Minot’s newest fitness centers offer more options for community
Whatever a person’s fitness interest, there’s an array of choices in the clubs and studios in Minot. This year, two new options became available in Spectrum Fitness and Forever Fitness 24/7.
Spectrum Fitness is Minot’s newest center, opening Oct. 1 under the management of Mike and Rachelle Sian. The couple has many years of experience in the fitness industry. Mike previously operated a karate studio in his home, and Rachelle, an orthopedic massage therapist, also saw clients in her home.
Rachelle Sian said their businesses had grown to the point where they were looking for an outside location, finding the right spot in the former Starlite Lounge building at 1915 N. Broadway.
“We definitely got more than we bargained for. We were looking for just a space for karate, but we ended up with a lot of things,” Sian said.
Those things include a fitness room with strobing, colored lights used for jungle spin classes. It includes a yoga room with a wall waterfall and a quiet room with an infrared, five-person sauna.
Sian also now sees her massage clients at the center. Sian holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a specialty in rehabilitation and certification in orthopedic massage.
Christy Miller, personal trainer at Spectrum Fitness, is a women’s fitness specialist who can provide modifications for women who may have core, knee or shoulder issues. The center has a room set aside for private training.
Other center amenities include a staffed child-care room and two private showers in addition to restrooms.
One won’t find weight rooms or mechanized exercise equipment at Spectrum Fitness. Rather, the center’s focus is unique fitness classes ranging from aerial yoga to heavy-bag kickboxing. The center also strives to ensure users are engaged and motivated.
“When you come into Spectrum Fitness, you are never alone. When you come in here, you are always with an instructor, a trainer or a therapist,” Sian said. “You are always led. You are always going to get a good workout.”
Unique classes offered at Spectrum Fitness include pound fit, which uses drum sticks; Viking, an advanced boot camp; Body-N-Soul, offering a varied workout to Christian music; and hula hoop. Couples dance classes are offered Friday evenings.
For exercisers aged 55 and older, there are gentler yogas and kickboxing, low-impact strength building and Tai Chi.
Karate classes are available Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings for ages 4 to 12.
People can stop by to see the center during business hours, which are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Minot’s other newest center, Forever Fitness 24/7, opened July 1 in the 20th Avenue Mall at 515-20th Ave. SE. Owned by Troy Gilseth, the center is managed by Barb Clemetson, who has been in management in the fitness industry for more than seven years. Tyson Tooley provides personal training services at the center.
Forever Fitness offers an array of cardio and circuit training machines as well as free weights and a separate stretching room. Clemetson said the center has offered some yoga, stretch and other fitness classes and is developing a regular class schedule. It also has a hydro-massage bed and a stand-up tanning bed.
Clemetson said the studio location is attractive for its accessibility.
“I really like it here. It’s a bigger, open concept,” she said of the walk-through nature of the center. Still, there are divisions among the different areas of fitness so people who might feel intimidated at a crowded gym can find their own spaces.
The center has two restrooms with showers and provides handicapped accessibility.
Regular hours to stop by and have a look are Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Minot Fitness Centers
3516 N. Broadway
The 24-hour gym offers personal training, advanced sports training, martial arts for ages 5 and up and group aerobics classes. The center has two weight rooms and a variety of gym equipment. Monthly memberships exist for individuals, couples and families with contracts optional and with opportunities for add-ons. Memberships include tanning, hydro-massage and use of a staffed children’s play area for ages six weeks to 7 and children’s lounge for kids 8 and older. A massage therapist is available for a separate fee. Ask Fitness provides facilities for a CrossFit club, which operates with its own membership fees. CrossFit members do not also need to be members of Ask Fitness.
North Plains CrossFit
3515 16th St. SW
CrossFit is defined as highly variable, functional movements performed at high intensity. Instead of focusing solely on one or two things, CrossFit looks at fitness as a whole and tries for improvement in each area. Workouts are constantly changing to force our bodies to change with it and keep things interesting. North Plains CrossFit workouts are written by local coaching staff and are designed to help clients become more fit in the areas of strength, endurance, mobility, gymnastics, skills and many others. North Plains CrossFit operates in the Minot Family YMCA. The schedule is: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6, 9:15 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 6 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday, 6, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Monthly pricing is available for individuals and couples with YMCA membership. A family membership and CrossFit Kids, ages 3 to 12, are coming soon.
1915 N. Broadway
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Spectrum Fitness focuses on unique classes and offers personal training. People can try out a class for $10, or $18 for aerial yoga. Monthly membership fees vary based on custom packages and a discount is available for longer term memberships. Discounts also exist for families, military and seniors. Spectrum Fitness is offering a $10 discount on any package to its first 100 members.
305 20th Ave. SW
1100 N. Broadway
Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour fitness center with 2,000 square feet of weight area and new cardio machines that enable users to track their activity and weight. Classes are offered in cardio, weight lifting, Zumba, spin and yoga. Amenities include hydro-massage, tanning and nationwide access to 3,000 clubs. Annual individual and couples memberships are available. The club accepts insurance fitness reimbursements and participates in Silver Sneakers and Silver&Fit.
104 20th Ave. SW
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Curves is a women’s fitness club that provides a 30-minute total body workout with strength training, cardio, stretching and professional coaching.
Forever Fitness 24/7
515-20th Ave. SE.
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An exercise center with personal training services, Forever Fitness is open to anyone aged 16 or older. The center’s basic monthly fee includes 24/7 access to the facility. Additional charges apply for classes or use of the tanning or hydro-massage equipment. Forever Fitness offers the Silver Sneakers and Silver&Fit benefits as well as participates in wellness discount programs of health insurers.
2217 16th St. NW
SOS Image is a 24-hour fitness center that provides group aerobic, spin, kettle bell and yoga classes and personal training services. Monthly memberships are available for individuals, couples and families. Boot camps are available for an additional fee. SOS Image also gives gym members a 5 percent discount on its tanning, massage and other associated salon services.
Minot Family YMCA
3515 16th St. SW
The YMCA differs from other fitness facilities in its nonprofit status. Its board is committed to ensuring no person is turned away due to an inability to pay. Its Membership for All program ensures that everyone has affordable access to the YMCA. In addition, all programs are subsidized to keep fees affordable. In 2016, the YMCA in Minot gave back $740,000 to the community.
The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active and developing healthy habits. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.
More than just a place to work out or take a fitness class, the Y provides a range of recreational activities and programs that promote wellness. With something to offer everyone, there’s no such thing as being too old to get in the game. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there’s the added benefit of being connected to others.
In response to a spring 2017 survey on facility hours, the YMCA after Labor Day began opening an hour earlier, at 4 a.m., Monday through Friday, and now is open Sunday mornings, beginning at 6 a.m.
2 Main St. S, Suite 115 (Central Avenue entrance)
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The studio offers classes seven days a week. Each week, about 33 classes are offered from beginning to advanced levels, including both warm and hot yogas. Hot yoga classes are able to offer a more involved use of isolated muscles groups. The studio provides full showers with supplies, complementary tea and coffee and wine upon request for ages 21 and older. Men’s yoga is held Monday evenings, and Wednesdays feature a yoga and beer night. A bendes and love class is a two-hour Sunday class that includes social periods before and after the one-hour yoga and is designed to help participants achieve set goals. Monthly memberships are available without contract or for a reduced rate through three- and six-month contracts. Participants also can purchase 10- and 25-class passes or pay $10 for a drop-in class. Special rates are available for students, military and seniors. Some classes accommodate mobility limitations, and scheduling assistance is available for participants who desire those classes.