Fitness Never Felt So Good: New Year’s Edition
It’s a new year and the perfect time to try something different in your fitness routine. Forget the usual long runs on the treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike for hours at a time. Smaller fitness boutique studios offer specialized classes, circuit training, and unique methods that leave traditional cardio routines in the dust. No fads here – these gyms in Minneapolis Northwest are designed to help you keep your New Year’s resolution and make lasting positive changes. Some gyms even have great New Year’s specials to help get you started! With convenient locations around town, you can drop in any time, even if you’re just visiting!
INTRO MONTH: One month of unlimited classes only $99!
Pure Barre is pure fantastic if you’re looking for a high-intensity, low-impact workout that targets specific parts of the body. Barre classes utilize isometric exercises, which are a type of strength training using small, focused movements and holding your body still while contracting a specific set of muscles. The static positions provide less risk of injury than weight training, and there is no bouncing or jumping, so there is less wear and tear on your joints. Isometrics create lean muscle definition instead of bulk and improve posture, balance, and flexibility by incorporating techniques from yoga and Pilates. Don’t be fooled thinking barre classes are for ballet dancers only. If you can hang onto the ballet bar, you can do barre – no pliés or passés required. And at Pure Barre, they are always changing the music and exercises so you’ll never experience the same workout twice. Bonus tip: Pure Barre offers a First Week Free deal available to residents who have not previously taken a Pure Barre class (limited to one class per day).
NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL: No joining fee! Save $50 and start for $0 when you sign up for a 12 or 6-month commitment. You also receive two free starter sessions!
Throw out the leotards and leg warmers when you head to a class at Jazzercise Brooklyn Park or Jazzercise Maple Grove. Each class is set to pulse-pounding music to get your hips in the mood for dancing, and the high-intensity workouts also mix in cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Each dance or toning sequence is choreographed to a specific song, and you’ll naturally want to bust a move to current top 40 favorites and new upbeat songs. You can even listen to their class playlists online. Check out their blog, too, which provides information and tips relating to nutrition, health, exercise, beauty, and lifestyle. Say goodbye to the 80’s and say hello to a whole new you. Bonus tip: Have kids? Try out Junior Jazzercise classes for a fun way to introduce fitness to your family!
AERIAL NEW CLIENT SPECIAL: Two classes for $25!
FLY BUNGEE NEW CLIENT SPECIAL: Two classes for $40!
Remember when you were a kid and had dreams of flying, or how you marveled at circus trapeze artists? Now you can tap into that soaring feeling when you try aerial fitness at The Aviary in Minnetonka. Named Best Gym in the Twin Cities by City Pages in 2016, The Aviary’s workouts revolve around an aerial hammock – a large silk loop, with seven yards of fabric that hangs 2-3 feet off the floor; each holds 1,000+ pounds. And flying is the easy part - it’s the strength training exercises in between the silks that are the most challenging. The Minnetonka location also offers Fly Bungee workouts and is currently the only studio in the Midwest to offer them! New clients can get two Fly Bungee classes for $40! Bonus tip: The Aviary specializes in hosting private parties, from corporate team-building groups to bachelorette parties.
ONLINE OFFER: Get a one-week free trial when you register online!
Finding the time to work out can be a constant struggle but 9Round in Brooklyn Park offers a high-yield workout in half the time with kickboxing fitness in 30-minute circuit sessions. 9Round gyms are made up of nine workout stations, and participants spend three minutes at each station before moving to the next one. After the ninth station your full-body workout is complete! Strength training stations use kettle bells, dumb bells, and medicine balls, while kickboxing stations use double end bags, speed bags, and heavy bags to maximum effect. Trainers at each station demonstrate and tailor the exercises to your fitness level. 9Round also provides heart-rate monitors for tracking your progress and transforming your real-time goals into reality. Bonus tip: There are no scheduled times – a new circuit starts every three minutes, so you can jump in when it’s most convenient for YOU!
Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping
A lot can happen in 10 weeks. Just ask any member of Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping - Brooklyn Park or Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping – Maple Grove. What makes Farrell’s unique is the commitment to a 10-week challenge: 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week, 10 weeks. This may sound daunting at first glance, but when you begin a 10-week challenge, the person next to you will be a beginner, too, so you’re not working out next to seasoned professionals. Kickboxing and strength training are presented in a progressive order, so you won’t feel lost, and nutrition coaching is based on your weight and personal goals. The price of the 10-week challenge includes orientation, 59 classes, personal instructions, nutritional consults and coaching, three fitness assessments, kickboxing wraps and gloves, and a program manual. Bonus tip: Each Farrell’s location gives away $1,000 every 10-week session to the person with the biggest transformation; $10,000 goes to one male and one female national winner each year. Talk about motivation!
Numerous magazines and TV shows have called Orangetheory the best one-hour workout in the country. Orangetheory combines the energy and community feel of a group workout with the attention of a personal coach. Backed by the science of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s exclusive heart rate monitoring technology ensures you’re keeping your heart rate in the most effective target zones as you work out. Not only does this help you burn calories during your session, it stimulates your metabolism and gives you a solid afterburn, where you continue burning calories up to 36 hours after your workout. The high-intensity workouts blend cardio with strength training using state-of-the-art machines and equipment, and upbeat music and Orangetheory instructors create one of the most energetic fitness environments around. This workout will give you more energy each time. Bonus: There are no annual contracts with Orangetheory; members pay month-to-month, and your first session is always free.
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