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.

Intermediate Yoga: Looking to take your Yoga practice to the next level? Want to try more challenging asanas and finally master side crow? If you have attended several basic Yoga classes, this is agreat next step in advancing your practice. More intermediate sequences and asanas are introduced requiring a bit more strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Barre: 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!

Barre Spinning®:Two of your favorite classes combined into one heart pumping workout! Start out with 30 minutes of Spinning for your cardio, then move to a toning 30-minute Barre routine.

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!

Core: 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 50 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.

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.
 
Restorative Yoga: This class is designed to help you unwind from your busy life with deep breathing, easy movement, gentle stretching, and guided relaxation to refresh your body and mind. Prop-supported poses will be held between 3-10 minutes in order to help the body completely release and relax. For any level student who wants a healing class and ideal for stress reduction.

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 cardio workout that can be modified for low-to-high-intensity using an adjustable platform with simple basic footwork. A fun and effective cardio workout for all fitness levels!

Step Interval: Intervals of Step work mixed with interals of strength training/conditioning make this an all-around great workout!

TRX® Spinning®: 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.

Yoga: Yoga is a wonderful way to release tension and reconnect with the mind, body, and spirit. Our standard yoga class includes a vinyasa flow, focusing on linking traditional postures to the breath to build internal heat. This flowing style of yoga promotes flexibility, muscular strenght, and muscular endurance.

Yoga (75 min): This yoga class will include an extended warm-up and a 10 minute meditation. Re-energize your mind and body and center your focus for the upcoming week!