COVID Updates

We are open for group classes and personal training! We are limiting classes to four athletes and one coach. Masks are required at all times, and each athlete has their own 12x18' workout area with all the equipment they need. Last update: 1/13/2020

Train with us online, from anywhere!

Still staying home during the pandemic? We have several tried & true online coaching options that can help you get fitter, even if you're stuck at home, AND the benefit of a supportive and positive online community. Connection is more important now than ever before. To us, this is more than just a workout plan. It's a lifeline. Contact us today to learn more!


We'll you with provided top-notch programming that is doable even if you don't have a single piece of equipment! Includes video movement demos, daily workout walkthroughs, and multiple versions of the workout to suit any fitness level or equipment limitations.


During these times when we're forced to stay home, finding ways to connect with other humans is vital. Our group is positive, thoughtful, friendly, and amazingly supportive. You don't have to do this alone! Through our daily Zoom video classes, you'll get to see friendly faces and share in the experience with you new home gym friends.


Our coaches care about you. We've committed to doing 1 on 1 video check ins with every client, every week. We'll help you move better, feel better, and stay motivated!

Our location

Our facility is unique among St. Paul's fitness community. We have a private studio where we conduct our classes. As a member of the CoMotion Center for Movement, we also have access to a large 15,000 sqft. open gym space with a wide variety of equipment including ninja warrior gear, turf, Concept2 rowers & SkiErgs, Assault bikes, and more.  CoMotion is 40,000 sqft. of health, fitness, and arts businesses all with the common goal to get people moving. Boxing, ballet, drumming, Zumba, and functional fitness all coexist together in the same building! There's truly something for everyone here. 

Ripple Effect Community Fitness
655 Fairview Ave N, Suite 180
St. Paul, MN 55104


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What is the Ripple Effect?

We have seen it countess times in our work with athletes of all ages and skill levels: You take the plunge, and give this whole functional fitness thing a try. It’s hard, but before long you actually kinda like it! You start to see progress — you’re going faster, for longer.  You have more energy. Your confidence is growing. Before you know it, that energy, confidence, and stamina is branching out and positively affecting other areas of your life: your relationships, your job performance, your willingness to do hard things. Your friends & family get inspired to make healthy changes. The hard work you put in at the gym ends up making your whole life better! It’s not an exaggeration — it’s the Ripple Effect. All good things start by taking that first step. We’re here to help you take the plunge!

We are proud to be a part of the St. Paul Midway community! 

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Our Vision

Your well-being is more than just working out. We aim to provide resources for the whole person, in a fun, non-intimidating environment. We're passionate about helping people find their inner athlete for the first time!

Personal Training

Everybody starts with one on one coaching. Whether you're brand new to functional fitness, or a five year veteran -- you will benefit greatly from individual attention.

Group Training

Group classes are a fun way to push yourself, meet new friends, and have a ton of fun! All our classes are run by dedicated coaches who actually COACH -- not just read off things from the board and say "Go."


Nutrition is absolutely crucial when we're trying to improve and maximize our health. We offer personalized nutrition coaching, InBody scans, and other tools to help you understand the total picture of your health.

Meet our team

The Dream Team. You won't find a group of people who have more capacity to care, encourage, and facilitate change -- anywhere. Want to be part of the team? We are always looking for great talent. Email us!
Chris Lomen

Chris Lomen

Owner, Head Coach

Chris has been coaching fitness for six years, and a gym owner for five years. He is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer, CrossFit Endurance coach, and has attended a variety of speciality seminars and continuing education opportunities to keep fine-tuning his craft. Chris is also a Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 coach.

He loves burpees, but please don't hold that against him.

Bryan Rosen

Bryan Rosen


Bryan is a very experienced, super fun coach and former gymnast. He is a CrossFit Level 3 trainer, USAW Level 1 coach, and holds his ISSA Personal Training certification.

His favorite workout movement is the Medicine Ball Clean!

Kyle Geissler

Kyle Geissler

Chief Happiness Officer

Kyle has been an RECF member since fall 2019. He's the go-to staff member for connecting people, celebrating wins, and helping to integrate new members seamlessly!

Kathie Smith

Kathie Smith


Kathie has been passionate about fitness for many years, and has been a fixture of the RECF community. She's currently participating in our coaching internship and getting certified through Two Brain Coaching.


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