The husband and wife behind Four Gates’ holistic wellness center have had a wealth of training to help people reach their health goals. Along with being a ACE certified personal trainer, Christian is schooled in kettlebell training, yoga, and massage therapy. His wife, Colleen, has a degree in acupuncture and is passionate about Qoya, a yoga and dance-inspired movement designed for women. They bring a like-minded philosophy to Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture. All fitness classes—yoga, kettlebells, Qoya, and Qi Gong—incorporate a meditative approach in order to build healthy bodies, minds, and diary entries.
In addition to group classes, clients of all ages and fitness levels can shape up with personal training sessions. Four Gates offers one-on-one instruction in kettlebell training and rehabilitative exercises. Students can train to improve running techniques during the weekly running groups, and Colleen can whisk away any lingering soreness with an acupuncture treatment.
At one point in time, bowling balls rumbled across the floors at Minnesota Sword Club. That's because the massive, 11,000-square foot space was originally designed as a 10-lane bowling alley. And though its lane lines are still visible to this day, the facility is now home to a very different sport altogether: fencing.
In the club’s 7,000-square foot main fencing room and smaller youth room, instructors teach centuries-old techniques to students of varying skill levels. They oversee classes and competitions in four different age groups, and have even managed to sculpt some younger students into national champions. But above all else, the club and its instructors aim to emphasize skills that carry over into other areas of life, such as workplaces, schools, or workplaces and schools that are exclusively staffed and or attended by fencers.
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.
With the help of a crack team of instructors?15 strong?husband-and-wife duo Eric and Martha Williams stoke the fires of flexibility in separate classes designed for parents and their kids. During 90-minute sessions held in a 105-degree studio, beads of sweat roll off students and blossom into miniature Fabios as the class cycles through 26 yoga poses, each amping up blood circulation while warming and stretching muscles. Students zero in on focused breathing as heat purges toxins from bodies.
Down the hall from the main studio lies the 2,000-square-foot Kids Space, an eco-friendly, scent-free oasis draped in 100% wool flooring where instructors blend yoga and play with the help of a sandbox, teepee, and toys. Children aged 2?12 years scramble about the imagination-firing room as they learn self-control and compassion during Made to Move sessions. The playful course, designed by a healthy-lifestyle consultant and trainer for school districts and local governments, teaches kids self-esteem in a safe, noncompetitive setting. Plunking more karma into its piggy bank of eco-friendliness, the studio rewards students that bike to the studio, which located off the greenway cycling trail, with free mat and towel rental.
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.
Everyone has different fitness goals. That's part of why Jahmale, the trainer at Max Fit Wellness, is glad to have such a diverse background. He's played football, run track, and wrestled, so he knows how to work with burgeoning athletes. But he's also prepared to help people get back on their feet after and injury or lead martial-arts training by drawing on a broad range of certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and others.