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🏋️ Workin’ on our fitness
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Louisville offers plenty of places to get in a good sweat.|Photo courtesy Butchertown Crossfit
Exercising doesn’t look the same for everyone — what’s fun and muscle-building for one person may be a slog for someone else.

Fortunately, Louisville is home to many opportunities for exercise, whether you enjoy lifting weights, dancing to hip-hop tunes for a little cardio action, or boxing for a full-body workout. Use this guide as a resource for all-things fitness in the Derby City.

For those looking for flexibility + variety

Fitness on Frankfort, 2726 Frankfort Ave.
This Crescent Hill neighborhood gym has been locally-owned since 1995. It has a wide variety of fitness equipment, and members can come and go as they please, 24/7. Membership options include a month-to-month plan, if you’re not quite ready for a long-term commitment.

For those looking for high performance

The Factory, 4709 Allmond Ave.
“Hardcore since ’84,” this gym is locally owned and is known as a true lifter’s gym. In addition to ample weight lifting equipment, The Factory also offers personal training options + boxing classes. It’s open daily, and offers discounted membership to military, police, and fire personnel + student rates.

For those who think burpees are a lifestyle

Butchertown CrossFit, 137 Buchanan St.
This gym offers traditional CrossFit classes, as well as what it calls “Grind classes” — think: CrossFit without a barbell. The gym is partnered with Wodify, an app where you can track your performance history, learn new skills, and interact with other members.

Climb NuLu Louisville

Build trust in each other — and yourselves — atop Climb NuLu’s indoor bouldering experience.


Photo by LOUtoday

For those eager to try something new

Climb NuLu, 1000 E. Market St.
This is Louisville’s bouldering gym, offering rock-climbing walls. There’s no need to worry about footwear — rentals are available. And if you’re nervous about a fall, there’s 16-inch thick padded flooring to soften the landing if you slip. A day pass is $15 for first-time climbers, but $13 when you return a second time.
What’s your biggest gym pet-peeve?

A. Loud grunting/noises
B. Not wiping down equipment
C. No re-racking weights
D. Talking loudly on phone
E. Reserving machines/equipment with a water bottle
F. Other
Tuesday, March 26
  • The Moth StorySLAM: DAZZLED | Tuesday, March 26 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $15 | Hear bite-sized, five-minute tales of times that speakers were dazzled in this competitive storytelling competition.
Wednesday, March 27
  • WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Season Kick-Off Party | Wednesday, March 27 | 4-7 p.m. | Pig Beach BBQ, 1201 River Rd., Louisville | Free | Hear a live broadcast from WFPK’s Laura Shine + learn the full lineup for this year’s concert series, with food and drink specials available.
  • Old Forester: America’s First Bottled Bourbon | Wednesday, March 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St., Louisville | $32-$38 | Listen to bourbon industry experts, including Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, and see artifacts from “Old Fo” distilling history.
Thursday, March 28
  • BLENDED: Copper & Kings x Dust & Flour Pop Up | Thursday, March 28 | 5-9 p.m. | Copper & Kings Rooftop Restaurant, 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville | $25 | Learn how guest Chef Stephen Goodin of Dust & Flour Co. blends brandy into his Neopolitan pizzas.
Friday, March 29
  • “Shrek The Musical” | Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30 | Times vary | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $39.50-$79.50 | That’ll do Donkey, that’ll do — see this adaptation of the 2001 fantasy comedy film about an ogre who finds love.
Saturday, March 30
  • 30th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade | Saturday, March 30 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 2822 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | Free | Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this parade, which includes homemade floats, the West Market Brass Band, antique cars, and more.
Monday, April 1
  • Mixin’ with Micah Mixology Experience | Monday, April 1, Monday, April 15, Monday, April 29 | 7-9 p.m. | Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, 528 W. Main St., Louisville | $75 | Join the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience lead bartender, Micah Smith, on a journey into the world of mixology by learning how to create two hand-crafted cocktails.*
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News Notes
  • Mayan Cafe has added an outdoor patio. What was a gravel parking lot is now a cedar roof-covered patio with with seven tables and a bar. The move doubles the NuLu restaurant’s seating capacity. The space is available for private events as well, Monday though Saturday. (Louisville Business First)
  • The Gallapalooza horses are off to their permanent homes at locations throughout Derby City this week. Over the weekend, the 150 artistically designed horse statues were on display at Churchill Downs. They’ll now take up places on sidewalks, at business entrances and in green spaces. (WHAS11)
  • Jefferson County Public Schools will host a job fair today at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center (3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a resume to apply for positions in the housekeeping, transportation, and maintenance departments + teaching and substitute teaching openings.
  • The University of Louisville’s College of Nursing will soon have a new dean. Whitney Nash, PhD will begin leading the department on July 1. Nash is currently a professor and dean at Georgia Southern University, and holds two degrees, including a doctorate, from UofL.
Try This
  • Get some friends and go for a drive with Spirit Run, a new puzzle hunt game — think: scavenger hunt but with puzzles — that takes place at locations across Louisville, including Waterfront Park, NuLu, and Old Louisville. It takes ~two hours for groups of two or more, at $30 per team.
  • A coach rumored to be a candidate for the Louisville men’s basketball job is heading elsewhere. What does that mean for UofL? Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Cardinals with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Plan Ahead
    • Psst — Taxes are almost due. Use E-file for quick, online filing. Plus, file your federal taxes for free with their basic software plan.*
    🏆 We have a winner
    A drive-thru coffee shop is featured on a graphic announcing it as the winner of a competition for best coffee shops.
    Heine Brothers defeated Quills in the championship round.|Photo courtesy Heine Brothers
    Welcome back to our LOUtoday coffee shop bracket, where we’re asking you to determine the best coffee shop in Louisville.


    And the bracket winner is… Heine Brothers, voted best coffee shop in Louisville by our readers and social media followers in our LOUtoday coffee shop bracket. Heine bested Quills by over 100 votes in a battle of two local chains. Heine has been in business for 30 years — and this is surely its crowning achievement.

    We want to extend a major “thank you” to all of you for participating in our bracket challenge the past few weeks. We’ve had a blast seeing how the votes shook out, and we hope you did too. Looking for more coffee shops around town? Check out our guide.
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    One thing has been proven true over the last few weeks, LOU — we love our coffee in Derby City. Out final round between Heine Brothers and Quills received over 400 votes. Thanks so much for taking part, everyone.
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