Avenue Magazine Visits Fun & Fitness Centre
THINK OF IT AS A 55,000 SQUARE-FOOT INDOOR PLAYGROUND FOR ADULTS
BY: KARIN OLAFSON
There’s a new fitness centre in northeast Calgary. You’ll get a great workout, but it will remind you of the days when you played on the school playground during recess. InjaNation is a ninja warrior- and obstacle race-inspired facility suited for competitive athletes, Calgarians looking for a workout and families.
The 55,000-square-foot space officially opened on October 29, 2016. InjaNation’s three co-founders, Tim Ritchie, Mike West and John Kennedy, wanted to open a fitness centre that offered something fun and something different. And InjaNation delivers. The venue has several obstacle areas inspired by American Ninja Warrior and military obstacle course racing. There are also climbing walls, trampolines and weights for dryland training.
It caters to all abilities and ages. There is a play area for toddlers, a course for kids and courses for adults. When designing the courses, there was input from local athletes and Olympians including Jessica Zelinka and Faye Stenning to make sure the courses were challenging, but also doable. And, the co-founders visited 60 similar locations across North American to learn what works well and what doesn’t.