The Barkes Family
IFBB Pro Ben Barkes and his wife Amanda will tell you they have two things going for them; God and a passion for health and fitness.
In 2009, Ben was working for a local gym in Indianapolis, when he received word the gym would be closing. After attempting a door to door sales position, Ben was encouraged to start his own small business as a personal trainer. Starting in a one car garage with no more than a big dream, passion to change lives, and a few small hand me down exercise equipment pieces, Barkes Fitness was born.
It didn't take long before they realized they needed more space. With caution thrown to the wind, they moved into downtown Indianapolis, to a 600 square foot studio. This served as home for the next year as the couple sharpened their skills at marketing and welcoming new clients until it was laid on Ben's heart that they needed to find a new space. To ask Ben, "I didn't even question it. I knew God had a bigger plan for us then that space." So they expanded to over 3,000 square feet. Here, they brought small group training and yoga into the picture.
Ben and Amanda spent 3 years cultivating the atmosphere they felt God wanted them to bring people into. As time went on, Ben once again grew restless. "I got that itch again. I got it in me that we needed a bigger location and to offer gym memberships as well." In November of 2014, they did just that.
They found their new home in Lawrence, where Barkes Fitness continued to flourish until 2019. In October of 2019, the Barkes team felt a call to expand yet again and move the facility to Fishers. Since the move, they have also introduced several new aspects to include 24 hour access for members, personal training, ageless training, and group leg days!
This is what Ben and Amanda had to say about owning and operating their own local gym. "Being a local small business owner is amazing. We love personal training and the joys that come with it. You not only get to help people be healthier, but watch them grow personally as well. It really doesn't get any better than that."
Today Barkes Fitness is managed solely by Amanda Barkes, while Ben continues to expand their reach in the health and fitness industry.