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: 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 Core: Combining a heart pumping cardio circuit with creative core exercises, this class is sure to satisfy your entire body. Set to your favorite pop and hip-hop hits, you won’t see the time go by in this confidence-boosting workout.

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

Cardio Hip-Hop: Forget your workout and come join the party! This high intensity cardio dance class incorporates all your favorite hip-hop music and moves for a total body workout. No dance experience is required, just come ready to shake yo booty!

Candlelight Vinyasa: During our Candlelight Vinyasa Flow you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing candlelit room as you move from one pose to the next, incorporating intentional breathing. A perfect way to unwind mid-week.

Cycling: An aerobic exercise performed on a stationary bike with upbeat music to keep you motivated the entire class. Come experience the feel of our new bikes and enjoy this adrenaline pumping class!

Cycle Circuit: A strength and cardio total body workout combined in one, hour long class. 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on a stationary bike followed by a 30 minute circuit workout of high intensity strength and cardio moves, sure to leave you sweating.

Cycle TRX: Get the best of both worlds in this combo class including heart pumping cardio on the stationary bike and muscular strength training on the TRX. Strengthen your heart, muscles, and mind with this motivational workout!

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. 

Hard CORE: Take your core strength to the next level! This quick but challenging 30 min class is perfect if you’re looking for more core work after your cycle or body-pump class. This class utilizes a variety of equipment to provide an engaging total body workout designed to strengthen muscles while improving balance and stability.

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.

H.I.I.T. it Hard: This interval class combines bursts of high-intensity cardio with total-body strength conditioning to elevate your heart rate and improve endurance. A perfect way to start your morning strong!

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

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.

Pop-up Yoga: This free class will be held outdoors, weather permitting, in various locations across campus! Email Eleonor Zavala,, to get on a listserv for weekly updates on location or follow William & Mary Campus Recreation on Facebook to keep up to date!

PumpYoBody™: Join us for this Body Pumping, Mind relaxing, Soul fulfilling Combo Class! We start off with 30 min of BodyPump for a great strength training workout, followed by 30 min of Yoga for some deep, muscle-lengthening stretches.

Step: This is a high-intensity workout using an adjustable platform with simple basic footwork. By working through footwork patterns that are fun and easy to pick up, this class provide an effective workout for all fitness levels!

Vinyasa Yoga: Vinyasa flow focuses on linking traditional postures to the breath to build internal heat. This class promotes flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. This is a more intermediate level than our regular Yoga class.

Vinyasa Yoga (75 min): This vinyasa 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!

Yin Yoga: Yin practice targets the deeper connective tissue with the aim of increasing circulation and improving overall flexibil-ity. Poses are held for 3-5 minutes to allow time to settle into deep stretches for meditative practice. This is a great practice for beginners and athletes as it aims at cultivating inner awareness.

Yoga: Yoga is a wonderful way to release tension and reconnect with the mind, body, and spirit. This class systematically works the entire body, incorporating strength, balance and flexibility. The breath work and static poses will stimulate your mind and restore your body.

Yoga II: 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.