Though most stationary bikes are just that—locked into place, as if bolted to the trail—Pedal Wild employs a fleet of RealRyder bicycles, which facilitate leaning and turning motions that work both core and leg muscles. Inspired by the more realistic workout, students keep each other motivated to keep pedaling during cycling classes led by the gym's experienced instructors. Workouts range from 45-minute express classes to intense 90-minute combinations of cycling and TRX.
Though Allan Charney had been a consummate athlete all his life, he never found a sport that could match the workout intensity and adrenaline rush of boxing. "It has always been a dream to blend boxing and kickboxing with fitness," Allan explained to reporters from Sun Sailor. Allan realized his longtime dream when he founded GYMJAB, a private fitness studio where instructors lead high-intensity cross-training workouts designed to help burn high caloric amounts and build muscle strength. These workouts are infused with rounds of boxing and muay thai kickboxing. His diverse staff of trainers includes former professional boxers, tae kwon do black belts, amateur MMA fighters, and certified fitness instructors.
The 6,500-square-foot studio abounds with cardio machines, functional conditioning equipment, heavy punching bags and several large-screen televisions. These televisions can broadcast each guest's heart rate, calories, effort percentage, and total number of 13-point Scrabble words spoken aloud during workouts. These figures are tracked through the gym's innovative heart-rate system, which records activity using specialized heart-rate monitors worn by participants. After workouts, students can view their workout summaries and track progress online and receive performance summaries by email, enabling them to adjust workout strategies and fitness goals accordingly.
Paula Warford and Rachel Warford-Tessalone discovered barre fitness and immediately fell in love with it while living in New York. They liked the ballet aspects of the regimen, but particularly enjoyed the lean muscles they earned through isolations and intense stretching. When a desire to live near family drew Paula back to Wayzata in 2010, she hoped to find a studio in the nearby Twin Cities to continue her barre workouts. She came up empty. Paula's disappointment wound up inspiring her and Rachel to take the first step in their fitness careers. They decided to get certified as teachers, and opened their own barre fitness studio, appropriately called The Barre.
Today, they teach in a sunlight-drenched urban studio adjacent to a hip shopping center and numerous restaurants. Amid accents of exposed brick and scarlet red, they use ballet barres to lift, stretch, and isolate leg and core muscles. They maintain a welcoming lobby with sofas and complementary tea to help warm the bones in winter or prove to summer that its heat cannot faze you. They even provide a supervised childcare area for kids to play while their parents work out or hang out in the studio.
As soon as you step through Fit 12's doors, it's easy to see that this isn't your average 24-hour gym. The foyer is covered in marble and inside, you'll find HydroMassage and red-light therapy beds. Of course, the space is still packed with exercise equipment too, from Precor treadmills and ellipticals, to Expresso stationary bikes. Their Freemotion weight training machines help clients work abdominal muscles, arms, legs, and chest with proper positioning and posture. For a more guided workout, clients can take advantage of the gym's personal-training or boot-camp sessions.
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.
Named after a Sanskrit word that means “disciple of a guru,” Roots Natural Health’s Chelah Marie Vega approaches holistic wellness with passion and devotion. She has strived toward natural health for most of her life, working on organic vegetable farms as she concocted herbal bodycare products for friends, family, and the farms' dedicated scarecrows.
These days, Vega sows the seeds of health for her clients, drawing upon her training in exercise science and homeobotanical therapy to build custom workouts, meal plans, and herbal remedies. As a group workout leader, she fuses Pilates’ core-toning isometrics with Vinyasa yoga’s flowing stretches to sculpt muscles and boost energy. She also leads one-on-one training sessions to help clients master calorie-torching techniques, bringing them closer to reaching their specific weight-loss and fitness goals. To foster naturally healthy lifestyles, Vega matches interested clients with workout partners and crafts supplements designed to ward off colds and lightning bolts. In addition to exercise and dietary assistance, the center's spa treatments, including facials and acupressure, extract stress and impurities, helping clients’ inner beauty shine.