Yoga is universal. In keeping with that notion, Synergize Yoga welcomes any and all students to practice at its studio—beginners, experienced yogis, and expectant mothers all can find a class right for them. Along with energizing flow classes, the instructors lead meditation sessions and Yin yoga.
Surrounded by cheeky pink carpeting and floor-to-ceiling racks of metallic-colored medicine balls, instructors at Studio K lead 45-minute fitness classes, many of which focus on seniors. With a stone fireplace nested in the corner and mirrors surrounding the walls, cozy classes whip cores into finer fettle during yoga and mat Pilates, and patrons cut a cardio rug during dance-aerobics sessions that include Zumba and Latin Dance. Studio K takes part in the SilverSneakers program, which modifies cardio and strength workouts for seated routines, making it easier for older students and reigning monarchs to participate.
Together, Jose Lara and Amara Kamara wrack up 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitative fields. At Boot Camp MSP, they funnel that wealth of exercise and physiological knowledge into heart-blasting, muscle-busting workouts. Unlike regular gyms, where exercisers are liable to inhale recycled air or errant medicine balls, Boot Camp MSP gets exercisers into the great outdoors, holding each session in either Nelson Park or Elm Creek Park Reserve. They combine this outdoor body blast with nutritional seminars led by a licensed dietician.
Though their mission is to whip their clients into shape, their methodology is a relaxed one. “If it is not fun, then don’t do it,” says Amara. “For me, making you laugh at loud during your session is one of the many [things] I love about this job.”
Under the tutelage of Energy Dance Center's skilled instructors, groovers and twirlers ages 1–18 can actively engage in the art of dance. Tots and toddlers in the Rising Stars Summer Sessions I and II can work on coordination and basic motor skills during the Creative Movement class ($50) or try ballet and tap ($55). Young gents ages 4 and up can perfect moves at the Boys-Only Hip-Hop class ($55). Session I's Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes for ages 5–7, 7–9, and 9–11 (all $68) use positive reinforcement to build graceful boogying skills, while Session II's Recreational Hip-Hop classes for 5- to 8-year-olds ($55), 9- to 12-year-olds ($55), and kids 13 and up ($55) inspire students to break out into spontaneous pop-and-lock routines during family road trips.
John Unverzagt has studied the value of hard work and exercise throughout his life, from earning a varsity letter as captain of his high school swim team to coaching local baseball, track, and volleyball teams. Now, he runs Fitness Together to share those same lessons with others through his personal-training programs. John and his fellow trainers coach clients one-on-one or in small groups, combining three different programs to maximize results. The cross-muscular resistance-training philosophy of the Aspire 8 program build strength while encouraging continued results through workout variation. Interval and tempo workouts from the Cardio Together program are also tossed into the mix alongside the Nutrition Together program's meal planning and nutritional education.
Orangetheory Fitness, which was featured in the New York Times, has been touted by founder Ellen Latham as a new and effective plateau-busting workout. During 60-minute sessions, participants can burn up to 900 calories. Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness utilizes heart-rate monitored training that's designed to keep heart rates in a target zone to stimulate metabolism and increase energy.
The Latham-designed studios are filled with treadmills, rowing machines, suspension-training straps, and free weights. Using this equipment, her program relies on intense fitness-plateau-busting activity combined with fatigue-level strength training to boost heart rates over 85% for 12 to 20 minutes. One 60-minute workout might come in several 10–30 minute chunks devoted to a different cardiovascular or muscle-building exercise, helping attendees jumpstart their metabolisms while burning up to 900 calories—or roughly one chocolate-covered ham—per session.