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.
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.
The therapists at Health Foot Spa specialize in reflexology, which has many of the same benefits as massage including stress reduction, improved circulation, and pain relief. But unlike massage, this method applies pressure to specific points of the hand and feet to promote whole-body wellness. Reflexology also stimulates the lymphatic system to clear out toxins and dust bunnies, and helps alleviate common conditions such as allergies, constipation, and insomnia. But it's not all about the hands and feet—therapists also turn their attention to the head, neck, shoulder, and back with acupressure and chair massages.
In 1957, Elmer Sorensen took the $35 in his savings account and spent it on paint and parts to spruce up his six used bikes. His wife sold all six in one day.??I think we are onto something here,??Elmer said. He was right. By 1960, Elmer and his family acquired their first stand-alone bike shop, increased their stock to 700 bikes, and began to deal in new bikes, parts, and accessories. Today, Penn Cycle & Fitness sells and rents the latest bike models from seven different locations and holds numerous accolades for its work.