For a workout that will literally send you flying, Northeast Minneapolis’ The Aviary is the gym for you. Established in 2015, The Aviary is a boutique fitness studio that offers full-body workouts and yoga classes using aerial hammocks. If that sounds intimidating, rest assured that this low-impact activity is anything but.

“Our classes are designed to make you stronger and to show you that with proper instruction, anyone can perform basic aerial moves,” says Christine Longe, owner and founder. “The aerial moves are in fact the easiest part of any class since our instructors provide easy-tofollow verbal cues and hands-on assistance to help everyone succeed.”

Aerial fitness is not just for small, fit people or for acrobatic circus performers; it can accommodate all body types and fitness levels. Few people have the grace—or waistline—of a ballerina, and The Aviary knows that. Instructors work with beginners every day to help clients work their way up to new levels of strength and flexibility. All body types and fitness levels are encouraged to participate, so long as you don’t mind being upside down.

The Aviary also specializes in hosting Signature Private Parties, perfect for a small gathering. The maximum group size is 15 people; parties are two hours long and guests will learn aerial poses, tricks and inversions in their first hour. The rest of the time is open for guests to take photos of their favorite moves and enjoy food or beverages they have brought. The Aviary has hosted over 80 parties in the last 10 months that range from corporate teambuilding to bachelorette parties.

“No experience is required to take our Intro to Aerials class or attend a Signature Private Party,” assures Longe. “These formats are designed to be appropriate for any level of fitness and we limit our class size to 15 people. Less people means you get more one-on-one time to help you succeed at the moves and keep you safe.”  

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.

 

In the wake of a total global crisis, the Meet Minneapolis team got to work. 

Connecting the Community

Last summer, as communities across the state reeled, the CVB launched the “We Need Us!” campaign as a rally cry and reminder on the importance of supporting the businesses that make Minneapolis so unique.

“It really came from this question of, ‘How can we support our community that’s hurting in so many ways and make locals feel comfortable making those choices?’” says senior vice president of destination branding & strategy Courtney Ries.

 

Your team may have worn out the Zoom happy hour, but these virtual team-building options offer ways to connect and engage on a whole new level.