The attentive trainers of Core Studio sculpt bodies and impart fitness-focused wisdom within an intimate, boutique-style facility. Guests can take their pick of five group classes, all of which inspire camaraderie among buffness buffs, keeping muscles motivated and preventing predatory medicine balls from picking off stragglers. Zumba, propelled by invigorating music and custom choreography, entertains as it chases off rhythm-phobic calories. Yoga sessions revitalize lungs and limbs alike, and cycling and strength training forge firmer cores and promote balance, stamina, and endurance. Check the schedule for class times.
Paul Carson and Jack Banks started teaching fitness classes 30 years ago in a small abandoned dairy. Since those humble beginnings, they built Malibu Fitness—a modern gym where they help people build rippling muscles. Their trained group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga and Pilates, as well as more high-energy Zumba classes that set Latin dance moves to international tunes. Meanwhile, you’ll hop on a stationary bike for the spinning classes, which rely on intense climbs and sprints to elevate heart rates and burn calories. There’s also the option of one-on-one workouts with personal trainers, who can tailor workouts that shed girth, strengthen muscles, and improve athletic performance.
There are a number of nice bonus amenities at Malibu Fitness—it has flat-screen TVs, locker rooms, and a SunDome stand-up tanning booth. And if you’re hungry after a workout, there’s a shake bar that doles out Island Oasis protein shakes. The well-staffed team here even provides child care. And each year around Thanksgiving, the owners sponsor a road race that donates thousands of dollars to charities to offset America's turkey footprint.
Chiropractor Timothy Wang and exercise physiologist Mary Wang join forces at The Posture Bar, where they combine medically based treatments and fitness classes to adjust imbalances in the neuromuscular system and promote better posture. Whether clients’ goals are to lose weight, tone their bodies, or minimize pain, the duo provides something for everyone. Timothy uses the active-release technique to massage soft tissue and alleviate tennis elbow, and Mary helps clients reshape their bodies on Pilates Reformers or teaches a Vbarre class that combines Pilates, strength training, and ballet.
Bikram Yoga Farmington’s class schedule offers more than twenty 90-minute Bikram yoga classes each week. Classes are designed for all levels, and attendees are encouraged to move through the 26 postures of Bikram at their own pace. Come prepared to sweat, as the classroom is heated to around a chilly 105 degrees. Experienced and knowledgeable Bikram-certified teachers at the center have each completed a 900-hour training program, ensuring their experience is as voluminous as Odysseus’ adventures through the Mall of America. Under their tutelage you will work on alignment, breath, stillness, and concentration, all while getting a workout poised on the acme of intensity.
Lady Fit’s team of all-female trainers leads women through a variety of fitness classes including its specialty: Kangoo Jumps classes. Strapped into springy Kangoo boots, students cavort through entertaining circuit-training exercises, activate their core, and improve their balance while feeling joyfully weightless and bouncy. In addition to the Kangoo classes, the instructors also lead Pilates, piloxing, P90X, beam fit, Zumba, and floor barre classes.