Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Taking a holistic approach to health, Anytime Fitness focuses on helping people make lifestyle changes that include both nutrition and exercise. Your two personal-training sessions will get you familiar with the gym as well as introduce you to workouts and regimens vital for achieving your fitness goals. The facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has around-the-clock security to ensure no vampires may improve their endurance on the wide variety of cardio and resistance equipment. Equipped with individual televisions, the cardio machines have a no-time-limit policy, making the treadmill the perfect place to set up a home office. Personal showers and a palpable absence of sweaty ghosts in the locker rooms make the dénouement of an Anytime Fitness workout as pleasant as the climax. You also get 30 days of online access to Anytime Health, a website for Anytime Fitness members that provides nutrition and workout advice. After your 30 days are up, if you decide to join the gym, which has more than 1,500 locations, Anytime Fitness will waive the $99 enrollment fee.
Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the state?s storied past, the Minnesota Historical Society dutifully curates 26 historic sites and museums that help visitors delve into days of yore?from the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids to the Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey and Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore.
Explore the Minnesota History Center?s collection of artifacts, local artworks, and hands-on exhibits at the History Center in St. Paul, from Civil War battle flags to Prince's suit from Purple Rain. Temporary exhibits include American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display through March 16, and Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, opening May 24. Mill City Museum in Minneapolis chronicles the linked histories of the flour industry, Minneapolis, and the Mississippi River, sending visitors through history as they traverse each floor on an eight-story elevator ride that depicts a working day at the mill. As a bonus, baking-lab demonstrations produce balmy bread samples and historically accurate stomach rumbles.
Though they've only been leading paddling tours for a few years, the certified guides of Stand Up MN have already helped thousands of people explore the Twin Cities' local waterways up close. After equipping their guests with standup paddleboards, personal flotation devices, and ample training, they embark on trips along the quiet stretch of the Mississippi River that cuts through their urban landscape.
From St. Paul, groups glide under bridges and pass idyllic natural areas—and from Minneapolis, they can take a break from paddling to high-five low-flying birds from a rope swing over the water. Stand Up MN also leads extended paddling tours to Taylors Falls, where state parks and tumbling waterfalls abound. These excursions are complemented by the company's special events, which include speed-dating events at which participants spend most of the time hanging out while paddleboarding.
Before the team joined the independent American Association in 2005, the St. Paul Saints dominated play, amassing four championships over 12 seasons. As the cr?che of players faces off against its Midwestern rivals, it hopes to one day send envoys to play in the major leagues?a feat already achieved by 15 Saints alumni. As one of the same three owners who've overseen the team since its 1993 founding, actor Bill Murray lends the team a touch of Hollywood glamour, trumping other teams' attempts to replace their bases with Walk of Fame stars.
Home games unfold under the towering lights of Midway Stadium, an outdoor ballpark stocked with several concession stands, a bar, and family-friendly caf?s and ice cream shacks. Along with plush porcine mascot Mudonna, a regular cast of entertainers delights crowds as the organist controls the weather with popular songs.
If you’re looking to have some old-school roller-skating fun, the Minnesota Roller Girls is the way to go. Roller Derby is the name of the game at the Roller Girls dome, an exciting sport that pits teams of roller skaters against one another as they try to out-skate each other around a circular track. The charm here is how the rules are very easy to initially grasp, but require deeper study to understand the nuances of the teamwork and strategy needed for a win. The Roller Girls were one of the first members of the Women’s League of this sport, joining in 2006. In addition to the intense, nonconventional contact sport that’s played here, spectators can also enjoy the in-house band intermission performances, which are lively and fun to listen to.