A fitness club franchise in Noblesville is giving basketball players looking for a pickup game a new place to work out.
PickUp USA Fitness, based in Pasadena, Calif., entered the Indiana market this fall at 15375 Herriman Blvd., north of East 146th Street near State Road 37. The fitness club is in a period of recovery. soft opening with a grand opening scheduled for November.
PickUp USA Fitness founder Jordan Meinster opened his first gym in 2011 in Irwindale, California. The company began offering franchises in 2016 and now has 12 locations in operation with nine more in the works, according to its website.
The 18,000-square-foot gym in Noblesville includes two NBA-size basketball courts, a half-court, a 4,000-square-foot weight room, cardio and workout rooms, and an exercise machine. basketball coach Dr. Dish, said Scott McClelland, who co-owns the franchise with his wife Stephanie.
McClelland said the concept for PickUp USA Fitness began as a place where adults could play basketball in a more organized setting than a traditional gym or recreation center.
The Noblesville site also has a youth development league which practices weekly and plays on Saturdays. It will also have winter and spring leagues for kids and teens and sponsor an AAU team for some of its most skilled players.
McClelland, whose three sons are involved in the sport, said he thinks the concept makes sense, especially in Indiana.
“We certainly think that’s something a lot of people in our area are willing to spend money on for their kids and their kids’ experiences,” he said.
From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, referees officiate 10-minute pick-up matches for adults. Players will type in a number when they arrive at the gym which will put them into a queue for an available match, McClelland said.
An app is available for players to see how many people are playing at any given time.
Each group of five players will receive a different colored jersey, and losing teams will have the option of re-queuing and playing again.
The gymnasium will also offer court rentals to groups for $150. McClelland hired former professional basketball player Jared Newsom to be the Noblesville gym’s general manager. Newsom played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League.
“There are all kinds of basketball-related things,” McClelland said. “It’s kinda that place to relax and feel comfortable.”
McClelland is a small business attorney at Butcher Ball Lowry McMahan & McClelland LLP, based in Kokomo. He said he hopes to open three PickUp USA Fitness locations in the Indianapolis area. He signed a five-year lease on the Noblesville building in April with an option to extend for another five years.
Westfield-based contractor Chapman Browning installed the basketball courts over a seven-week period in late summer.
Memberships are currently $39.99 and will increase to $45 after the grand opening in November.