Cycling junkies will happily claim a front row bike at the Firm, Minneapolis’ original boutique fitness studio. Located in a spare, light-filled building five minutes’ walk from International Market Square, the Firm draws low-key urbanites who appreciate the intimate, non-big gym ambiance, rigorous classes and the coterie of instructors, many who have taught at he Firm for decades. Cycle and interval classes are offered daily, including 5 and 6:15 p.m. on weekdays. After class, head over to the Lowry for a well-deserved pint of Tallgrass Vanilla Buffalo Sweat and grass-fed bison burgers with a side of hand-cut sweet potato fries.
The Firm, 1010 Second Ave. N., Mpls., 612-377-3003, thefirmmpls.com
The Lowry, 2112 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-341-2112, thelowryuptown.com
Clients who train regularly with kettlebells will feel right at home at Fawn Friday, the private kettlebell studio in St. Anthony Park. Don’t let the gentle-sounding name fool you—Fawn Friday, the petite, redheaded owner, is a state record-holding competitive powerlifter and weightlifter, a personal trainer and an expert in Iyengar yoga. Friday offers an all-levels class and a bootcamp-style class on weekdays at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Afterward, relax at cozy Muffuletta in St. Anthony Park, where the New Orleans-style muffuletta sandwich, with layers of salami, ham, capicola, mortadella and provolone (slathered in savory green olive relish), delivers the perfect balance of carbs and protein.
Fawn Friday, 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-755-5917, fawnfriday.com
Muffuletta, 2260 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-644-9116, muffuletta.com
For out-of-town clients who love being on the water, Paddlesculpt offers a unique entrÃ©e to Minneapolis urban lake culture. Come summer, Paddlesculpt owner Dori Johnson teaches rowing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Nokomis and leads yoga classes on the beach. In the meantime, Johnson and her fellow instructors offer adrenaline-charged indoor rowing classes on “ergs,” rowing-speak for ergometers. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday morning and evening. Afterward, enjoy a round of rosy beet cosmopolitans made with house-made beet vodka and fresh lime, followed by wild rice soup and other seasonal specialties at the Craftsman, a Longfellow neighborhood favorite.
Kickboxing connoisseurs will welcome the opportunity to test their mettle at Uppercut, the Nordeast boxing gym owned and operated by champion trainer Lisa Bauch. Located in a soaring, 13,000-square-foot former warehouse, Upper Cut offers training and conditioning for professionals and amateurs of all skill levels. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday, including Build & Burn and Kick, which combines American boxing with Muay Thai and other martial arts. After class, it’s a five-minute drive to the Sample Room, where you can kick back in true Nordeast style with a pint of Grain Belt and a plate of blue cheese and bacon nachos.
Uppercut Boxing Gym, 1324 Quincy St. NE, Mpls., 612-822-1964, uppercutgym.com
The Sample Room, 2124 Marshall St. NE, 612-789-0333, the-sample-room.com
For clients who like to mix up their workout routine, Solidcore delivers an intense yet immensely satisfying experience. Using the MegaFormer, a machine that maintains constant tension, forcing the muscles to stay contracted, students work multiple muscle groups to the point of failure—or triumph, depending on one’s perspective. Classes are offered daily, with all-level classes at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Afterward, marshal any remaining strength and walk across the street to Bonefish Grill and order a round of bracing PatrÃ³n cucumber margaritas to boost your spirits and a plate of sesame-seared ahi tuna sashimi to rebuild protein stores.
Solidcore, 1653 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-999-6879, solidcoremsp.co
Bonefish Grill, 1607 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-746-4058, bonefishgrill.com
For clients who are Pilates enthusiasts, a session at Awaken Pilates is a graceful way to conclude a long day of meetings. Situated next to the Jungle Theater in Lyn-Lake, the studio also offers TRX, Thai yoga bodywork and Gyrotonic. Pilates classes are offered daily, including mixed-level and intermediate/advanced Reformer classes at 5:30 and 6 p.m. After class, it’s a three-minute drive to Agra Culture, the Santa-Barbara-meets-the-Hamptons cafÃ© where fine wines coexist with cold-pressed juices, fresh salads, sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies and other organic delights.
Awaken Pilates, Minneapolis and Wayzata, awakenpilates.com
Agra Culture Kitchen & Press, multiple Minneapolis locations, agra-culture.com