With boot-camp locations throughout the Midwest, Look Good Naked's comprehensive program combines results-oriented training with nutrition and lifestyle education. Its name is actually an acronym that spells out the business's strategy for improving health. At the heart of this elucidation of principles is the notion that a workout program ought not only be about workouts. Of equal importance is food, which is why the most difficult workouts can be in the kitchen. The program promotes wholesome lifestyle habits with a coach-assisted nutrition program and kitchen cleanouts, and encourages clients to log their daily meals. Students receive constant motivation outside the sessions via frequent informative emails, regular progress assessments, and online educational podcasts and webinars.
Uniting a fidelity to natural, unprocessed foods with dedication to a vigorous exercise program helps Look Good Naked clients go a long way toward achieving this business's appellation for themselves. The latter half of that strategy begins by joining a boot-camp session, where a trainer always puts positivity and support at the forefront of their teaching methodology. Trainers lead high-intensity workout sessions throughout the week, tailoring movements to accommodate each participant, as well as working with clients who have restrictions such as injuries or lazy siamese twins.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
If Barre Bliss looks familiar, it’s because its unique take on barre workouts was featured on CBS Minnesota WCCO. In real life, as on television, instructors led by owner Mia Jenneman—recently featured in HERLIFE magazine— and co-owner Shad Holland introduce each student to a warm, inviting, and challenging experience in their specially formulated version of barre fitness. Drawing upon Mia's experience as a classically trained dancer and yoga practitioner and inspired by STOTT Pilates techniques, the custom workout system promotes torso control and a strong abdominal wall while imparting meditative form and position fundamentals. The result is an intense session that activates tiny muscles as well as full muscle chains, resulting in a full-body workout that both sculpts frames and sheds pounds. Designed with beginners in mind, the system also imparts knowledge of the graceful movements and fluid transitions of dances throughout the ages and caters to students of all shapes and sizes.
Bruce and Rebecca Abas have danced around the world, studying tango in Argentina, perfecting salsa moves in Cuba, and mastering swing steps throughout the United States. They bring their lifetime of training, teaching, and professional choreography experience to Four Seasons Dance Studio, where they work alongside a staff of seasoned and passionate dance instructors. Atop the hardwood floors of their spacious studio, the expert dancers lead group classes and private lessons in ballroom, Latin, tango, and swing styles. On the first weekend of the month, they host a dance party, where guests can showoff their newfound moves in front of fellow students.
In addition to group and private lessons, they specialize in wedding dance instruction, guiding couples through a choreographed swing dance set to their best-loved pop song or a formal waltz set to their favorite Grey Poupon jingle. The instructors also lead a variety of fitness-focused sessions, including Pilates and dance workouts inspired by Bollywood numbers.
Running on a treadmill and blasting through the same reps over and over again can become monotonous. But at Knockout Bodies, the enthusiastic instructors focus on making working out fun. They help gals of all fitness levels chisel rock-solid bodies in alternative fitness classes, which range from pole dancing to kickboxing to Zumba. In pole-fitness classes, they help ladies develop core and upper-body strength as they sensually twist and turn around poles. They also lead high-energy kickboxing classes that motivate students to tone muscles as they learn basic self-defense moves to take down assailants or large stuffed animals that look like assailants without the lights on. Students burn copious calories in Zumba classes, which set easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves to infectious Latin-inspired tunes. When not leading empowering classes, the instructors open the studio for parties to celebrate birthdays or bachelorette festivities.
Modo Yoga Minneapolis is one of more than 75 independent locations maintained by Moksha Yoga. Modo unites hot yoga with an unwavering fidelity to sustainable environmental and social practices. The company's eponymous classes combine therapeutic yoga with traditional yoga through 40 postures that can be modified to stretch and challenge students of all fitness and flexibility levels. Ryann and Phil Doucette co-own the Minneapolis studio, where Ryann manages, directs, and happily teaches in the footsteps of Moksha founders Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson. Ryann and Phil outfitted the studio with cork flooring for joint support and radiant heating for encouraging the release of toxins through perspiration. The 103-degree heat helps ligaments get as loose as a pirate's morals doing the worm, allowing deeper stretches. All her hard work has paid off with Modo Yoga Minneapolis being awarded Best New Studio in 2011 and Best Hot Yoga in 2012 by Minnesota Monthly.