Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the Fittest

Gear up for the new year with strategic client sessions at the Twin Cities’ most inspiring fitness studios.

The Shed Fitness Studio

For a deep dive into serious urban workout culture, take your out-of-town clients to the Shed ( above Hagen’s Auto Body on Lyndale. Sprint up the stairs to the second floor and start pushing power sleds, whipping battle ropes and hammering tires with the best of them. Cool down and stretch out in a vinyasa power yoga class and then head up the street to Herkimer Pub & Brewery ( Rehydrate with pints of refreshing California Common lager and refuel with healthful grain bowls topped with beer-brined pulled chicken and corn bread with good fat (aka honey butter) for good measure.

Surge Cycling

For the thrill of victory with an endorphin buzz that lasts for days, book a row of bikes at Surge Cycling ( in St. Louis Park or Maple Grove. Challenge your clients to a Warrior ride that simulates the rugged mountain stages of the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia. Once the race has been won, head over to Cooper ( in the Shops at West End, where French chef Vincent Francoual is in the (very Irish) house. Celebrate the unlikely but inspired pairing with a round of Big Gingers, the famed Vincent Burger filled with braised short rib and smoked Gouda, and a Guinness chocolate mousse.

Braemar Golf Dome

If your out-of-town clients are golfers, spend a satisfying hour at Braemar Golf Dome (, the Twin Cities longest-hitting indoor golf environment. Practice your swing in one of 46 tee areas and polish your short game on the putting green. From there, head west to Tavern 4 and 5 (, less than 10 miles from Hazeltine National Golf Club, home of the 41st Ryder Cup. In Ryder Cup style, order a celebratory bottle of Veuve Clicquot, followed by the grilled filet mignon with fresh asparagus and canoe-thrashed wild rice.

The Aviary

If your clients are game for out-of-the-box experiences, treat them to a private aerial fitness class at the Aviary ( in the historic Telephone Building in northeast Minneapolis. Supported by sturdy blue hammocks suspended from the circa 1902 ceiling, you’ll learn the fundamentals of aerial fitness, including alignment, basic moves and postures. After everyone’s returned to Earth, walk to Brasa ( and sit down to an earthy, soul-satisfying feast of spicy masa cakes with roasted yams, chorizo-potato chilaquiles with salsa verde, and other dishes.

The Firm

If your clients appreciate a killer soundtrack, score some coveted spots at the Firm (, the music-centric fitness studio across from International Market Square. Invite the team to take a vintage aerobics class or a cardio hip-hop class with a top Twin Cities choreographer. Après-workout, head over to Café Lurcat ( on Loring Park. Amp up everyone’s vitamin C levels with a round of zesty Grapefruit Drops made with Absolut Ruby Red, triple sec, grapefruit, and basil, and rebuild their protein stores with the signature miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and sides of nutrient-rich roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Theodore Wirth Ski/Skate

For the ultimate winter workout, arrange a private group lesson in Nordic or skate skiing with an expert from the Loppet Foundation (, a Minneapolis nonprofit that supports skiing and other outdoor activities in Wirth Park. Meet your coach at Wirth Par 3 Clubhouse, where you can buy trail passes and rent cross-country skis, boots and poles. After a vigorous trek on the winding, wooded trails, it’s an easy three-minute drive to Sparks (, a cozy corner café in the heart of Bryn Mawr. Order a bottle of red table wine and a well-deserved meal of roasted Amish chicken, mashed potatoes, asparagus and fruit crisp baked in the wood-fired oven.