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A Group‑X pass gives you access to every fitness class we hold on campus. From Gentle Yoga to Total Body Strength, Cycling to Hard Core, you’ll find classes that are as intense, or relaxed, as you are. And you’ll find that our engaging instructors and supportive class environment provide the perfect combination of motivation and fun!

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SeasonU-M StudentMember
Winter 2020$55$65
Spring 2020$27.50$32.50
Summer 2020$27.50$32.50
Spring/Summer 2020$55$65
Fall 2020$55$65
Single Class Pass$8$8

Currently enrolled U‑M students and all Recreational Sports members can purchase a Group‑X Pass or a Single Class Pass. Just visit the Business Office at the CCRB, or the IMSB or NCRB Welcome Center to purchase a Group‑X pass or Single Class Pass. A Group‑X pass may also be purchased online*. Once you’ve purchased a pass, it will be loaded on to your U‑M ID and you can begin attending classes immediately. All classes are drop-in and all sales are final and non-refundable. Please arrive early to secure a spot. Admittance is not allowed 10 minutes after a class has started.

*Must be a current Rec Sports member or currently enrolled UM student to purchase online.

Class Descriptions

We offer five types of classes: Floor (Strength and Cardio), Dance, Mind/Body, Cycling and Aquatics. Class offerings may vary semester to semester. Please see our calendar for the current semester’s schedule.

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Barre Above

Challenge and sculpt your body without risk of injury from overuse by using a sequence of movements within different ranges of motion. No barre necessarily required and minimal equipment is used.


Experience a high-intensity, full-body workout, designed to build your strength and aerobic capacity, no matter your fitness level. You’ll move from station to station, alternating cardio drills and muscle conditioning exercises, to achieve the ultimate circuit workout. Each class will push you hard, but with a dedicated instructor and class full of supportive people, it will be easy to stay motivated and get to the next level!

Cardio Core

Come to this fifty-minute class filled with the perfect balance of cardiovascular training and core conditioning. Our cardio drills will get your heart rate up while core exercises strengthen a variety of your muscle sets. Build your endurance and strength with this challenging and fun class.

Cardio Dance

Cardio Dance is a dance-based, high energy cardio class set to a wide range of music styles, including Top 40, Hip Hop, Latin, and more.  No dance experience required.

Cardio Hip Hop

Cardio Hip Hop is a high-intensity dance workout that uses choreographed movements set to Hip Hop and Top 40 music. This non-stop dance party is very similar to Zumba and other dance-aerobic workouts. No dance experience required!

Cardio Kickboxing

Come punch and kick to the beat of great music! In this quick-paced cardio class, your body will stay in motion as you build strength, endurance, and confidence. People of all fitness levels will get results at this fun and challenging class.


An invigorating, low-impact workout that combines motivating music and easy-to-follow instructions. No matter your skill level, you’ll enjoy a fun ride that will make you feel fit and full of energy.

Gentle Yoga

This class combines gentle flowing sequences and restorative poses to decrease stress and improve range of motion and joint mobility. Restorative poses are deep stretches that are typically held for one to three minutes to loosen connective tissue. This soothing class will leave you feeling grounded and at peace.

Guided Meditation

After completing some gentle movements to calm and prepare for the guided meditation, your instructor will then guide you through a meditation experience designed to reduce stress, increase awareness of the present moment, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual growth. Participants are encouraged to bring a pillow for support and shawl/small blanket for warmth.

Hard Core

Focus on your core! In this class you will develop your six-pack while working the obliques, back muscles, as well as the hips and glutes to develop a stronger, healthier core.

Hatha Yoga

This class will combine yoga poses (asanas) with breathing exercises (pranayama) to help align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation. Hatha can be translated to mean balance or literally “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha). Traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment. It develops strength, flexibility, endurance, and steadiness, bringing greater balance on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Modifications are offered to accommodate all skill levels.

High Fitness

HIGH Fitness is a hardcore, fun fitness class that incorporates aerobic interval training with music you love and intense, easy-to-follow fitness choreography. It combines FUN (pop songs of old and new that everyone knows) with INTENSITY (intervals, plyometrics, and cardio) with CONSISTENCY (each song has specific, simple moves taught the same by all instructors). HIGH Fitness produces full-body toning through its carefully formulated choreography that alternates between intense cardio peaks and toning tracks. Get Addicted to being fit!


