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Between YMCA and Outfitters, fitness buffs can find exercise machines while bike commuters can get parking, repairs and refreshed

Nate Richman, Hub store manager and bike mechanic, walks through the bike locker room. (Photo by Mary Anne Gates for The News-Sentinel)
Nate Richman, Hub store manager and bike mechanic, walks through the bike locker room. (Photo by Mary Anne Gates for The News-Sentinel)
Nate Richman, Hub store manager and bike mechanic, left, talks with Kevin Giant, a West Central resident and avid bike rider. Cyclists can bike through downtown Fort Wayne and the 25-mile Rivergreenway Trail, Giant said. (Photo by Mary Anne Gates for The News-Sentinel
Nate Richman, Hub store manager and bike mechanic, left, talks with Kevin Giant, a West Central resident and avid bike rider. Cyclists can bike through downtown Fort Wayne and the 25-mile Rivergreenway Trail, Giant said. (Photo by Mary Anne Gates for The News-Sentinel
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Thursday, June 08, 2017 12:15 am

The Skyline YMCA offers fitness buffs and wannabee fitness buffs treadmills, cycling machines and other equipment that faces large tinted windows overlooking Harrison Street.

“A lot of people come down from the building above us, Ash Brokerage (headquarters), and they work out during their lunch breaks,” said Amanda Schaller, member engagement specialist.

Besides fitness equipment, the newest Y branch, 838 S. Harrison, has free weights, men's and women's locker rooms and showers.

“We are just like any other Y,” Schaller said. “We are the little sister of the Central YMCA located on Barr Street. We feature three rows of cardio equipment, free weights and the weight machines. Additionally, two studios are available for cycling classes and group exercise classes like yoga, Zumba and Pilates,” she said.

A Parkview Therapy One studio is also on-site for physical therapy patients, Shaller said.

People can come downtown and get their physical therapy done without an appointment, she said.

“We feature cycling classes throughout the day, as well as personal training and nutrition classes,” Schaller said.

Meanwhile, cyclists can find the Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Hub just steps away from the Skyline YMCA entrance.

A bike mechanic is available full time to repair bikes and sell fitness accessories and various outdoor equipment and gear, said, Nate Richman, bike mechanic and store manager.

Also, located within the complex is the commuter bike locker room. It holds about 100 bikes and is in the Skyline Garage. It is accessible from the garage and Berry Street entrances.

You can bike all over downtown. You are always close to the Rivergreenway,” said Kevin Giant, a longtime West Central neighborhood resident.

The Rivergreenway Trail, a 25-mile-long linear park in Fort Wayne and New Haven, runs mostly along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers.

Richman has worked at the Bike Hub since it opened in 2016. He has worked for Fort Wayne Outfitters for four years.

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