something different.”

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Bio: Courtney Sisk

Courtney Sisk
Courtney Sisk is a junior at Indiana University studying broadcast journalism and media advertising. She is a reporter for The Bloomington Beat, the Indiana University Student Television and IU NewsNet. She also hosts a world news segment, The Lowdown, which began in 2017. Courtney is a multimedia journalist with a passion for storytelling and informing the public. She lives and works by her phrase “telling the stories that need to be told to those who need to hear them.” Courtney has previously interned at FOX 32 News in Chicago and at WTIU/WFIU News covering south-central Indiana. For the Bloomington Beat she writes about health and fitness trends occurring in the Bloomington community. Courtney hopes to pursue a career in broadcast television upon graduation in May 2019. Check out her website at