Are you up to the challenge? This is a high-level intensity workout that will push you to new heights. (Due to the high level of activity, do not attend if you have any injuries.)

Lower Body Sculpt

Looking to strengthen and shape your lower body? Exercises will focus on your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves.

Metabolic Circuit

Do you want an intense workout? How about an environment that offers the support and encouragement you need to reach your peak performance? Then this class is for you! Metabolic Circuit is based on fun strength and cardio drills. You’ll use a variety of equipment like kettlebells, BOSU balance balls, TRX, TRX Rip Trainer and  gliding discs all designed to push you to your limits.

Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club (NTC) is your ultimate training class that challenges you with strength, endurance and mobility drills. Each week changes with a mix of exercises, varying from bodyweight to full equipment. Get ready to work together, incorporating team/partner drills.


Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing,  and developing a strong core often called the “powerhouse” in Pilates.


PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. We also crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body feeling strong and invigorated.


Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Light weighted drumsticks are provided.

Splash Class

Looking to mix up your workout routine? Splash class is for you! It features great cardiovascular fitness and muscle strengthening exercises in water. This low impact water workout is challenging, fun, and refreshing! Jump on in and splash your way to wellness. Although the ability to swim is not required, it is helpful to be comfortable in deep water. Water shoes are recommended but also not required.

STRONG by Zumba

Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.


Just like STRONG by Zumba classes using body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves but packed into 30 minutes. This efficient and focused class helps you fit fitness into any schedule.

Tabata Time

Looking for an intense, time-efficient full-body workout? Tabata is the most result-driven form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). In this class you will push yourself to the max and achieve full body fitness by completing a variety drills at specific work-rest ratios.

Total Body Strength

Experience strength training like never before! Take this class if you want to strengthen every muscle in one workout. We’ll offer you instruction on how to use free weights effectively and safely. Whether you are an experienced lifter or have never lifted before, this class is right for you!

Upper-Body Sculpt

Looking to strengthen and shape your upper-body? By focusing on exercises that work the arms, shoulders, back and core, you will leave this class with the confidence to show off your guns!


WERQ is the wildly addictive cardio dance workout based on the latest pop and hip hop music.

Yoga Core

Yoga Core offers core-strengthening exercises in a flowing format, with concentrated focus on your breath. Awaken your core and become strong both on and off your mat.

Yoga Flow

This class focuses on clarity and well-being by helping you connect with your inner strength. You’ll build muscle and flexibility by using your breath to anchor each movement as you flow from one pose to the next. Modifications are offered to accommodate all skill levels.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra or “Yogic Sleep” is a guided meditation engaging breath, body awareness, visualization and imagination. It begins with a calming breathing exercise, some gentle yoga including restorative stretches to relieve tension and concludes with meditation. Come relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia and struggles as you quiet your chattering mind and calm your nervous system to unwind your evening and prepare for sleep. Please bring a small blanket and/or pillow for comfort.


Ditch the traditional workout and join the party! This Latin-inspired, dance-and-fitness class offers an exciting, exhilarating and effective workout. You’ll develop your stamina and your body tone with easy to follow dance moves, set to the fast and slow rhythms of cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, pop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, calypso and salsaton. No dance experience required.

Zumba Step

Combines the awesome toning and strengthening power of Step aerobics with the fun fitness-party that only Zumba brings to the dance-floor.

Group‑X On-The-Go

We understand how busy life at U‑M can be, so let us bring private fitness instruction to you with Group‑X On-the-Go. Our instructors will come to your on-campus location and provide your group/team with a customized class of your choice. Please complete the following information three weeks in advance of your event so we get you and your group moving. (NOTE: If you prefer to use a Rec Sports facility, you must complete a Facility Rental request first and indicate you also want a Group‑X On-the-Go class.  Once an agreement is finalized, we will proceed to find an instructor for your event. Do not complete this form.)

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Barre Above Instructor Certification Workshop


This workshop is cancelled and will be rescheduled for Fall 2020. Watch here later for more information.
Attend this workshop and become certified to teach Barre Above and Barre fusion classes. CECs available for ACE, AFAA, NASM and SCW. Open to UM students and the general community. Get certified and then come work for our Group‑X program!

