How do clients at Goga Studios Mendota Heights get results with a 10-minute workout? The secret is that they're not the ones doing all the work. The vibrating Goga platform excites muscles with hundreds of minute contractions, tricking them into believing there's an tornado approaching that can only be stopped by intensive flexing. This micro-instability produces a toning effect that's amplified by performing simple exercises such as squats while on board. Many clients follow a vibration session by basking in the infrared sauna, which provides deep heat without burning.
Jenni DiOttaviano's career at the facility that now houses Key Fitness and Yoga began when the former occupants, a martial arts academy, hired her to teach cardio kickboxing to the parents of taekwondo students. She did so well that she was promoted to program director and eventually opened her own fitness studio in the same space. Key Fitness and Yoga specializes in cardio kickboxing classes, which focus on challenging workouts of aerobic kicks and punches designed to boost heart health and ward off invisible assailants. Even though the gym is equipped to take a beating from martial arts training, DiOttaviano's studio focuses on dynamic yoga and all-levels of group fitness classes led by seasoned instructors. More than 20 classes each week introduce the basic poses of vinyasa flow or workouts that incorporate kettlebells, Zumba, boot camp, and cardio boxing and core-training.
Mendota Heights has always had a hunger for golf. In 1961, just five years after the city's founding, the community draped nine short holes over the rolling terrain of a farm and dubbed it the Mendota Heights Par 3. It hasn't changed much over the years, still offering a forgiving layout for beginners to learn the game and more experienced golfers to practice using a mannequin leg instead of a putter. The scaled-down layout also serves as a training ground for lessons, camps, and leagues for golfers of all ages.
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.