Southwest Metro Fitness Challenges

Local gyms and fitness studios offer motivation for kicking your metabolism to a new level.
Joe Ducosin, owner of CycleQuest Studio in Eden Prairie.

September is a time for change. If your summer brought you barbecues, fast food on the run and a few extra pounds, now is a great time to try something different to build or re-build your fitness. Shake up your routine and your metabolism with a challenge from one of these great local fitness resources.




Back to School Transformation Challenge
Duration:  September 10-November 17
Goal: Improved fitness and fat loss
Reward: Varies; last year’s challenge featured more than $2,500 in prizes donated by local businesses

Chanhassen Fitness Revolution offers personal training boot camp and yoga classes both on site and online help participants slim down and improve fitness. Staff will narrow the field to the top three achievers, and the winner is chosen by online voting promoted through the club. There will be a cost (additional to membership) which is to be determined. 530 W. 79th St. Suite 120, Chanhassen; 763.280.3481 

 Suzanne Collier-Wondrak, owner of Living Yoga in Chanhassen.

Living Yoga Chanhassen
Duration: Ongoing
Goal: To practice yoga for 30, 60 or 100 consecutive days
Reward: participants reaching a goal of 60 or more consecutive days get their names inscribed in gold on the studio’s wall
Living Yoga Chanhassen offers Hot Hatha Prana, Hot Hatha Sun, Yin Yoga and Yoga Sculpt, and Pilates. The studio encourages students to make yoga a regular practice by challenging them to incorporate their yoga practice into a daily routine. There is no additional cost for challenges. 540 Market St., Chanhassen; 952.949.6772

 Jenna Galarneau of Living Yoga does an upward stretching pose.

Partner Up and Get Fit
Duration: 90 days, Kick off event is October 6.

Goal:  Two partners will develop skill and habits for a lifetime of fitness
Reward: First Prize—Weight Loss Award: Each person on the team with greatest combined weight loss wins a one-year membership, five personal training sessions and $100; Second Prize—Consistency Award: Team members who follow the program most faithfully win a one-year membership, four free personal training sessions and $50
Grab a friend and join the Partner Up and Get Fit challenge this fall at Snap Fitness in Chaska and Victoria. The entry fee of $300 per couple includes fitness assessment and consultation, a choice of a group boot camp class or private training session each week, a “Nutrition Labels for Dummies” class, diet logging and tips, weekly weigh-ins and professional support along the way. The final weigh-in will be on Saturday, December 29th (to help hold clients accountable during the tempting holiday season.) 700 N. Chestnut St., Chaska; 612.819.4696

 Jay Hancock of Snap Fitness in Chaska works with client Rena Hall at the studio.

Weight Loss Challenge

Duration:  Ten weeks

Goal:  Lose 1 percent of total weight in body fat per week
Reward: Dependent upon the number of participants and prizes donated by local businesses and a cash prize

Each week participants meet with a personal trainer at Healthy Training LLC in Eden Prairie for a weigh-in, food and exercise log checks and a seminar to learn how to lose weight healthfully and maintain it for a lifetime. For $199, participants receive a food log, body fat tests at the beginning, middle and end of the challenge, weekly weigh-ins, a water bottle, bag, weekly seminars and discounts on other services. 6585 Edenvale Blvd. #100A, Eden Prairie; 952.334.4594


Pedal Off the Pounds
Duration: Eight weeks, beginning September 10.
Goal: Weight loss through exercise and nutrition
Reward: Participant losing the highest percentage of body weight in fat will win a five pack of classes
Brief description of program:  Participants receive a professional fitness assessment and unlimited cycling and boot camp classes for the eight-week challenge at CycleQuest Studio in Eden Prairie, along with nutrition and fitness coaching. The cost to register is $275 (discounted to $250 if you sign up with a friend.) 6409 City West Pkwy., Suite 107, Eden Prairie; 952.236.7691


90 Day Body Transformation Challenge
Duration: 90 days

Goal: Reduce body fat 

Reward: Cash prize

Participants get a body composition test, before and after pictures, diet and exercise tools and tips, and discounted personal training and nutritional program packages at the Anytime Fitness in Eden Prairie. To be eligible for cash prizes, participants must achieve a minimum of 36 visits to any Anytime Fitness location during the challenge. In addition to membership, the cost is $35, which goes directly to the prize. 7942 Mitchell Rd., Suite 200, Eden Prairie; 952.562.8702


Fall Into Your Jeans
Duration: 90 days, beginning early September
Goal: better fitting jeans

Reward: A new pair of jeans

Participants will get a before and after photo of them in their “problem jeans” and during the challenge will get personal training and nutritional coaching to improve muscle tone and reduce inches. Cost is to be determined, but is open to both members and non-members at the Anytime Fitness in Chaska. 2980 N. Chestnut St., Chaska; 952.361.4300