Magna Health & Fitness is “a fun, relaxed place to learn how to workout in a multitude of ways as well as access a complete range of services beyond fitness, from complete chiropractic care to acupuncture and sports massage. Imagine the benefits of having all these under one roof, and having a team to communicate with each other to tailor treatments specific to you.”
“It’s more than a gym, it’s a place to teach people to be healthy for life.”
Location: 616 S 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
- Personal training
- Group fitness
- Strength & conditioning
- Sports massage
Environment & Amenities: The front desk staff was very nice. I got a tour of the facility and found out they had rearranged the facility about a week prior to my first visit. I also forgot bobby pins and what do you know, they had some in the bathroom! Awesome! Along with other female products you might need. They also provide: water, towels, hair ties, locker rooms, and showers.
The classes: The first class I took was Cycle HIIT taught by the ownder, Jenny Halstead. It was a 25 minute class of “Work through bursts of challenging sprint and hill intervals paired with resistance and active recovery”. The class was small at just 10 participants and Jenny was a great instructor! The class was short but efficient and effective! Woo my hamstrings were barking the next day! After the class, Jenny showed us a foam roller stretch for the shoulders (optional). It felt really good! She said as always, we could stay as long as we wanted to stretch, foam roll, etc.
The next class I took was GRIT taught by Matt Hanson. It was a 55 minute class “comprised of circuits specifically designed for recovery and spotting purposes that maximize your strength gains and keep your heart rate elevated.” Holy moly was this a workout! Partly because it was my first strength workout in months and my first hard workout since being in the walking boot for 3 weeks. It was a full body workout with emphasis on dead lifts, rows, and arms. I was already shaky half way through the class. I was so sore the day after that it hurt just to be alive, but that’s such a great feeling, isn’t it?! Motivates me to get back into it. Matt said that each day (M, W, F) has a different emphasis so you get the full body workout each class but also throughout the week. There were 5 of us in the class when I went, 3 girls and 2 guys, and everyone just did their own thing and got the work done. It was not intimidating and Matt was great at modifying any exercises I did not feel comfortable doing because of my foot.
Bottom Line: Magna is a great studio and I only scratched the surface of what they offer. They are transitioning to less group fitness and more strength and conditioning, so you’ll see on their calendar that almost every hour is available for S&C. So you can sign up, do your own individualized workout but with the supervision and assistance of a trainer, if needed, and the environment of group fitness if others are training at the same time. I think this allows more flexibility with timing but may be intimidating for someone new to the studio. Both the classes I took were great and I really enjoyed this studio.