Group Fitness Class Descriptions

All of our classes are open to different fitness levels,  from those who are new to group fitness programs and/or exercising to those who are active in group fitness programs or another type of exercise program. Fitness Instructors will provide optional modifications, to make the workout more or less challenging. It is the responsibility of patrons to choose the modifications that will give them the safest, most effective workout.

*It is recommended that individuals who are new to exercise consult with their physician before participating in group fitness classes. Individuals who have been cleared by a physician but have medical conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy, etc. should make their fitness instructor(s) aware of their condition in case the instructor has any advice for modifications during the class.

Barre: Come try out the fun and effective workout that celebrities are raving about! The Barre workout combines fitness techniques from Yoga, Pilates and Dance, and stresses core and total body conditioning. Strengthen and lengthen your muscles while working to the beat of the music. If you are looking to build body awareness, self-confidence and strength while having fun, this class is for you!

BODYCOMBATTM: The empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai.

BODYPUMP™: This is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. This strength training workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls.

Cardio Dance: Using all of your favorite dance moves, this class will take your workout and level of exhilaration through the roof! No dance experience is needed to take the class, just be prepared to cut loose and have a great time!

Cardio Hip Hop: Using hip hop music and dance moves, this class will take your workout and level of exhilaration through the roof! You don't have to have any dance experience to take the class, just be prepared to cut loose and have a great time!

Core Fusion: Take your core strength to the next level with this challenging yet enjoyable class. The class utilizes stability balls and light weights to provide an engaging total body workout designed to strengthen and tone muscles while improving balance and stability.

Fac/Staff/Grad Classes: An energizing break for faculty, staff and graduate students during the lunch hour. These classes are open to faculty, staff, and graduate students only and are 45 minutes long.

Happy Hour:   T.G.I.F.! It's the end of the week and time to let loose and have some fun. Get your weekend off to a great start with a fun exercise class! Workouts and instructors vary weekly. Check online or studio postings for a schedule.

Havana Nights Zumba: Inspired by Havana Nights, the sequel to Dirty Dancing, this Zumba class mixes traditional Latin and contemporary rhythms to allow participants let go and dance the night away! The club-style atmosphere welcomes participants of all fitness levels who wish to get a cardio and toning workout, or simply anyone who wants to have a good time and muevalo! 

Pilates: A mat-based workout that uses movements to improve posture, flexibility, strength, and body awareness. Pilates integrates body and mind to create a balanced form, while focusing on the body's core area: abs, glutes, hips and lower back.

Pilates Barre: Combining the elements of Pilates and the rising fitness trend Barre, this class stresses core conditioning as we work on strengthening and lengthening our muscles to upbeat music. For those looking to build body awareness, self-confidence and strength while having fun, this class is for you!

Power Yoga: This Americanized version of Ashtanga Yoga is a more dynamic, rigorous approach to traditional Yoga. Get the same mind/body benefits of Yoga while also promoting greater strength development.

Restorative Yoga: This class is designed to help you unwind from your busy life with deep breathing, slow and deliberate movement, gentle stretching and guided relaxation to refresh your mind and body. For any level student who wants a healing class and ideal for stress reduction and restoring the body after a busy week.

Spinning®:  An aerobic exercise performed on a stationary bike. Spinning® is the global leader in indoor cycling and the W&M Rec Center is an official Spinning® Facility. Come experience this adrenaline pumping workout! 

Step: Otherwise known as “Freestyle Step”, this is a high-intensity workout using an adjustable platform with simple basic footwork. A fun and effective workout for all fitness levels!

TRX Body Blast: The TRX Suspension Trainer is the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. The goal of TRX Body Blast is to get all different fitness levels together to perform the same exercise at the same time in a group exercise class. All of the exercises are choreographed to music, and the class follows the instructor's cueing to perform the movements together. No prior experience with using the TRX is required.

TRX Spin®: A great cardio workout, spinning, with intense toning exercises using TRX suspension trainers, the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises.

Vinyasa Yoga: A moderate to advanced intensity yoga class focusing on linking traditional postures to the breath to build internal heat. This flowing style of yoga promotes flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance.

Yoga:  This ancient art is a great way to get fit both mentally and physically. Utilizing stretching, breathing and strengthening movements, yoga is a perfect way to revitalize and energize your body.

Yogilates: Enjoy the best of the mind-body world with Pilates mat work to strengthen and tone your core and Yoga poses to lengthen your muscles.

YoSpin®: An innovative approach to total body conditioning - starting with spinning to give a great cardio workout, followed by a yoga to stretch the muscles used during the spinning workout, in addition to poses focused on muscle conditioning. The Friday class is the only 12pm class during the week that is open to undergraduate students, as well as faculty/staff members and graduate students.

Zumba: Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic workout system that will get you hooked! Come try this total body cardio and toning workout that is more fun than it is work! Join the party!