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Get Fit In SoMinn: Gyms for the New Year

December 22, 2017
  1. The start of a brand-new year.

I’m not sure I know a single person who does NOT set new goals for themselves at the start of the new year.

New Year’s Resolutions are almost to be expected. And I’m not sure why they get such a bad rep. New changes are never an easy thing to maintain. The combination of a change in routine + the chaos that is life can make things challenging. But that should never discourage you from trying something new.

As a personal trainer and health guru, fitness obviously comes to mind first when I think of New Year’s Resolutions. For this month’s column, I wanted to do my #fitfam a favor and provide a list of some awesome gyms in Southern Minn that are not only offering killer deals and incentives to kick off the New Year, but will truly welcome you with open arms. I’m quite a huge fan of every gym/studio and trainer that I’ve listed below. I wouldn’t suggest them to you if I didn’t think they would treat you well.

The Anytime Fitness of Faribault, recognizes that taking the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle is the hardest part.  After that, it gets a whole lot easier.

That’s why they’re offering the following perks to help encourage people to take those first few steps. New members who join Anytime Fitness between Jan. 1-12 – for just $1 – will receive the following:

  • A FREE guest pass to the new group training program that starts Jan. 1 – including a personalized fitness assessment, orientation to all of the gym’s equipment and a 30-day “Get Started Plan.”
  • Free access to the new Anytime Fitness mobile app. The app features more than 1,000 different workout sessions. So, you can easily find the workouts that are best for you while avoiding boredom with a new workout every day.
  • The app also helps you set goals and track your progress – to keep you motivated and to allow you to participate in friendly competitions with workout buddies if you like.

“The secret to making big changes is recognizing and appreciating little victories,” General Manager, Kris Johnson said.   Getting started can be scary.  But, with the right type of coaching and support, anything is possible.” And if any of you have met Kris, you’ll know that this is true. She is truly motivated by and passionate about helping people reach their full potential. She will not leave you hanging.

Contact Kris Johnson at the Anytime Fitness of Faribault at:
(P): 507.331.3434
(C): 507.330.2113



But, that’s not the only option you have in the Faribault Area. Fitness in Motion is constantly bringing in new equipment to ensure that their clients & members will never have a dull day in the gym.

Mike Swanson of Fitness in Motion sent me a text a few weeks ago letting me know that they had just recently received a handful of “Airrunners”. I knew I had to include something as cool as these bad-boys in my column. So, get this … these non-motorized treadmills are one of the newest pieces of equipment in the fitness industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking or running, this piece of equipment allows your body to be the motor and burn up to 30 percent more calories – how crazy is that?

To give these Airrunners a shot or to get started with one of their fitness classes, contact Mike Johnson at Fitness in Motion at:
(P): 507.334.1823


Swinging on through the Northfield area? You have to stop by the Northfield YMCA. Not only is their facility absolutely gorgeous, but their staff is dynamite. Some of the most supportive people I’ve met … anywhere. The Y is always open to supporting your goals, whatever they may be.  As a nonprofit organization with a mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities, they strive to promote healthy living and youth development with a wide variety of programs and services including:

  • Swimming lessons, lap swimming, open swim
  • Teen and adult fitness and nutrition programs
  • Sports and recreation programs
  • An entire floor of fitness equipment
  • 50 and older group aqua exercise classes every week
  • AND, childcare while you take care of your own health
  • PLUS, at the Y they truly work to ensure that everyone and anyone can participate so consider signing up for a financial scholarship.

The Y is a proud lead sponsor of the Faribault Daily News and Northfield News Health and Wellness Challenge along with the Anytime Fitness in Faribault. They encourage you to sign up by January 15.

For more information, visit their website at or better yet, stop by and get a quick tour.
(P): 507.645.0088


Alright so how about the Lakeville area? Do you get up there every now & then? You might want to take a look into TITLE Boxing Club in Lakeville-Apple Valley.  Tate Wheeler, general manager, and his team invite you to come “get fit not hit” and burn up to 1,000 calories a class.

Not only will you get your first class FREE, but you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of joining for a pretty amazing price of $20.18 this January. The Ultimate Total Body Workout will absolutely help you knockout your goals and feel stress free all year long.

Contact Tate Wheeler at TITLE Boxing Club Lakeville/Apple Valley at:
(P): 952.300.6800


And just in case you are looking for something more independent, professional MMA fighter & personal trainer, Justin Trangsrud’s Mohawk Power Training can assist you in implementing personal programs and meal plans to help you reach your goals.

For more information on pricing, you can reach Justin at:
(C): 612.275.9414


“Every year, millions of Americans resolve to lead healthier lifestyles, but fewer than 10 percent achieve their resolutions,” said Kris Johnson.   “Those who succeed in making big changes are able to do so because they’re receiving excellent coaching and support – and they’re genuinely having fun at the gym.  When that happens, suddenly exercise becomes a priority and, somehow, you find time that you didn’t think you had to take care of yourself.”

Nothing could be more true. I wanted to include this quote from Kris because I think it’s a great reminder that you don’t have to be alone in starting out. There’s no shame in asking for a little help and guidance.

As you can see there are plenty of options in the SoMinn area. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them. If you end up getting started at any one of these gyms or give any of these classes a shot, please tag us or shoot us a message. We LOVE the feedback.

P.S. if you need a workout buddy, I’m not afraid to help get you started. Shoot me a message.


Nicole Sweeney is a fitness freak who loves nothing more than coffee, laughter & sharing a good workout with anyone and everyone. If you think of any crazy fitness fads you think she should try hit her up on her Instagram account @sisufit or Twitter @APGnsweeney

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