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.
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.
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.
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.
Staying motivated and having fun are both crucial aspects to sticking to a workout routine. This is something the expert instructors at The Shed clearly grasp, thanks to small group classes that ensure a fun and accepting atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities for personal instruction and tips. As an added bonus, when the weather allows, classes move from the studio to a secluded rooftop deck. The studio also teams up with Wheel Fun Rentals to offer SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga during the warmer seasons.