Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Minneapolis
Six of the best endorphin-boosting fitness studios to feel the burn and get your sweat on
Courtesy Fresh Coast Collective
All too often, pulling myself up and off the couch to workout seems like an impossible feat. My muscles are already sore, my coffee wore off two hours ago, and driving to the gym feels like a chore. I feel bored, stagnant, and unmotivated in more ways than I can even begin to count. Relatable, huh? It's easy to feel like you're in a rut doing the same workout, same cardio, same fitness regimen day-in and day-out, over and over and over again.
We have the solution. Join the party at one (or all) of these popular boutique fitness studios in the heart of Minneapolis to ignite your passion and excitement for working out. Sometimes all it takes is a change in routine to pull yourself out of the plateau and feel fired up to work hard, pour sweat, and make progress towards your goals—plus, you might even find a workout you love.
Courtesy Reid Petit
Classes at Alchemy leave no dumbbell racked, no yoga pose unmastered, and no heart unconditioned. Alchemy blends yoga, strength, and cardiovascular training to create a well-rounded, custom, and comprehensive fitness workout to suit every type of athlete. The studio holds classes for all levels and even offers a 30-minute First Time class for new students to dip their toes in the water of Alchemy’s full line-up of all things fit.
After your introduction, move on to the A10 and A20 classes that combine the three staples of Alchemy, try AStrong for weight training and strength, or give APulse a whirl for a unique class that combines high-intensity interval training with yoga. Renew the mind, change the body, and break all the rules with a mix-and-match combination of potently popular classes. It could be the perfect chemistry to maximize your results. Alchemy North Loop, 246 Ninth Ave. N., Minneapolis; Alchemy Northeast, 120 SE Third Ave., Minneapolis
Courtesy Jennifer Neve
Hang around (literally) at The Aviary, an aerial hammock and bungee fitness studio, for a sky-high experience in downtown Minneapolis. Small class sizes, personalized one-on-one attention, and hands-on assistance create quick, noticeable progress with each session. The Aviary offers 16 different classes for students of all levels, including a 45-minute mandatory fundamentals class for all new flyers. After, try sculpt, strength, or even Pilates- and TRX-derived classes. New clients can purchase a two-class pass for $25 or, to give you as much air-time as you can handle, try an unlimited month of classes for $99. Just remember to register online and pay in advance. They don’t accept walk-ins or students under 12. The Aviary, 201 Sixth St. SE, Minneapolis
Courtesy CorePower Yoga
Calling all yogis—CorePower Yoga is one of your best bets to revamp and revive your typical flow with a technique that burns, blasts fat, and works every muscle. New students get their first week of class free of charge and then have the option to drop in, purchase a class pack, or commit with an unlimited yoga membership. With nine studios in the metro alone, you’re sure to find a location close and convenient to get your mind, body, and spirit on track. The studio offers multiple classes in ranging levels to challenge both the advanced yogi and the newest Vinyasa fan.
Whether you’re looking for an invigorating full-body flow or 103 degree detoxifying hot yoga sesh, CorePower will strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, and aid in mindfulness and relaxation. Bring water, a towel, and a mat, but if you don’t have any of the latter, no worries—they have you covered. CorePower Yoga, 501 S. Washington Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis
Rock your ride with an exhilarating and intoxicating experience at CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio in Uptown Minneapolis. CycleBar impressive customer service takes care of all your pre- and post-workout needs. The studio provides cycling shoes, complimentary water and snacks, and even treats their first-timers to a free 30-minute ride. Newbies and regulars can take advantage of many amenities including keypad lockers, robes, hair ties, wet clothing bags, and other toiletries for personal use.
CycleBar's three classes each focuses on something different. Try the Classic for a mix of strength, endurance, and drills; Connect for a tuned-in ride that focuses on restoring and reviving your mind; or, if you want to make your sweat-sesh a friendly competition, Performance, which tracks rider-specific performance data. Get lost in the music, pedal to the rhythm, and challenge yourself to beat out your personal best—or your bestie. CycleBar Uptown Minneapolis, 2927 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis
Courtesy Ali Rogers
Fly Feet Running
At Fly Feet Running, you call the shots. How fast you run, how hard you push, how much you sweat—it’s all on you. Fly Feet unites high intensity running intervals with strength and mobility training in 60-minute classes that helps people of any age and fitness level shatter their goals. Try their introductory class, TreadStart, or jump right in to one of their other four classes: Tread & Shred (their most popular "bread and butter" class for all levels), Treadmighty (a class to track your progress and identify your weak spots), Stride (designed for runners to prepare for races), and Mobility (a class that covers post-run recovery and mobility). Newbies can take advantage of the 3 classes for $30 promotion, purchase an unlimited class membership for $179/month, or just try a single class for $25. Fly Feet Running, 15 S. Fifth St., Suite 100, Minneapolis
COURTESY PURE BARRE
With more than 460 studios in the U.S. and Canada, this popular total-body barre workout will win you over. The Pure Barre technique is perfect for anyone who's looking to get back into a fit lifestyle with low impact movements that protect your joints, and create long, lean muscles. Pure Barre's consistent class structure removes the worry and anxiety associated with the "What will we do next?" of fitness classes. Instructors guide students through a center warm-up, light upper body workout, barre work for your thighs and glutes, a series of ab exercises, and a cool down—but with new music and different exercises each time you walk in the door, you’ll never take the same class twice.
All you need is yourself, a bottle of water, and a sweat towel, and Pure Barre will provide the rest. Not near North Loop? No problem. Check out any of the Pure Barre studios in Wayzata, Woodland Hopkins, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Golden Valley, Northeast, St. Louis Park, Crystal, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center. Some locations even offer one month of unlimited classes to new members for $99. Pure Barre North Loop, 300 S. Second St, Suite 2, Minneapolis