Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
BurlesqueMN’s instructors relate to those seeking alternative ways to fit fitness into their schedules. By combining cardio and strength exercises with flirtatious moves, they help students find a positive body image through female empowerment, while increasing stamina at the same time. Many of the burlesque and pole-fitness classes span eight weeks and culminate with a performance showcase where pupils demonstrate their sultry new moves.
REVOLUTION Cycle + Fitness is an indoor cycling studio that specializes in Total Body Cycling, a program that incorporates the whole body in a cardio and strength-training workout. Using advanced RealRyder cycles, the first indoor cycles to lean and steer, clients get a realistic road bike workout, building strength while burning calories with adjustable resistance. REVOLUTION Cycle + Fitness also offers off-the-bike fitness classes, such as Yoga Sculpt, TRX suspension training, and kettlebell sessions. Energetic and certified instructors give personal attention during classes, offering motivation and compliments to the cleanest shoelaces.
Shift's four defining factors lie in its name, an acronym that stands for Supportive, Holistic, Informational, Functional Therapies. These elements coalesce into an approach designed to not only keep the body healthy, but maintain that health while preventing future injuries. The result is an approachable, safe environment where seasoned instructors host gentle yoga classes, therapists provide restorative massage, and bodies set into motion with high-energy social dancing sessions.
According to Minnesota Monthly, "The Firm is a sexy sort of gym." Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Self, and Seventeen all agree, having identified it as the go-to gym for an incredible workout. But it's not just the museum-sleek aesthetic or rigorous classes that make The Firm great. Rather, it's the fact that the gym constantly evolves to accommodate new fitness trends. When spinning became the hot new workout, The Firm met the demand, offering the best spinning classes in Minnesota, according to CBS Minnesota. And now that CrossFit has risen to superstardom, The Firm offers it seven days a week. The Star Tribune reports that industry veteran Kelly Miyamoto is the visionary behind the scenes. Having started her career in the 1980s, she's witnessed the rise and fall of various workouts as well as the concurrent fluctuations in the market for neon leotards.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at Perfect Getaway Day Spa pamper clients with a lavish spread of manicures and pedicures, custom-tailored facials, and a dozen different massage styles. Swedish and deep-tissue treatments root out aches with gentle, flowing kneads or targeted pressure, and reflexology massage relieves tension throughout the body by manipulating pressure points in the hands and feet. Soothing soaks and massages soften hands and feet during signature mani-pedis, and facials refresh complexions with personalized blends of products designed for any skin type, whether dry, oily, or locked in an iron mask. The spa's party packages can also transform birthday or bachelorette gatherings into full-on makeovers with combinations of massages, facials, and mani-pedis.