New workout space for women on Hennepin

EAST ISLES — X2 Fitness is teaching boxing, grappling and kettlebells to small groups of women at its new studio at 2538 Hennepin Ave. S. 

The classes cover techniques that are useful in self-defense, and they are designed to provide a full-body physical and mental workout. 

Instructor Gina Franssen is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, and she was the first female boxer to ever compete in the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament in 2001.

X2 Fitness also offers private classes for women and men.