Weekend Top 5 – including the Twin Cities Marathon



Cool New App!

Skyfit is an app which streams classes for runners. If you’ve ever been to a spin class at a gym or a studio, it’s a very similar experience, except for runners. The classes consist of three key components

Music – The trainers diligently select popular music which works perfectly with a given run speed or incline. Specifically, the beats per minute of the track will match the pace of your run. This helps motivate you, and ultimately have a more efficient run.

Motivation – Throughout the class, trainers provide the motivation you need to push your run to the next level.

Instruction – Trainers will give you instructions on what incline and speed to go throughout the class, to ensure you have an efficient and effective run. For treadmill runs, trainers provide incline and speed. For elliptical, trainers provide incline and resistance. And for outdoor runs, the trainers provide relative speed instructions.

If you still are unclear, you can watch the video here, or you can try a month of classes for free.


2. Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Saturday, October 10 – BIG Bike Donation Day

From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need.

Bring your gently used bike to any Allina Health Hospital or most clinics.


3. Aerial Yoga

Times Vary. Training Start in October.

Guess whats new? Aerial Yoga Classes starting in November 2015. Training starts in October! If you are Interested in learning Aerial Yoga, contact the Pole Barn for more information.


4. TC Marathon

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 – a variety of distances and activities for the whole family.

Good luck runners!


5. Bike Fest

Saturday, October 3; 10-4 PM

Wild Ride! Ride the best mountain bike trails in the metro at the Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival. Bike demo trailers and local bike shops will be on hand for bike tune-ups, clinics, group rides and more. Free bike check-out available. Concessions and beer available, prices vary. Come ride!



May 7 – Weekend Top Five!

It’s May – get Moving.

1. Race for the Cure

Sunday, May 10, Edina

Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer.


2. Shop for Mom (or yourself)

Deals Run through May 10

A personal favorite: Studio One Yoga and Massage

Purchase a 10-pack of Yoga for only $115!


3. Self Care – Free Skin Cancer Screening

Saturday, May 9, times vary

What a fantastic opportunity. Dermatology Consultants is offering free cancer screenings. Multiple locations in the Metro.


4. Free Silks!

Saturday, May 9

We love the Pole Barn Studio. If you have yet to experience a class, put this gem on your bucket list. In fact, check them out on Saturday for a free silks class.


5. Climb

Tonight! Thursday, May 7

Midwest Mountaineering

Wellness Take Over! Join us for a glass of wine, and a climb. Sounds pretty perfect. Details can be found on The Wellness Project Facebook page.


Fabulous Friday – the last of 2014!

As the year wraps, here our some our favorite things from 2014.


Pole Barn Studio

The Pole Barn Studio in Downtown Stillwater offers unique women’s classes in Pole Fitness, Aerial Silks, Flex and Dance designed to provide a new way to get in shape.


Studio ME

Studio ME

This fitness studio located on Historic Saint Anthony Main in Northeast Minneapolis offers a variety of unique programs including: TRX Suspension Training, Bosu Balance training, Yoga, SHOCKWAVE, Indo-Row as well as small group and private training sessions.



barre hug

The Barre Studio

This fitness studio has locations in Wayzata and Edina.  The barre exercise class is a unique blend of pilates, yoga & strength training that utilizes a ballet barre for support and resistance, creating the most efficient, sustainable and comprehensive workout around.



Fabletics – First outfit is 50% off!

Kate Hudson’s workout wear delivered direct to your door.  Comfy, fashionable and wearable during a tough class.





Meet Rochelle Jacobs

Rochelle Jacobs

Owner of The Pole Barn Studio, Stillwater MN

The Pole Barn Studio offers unique classes in Pole, Ballet, Silks, Flex and Dance Fitness designed to provide a new and innovative way to stay in shape, improve self-esteem and have fun while working out. It is also an ideal location to host your next Birthday Party, Bachelorette Party, or Ladies Night out!

Rochelle is a mother of two (19 year old daughter and 12 year old son) and has lived in Stillwater almost 20 years.

Rochelle says, “fitness was always something I felt I had to do, but never really wanted to do, until I found Pole and Silks.”

What makes you passionate?

Like many other young girls, my mom enrolled me in dance class when I was 3 years old. I took ballet, jazz and tap until I was 18 years old. I was a cheerleader briefly in high school but beyond that, dance was my only sport. I was good at dance and extremely flexible.

