New fitness site will match Culver’s unique makeup, says founder

It’s no secret Culver is a unique community with a diverse and often well-traveled population, and fitness trainer Shaina Lampton thinks it deserves a fitness facility to accommodate its character.
That’s why she’s opening Bottom Line Training Company at 232 South Main Street in Culver, in the Main Street Centre (though locally it’s often referred to simply as the Collins Building). The business will kick off with an open house May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m., with an official opening May 9.
Lampton has been in the community for six years (her husband, Sonny Adkins, has headed up Culver Academies’ Woodcraft Camp during that time), several of them heading up the Academies’ fitness center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and is a YMCA Certified Personal Trainer, and is certified in Mat Pilates, Yoga Fit, RNT (reactive neuromuscular training), biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, spinning, as a group exercise instructor, and a Red Cross CPR, first aid, and lifeguard instructor.
“It will be a very simple setup,”she says of the 900 square foot fitness studio. “I will have indoor cycling bikes, a treadmill and elliptical, free weights, and a bench and mini-cable free motion system (with which) you can do any directional pulling -- you can do everything.
“My whole goal for this space was not to have a club or gym atmosphere. It’s a small, private intimate’s going to be quiet, not vulgar. Some times of the day the studio won’t be open for a workout, but that will be posted on our website. There’ll be bands, balls, medicine balls, mats...everything we normal Joes would need to do.”
Bottom Line will offer several services, including personal training, which can range from one-on-one to small group training (the group approach can help those unable to easily afford single training split the costs). In-home training is also available.
“If you have facilities in your home, I can come to you,” explains Lampton. “You and your husband or you and a couple of girlfriends -- I can come to you.”
Those simply desiring a place to work out may also find a home there. A one-week, one day or a handful of days’ passes are available, in addition to month-to-month passes.
Also offered will be group classes ranging from yoga sessions to boot camps for business meetings and the like in town, or families here for the weekend. There’s even a “silver citizens” class for older patrons desiring a more low-impact, but effective workout regime.
Though she’s enjoyed working at Culver Academies, Lampton says up to now she’s only been able to meet the needs of those associated with the school. In discussion with people in the community, including business owners, she says a recurring question for visitors as well as locals arises: “Where can I work out in Culver?”
“Previously, you were sent out of town,” she points out. “We have a huge baby boomer community...they’re not rocking chair people. They want to work hard and play hard. They want a place to go.”
Lampton says she’s keeping existing -- and building new -- bridges, including her ties with Culver Academies. She’s part of the Lake Max Triathlon committee there, with which she works alongside the school’s Wellness Director, to revive the event, which was on hiatus last year.
With 20 years of teaching experience to her credit, Lampton says she thinks there’s a niche in Culver for a facility like Bottom Line, where other small towns might not have the same demand. She adds she’s priced Bottom Line’s offerings competitively.
The facility will be open seven days a week, year-round, and classes will be offered ranging from morning sessions for moms after their children are dropped off for school, to after-work options. lists the various services available online, and included hours of operation, explanation of classes, pricing, and a calendar.
So what about the name of her new business?
“Whenever I talk with somebody over these years,” says Lampton, “I come to the same conclusion: the bottom line is that you have to eat less junk and move your feet to whatever endeavor motivates you. There’s not a pill or a diet or a quick fix. If losing weight and being healthy were easy, I wouldn’t need to do this! I’m the coach, the motivator, but it’s not up to me...I haven’t found anything that works other than those things.”
However, she smiles, people’s assumptions that the business’ moniker has to do with changing the contours of a certain body part also aren’t entirely wrong.
“Hopefully we’ll offer things people haven’t tried,” she concludes, “and I might challenge people to try new things. It will be a very natural, soothing environment though there will also be upbeat, though tasteful, music,” she adds.
In addition to the website, Bottom Line Training Co. may be reached at 574-842-2400.