Survival Fitness gym moving to The Mezz building


Survival Fitness, a gym at Clay Terrace specializing in boot camp style workout classes, will be relocating to the soon-to-open building called The Mezz.

Near the Monon Trail and behind The Palladium, The Mezz is part of the expansion of development around the Carmel City Center. New buildings will be constructed as part of the “phase two” of the mixed use development along with a parking garage that will be paid for through municipally backed bonds. And just north, Justin Moffett’s Old Town Design Group is planned a $100-million-plus transformation of Carmel’s Midtown area.

The Mezz building itself will mainly be occupied with luxury-style rental units, but as with most City Center properties there’s space for retail and office space on the first floor.


All of that new activity is what appealed to Survival Fitness owner Josh Kuklak.

“It’s an exciting part of town and it really represents a great opportunity for us,” he said. “I think we’ll have more visibility and can attract new customers while still serving our current clientele. We love that the Monon is close so people can run or take their bike to us if they want, but parking will be pretty easy as well.”

Kuklak, who is also the head trainer, is planning for a March or April reopening, but he’s trying to move all of his equipment so he doesn’t interrupt his current class schedule during the move. The space will be somewhat smaller, but he said the actual workout space will be the same. He’s mostly cutting back on space for office work and storage.

As with any new move, Kuklak said it also represents a fresh start to try some new classes that could appeal to his members and try a new marketing strategy. He wants to continue offering classes with smaller sizes to help maintain what they do best: offer group classes that almost feel like a personal training session.

“I hope people stop by if they are interested and try it out because we are really interested in the needs of our members,” he said. “We get to know our people personally. If they have an injury, we remember that. We help them adjust. It really is like getting a personal training session, but you also have that extra motivation that comes from working out in a group setting.”