Personal fitness is on the rise with more than 10,000 CrossFit affiliates across the U.S. and more than 70 in the state of Minnesota. You too can get into the action by checking out one of the gyms below or you can read a previous CBS article, “Best CrossFit Studios In Minnesota.” Once enrolled, you participate in the designated high-intensity “workout of the day” (or WOD) at an affiliated gym, or “box.” The hour-long class typically starts with a warm-up, then a short skill development session, some individual or group stretching and then the WOD. Don’t worry about being left behind because training regimens provide scalable workouts for every skill level.

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CrossFit Aerial
6 Garfield Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 461-8011

Fitness is big in the Duluth/Hermantown area with three CrossFit gyms established in the last couple of years. Aerial offers classes six days per week and advertises two weight and power lift coaches and seven other first level coaches. Another downtown gym, IST CrossFit, is running classes six days per week with three coaches. The two gyms have endeavored to collaborate on fitness events.

CrossFit 1080
1480 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
(608) 931-7285

Three coaches with three different backgrounds met serendipitously and have now teamed up with the goal of providing a fun approach to fitness. They run a schedule along with additional staff that covers all seven days at this new location. Woodbury fitness seekers need look no further.

The Firm
1010 2nd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-3003

Classes start at six in the morning and fill the day for six days in a row, and even extend to Sunday morning. Twenty-eight coaches teach a mix of popular courses from Bag Boxing to Yoga. Owner Doug Melroe, widely known in the national fitness and wellness industry, has been teaching at this award-winning gym since 1986 with energy and enthusiasm, extolling the virtues of a positive attitude.

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CrossFit White Bear
1803 Buerkle Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(612) 460-7473

Community-minded owner Jacob Wandersee uses his enthusiasm for fitness for the benefit of others. He is certified in weight lifting and maintains a six-day schedule along with three other coaches. If in the suburb of White Bear Lake, this should be your go-to gym.

CrossFit Ursa
6937 Highway 10, Suite 120
Ramsey, MN 55303
(763) 208-1676
Ursa provides a facility that is over 3,000 square feet, including a large bay door that opens to the outdoors during favorable weather. Three coaches with impressive credentials in school athletics, military service and Olympic weightlifting combine to provide a well-rounded CrossFit experience.

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(credit: CBS)

CrossFit Progression
2625 Highway 14 W., Suite H I J
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 206-4611

Progression is one of three gyms in Rochester, but offers the community a capacious 9,500-square-foot gym run by seven full-time coaches for a full schedule five days and evenings per week. Owner Joshua Grenell is an active Triathlete and has been in the world finals for frisbee dog competition multiple times.

CrossFit South Metro
3200 Corporate Center Drive
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 356-2035

Owners Rob and Laura Gerdes, along with four other coaches, make CrossFit a fun experience at this South Metro gym. The staff, evenly divided between men and women, are outgoing and engaging and have a number of certifications.

CrossFit Fast Factory
2605 5th St. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 267-9582

Eight coaches at two locations and a diverse training program make this an option worth considering of the four CrossFit boxes in St. Cloud. Owner John Swanson was an NHL hockey player and is now CrossFit certified in several areas such as Power Lifting, Gymnastic, Movement & Mobility and Olympic Lifting.

CrossFit Slipstream
105 State St.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(612) 644-9781

A welcoming staff and friendly patrons are the hallmarks of this Westside gym. Newly opened in January of 2014, the gym now has three coaches and a full six-day schedule. Owner and head trainer John M. Bryant is a lifelong endurance athlete
and served for six years in the United States Marine Corps.

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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