At Girasole Yoga On Central, there's something for everyone—really. Yoga enthusiasts and newbies can try everything from gentle chair yoga to more fast-paced Vinyasa, Hyp-Yoga - a combination of hypnotic meditation and vinyasa, Kundalini styles, and weight-loss classes. Alternatively, Zumba classes help participants move and shake away calories to the beat of fun, Latin-inspired dances. At monthly workshops such as Yoga 101, participants can learn all the fundamentals necessary to enter their first class confidently and without hiring someone to hold their hand. In an effort to promote more community participation, the team also offers donation-based classes and events.
Uppercut Boxing Gym offers an old-school boxing-gym vibe amid top-notch facilities. The classes, which include necessary equipment and boxing gear, help students boost self-confidence and full-body fitness while honing techniques. After a mandatory introductory class, students will have six more classes with the skilled staff of piñata-pummeling instructors, who will teach participants how to properly pound glib potatoes into deliciously mashed goodness. Acting as reinforcement for the jabs, uppercuts, and crafty pants-pulling is a one-month membership, which includes unlimited access to weights, gym equipment, and everything else the gym has to offer.
Shift's four defining factors lie in its name, an acronym that stands for Supportive, Holistic, Informational, Functional Therapies. These elements coalesce into an approach designed to not only keep the body healthy, but maintain that health while preventing future injuries. The result is an approachable, safe environment where seasoned instructors host gentle yoga classes, therapists provide restorative massage, and bodies set into motion with high-energy social dancing sessions.
Christine Jaques has developed routines for more than 300 athletes during her career as a certified personal trainer. At AX Fitness, her classes blend strength, cardio, and plyometric exercises, resulting in a brand of interval training that challenges the entire body. These sessions aren't just for sports nuts, though?her cardio boxing classes cater to fitness beginners, incorporating core training alongside traditional boxing jabs, dodges, and really hard punches. Cardio boxing classes are best suited for beginners and AX fitness classes are suited for intermediate to advanced students. Programs address goals from weight-loss to marathon prep. Christine incorporates interval training, functional movement, and sustainable fitness. Christine also modifies her routines each week, preventing boredom or plateaus.
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.
Together, Jose Lara and Amara Kamara wrack up 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitative fields. At Boot Camp MSP, they funnel that wealth of exercise and physiological knowledge into heart-blasting, muscle-busting workouts. Unlike regular gyms, where exercisers are liable to inhale recycled air or errant medicine balls, Boot Camp MSP gets exercisers into the great outdoors, holding each session in either Nelson Park or Elm Creek Park Reserve. They combine this outdoor body blast with nutritional seminars led by a licensed dietician.
Though their mission is to whip their clients into shape, their methodology is a relaxed one. “If it is not fun, then don’t do it,” says Amara. “For me, making you laugh at loud during your session is one of the many [things] I love about this job.”