The consortium of professional and certified instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic, certified teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The trainers behind Look Good Naked aim to get people comfortable in their skin. They have a slew of shared resources, such as nutritional guides, progressive measurements, and a weekly newsletter filled with exercising facts, meal ideas, ongoing coaching and support, and testimonials from clients. All these augment the core of the operation—the 12-week boot camps where both trainers and fellow students repurpose the benches, jungle gyms, and stairways of parks and public spaces during four, hour-long sessions each week. The sessions teach guests a slew of functional training maneuvers that require little or no equipment, helping them not only to slim down, but build up a skill set they can carry with them as they leave the camps.
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.
At Trumi, a workout encompasses more than just exercise. It also means community, nutrition, and an opportunity to be close to nature. Trainers host group sessions outdoors whenever possible, teaching students to sprint, lift, jump, and sweat their way through routines that accommodate all experience levels. They also educate students about healthy eating choices, and encourage them to bond and support each other as they progress through the 12-week curriculum. Trumi coaches also offer individualized nutritional guidance with weekly challenges to help clients achieve their personal health goals.
Apart from its standard course, Trumi has programs for different age groups. The Trumi ReNu class helps senior citizens to retain their muscle mass, while the TruYouth class strengthens teens in time for the wrestle-the-dean portion of their college interviews. Kids ages 6-12 build their motor skills during Trumi Troopers sessions, and younger children stretch with their parents as part of the Trumi Trumites program.
Central Square Community Center aims to provide the whole South St. Paul community with workout options, which means the facility boasts a little something for everyone.