Studio owner Tina Dunlap helms a small team of certified instructors, leading BarreAmped classes in a sun-filled studio. Neutrally hued walls and polished hardwood floors create an airy and peaceful setting for the studio’s classes. The practice space, flanked on one side by a wall-spanning mirror, boasts a ballet barre to support fitness-minded guests and aspiring music-box dwellers during the dance-infused barre workouts that utilize small, isolated movements to sculpt lean physiques.
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.
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.
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The Absolute Beginner series meets once a week for four weeks and provides novices with the basic tools they need to get started down their yoga path with nice posture. During your month-long session, under the expert guidance of an experienced, friendly instructor, you will learn the fundamentals of yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work), as well as gain a general understanding of the different forms of yoga so that you can choose to continue training in a style that best suits your current physical condition and goals. Call ahead or go to the Yoga Center's website to register for your four-week series.
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.