Phil Martens, 501Fit’s founder, invented the patented G-Werx system to orchestrate his versatile, small-group strength-training workouts, which have been named to Minnesota Monthly's Best of the Cities list and chronicled in the New York Times in 2008. A one-on-one consultation with Phil helps determine each student's personal fitness level, which pinpoints the appropriate G-Werx program best suited to their abilities and goals. The 45- to 90-minute training sessions deploy tactics from an arsenal of more than 100 moves, using free weights and a patented lifting machine to target particular muscle groups, such as legs, buns, and abs; chest, shoulders, and triceps; or heads, shoulders, knees, and toes. Each session's energetic trainer pairs with trainees individually, ensuring that persistent perspirers have access to feedback and undiluted encouragement.
Yoga Center of Minneapolis' team of attentive instructors brings a range of expertise and teaching styles to each studio, leading a dynamic collection of classes and workshops for yogis of all experience levels. The studio's robust schedule takes place within citrus-hued walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and gleaming hardwood floors, which provide a comforting atmosphere for new students and performance-anxious mats during the four-week Absolute Beginner class series. During the educational, intensive series, fledgling flexers build the foundation for their practice by mastering the basic postures, breathing techniques, and centuries-old secret yogi handshakes under the guidance of a patient mat maven.
In Life Time Fitness's LifePower Yoga programs, yogis certified in an array of yoga styles impart students of all levels with strength, flexibility, balance, and focus. Prospective posers can drop in on any class on the schedule, where a varied menu of methods helps students balance the yoga's strengthening and slimming physical benefits along with its meditative, relaxing, and mat-appreciation qualities. An introductory class acquaints incoming limbs with basic poses and the proper way to align them with a suite of breathing techniques. Instructors will help you find pose modifications to accommodate injuries, muscle stiffness or other special needs.
Within a rectangular room with a high ceiling, a dark ball bounces off the hardwood floor onto stark white walls, allowing the players to keep an eye on it as it sails back toward their waiting rackets. Such is a common scene at St. Anthony Athletic Club, where three regulation-size courts host the rhythmic thwamps and whacks of racquetball and handball matches. After games, players shake hands before completing sets in the weight room, burning more calories on the treadmill, or retiring to the steam room or sauna.
From their expansive space at 501 FIT, the instructors of Avatar Private Training Studio add new twists to the tried-and-true tradition of group fitness classes. Barre classes channel the graceful, physique-chiseling moves of ballet while adding elements of yoga and Pilates to create an all-encompassing workout that keeps students interested and less likely to perform impromptu arabesques at neighborhood bars. TRX, meanwhile, combines suspension training with body-weight exercises and cardio intervals to sculpt a powerful core, a lean silhouette, and a healthy body. Thanks to the studio's location, every member of Avatar Private Training Studio also gets free rein over the machines and equipment at 501 FIT.
Let Ivy Fitness Club’s dedicated staff of muscle molders put your paltry protoplasm on the path to dumbbell dexterity. Upon arrival, new clients will be treated to a personalized fitness assessment to determine existing ability and areas for improvement. Once your fitness goals have been determined, a personal trainer will work with you to develop a balanced workout during each 30-minute training session. The one-on-one attention will include expert feedback to help clients continue their jaunt toward a buffer body on their own, leaving them strong, self confident, and increasingly supple. Ivy’s spacious facility is clean, calming, and fully equipped, boasting high-end treadmills and elliptical machines lined up in long, straight rows, and fighting for cardio seekers' affection by flashing sophisticated features, such as individual TV screens and full-sized microwaves. An abundance of strength-training contraptions help people tone muscles and gain enough strength to easily lift garbage cans filled with cement. The day passes also grant access to the locker rooms, sauna, and steam room, and a long list of drop-in fitness classes are open to day pass guests for a fee of $18.
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.