How’s that New Year’s resolution to get in shape coming along? Studies show that 80 percent of people will abandon their resolutions by the second week of February. If you’re among those who are tempted to hang up the yoga mat, perhaps a change of scenery is in order. These Rochester area fitness centers offer an array of options to reach your goals and, more importantly, keep you motivated:
Lauded in reviews as the "cleanest gym in Rochester," Edge Fitness offers single, joint, family, and student memberships. Along with state of the art equipment, Edge hosts a variety of group classes. Spin, Piyo, Yoga, Zumba, Kettlebells, and even Pole fitness classes are available. If you just want to check out their classes to see if they’re right for you, you can do so without signing on for a long-term commitment. Non-members can participate in the group fitness classes for only $7 per session.
2. Roca Climbing and Fitness 6071 Rome Circle NW Mon-Fri: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 13 minutes from Springs at South Broadway
For the adventurous types, Roca Climbing and Fitness is a highly reviewed rock climbing gym for both beginners and experts. Roca features 45-foot cracks, roofs, slabs, and overhangs for sport climbing. There are also top outs, prows, and overhangs for bouldering practice. Adults and children are welcome for rock climbing and yoga, and can choose between day passes, monthly, or yearly memberships.
3. Crossfit Progression 2625 Hwy 14 W, Suite HIJK Open most days from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed on Sundays 11 minutes from Springs at South Broadway
If you’re ready to take your workout routine to the next level, Crossfit Progression may be right for you. Crossfit is a high intensity workout that emphasizes building strength and endurance in addition to burning calories. Work out as a group doing a variety of exercises such as pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other activities. Expect to be challenged…and a little sore. Beginner and advanced classes are available for members and drop-in guests.
Move to rhythm of the beat with dance fitness, a lively and increasingly popular way to get in shape. Empowered Wellness and Fitness Studio offers a variety of dance classes that focus on cardio, flexibility, and strength training. Dancers can choose from group classes or personal training. Have two left feet? No worries — all ability levels are welcome.
The Rochester Family YMCA has everything you would want in a gym — cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, a lap pool, and even a water park for the kids. The YMCA is a true family fitness center, so if you’re a parent without childcare you’ll never have to miss a workout again. Childcare is available on-site, as well as the Kids Gym, complete with an indoor playset, climbing wall, and more.
There are so many fun ways to get in shape in Rochester, Minnesota. When you can’t make it to the gym, remember that Springs at South Broadway features a convenient 24-hour on-site fitness center, which includes a yoga and pilates area.
Do you have a favorite gym or workout class? Let us know in the comments!