Fitness Crazes in the Twin Cities

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 10:37am.

Just when you finally got Zumba down, along comes Piloxing or BollyX or one of the myriad other fitness crazes, tempting you to toss the toning sticks. From Hollywood to the UK, we’ve got a list of the hot new fitness trends to get you off your hiney and looking svelte – and they’re offered right here in your own Twin Cities backyard.

What Do You Get When You Mix Pilates with Boxing?

Piloxing! Apparently a Hollywood celeb workout craze, Piloxing was created by Swedish trainer and dancer, Viveca Jensen. Agility and sculpting are the aims. The routine uses weighted boxing gloves – the better to tone your arms.

Are you game? You’ll need to go to Minneapolis for your workout, at Revolution + Cycle Fitness Studio, 1828 Marshall St. NE, Suite 19. Piloxing classes are held Fridays at 5:30 p.m. You can learn more about the fitness routine at

Skip the Dinner and a Movie

Head to Woodbury for cardio and a movie. Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive in Woodbury, offers one of the season’s latest fitness crazes, a cardio theatre. No longer can you blame your flabby thighs on the fact that you’d prefer a movie to a workout because cardio theatres combine both.

The “seats” in this dark, theater-like atmosphere, are actually cardio equipment but the movies are the real deal. They’re meant to distract you into staying on the equipment longer.

Grab a Quick, But Intense Workout

There’s a lot of confusion over what sets High-Intensive Interval Training (HIIT) and Tabata apart. The differences are subtle. Both are high-intensity exercise routines, both have aerobic benefits.

The main difference between the two is that “rest and work periods in Tabata are shorter compared to HIIT, and Tabata pushes the limit on the percentage of your maximum heart rate,” according to Men’s Fitness’ Mark Barroso.

Both are intense but quick – something you can easily fit into a busy day.

Hell Bent Fitness in Minneapolis incorporates Tabata into their HIIT sessions, which are held on Wednesday mornings at 5:30, 6:30 and 9:45 and also on Friday mornings at the same times with the exception of one additional session at 7:30 in the morning. They are located at 4803 Nicollet Avenue South.

Are you Ready to Fly?

While it’s yet to hit the Twin Cities metro, TrapFit is sweeping the nation and should be here soon. Known as “exercise meets circus skills,” TrapFit is a type of interval training “with custom made professional level trapezes and it requires intense strength work, cardio movement and deep stretching,” according to The Telegraph, UK.

So why would we tempt you with a fitness program that isn’t even offered here? Because the Twin Cities does TrapFit one better – with the Twin Cities Trapeze Center. Among the classes held here are exercise classes – so you’ll most likely get a similar workout to the TrapFit routine.

While they offer Barre, Tabata and Zumba classes, the one you’ll want to try is AERIALATES®, which combines the aerial arts with Pilates. Not sure you want to try it? Head on over to and read the reviews – there are six of them and all reviewers award Twin Cities Trapeze Center five stars.


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