A New Year and a New Focus on Health and Wellness

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber

Ah, it’s a new year—finally! Time for a fresh start and new beginnings. If there’s one thing that 2020 taught us, it’s how important our physical and mental health is to our overall well-being. Start 2021 off strong by finding a fitness program that you and your family can enjoy and get into a fun, healthy, and active lifestyle.  

Research suggests that moderate amounts of exercise can make a real difference and provides important and long-lasting health benefits.

  • Helps maintain weight loss and prevent excess weight gain
  • Reduces risk of chronic health conditions and diseases
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Improves mood
  • Lowers depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves brain function and memory
  • Promotes better sleep

No matter your age or fitness level, our community has plenty of fitness options to help you stay healthy—all of which are locally owned and operated.

New COVID-19 requirements: Starting January 11, fitness facilities can be open at 25% occupancy or 150 people (up from 100). Group classes of 25 people (up from 10) are allowed with social distancing. Masks are required.

Featured Chamber Members

Baxter Anytime Fitness

Baxter Anytime Fitness is open 24/7 to members and offers flexible membership plans with access to Anytime Fitness coaches. Anytime Fitness offers a clean and secure facility. You’ll find cardio machines, free weights, and personalized or small group training.

Brainerd Anytime Fitness

Brainerd Anytime Fitness is open 24/7 to members and offers flexible membership plans with access to Anytime Fitness coaches. Anytime Fitness offers a clean and secure facility. You’ll find cardio machines, free weights, and personalized or small group training.

Brainerd YMCA

The Brainerd YMCA has been a community staple in the Brainerd Lakes since 1889 and enhancing lives ever since. The Brainerd YMCA offers a multitude of ways for your family to focus on health and wellness. There’s aquatics, fitness classes for adults and seniors, youth programs, strength equipment, and personal training.

Breezy Point Figure Skating Club

If you’ve always dreamed about learning to skate, it’s not too late. Breezy Point Skate School’s Learn to Skate USA program is the place for you to get started on the ice. The program teaches adults and children the fundamentals of skating.

Crosslake Community Center

Crosslake Community Center’s mission is to provide recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. You’ll find 13 miles of trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. There’s an outdoor rink, sledding hill, 9-hole disc golf, and tennis courts. Inside, you’ll find a gym and weight room. Day passes and memberships available.

CrossFit Grow

CrossFit has gained in popularity for its strength, conditioning, and broad inclusivity. CrossFit teaches movements you’ll find in real life: pushing, squatting, jumping, and carrying. Trying CrossFit is easy at CrossFit Grow. A good way to get started is to join the beginner 6 week challenge.

Encompassing Beauty

Encompassing Beauty focuses on all aspects of beauty and well-being—from the inside out—while connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Here, you can get pampered by a full-service Aveda salon. Encompassing Beauty also offers Pilates, barre classes, and yoga. 

FitQuest Athletic Club

FitQuest Athletic Club offers flexible membership opportunities with punch cards, day passes, short-and-long-term membership opportunities. FitQuest is a full-service gym with cardio and weights, basketball, volleyball, and pickleball. Plus, you can have access to personal trainers to help you reach your fitness goals. 

Northern Lakes Youth Hockey

The Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association (NLYHA) serves youth in Aitkin, Backus, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, Ironton, Jenkins, Pequot Lakes, and Pine River. If your child is interested in hockey, check out NLYHA. NLYHA promotes a fair and safe environment for kids to learn hockey skills and sportsmanship.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness offers affordable gym membership with access to Planet Fitness centers worldwide. With the Black Card, you get added perks like free tanning, hydro massage, and discounts. Planet Fitness offers cardio and strength training, plus access to free fitness training.

Snap Fitness Pequot Lakes

Snap Fitness Pequot Lakes is your fast, convenient, and affordable solution to your workout routine. Snap Fitness Pequot Lakes has Cybex and cardio equipment, plus group fitness classes like Zumba, BeatBoss, spin, and yoga. Snap Fitness makes reaching your fitness goals fun!

Splash School

We live in lake country. Having your kids know how to swim is important. Splash School offers a fun and safe environment for kids to learn how to swim. All instructors are Red Cross lifeguard certified. Swim lessons are held at the pool at Cragun’s Resort. Splash School also offers other water safety and lifeguard certification courses.

Strength Studio

Strength Studio is a personal training studio that focuses on research-based high intensity resistance training. This not only maximizes the efficiency of your workouts, but also minimizes the time you need to spend working out. The trainers at Strength Studio have experience working with all abilities and will design a program just for you!

Takedown Gym

Takedown Gym is a state-of-the-art facility with dedicated staff helping you reach your fitness goals. Takedown offers sports training for athletes to improve skills. You’ll also find open gym hours and a variety of fitness training and group classes no matter your fitness level. For convenience, there is a daycare on-site.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is a gym that offers safety and fulfillment for children with special needs and neurotypical children. We Rock the Spectrum Gym provides a place for children of all ability to play and grow with uniquely designed sensory equipment for children with sensory processing disorders.


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