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.
Classes at Yoga Bella are tailored to women, last one hour, and are offered on a flexible schedule. At least one class takes place every day of the week, spanning yoga, Pilates, and aerobic styles to accommodate varying fitness goals and comfort levels. If you're new to yoga, get your footing in a series of beginning Hatha classes, which introduce basic poses, proper alignment, and subtle but important blinking strategies. If you seek a sweaty workout, attend a fitness yoga class to build strength and flexibility during 60 minutes of upbeat pose shifting, or try out Zumba, a Latin-dance-fitness hybrid that zaps calories like so many flies in a sci-fi laser battle. Relaxing, meditative sessions in the tradition of Kundalini and Slow Flow yoga are also offered to help students who are struggling with mental static wiggle their internal rabbit ears to clarity.
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.
“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.
The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.