Pure Hitting Fitness' head trainer Jeff Brummett helps students of all ages exceed their personal fitness goals and promote a healthy self-confidence with martial-arts training and intense conditioning. Professional instructors guide both the experienced and novice student in mixed martial arts, muay thai kickboxing, wrestling, judo, boxing, or thumb wrestling, helping their pupils develop both mind and body with discipline-boosting exercises and sparring. Circuit training and boot-camp sessions force participants to face down their limitations and wrestle them into submission with strength-building exercises and cardiovascular conditioning intended to increase energy levels and boost fat oxidation.
According to Minnesota Monthly, "The Firm is a sexy sort of gym." Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Self, and Seventeen all agree, having identified it as the go-to gym for an incredible workout. But it's not just the museum-sleek aesthetic or rigorous classes that make The Firm great. Rather, it's the fact that the gym constantly evolves to accommodate new fitness trends. When spinning became the hot new workout, The Firm met the demand, offering the best spinning classes in Minnesota, according to CBS Minnesota. And now that CrossFit has risen to superstardom, The Firm offers it seven days a week. The Star Tribune reports that industry veteran Kelly Miyamoto is the visionary behind the scenes. Having started her career in the 1980s, she's witnessed the rise and fall of various workouts as well as the concurrent fluctuations in the market for neon leotards.
US Air Force and Army veteran SGT Tim Peterson designs military-inspired workouts with a team of trainers trained under a meticulous 12-month curriculum. He leads one-hour boot-camp workouts, motivating 5–20 participants to race through a series of full-body exercises that boost heart rates and draw sweat to the surface by promising it a warm sweatshirt to sink into. Sergeant Peterson mixes up each session, coupling military-style calisthenics with yoga, or speed training with kickboxing. In addition to the group sessions, he also works one-on-one with guests during personal-training sessions, honing in on muscle groups to work out and shouting at specific joints that underperform.
Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee founded World TaeKwonDo Academy in 1969 after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. Today, his legacy continues to shine at the academy, now run by his son. At their 12 locations, instructors teach traditional and sport taekwondo, unlocking the secrets of the discipline’s signature kicks and strikes. Teen and adult classes incorporate self-defense, tension exercises, and cardiovascular workouts, and little dragons lessons teach focus and coordination to students aged three to five. After-school taekwondo combines daycare with martial arts; after grabbing a ride to the academy, students pair homework sessions with confidence-building taekwondo lessons. In addition to the academy’s namesake martial art, students of all ages can also expand their combat knowledge with jiujitsu, cardio kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or kumdo sword training, or enroll in a yoga class to balance body and mind.
The expansive fitness studio of Real People Real Strong Personal Training is packed with functional workout equipment—bright, bouncy balls, steely kettlebells, and punching pads. On the hardwood floors of this airy space, fitness professionals lead personal-training sessions, guiding clients through exercise routines tailored to their unique fitness needs and goals. They also counsel their personal-training clients on nutrition, dispensing advice such as avoiding sugary cereals or refrigerator leftovers labeled with the names of their grumpiest roommates. The seasoned trainers conduct group fitness classes as well, including energetic boot-camp and kickboxing classes designed to tone muscles and slim physiques.
When most people think of self-defense, they usually don’t associate it with bicycles. But spurred on by attacks on cyclists around the Twin Cities, Gail Boxrud and Dante Pastrano developed a way to fight back. At Krav Maga Minneapolis, the pair of internationally-trained experts offer unique bicycle-based seminars as part of their extensive curriculum in the self-defense arts. Instructors teach the Israeli self-defense system’s unique blend of response-based techniques, all of which can be adapted to combat a single attacker or armed assailants whether you’re walking, running, or bicycling down the street. Students can supplement their self-defense training with seminars in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as kettlebell workouts to build arms, legs, and cores powerful enough to fight off assailants.
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