Become an Instructor

We’re always looking for energetic, experienced and motivated people to join our team. If you’d like to move from attending a class to leading it, start your journey now.  We’ll guide your training, every step of the way.

We will be hiring cycling, yoga, strength and dance instructors for spring/summer and fall 2020. Apply now!

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Virtual Fitness

With the Recreational Sports facilities closed due to COVID-19, our Group‑X instructors and Personal Trainers are diligently working to create virtual workouts for you to do at home. Despite our spaces being closed, we encourage you to prioritize your mental and physical health. Once our virtual workouts are complete, we’ll share on our Instagram and  YouTube channel (please be sure to subscribe).

As you might imagine, our Group‑X virtual workouts will follow our fitness and wellness philosophy, which is to provide you a safe and fun workout while promoting a holistic approach to well-being.

Until then, check out the resources below that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Along with the virtual workouts, our Fitness and Wellness team will share tips on staying active while social distancing, practicing mindfulness during uncertain times, and so much more on our website and on our social media channels.  Stay tuned!

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Stay tuned for articles from our fitness staff soon!



Do Yoga with Me is one of our personal favorites. Many of their classes are filmed outdoors in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The level of instruction is top-notch and there are videos that focus on pretty much every part of the body (e.g. hips, hamstrings, back, etc.), so you can target the area that you need to work on most.

45-minute Total Body Workout

Lululemon has released a number of workouts, and here’s one that requires no equipment.  It’s a mindful workout that is great for all fitness levels, this routine combines HIIT and LIIT bodyweight exercises and a 5-minute stretch session to cool things down.

25-Minute Stretch & Strengthen Workout

Want a gentle stretch? Check out this invigorating stretch-based workout from Lululemon.  You will work up a gentle sweat as you get your body ready to take on the day or your next task.

Want some other sites to check out? Try Nike Training Club or Under Armor Map My Fitness.


Check out our University of Michigan Recreational Sports YouTube channel to find workouts from your favorite instructors and trainers!

Virtual Events

Monday, March 30 @ 12:00pm

Wednesday, April 1 @ 5:30pm

Meet Our Instructors

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Yoga Flow

Alethea is pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a minor in German at U of M. She believes that physical activity is important for students at U of M because physical movement benefits the body as a book benefits the mind. As a community we should strive to be healthy mentally and physically. In addition to physical activity for physical health, Alethea’s favorite part of Ann Arbor helps with physical health: Freds (best acai bowls in town!)

Yoga Flow

Alona loves to teaching yoga because it gives her a chance to share her passion with new people and encourage them to move their bodies in new ways. She started practicing while living in Detroit one summer, and has since fallen in love with the practice. Her health philosophy is easily summed up by a Michael Pollen quote, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Alona believes there shouldn’t be strict rules when it comes to health and fitness, but rather we should all tune in to our minds and bodies and figure out what it is that we need. From there, we can try new workouts, snacks, mindfulness techniques, etc., and move forward towards wellness and good health.


Alyssa thinks that physical activity is important for U of M students because exercising (especially with friends!) is such a good way to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally. Her favorite part of Ann Arbor is the Bird Hills nature area – the closest place to take her dog for hikes (Her favorite healthy snack is whole wheat toast with peanut butter and cinnamon, if students need an idea for a delicious healthy snack)

Gentle Yoga, Yoga Flow

Anita has been teaching yoga for eight years. She likes to teach yoga because she appreciates having the opportunity to share the practice she loves and witness the transformation that can occur in students over the span of just one class. Anita believes that physical activity is important for U of M students because physical activity is such a wonderful way to re-connect with the body and expand the boundaries of our comfort zone. (Anita’s favorite healthy snack is watermelon when it is in season, or apple slices with sun butter. Give it a try!)


Ashley’s favorite thing about Ann Arbor is there is always something to do and tasty food to eat in this city! Her health philosophy is that “healthy” is not just a number on the scale, nor is it your fastest mile time or the amount of weight on your barbell; it’s an attitude and a willingness to take care of yourself in a way that suits both your mental and physical needs and wants. Find what excites you about physical activity and nutrition and use that to build your “healthy”! Participants can build the nutrition part of their “healthy” with Ashley’s favorite healthy snack: CHOMPS turkey snack sticks.

