Group Exercise Classes
Group exercise provides motivation! Exercising alongside others will help you commit and stay focused on your personal goals. Pre-registration including the completion of a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) is required. More weekend and evening classes are offered through the Division of Continuing Education.
Class leadership is provided by fitness professionals who are experienced, licensed and certified. They have current CPR and AED training and credentials held by nationally recognized organizations in the exercise science area of their expertise. Classes vary and include cardio, strength and mind-body offerings. May group exercise schedule and Summer group exercise schedule. As an added bonus, we can provide you with some tips for having a productive group exercise session!
Important: Before you begin any new exercise program, you should first consult with a medical professional. This is especially important if you are over the age of 35; have never, or infrequently exercised before; are pregnant; or are recovering from an injury or suffer from any illness. If at any time you feel faint, lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, have changes in vision or experience undue stress or pain, stop exercising and consult a doctor.
Classes may include:
- Breathing and Meditation
- Core and More
- Functional Fitness Training
- Group Strength Training
- Kripalu® Yoga
- Zumba® Fitness
- Zumba® Toning
Group Exercise Class Descriptions
A combination class of three workouts in one! The class is designed to give you the ultimate challenge and total body workout: 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of stretching and core work. Each segment of the class challenges you with a different exercise discipline, which is cross-training at its best. You'll get your heart pumping, burn calories, strengthen core muscles, and stretch your body (and mind) to its limits. All in one class!
Breathing & Meditation
The action of breathing and focusing is physical, with the desired effect to make the mind calm, lucid and steady. Proper breathing improves the respiratory system, clears nasal passages, strengthens cardiac muscle and improves concentration. Learn the parts of each breath, the functions of proper breathing and a means to focus and center your thoughts.
Core and More
Tired of crunches? Let’s take core work off the floor. Get off the mat and put some sandbags, kettlebells, power ropes, body balls and a BOSU® to work for you. Learn to engage deep core muscles while you shift, balance, and stabilize. The inner core muscles are a group of muscles that can’t be seen, yet they are the most important muscles in the body. Not only are the core muscles responsible for strength, balance and power, but also form our very foundation. The class is applicable for therapy, general health, or athletic skill. Be prepared for motions that strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles, abductors, adductors and glutes. This class will help improve your posture and strength.
Functional Fitness Training
Functional Fitness training involves preparing your body so that it can perform daily activities—walking, bending, lifting, and climbing stairs, without pain, injury, or discomfort. Because the average person has goals other than, “Can I tone my abs and build my biceps”, the functional training approach borrows liberally from disciplines as varied as yoga, Pilates, dance and physical therapy. The program is appropriate for all groups with workouts challenging the body to work collectively in an integrated way. Because of this integration of more muscles, a functional workout is an effective alternative to conventional training for those trying to lose weight.
Group Strength Training
Learn a variety of exercises for the upper body, core and lower body, using a barbell system designed for group training. Multi-joint and multi-planar exercises are used to improve movement and enhance strength. Learn critical body alignment, progression, modification and movement execution.
This class explores some of the basic postures, breath work (pranayama) and meditation techniques that make up the practice of Hatha Yoga. Every Kripalu yoga class emphasizes non-judgmental and compassionate self-acceptance making it suitable for all ages, body-types, and fitness levels. Each class includes centering, pranayama, postures, and meditation and ends with a period of deep relaxation to revitalize the respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, and other major systems of the body. This class is perfect for those who are new to the practice of yoga as well as for seasoned students who want to deepen their practice. De-stress, increase flexibility, heal, decrease back pain, strengthen abdominal muscles, move energy through the body, improve overall well-being, and move toward bliss!
Zumba Fitness is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive. Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.
When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Toning raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. Zumba Toning is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast.
For additional information, contact Allison MacKenzie.