National surveys and reports frequently tout Minnesota as one of the healthiest and fittest states in the country. While we take advantage of the beautiful surroundings of our state in the warmer months (and even the cold ones) for outdoor exercise, sometimes we want to stay indoors and enjoy an instructor-led fitness class. There are tons of options throughout the state, but our list includes some of those that receive extra praise and positive word-of-mouth. For other ideas, check out our previously published article “Best Budget Fitness Classes In Minnesota” as well.

Yoga Sculpt
Corepower Yoga
8160 Coller Way, Suite C
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 459-9642

With many studios located throughout the Twin Cities, Corepower Yoga has a legion of Yoga Sculpt fans who rave about the total body sculpting during this high-intensity workout. The popular class takes place in a 92-95 degree heated room and pumps in energetic tunes to get your body moving. Participants are taken through a rigorous routine of squats, lunges, push-ups, abs and other exercises to work all major muscle groups while still incorporating yoga postures. Added weights and blood-pumping cardio moves will make sure you feel the burn the following day.

Spin Classes
The SHED Fitness Studio
2800 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 720-2121

Searching for a high-intensity workout on an exercise bike that is choreographed to motivating music? The SHED in the Uptown area of Minneapolis provides many options for those looking for spinning classes. Try out the 45-minute, 60-minute or Happy Hour Spin offerings for a routine that is sure to burn lots of calories, strengthen your muscles and keep your heart pumping. The SHED also has Spin 45 and Abs classes to tighten your abdominals and back, plus Spin and Strength classes that incorporate strength-training.

Healthy Living Classes
Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
565 1st St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 266-4688

The Healthy Living Classes offered at Dan Abraham are part of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Often touted as one of the nicest fitness facilities in Rochester, the center offers a variety of changing classes to better your mind and body. Selections include tai chi, Pilates and total-body suspension training classes. There are also a number of yoga classes, including gentle yoga and pre-natal yoga for expectant mothers.

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

These one-hour heated classes take students to their mats to stretch and strengthen their bodies. Core exercises are a big staple of this popular class but all major muscles will get a good workout. Consistent breathing and proper technique are also a focus. This is an excellent class for both the beginning student and advanced fitness buff.

CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Slipstream
105 State St., Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55107
(612) 644-9781

For an intense fitness regimen, try CrossFit. The CrossFit Slipstream studio in the Lowertown area of St. Paul offers a traditional CrossFit program as well as CrossFit Endurance. The Endurance classes are perfect for endurance sports athletes including runners, cross-country skiers, swimmers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. These sessions add sports-specific techniques and steady training to get you race-ready and keep you in peak shape.

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