MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Minnesotans have hundreds of fitness options. They can run the Stone Arch bridge, pedal the greenway, maybe hop on a yoga mat. But according to Women's Health Magazine, there is only one place that offers the best workout in Minneapolis: Tiger Athletics.
"We put everything that we have to help and change lives on a daily basis," Stacie Clark said.
Parents to two young boys, Stacie and Chris Clark are the married co-founders of Tiger Athletics in Plymouth.
"About seven years ago, I decided to fulfill my dreams and passion and do that full time," Stacie Clark said. "And that is to inspire, teach and mentor others and change lives on a daily basis with my husband."
The Clarks canvased the Twin Cities training Minnesotans. Eight months ago, their outside-the-box approach to fitness grew to the launch of their new baby.
"We focus on functional body-weight training. We believe in mimicking real life movement and using your body weight," Stacie Clark said. "It helps injury prevention, it makes you look better, feel better and perform better at everything you do."
That's the Tiger difference -- they work to build everyone's inner athlete.
"One of my mottos is burn calories, not time," Stacie Clark said. "At Tiger, you can burn anywhere from 600 to 1,000 calories in 60 minutes for just showing up and being here."
And, of course, by working hard. That's easy to do, as the Clarks' energy makes an intangible difference.
"Stacie's energy makes it a lot different," said Laura Daniel, a student at Tiger Fit Studio. "Other people can teach, but the way she and Chris coach is different. There's a motivation that they give you that you can't find anywhere else."
Being crowned Minneapolis' best workout by one of the most prestigious women's health magazines didn't happen through luck.
"We are extremely honored. Nothing goes unearned," Stacie Clark said. "We do feel like we earned that right to be called the best. We live what we do every day."
For the Clarks and Tiger Athletics, it's more than calories burned and muscles toned.
"Tiger means, be bold, strong, there are no limits," Stacie Clark said. "For me, when people say why Tiger, it will only take you one experience to know why Tiger. And I'll leave you with that."
Tiger Fit Studio is open to anyone. Drop in classes cost $20. There are also discount packages and memberships available. You can visit their Web site here.
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