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.
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.
There is nothing standard about Saint Paul Athletic Club. At once a gym and spot for social gathering, the club was originally founded back in 1916, and has managed to maintain much of its original splendor and grandeur from that bygone era. Ellipticals are situated amidst eggshell-hued pillars and beneath sparkling chandeliers, while large arched windows allow natural light to flood into the hardwood floored yoga studio that once functioned as a grand dining room. Various degrees of membership provide multiple options for prospective members, which includes access to the facility's many perks—including a full bar and a lavish lobby lit by an ancient fireplace.
At Torque Studio Cycle, instructors incorporate dim lights and energetic music into their low-impact cycle and circuit classes. As legs pedal and beads of sweat trickle down foreheads, exercisers can look down at the consoles of their Freemotion stationary bikes to keep track of the calories they've burned, the distance they've traveled, and their power output. Intense TorqueFit classes combine 30 minutes of cycle and circuit with 30 minutes of varied circuit-training exercises, which may include weightlifting, box jumps, ring pull-ups, and tire flips. This combination prevents muscles from plateauing, allowing them to keep growing and improving their stamina.
Olympus 24 makes fitness accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or age. For one thing, the gym participates in the SilverSneakers fitness program, which keeps senior citizens moving with gym access and age-appropriate classes. Even better, participants in the program enjoy the same modern, clean ellipticals, stationary cycles, and weight-lifting equipment as other gymgoers. Members have a lot of options for sweating off calories here, including group fitness classes such as boxing, spinning, Pilates, and boot camp. They're also welcome to work with personal trainers and drop kids off at an on-site childcare center before workouts.