Nestled inside Healthy Training’s 2,100-square-foot space, kettlebells, body bars, and medicine balls eagerly await action in the next sweat-filled boot camp. They answer to a team of nationally-certified trainers, who lead group fitness classes that build long, muscles through yoga and Zumba. In addition to group classes, these trainers craft personal fitness plans unique to each individual. They can also demystify the secrets of healthy eating through customized nutritional planning and fat-burning recipes that utilize unique spices, whole ingredients, and protein bar wrappers.
Academy of Russian Ballet founders Svetlana Gavrilova and Kirill Bak supply beginning dancers with techniques gathered through years of professional dancing as well as study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. The one-hour pre-ballet classes divvy up time slots according to age group, with 3- to 5-year-olds embarking on their slippered studies in Pre-Ballet I at 4:30 p.m. and 6- to 8-year-olds learning the ropes of Pre-Ballet II at 5:30 p.m.
The door of the limousine opens and flash bulbs burst in a thunderstorm of press and paparazzi. The crowd shoulders each other behind velvet ropes, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the diamond-studded star at the head of the red carpet. When the sea of people parts, a self-assured third-grader is revealed as she greets her fawning public.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each session, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
Wolf Studios provides fun and effective fitness classes in a variety of trimming and toning disciplines. Your 10-session pass lets you try out the muscle-modifying class of your choice to build an ideal hybrid regimen. Twirlers ages 16 and up of all abilities can select seductive pole dance to add some sizzle to their step. Don heels as you gain confidence with the pole, spinning through choreographed mini dance routines to maximize weight loss and minimize future firehouse traffic jams. Kickboxing provides an intensive all-over workout, and your choice of black or pink gloves with wraps ensure flashing fists are fashionable. Those looking for head-to-toe sculpting and strength may opt for Pilates classes, which come fully outfitted with a mat for future stretching sessions. See the schedule to help you choose your method of heart-pounding healthifying.
Husband-and-wife team Brent and Pamela Hasselbring drew upon their mutual love of fitness to create a nurturing space dedicated to strengthening the cores of all exercisers regardless of experience level. The duo helms a team of certified Pilates instructors who introduce students to the fully equipped studio and use various kinds of reformer equipment to create the most effective workout. They also offer physical therapy, private Pilates lessons, and education programs for enthusiastic trainers-to-be.
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.
“Stocky.” Justin Yule remembers when others used this adjective to describe him, an observation he considered to be a nice way of saying that he was overweight. It wasn’t until his dad invited him to work out at the gym that Justin discovered a passion for fitness and a desire to chisel away the stockiness he carried. Since achieving his goals, he has kept up his fit physique more than 22 years.
Justin also channeled his passion into a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness. He used his extensive training to devise the curriculum for Look Great at the Lake Boot Camp, which he also founded. Justin calls his program the “fitness revolution,” mainly because it breaks exercisers out of the tedious routines they often fall into at the gym or when their friend Sisyphus asks them to push his rock and promises he’ll only be gone for five minutes. Every one of Justin’s workout moves come in three levels, each scaled to challenge exercisers of different strengths and experience levels. He also relies heavily on body-weight resistance exercises, and coaches provide guidance and support to clients in reaching their goals.
Justin considers the most valuable part of his program to be the camaraderie that he encourages among his participants in and out of the boot-camp classroom. He organizes charity events and parties so that groups can mingle and become a cohesive unit working toward a single goal. To further ease his clients’ path to fitness, he also offers nutrition programs, online exercises and tips, and education in the form of newsletters and fitness books that he’s penned himself.