Beware when you try out a new fitness gym. The building may be huge and the facility may offer row upon row of equipment waiting to be used, but you will be paying for all those machines sitting idle. As an alternative, try your local public school community education program, which offers very affordable classes that usually meet on a weekly basis. Furthermore, you have the assurance that everything is reputable and taught by competent instructors. Here are five fitness programs among many available throughout Minnesota. You can find other economical spas and gyms listed in the CBS article, Best Budget Fitness Classes In Minnesota.

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Anoka-Hennepin Public School District
2727 N Ferry St
Anoka, MN 55433
(763) 506-1260

Start your fitness training by strengthening your core muscles in a Foundational Training class. Follow up with Step and Sculpt aerobics, Kettleball muscle building or any number of Yoga classes to focus on parts of the mind and body you most need to develop. The Anoka-Hennepin school district, with 51 schools and over 38,000 students, is the largest school district in Minnesota.

Burnsville, Eagan And Savage
191 Community Education
200 W Burnsville Parkway, Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 707-4150

Residents of Burnsville, Eagan and Savage have a great assortment of economical fitness, dancing and senior offerings in their local community education. People of any age may want to master meditation, movement, mental focus and breathing through Qigong. Yoga followers can choose from Hatha Yoga, which emphasizes bodily postures and breathing techniques; Gentle Yoga, which focuses on gentle stretching, flexibility, balance, strength and stamina; and Vinyasa Yoga, which is more physically challenging. Dance options come in several levels of Belly Dance and Social Dance. Adult seniors can sign up for line dancing, Tai Chi for people with limited mobility, Silver Sneakers Flex and Wii Bowling League.

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Edina Community Education Services
Community Center
5701 Normandale Road
Edina, MN 55424
(952) 848-3950

Find a full range of adult fitness and aquatics programs at Edina Community Ed. Fitness seekers can sign up for aerobics, Arthritis Aquatics, Barre Sculpt, belly dance, cardio, dance, Pilates, Tabata Sculpt, Tai Chi, water aerobics, yoga or Zumba. Swimmers will like the adult open swim, water stretch and tone, water aerobics and senior water aerobics.

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Saint Paul Public Schools
Community Education
360 Colborne St.
Saint Paul, MN, 55102
(651) 767-8100

A great array of most economical aquatic fitness courses can be found at Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education. Check the SPPS Catalog for more detail. Course offerings include swim instruction for three levels of proficiency, deep water exercises for non-impact total body workout, water workout for toning up your body and developing cardiovascular fitness, water yoga for improving flexibility, coordination and muscular endurance and Pi/Yo/Chi for building balance, range of motion, strength and relaxation. Its online enrollment makes course registration quick and easy.

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South Washington County Schools
7362 E Point Douglas Road S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(651) 425-6300

Residents of Afton, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Woodbury have neighborhood access to many beneficial sections of fitness classes, water exercise and swim classes. Get fit with everything from Pilates, strength training, Tabata, walking, weight loss, yoga and Zumba. Enhance brainpower and nervous system function with The Feldenkrais Method. Sign up for water exercise as a superior method for building strength and endurance while avoiding high impact workouts. Learning to swim should be easy with the availability of three levels of beginner swimming classes. South Washington also offers intermediate lessons and several sections of lap swimming for the accomplished swimmer.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at