Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
In boxing, the shoeshine combo uses 10 rapid-fire punches to disorient opponents. The move is often hard to execute, as its success relies almost entirely on sheer speed. Since it opened its first gym in 2006 in Kansas, Title Boxing Club has grown with the speed and fervor of a shoeshine combo. Today, there are more than 100 locations throughout the US, and part-owners Danny Campbell (a former pro boxer) and Tony Carbajo (of Title Boxing Company Equipment) bring firsthand experience to the fitness chain.
Each non-contact, non-fighting gym is stocked with Title Boxing Company heavy punching bags and gear that students are welcome to use free of charge during classes. The boxing and kickboxing classes teach men and women the fundamentals while helping them get in shape.
The Edina Art Center is a wellspring of creativity. A combination studio space, gallery, and art academy, the center provides opportunities for community members to create and view art. Internationally recognized artists exhibit their art in the Margaret Foss Gallery, and the Clark Gift Shop sells cards, jewelry, and art supplies. For a more hands-on approach to art, classes branch out into every artistic media except the new abstract form of invisible paint. Lessons for all ages include jewelry making, advanced watercolors, and Create a Creature workshops, where students build a sculpture out of polymer clay. For students in grades 2-10 who show advanced aptitude, the Art Academy also offers individualized training with working artists.
For more than 20 years, Dustin Phillips of Dustin Phillips Music has made music his life, whether teaching the rockers of tomorrow in his studio or lighting up the stage with his band, All The Right Moves. While Dustin has been performing and teaching, he has also assumed the role of the student, graduating from McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in music business. All of his experience makes him a one-man band of sorts, as he not only plays and produces music but also gives lessons in instruments including drums, guitar, and bass guitar.
Offering visitors a welcoming abode where they can build body strength and shed stress, Sigh Yoga promotes healthy lifestyle attainment while eschewing giant hamster wheels. Amid an amiable atmosphere, Sigh's talented staff of limb-pretzeling stretchionados help students refine their posture positioning and acquire sleek physiques in a variety of yogic styles, known in the biz as yogurts. Newbies can master vinyasa's basics in Discover Vinyasa before flowing upward like anti-grav water into Gentle Flow. Sigh's heated classes—including the better-than-coffee morning vinyasa, express hot yoga, heated flow, and traditional silent hot yoga—use a detoxifying swelter to help deepen postures while strengthening the connection between mind and body. And if you're just stressed by the amount of time-traveling cyborg assassins in your life, the restorative yoga helps you withdraw from your senses with three or four supported asanas.
The instructors at Bodyblast Studio wrap fitness, personal growth, and entertainment into tidy one-hour classes centered on pole fitness, Latin-inspired dance moves, or competitive martial arts. Ladies-only pole-fitness classes utilize poles for leverage and stability as bodies swing and slide their way to a healthy sweat in routines designed to strengthen the core and upper body. Exercisers teach imaginary rivals a lesson they won’t soon forget as they pummel the air with swift kicks and punches in tae kwon do classes, and hearts race through the hip-churning steps of Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes. For a more calming exercise, balance a lopsided aura with a Vinyasa flow yoga class that links mind and body with conscious breathing.
A spring-loaded hardwood aerobic floor keeps steps peppy and reduces strain on joints during all-out workouts or dance sessions. Brass poles and glossy kettlebells reflect the colorful lights flashing overhead as hit dance tunes blast through the speakers of a full sound system.