About Us

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) is a non-profit organization established in 1985. We opened our doors with the help of grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the State of Indiana, and the City of Indianapolis. November 1,1988, marked the dedication of the 120,000-square-foot facility.

Fitness Center Management by NIFS provides top notch service to more than 40 onsite fitness centers for corporations and retirement communities in 18 states. In addition, our online wellness program, Health YOUniversity, provides e-based services for companies across the country.

NIFS 65,000-square-foot fitness center, located in downtown Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus, has over 3,000 members and some of the most up-to-date equipment in the industry.

We also partner with IU Executive Health and Indiana University School of Medicine to conduct numerous research projects which have been published in national journals and other publications and have provided services to organizations throughout the country.

Through our Nutrition and Wellness department, NIFS provides wellness presentations, webinars and behavior modification programs to corporations and the community. Our Youth Development team hosts field trips for all ages and grades with more than 15,000 kids visiting each year and our Athletic Performance staff trains the IUPUI athletic teams and also provides athletic performance programming to our members as well as athletes of all ages and abilities in the Indianapolis area.

Our facility, diverse services and professional, innovative staff make us unique in the fitness industry.

NIFS Mission Statement
The National Institute for Fitness and Sport is dedicated to enhancing human health, physical fitness and athletic performance through research, education and service for people of all ages and abilities. The NIFS mission is carried out through a variety of departments, including Athletic Performance, Corporate Fitness Management, Educational Services, Fitness Center and Youth Development.