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Dakotah! Sport and Fitness is a community in itself

Dakotah! Sport and Fitness

Owners: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 
Location: Prior Lake, Minn.
Employees: 26 full-time, 193 part-time
Number of members: 5,300 memberships, 11,600 members
Year opened: 1994

Fitness clubs in in all shapes and sizes, offerings, and different clientele and employees. 

For Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, in many ways it is unlike most places you will step foot in. First off, it is owned and run by a local Sioux community, in Prior Lake, Minn. Inside the club the offerings are not unlike a small town - pool, ice rink, bowling alley, rock wall, deli, and much, much more.

And the amenities don't end there. Throughout the year Dakotah! hosts blood drives, a farmer's market and various races and events for members.

Read on to see what else this Minnesota gem has to offer

Club vision/mission statement: Exceeding Expectations

Classes: Active Senior, Boot Camp, Boxing, Cycle, Fusion, H.I.T. (high intensity training), Kettlebell, Kickboxing, Silver Sneakers, Step, Team Conditioning, Zumba, Aqua, Yoga, Pilates

Offerings (sauna, pool, courts,cardio, free weights, etc): Pool, rock wall, whirlpool, courts, racquetball, squash, indoor track, tanning, pro shop, deli, ice arena, free weight, cardio, circuit, studios, conf room, bowling, arcade, sauna, steam room, daycare.

Innovative ideas at club:

  • 30-minute noon classes of various styles. Numbers range between 10-20 participants now that the classes are shorter. Allows lunchtime workouts.  Before classes were between 45 and 60 minutes with very poor attendance.
  • Team Conditioning: Everyone works as a team to accomplish the workout. If one fails, everyone on the team fails.  
  • We allow instructors to add their own innovation to the classes. For example, our Team Conditioning instructors wanted to bring in tractor tires to use in classes. We did and they are a huge hit with the group.
  • Class “compilations”: 45-60 minute classes that combine the hottest trends in the industry. Fusion: mixture of the power movements of yoga and pilates.  Cycle and Strength: Combining cycling with resistance band training.  H.I.T.:  Combination of high intensity training and strength training.
  • 24 hour area of the facility with separate entrance
  • Group personal training studio recently added 
  • Team Conditioning Classes

Other Unique offerings at DSF

  • Ice Arenas
  • Bowling/Arcade
  • Overnight Lock-Ins
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Added discounts for members – Mazopiya Health Food Market, Meadows Golf Course green fees, Shakopee Dakota Conv Store Gas Discount)

Where you hope the club will be in 5 years:

  • Offering a successful and innovative group fitness and group personal training program utilizing the most current trends.
  • Offering triathlons/5Ks/obstacle races that are well-organized and well-planned with participants that repeat their registration due to the success of the event.
  • Addition of outdoor pool and  tennis
  • Increase offerings in sport specific training
  • Parking Ramp

Area in which you would be of assistance for networking: Event race planning, we hold indoor and outdoor triathlons, in addition to 5k road races and new this year, 5k Obstacle Course Race. or 

Describe area/community club is in: We are located on the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Reservation in Prior Lake, MN, 25 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. Prior Lake population is approximately 25,000

Do you have any community outreach programs:

  • DSF offers 7 noon classes at Mystic Lake Casino and the SMSC Community Center per week for the employees, including yoga, pilates, Zumba and strength
  • Triathlon and 5k run/walks in partnership with city and county
  • We host the community blood drives and farmer’s market

Famous former or current members: Former Vikings Matt Birk and Mick Tinglehoff; regular holiday visitors, Astronaut, John Glenn, actor James Denton (family members who belong to the club); and Al Newman (2 world series with Twins)

How long have you been a member of IHRSA and what IHRSA programs have you instituted and events have you attended?: Member since 1994.  Regular attendance at the IHRSA show in March, along with multiple years sending staff to IHRSA Institute


Reader Comments (1)

I am interested in pickle all. Ideally enjoy it and wondering if you can tell me when it is starting at Dakotah sport and fitness?
September 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarole rage

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