After turning 18, the only dance options I had (as an adult) were either one class offered to all ages or to move on to other dancing options like aerobics. I never really found anything that was offered that made me want to get up and go to class. Trust me; I tried boxing, boot camps, ice skating, aerobics, Zumba, yoga, swimming, and much more. I didn’t feel connected with any of them until I tried my first pole dance class. After my 2nd class, I ordered a pole for home and a few months into it I had lost 20 lbs., felt motivated and had a blast learning new moves.  Within 2 months I had my splits back, felt great about my body, had renewed confidence and I was hooked.

When did you start?

3 years ago I was introduced to Pole Dancing, but I only started Aerial silks in April. The silks have been a passion of mine from the minute I first saw them on TV. I was flipping channels one day and stumbled across a show I had never watched (and will never watch again) called Dance Moms. They had taken the girls to Vegas and were teaching them on the Silk Hammocks. After watching the girls fly in the air and perform tricks – I knew it looked hard, but I thought I could do it.  I started researching Silk Hammocks on YouTube but only found a handful of videos. I realized then that this was something I needed to bring women in my area and offer them this amazing new method of exercise.  After my first lesson (from a Aerial Master, we brought into the studio for 2 months of training) I started to fall madly in love. I discovered my body could easily maneuver on the silks and that not only was it graceful and challenging, but it was so much fun! Now I teach 3 times a week and practice every chance I get. My goal is to share my love of Silks with everyone I can.

Silks are offered Mondays at 7:00, Thursdays at 7:00 and Saturdays at 11:00.  Drop-in classes are $20 and packages start at $49 for 5 classes in a membership plan or 5 classes for $75. The class sizes are small to allow for individual attention.

What tips would you share with someone interested in learning more?

You don’t need to be strong, fit, or young to do aerial silks (although that’s what you normally see in the media). Women of all shapes, sizes and ages can do the silks. Our silks are called “hammocks” which means they have a closed hoop on the bottom verses a regular silk that has two open ended pieces of fabric. The Hammocks are a bit easier to learn on and to make you feel more secure. Although they also are extremely challenging and give you a great workout they also give you the feeling of being fierce and flying around, stretching your body and having a great time!

Check out our recent event at The Pole Barn Studio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1481223502143703.1073741830.1431862157079838&type=3

Fabulous Friday – TC Marathon Weekend

Our picks to keep you fierce, fit and fabulous this weekend.


There is something for everyone.

Friday, October 3

Health & Fitness Expo (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Packet “Pic-Cup,” presented by Caribou Coffee (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Expo Seminars (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4

Saturday Running Events (State Capitol grounds)

TC 10K, presented by Sprint – 7:30 a.m.

Family Activity Tent- 8:00 a.m. – Noon

TC 5K Run/Walk, presented by Fredrikson & Byron – 9:00 a.m.

Medtronic TC Family Events: Diana Pierce Family Mile, presented by Medica – 10:00 a.m.

Half Mile, presented by KS95 – 10:30 a.m.

Diaper Dash, presented by Pioneer Press – 11:15 a.m.

Toddler Trot – 11:30 a.m.

Expo Events

Health & Fitness Expo (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Packet “Pic-Cup,” presented by Caribou Coffee (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Expo Seminars (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pasta Party (Saint Paul RiverCentre) – 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 5

Starting Line Schedule

16th Annual Medtronic TC 10 Mile – 7:00 a.m.

33nd Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon – 7:55 a.m. (wheelers) and 8:00 a.m.




Ski Swaps – This weekend

Afton Alps Fall Fair and Swap

Check-in equipment Thurs/Fri 10-9, Sat 9-noon. Sale runs Fri 4-9, Sat 11-5, Sun noon-5. Pickup is Sun 6-8, Mon 10-8. Enjoy fun activities including slopeside movie on Friday night, free chairlift and hay rides, kids inflatable jumper, candy hunt in hay, pumpkin painting, and music Saturday.


Trollhaugen SnowFest Ski Swap

Drop Off hours: Weds-Fri 12pm – 6pm. Sale: Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 11am – 4pm. Season passes also on sale.

Email: skishop@trollhaugen.com



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Wellness Project Launch Party

September 28 – The Pole Barn Studio

It was a fun morning as we enjoyed learning how to work out on the silks at The Pole Barn Studio. If you want to feel like a strong, beautiful athlete, take a silks class at The Pole Barn Studio. Of course, we ended the session with a toast.

Check it out on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1rP26BF

Share your weekend wellness report with us on Monday!