“Stocky.” Justin Yule remembers when others used this adjective to describe him, an observation he considered to be a nice way of saying that he was overweight. It wasn’t until his dad invited him to work out at the gym that Justin discovered a passion for fitness and a desire to chisel away the stockiness he carried. Since achieving his goals, he has kept up his fit physique more than 22 years.
Justin also channeled his passion into a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness. He used his extensive training to devise the curriculum for Look Great at the Lake Boot Camp, which he also founded. Justin calls his program the “fitness revolution,” mainly because it breaks exercisers out of the tedious routines they often fall into at the gym or when their friend Sisyphus asks them to push his rock and promises he’ll only be gone for five minutes. Every one of Justin’s workout moves come in three levels, each scaled to challenge exercisers of different strengths and experience levels. He also relies heavily on body-weight resistance exercises, and coaches provide guidance and support to clients in reaching their goals.
Justin considers the most valuable part of his program to be the camaraderie that he encourages among his participants in and out of the boot-camp classroom. He organizes charity events and parties so that groups can mingle and become a cohesive unit working toward a single goal. To further ease his clients’ path to fitness, he also offers nutrition programs, online exercises and tips, and education in the form of newsletters and fitness books that he’s penned himself.
When she’s not hosting radio shows, serving meals at local shelters, or blogging for Minneapolis St. Paul magazine's Foodie File, Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef Marianne Miller helms Saga Hill Cooking & Events. She describes her style as "audacious, yet feminine," adding, "my preparations are often bold, but with a light-handed approach that brings out the natural flavors in each dish." Alongside her staff, she leads culinary classes and parties that shy from incorporating fad kitchen gadgets or diets. Instead, their goal is to teach practical, science-based cooking techniques that can help students prepare simple meals, gourmet treats, or decadent brown-bag lunches.
Since 1992, Metro Karate Academy specializes in helping children and adults to develop a healthy mind and body and to feel an increased level of personal security through our quality and comprehensive, professional karate program. Our philosophy is to have all our students believe in themselves and to set high, attainable g
American Classic Ballroom keeps the Twin Cities stepping by teaching others the artistry, technique, and expression of dance. Fueled by their own passion for the craft, ACB's energetic instructors offer private lessons, and even help clients create customized dance routines for weddings and other special events. Besides one-on-one sessions, the ACB instructors also head a variety of group classes and workshops throughout the week. That includes instruction in such styles as ballroom, salsa, and even "Social Dances", which includes the dances often performed at weddings, in nightclubs, and after positive parent-teacher conferences.
At Jump and Jam Activity Center, they can trade outdoor jungle gyms for a 10,000-square-foot interconnected trampoline or exchange simulated fire in the 3,000-square-foot laser-tag arena. Much like the supreme court's chambers, Jump and Jam also houses two dodge-ball courts and a duo of slam-dunk jump lanes. Jump and Jam rounds out its services with birthday-party packages and trampoline-based workout sessions for those looking to spice up their fitness routine.
At Gorilla Combat, students draw inspiration from the primate world, in which bands of gorillas bond by playing, wrestling, and protecting one another with weapon-free defense maneuvers. Certified trainers and pro fighters lead classes for all levels of skill and fitness, teaching kids how to punch during youth boxing lessons and showing grown-ups how to grapple during judo, jujitsu, and MMA sessions. In addition to cultivating strength and confidence, classes equip students with enough stamina, coordination, and discipline to perform an accordion while running a marathon. Full-size boxing rings welcome practice jabs and full-blown muay thai matches, and a collection of barbells and rowing machines helps athletes condition their muscles between classes or bouts. The instructors also offer personal training for those wishing to toughen up for a fight or an onslaught of sour-faced emoticons.