Although gyms have been subjected to long-term closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tayt Odom and Jeff Peterson felt the time was right to open D1 Training Finch Creek at 16289 Boden Rd. in Noblesville.
“We’ve been in the corporate world for a while, and honestly, it really boils down to we wanted to do something that was a positive impact on our community,” said Odom, a Fishers resident. “D1 is an athletic-based training facility that does a lot of different things to help build the physical strength of somebody.”
D1 Sports Training was founded by former NFL playler Will Bartholomew in 2001. The program offers age-based options for ages 7 to adult.
The facility opened July 21.
“Our coaches are trained to be able to adjust to any given athlete. That’s the core bread-and-butter of what we do,” Odom said. “We also offer 1-on-1 training. We do sport-specific training if someone wanted training on basketball, volleyball, football, you name the sport.
“We want to develop the person, and we really feel like D1 offers that to people in a community, and it’s why we wanted to get into this.”
Before opening the facility, Odom and Peterson had offered free workouts throughout Noblesville in June and July. Although the opening is happing amidst a pandemic, Odom said the gym offers something others might not.
“We feel fortunate a little bit because (the pandemic) happened while we were in development, so we were able to put some things in place,” Odom said. “I don’t know if any other training facilities in the area have done this, but we have a specialized HVAC system, which is a system that attacks and kills viruses in the air.”
Staff regularly disinfects and deep sanitizes the gym and works directly with the Hamilton County Health Dept.
“We are making sure our steps are above and beyond what’s required,” Odom said. “We want to be not just a gym here, we want to create a community environment. To do that, we have to to be a place people trust and are comfortable with.”
Besides serving regular patrons, Odom said D1 Training Finch Creek will be able to help student-athletes whose seasons and/or routines have been, or are threatened to be, shut down because of the pandemic.
“We feel we could be a great asset to the schools and athletes themselves. We feel like whether it’s a whole team from a school or an individual athlete that says they don’t have access to the typical facility at school, we can help them with that,” Odom said. “We can offer them the same programming to make sure those athletes stay in shape so when they do get back into playing, the injury rates are lower, and we can help improve their performance. We think there’s a lot of benefit here for athletes and the community.”
Odom regards the word “athlete” is an all-encompassing term.
“We consider everybody an athlete. Anybody, regardless of skill level and age, is more than welcome to come in,” he said. “We have space for them, but we are going to view that person as an athlete. They don’t have to be playing on a team to come in.”
Co-owner Tayt Odom said there are five athletic-based components to each program D1 Training Finch Creek offers: warm-up, performance, strength, core and conditioning and cool down.
Programs include rookie development, prep, boot camp and strength training. Age ranges for programs are 7 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 18 and adults.
“All of those different programs are tailored to various ages and what’s the development appropriate for given groups,” Odom said.
For more, visit d1training.com/finch-creek/.