About Us

Welcome to The FIRM.

Did you know The FIRM has been rocking since 1986? Our history has been a wild ride…

We began as an aerobics studio & evolved with the times offering more fitness options like CrossFit, Cycle and yoga as we grew.

Though we’ve operated in many different spaces, our mission has stayed the same:


We make working out an event.

Driven by pride, passion, and love.

Building community one name at a time.

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Our Manifesto

Family, however defined, provides a deep sense of belonging. With a “come as you are” mindset, The FIRM is a family striving for optimal fitness and good health. Free to sweat any and every color of the rainbow.

Never-ending encouragement (and an infinite amount of laughter) bond us in our shared goals and pursuits, rooted in sweat, squats, sun salutations, and collective triumphs.

Come and have a fitness experience with us. You’re Home.

Why us?

You’re never alone when you work out at The FIRM

With our class instructors and friendly, serviceable staff behind you, there’s never a moment you won’t be motivated to dig deeper than the day before. Providing a wide range of experiences, amenities, and complimentary offerings, you can trust in The FIRM’s value as a better fitness center.

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Our History

How we got to where we are today.

Throughout the decades a lot of ups and downs have happened to our family in fitness but we’re all the stronger for it.

A Friendship Begins

Kelly Miyamoto joins Teri McLean and David Gray in opening an aerobics studio off of Harmon Place named David’s Body Shop.

Call Us The FIRM

Inclusivity drives a change of name, sparked from a fashion magazine brainstorming session, and “The FIRM: A Workout Studio” is born.

Earning Our Cred

David wins the first ever International Aerobics Federation competition sponsored by Crystal Light and our teams followed suit.

Lights… Camera…

Kelly begins hosting the weekly fitness spot on the KARE 11 morning show for six years, exploring the world of fitness throughout the Twin Cities.

Saved by Poland

January 1993
Twiddling our thumbs in a temporary location by Hennepin-Lake Liquor, the Polish Community Center provided by way of a lady named Loretta.

Home Sweet (supposed to be) Forever Home

January 2011
From KOOL 108 dance promotions and pioneering pride parades we found our fitness home of 12 years off of 2nd Ave.

The Wild West

March 2023