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.
Good Life Yoga owner and certified Anusara yoga teacher Amber Huttner and her team of experienced yoga teachers lead Anusara-style yoga classes that vary in difficulty to accommodate students of all abilities. Anusara yoga is a hatha-based discipline that uses physical postures and coordinating breath to promote mental, physical, and spiritual poses. The studio’s schedule of classes helps students focus on alignment, especially during beginning classes where fledgling flexers learn the basic poses at a slower pace, building a foundation for future practices. Intermediate classes explore more challenging poses as weekly themes encourage attributes such as self-honor, gratitude, and support. Advanced sessions require the permission of an instructor and the ability to fool amateur nature documentarians with uncanny cobra impressions.
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.
Atop the windswept crests of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Superior, Sail Away Sailing School's instructors lead lessons for all levels. They're certified by the American Sailing Association and trained in CPR and first aid, ensuring expertise and safety during aquatic adventures. Students can gain insight into their expertise during any of the eight courses offered. At first, sailing instructors take students out for Sailing Discovery classes where they learn the basics, take the helm, and decide if sailing is for them. The next step toward captaining a vessel are the basic keelboat or cruising courses, which teach in-depth safety, motoring, and sailing techniques.
With navigation mastered, instructors let students get even more adventurous with racing techniques classes, which cover racing starts, upwind advantage, downwind strategy, and how to outrun pirating mermaids. The advanced coastal cruising course includes overnight sailing and fire safety techniques, as well as what to do if someone goes overboard at nighttime. The team also gives private instruction and even arranges for a mix of vacation and schooling with Virgin Island courses.
Red paddleboards drift well off the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka, where they bathe in the summer sun and ride the breezy, calm waters. Atop each board, exercisers follow personal trainer Roxie’s cues as she leads them through a classic series of floor-based Pilates exercises. While lifting their limbs and performing planks, students must keep their balance on the paddleboards, strengthening their core and upper-body muscles in the process.
Tired of indoor exercise, Roxie decided to combine her extensive fitness background and Minnesota’s breathtaking geography by founding Paddleboard Fitness. She provides everything her students need to participate, including life jackets, paddles, and polaroid cameras to snap pictures of Nessie.
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.