Hello! Happy #FitnessFriday and #FriYAY. It’s been quite a week, I don’t know about you. But today I am talking about one of my new favorite fitness studios in the Twin Cities area, Studio TimeOut.
Studio: Studio TimeOut
Location: 6001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Studio TimeOut: Studio TimeOut is absolutely adorable! I loved it from the moment I set foot inside the studio. They have been in business since 1999. Their mission is “to help women realize how amazing they really are.” And they do this “through the health enhancing benefits of nutrition, exercise and Pilates, and personal growth work.”
The studio was seriously so cute and the girl working the front desk was super friendly and nice. There are several rooms in the studio so there were other classes going on at the same time and the place was hopping! They even have a kitchen area attached where I was told they used to do nutrition and cooking classes but haven’t done much lately.
The Classes: Studio TimeOut offers a variety of classes including Barre, BodyShaping, BodyPUMP, Yoga, Zumba, Nia, Tabata, Pilates, Relaxation & Stretching, Aerial Stretch, and AerialBarre.
My Experience: I have taken several classes now at Studio TimeOut including Pilates Mat, BodyPUMP, Small Ball Release, and Barre. I have been attending these classes through ClassPass.
Pilates Mat: Focuses on the Pilates principles of breathing, concentration, precision and flow. Like the instructor said, you may think Pilates feels easy but it actually gets harder as you get better and learn to engage your core more during the moves.
This was a large class. We used a small blue ball to sit on and work our pelvic floor muscles. I wasn’t quite sure about this. We also had a pink ball that was used to support the lower back and/or the neck during different exercises. We used the Pilates ring and also a block if again, you needed some variations of the exercises.
This class felt a lot different than my class at Six Degrees Uptown. I didn’t even break a sweat in this one but we were certainly working. It was slower paced and the instructor made sure we were doing the moves correctly.
BodyPUMP: “It’s a toning and conditioning class using barbells and motivating music.” The instructor was very good about giving some heads up as to what was coming next and what weights would be needed.
If you are new to BodyPUMP, it can be very intimidating and overwhelming because everyone is moving around fast, grabbing equipment and setting up and as a newbie, you may feel like “what the heck is going on?” My recommendation: 1) go with a friend who has been before and can show you the ropes or 2) seek out the instructor, tell them you’re new and ask them what to do. That’s what I did at Studio Timeout! The instructor, Meredith, was very nice and showed me what equipment I needed to set up.
My beef with BodyPUMP: As someone who works at a sports medicine center where the training emphasis is on proper technique and form and programs are very individualized, I see so many faults in the BodyPUMP type of training. The weights are not individualized, you are just grabbing “small”, “medium” or “large” weights and basically guessing what is right based on how it feels. It is also a large, fast paced class, so there is no correction of form or technique, which is just setting people up for injury. This is NOT a criticism of Studio Timeout, as the instructor was better than the one other time I went to BodyPUMP many years ago in that she helped me get set up and gave some cues as to what was coming next and how to modify your weights, but just a critique of this type of training in general. For someone who works out often, knows proper form and has a good idea how much weight they can lift, I’m sure BodyPUMP is a fun workout but for people who are new to working out, I would recommend working one on one with a trainer before jumping into a class such as BodyPUMP.
Small Ball Release: “Extremely relaxing and stress relieving class. Use the small balls to roll out and release tight muscles… leaving you feeling more mobile, loose, and relaxed.” This was like a self massage and it was very lovely. We focused mostly on neck and upper back but she said it changes each class. The class is offered once a week on Wednesday morning and night.
Barre: Britany and I have tried out other barre classes (Pure Barre, Haute Barre, and Barre Bliss) and it wasn’t my favorite workout but I really want to like it so I gave it another try. You use a ballet barre, small weights and small pulsing movements to sculpt and tone your body. I find the classes to be frustrating because it’s so hard to hold your body in one place while it’s shaking and also the classes tend to move very quickly so it can be difficult for beginners to follow along. I also tend to worry that I’m not doing the moves correctly and am therefore not getting the full benefit but I believe some studios offer classes to assist with proper form and technique. The instructor, Lauren, was great. High energy and knew a lot of people’s names so she would point out when they were doing well or if they needed a correction.
Bottom Line: Studio TimeOut is pretty close to my apartment so I love the location. Parking can be difficult depending on the time of day. They have several rooms within the studio so multiple classes are going on at once and the place has always been hopping when I’ve been there. I like that they have a variety of classes to choose from and everyone from the front desk staff to the fitness class instructors have been super friendly. They do have restrooms with changing areas but there are no showers.
And again, it is so adorable. Look at this sign that’s hanging in the women’s bathroom:
Check out Studio TimeOut if you are in the Minneapolis area!
If you are a new customer, you can get 12 days for $12!!
***We were not compensated by Studio TimeOut in any way, all opinions are our own.