Inclusive, supportive, personalized fitness
No matter where you’re starting from, we’re here to help! Come say hi — you’ll be glad you did!
We are currently open for in-person training! Due to MN COVID protocols, we have limited capacity in our group classes, but we are accepting new group class members. We are following all spacing, cleaning, and mask protocols as required by local government.
As of now, 100% of our members and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Until further notice, proof of COVID vaccination will be required for new members.
We are also open for personal training! Our brand new private personal training studio (we lovingly call it The Annex) is ready for use, so our scheduling availability for PT has greatly increased.
The fitness industry can be a harsh, unwelcoming place to many groups of people: Women, people of color, those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, folks with little or no athletic background, or who are “too big” or “too small” to fit within the preferred body type of typical fitness culture, or think they’re too old to make changes.
These humans deserve a place to work out without judgement, without the constant push to compete with others, without feeling like they’re less than anyone else in the room. Where their value is not determined by their workout scores or heaviest lifts, or how “fit” they look. Where they can just be, and feel at home.
We strive to be that place.
We welcome anyone who is on board with these values and our vision (or at least willing to come with an open mind), whether you’re part of these marginalized communities or not.
Let’s learn, grow, and have fun together!
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!
Be a positive role model for your family!
Still staying home during the pandemic?
Train with us online, from anywhere!
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 facility is unique among St. Paul’s fitness community. We have a private studio where we conduct our classes, as well as a small private personal training studio. 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.
655 Fairview Ave N Suite 180, St. Paul MN 55104
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 LomenOWNER, HEAD COACH, CF-L2, PN1
Chris has been coaching fitness for eight years, and a gym owner for seven years. He is a CF Level 2 trainer, CF 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.
Alison MondayCOACH, CF-L1, 200 RYT, PN1
Alison loves combining her experience as a trauma-informed yoga teacher with functional fitness. She is also a Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 coach.
She loves deadlifts — maybe a little too much.
Kathie SmithCOACH, TBC L1
Kathie found fitness later in life yet is enthusiastic about helping others tap into their abilities and reach their goals. An avid trail runner, Kathie is always eager to take on an endurance event. She is a certified First Degree Coach through Two Brain Coaching, attended The Gymnastic Course and keeps striving to further her education as a coach.
Kathie loves a long chipper!
Julian VarelaCOACH, CF-L1, NASM PT
Courtney “Corndogg” DowningCOACH, CF-L1, USAW-1
Corndogg is a functional fitness and USAW Olympic Weightlifting coach who loves a heavy barbell and Strongman style workouts. She has a passion for women’s health and is spending her time developing her coaching skills to help women increase their strength during any point in their cycle and life.
Corndogg loves screaming while weightlifting and scaring the person across from her at the gym with her cute lifting faces.
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