The Source: Shake up your fitness routine

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January 3, 2013 // UPDATED 4:12 pm - January 17, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
A spin class at the Firm.
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Sarah McKenzie
A roundup of seven different workout options to get you sweating.

Seven workouts. Seven days // It’s easy to get in a rut when it comes to workouts. Need inspiration to spice up your routine? Winter is a great time to try out new activities. If you haven’t tried skiing or snowshoeing, Theodore Wirth Park is a great place to visit. The park is just minutes from downtown and offers lessons and ski rentals. So ditch the treadmill for a few days and try something new. Share your favorite workouts with us at or tweet us at @thejournalmpls.


Hit the ski trails. Don’t be intimidated by the pros training for the Loppet, Theodore Wirth Park has many trails for beginners, too. The Wirth Recreation Area has 15 miles of trails groomed for classical and skate skiers. The city also has groomed trails at the Columbia, Gross and Hiawatha golf clubs and around Lake of the Isles, Brownie and Cedar lakes. You must have a ski pass on the trails. A daily pass is $8 and a season pass is $45. Wirth offers ski lessons on Saturdays, 1–3 p.m., for $30. The City of Lakes Loppet (Feb. 2 & 3) is another opportunity to enjoy skiing and other outdoor winter activities. Event highlights include the Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet (a bike race on an ice track); Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet and Subaru National Skijoring Championship; Park Nicollet Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles; and the 33K City of Lakes Freestyle Loppet — the festival’s signature event that starts in Theodore Wirth and ends in Uptown. For more info, go to

Challenge yourself with a personal training session. It’s much harder to cheat and skip a few reps when you’re working out by yourself. There are a couple of new options downtown for people looking to take their workouts to another level by working with a trainer. At Discover Strength’s new downtown location in the Canadian Pacific Plaza, 120 S. 6th St., clients work out individually or in small group with trainers. They challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to the point of muscle fatigue. The workouts range between 30 and 45 minutes. Check out Steele Fitness also has a new location above Lunds Wine & Spirits at 1206 Harmon Place. Trainers help clients develop personalized workout routines with a blend of cardio and strength training. For details, go to

Shake your hips. Dancing is a good way to beat the winter doldrums. Zumba classes are offered at many health clubs, including the Firm, 1010 2nd Ave. N., and Life Time Fitness in Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. A Zumba class is a high-energy workout featuring Latin dance moves.

If you like Zumba and want to sculpt your body like a dancer, try a barre class. The workouts have become very popular at clubs throughout the Twin Cities. Many barre workouts blend yoga, pilates and ballet moves with the use of a ballet barre. The workout emphasizes small movements targeting the isometric muscles. To try a class, check out the Avatar Private Training Studio, 311 5th Ave. N., or the Firm.

For the city’s avid cyclists, winter can be tough. Hearty bike commuters keep pedaling, but many people put their bikes away during the winter months. Spin class is a fun way to stay in cycling shape during the cold weather season. Test out a class at the Firm, Life Time Fitness, the YWCA or YMCA.

Need to work out some frustrations? Boxing is a fantastic way to relieve some stress and get in shape at the same time. One of the best places to learn how to box in the city is the Uppercut Gym, 1324 Quincy St. Founded by Lisa Bauch, it’s the largest boxing gym in the Midwest and the only one run by a woman. 

If you’re not scared of heights, consider trying indoor rock climbing. It’s an exceptional core workout. Vertical Endeavors at 26th & Nicollet has about 28,000 square feet of climbing walls, making it one of the largest and tallest indoor climbing facilities in the U.S. They also offer lessons — $20 for members and $30 for non-members. 

(Editor's Note: This article has been updated to correct information about options for spin classes in the downtown area. 501FIT no longer offers spin classes.)