Yoga Flow

Brendan likes to teach yoga because he loves to connect with participants at all levels and share with them the practices the have been so helpful to him. Through yoga and mediation, he tries to tune people into the power they have to shape their lives, emphasizing compassionate engagement with both mind and body. His health philosophy is that exercise and physical activity should be grounded in mindful awareness and openness in order to create ideal conditions for self-growth.


Camille likes to teach Zumba because she loves music and dancing, and loves to share this joy with others. She thinks that exercise is important to the U of M community because it is an essential part of mental and physical well-being. Doing this with others on campus enhances this experience! And that is Camille’s favorite part of U of M: the people.


Claire likes to teach Cycle because she has a ton of fun getting sweaty, jamming out to great tunes, and meeting new people – she truly believes she has the best job in the world! Her favorite part of U of M is the small-town feel she gets when hanging around downtown. (Fun fact: She’s on a life-size poster in the CCRB….see if you can find it!)

Gentle Yoga, Yoga Core

Cleo likes to teach yoga because it lets her correct people’s posture without seeming like a nagging mom! She also enjoys watching participants find a sense of calm after a stressful day and visibly release their tension. She believes physical activity is important for the U of M community because it is a great way to de-stress, spend time with friends, and push yourself outside your comfort zone (fun fact: Cleo learned the Michigan Fight Song before her ABCs!).

Tabata, Metabolic Circuit

Connor’s favorite part of U of M is that there is always something new and interesting going on! Whether it’s a football game or acapella concert there is always something fun to do and go see. Connor likes to see new things, as evidenced by his backpacking trip through Europe this past summer. Connor likes to teach tabata because it’s so inspiring and motivating watching somebody progress over time, while helping them reach their personal goals. His personal healthy philosophy follows this: strive for progress, not perfection.


Damilare’s health philosophy is that fitness should be safe and fun while promoting the health and wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. He likes to teach Zumba because he enjoys dancing, spreading joy, and encouraging, inspiring and lifting people up. Zumba/Dance Fitness provides him the perfect format to do all that. Damilare also likes traveling (currently at 34 U.S. States visited, 24 countries internationally travelled to, and 8 countries lived in across 4 continents).

Yoga Flow

Elizabeth likes to teach yoga because she loves guiding people using movement and breath to a state of relaxation where they can recharge and re-center. Her favorite part about Ann Arbor are all the events around the school and community; there are always so many amazing lectures and performances! (Fun fact: Elizabeth does research in the Psychiatry Department on how Mindfulness actually changes the brain and can be used to  treat disorders like PTSD)

Gentle Yoga, Yoga Flow

Elyse has lived in a lot of places and traveled to over 25 countries so she knows what she is talking about when she says her favorite thing about Ann Arbor are the kind people of the Midwest (and also the apple cider treats). Elyse feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because students have a lot going on with classes and socializing – physical movement provides a good way to unplug, destress, and strengthen the mind/body connection.

Tabata, Metabolic Circuit, Hard Core

Emily enjoys teaching group exercise classes like Tabata, Metabolic Circuit, Hard Core, etc. because it’s a fun way to share her skills and passion for exercise. She loves to see her participants’ confidence and skills grow each class. Her favorite thing about Ann Arbor is the Nichols Arboretum. Emily’s personal healthy philosophy is all about balance: Health and wellness is a journey that’s best enjoyed when you listen to your body. (Fun Fact: Emily lives with 2 cats and a python!)

Cardio Hip Hop

After dancing for 16+ years, fitness has become very important to Gabby. She teaches group exercise so she share this passion with everyone, and hopefully inspire them to move forward on their personal fitness journey. She believes it is important to have all aspects of your health cared for – mental, physical, and emotional. In fact, participants can fuel their physical health with Gabby’s favorite go-to snack: Garlic Cedar’s hummus and carrots!

Yoga Flow

Grace feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because being a successful college student is about showing up as your best self in all ways, not just academically. Being active and healthy helps make that happen. Her personal healthy philosophy is that being healthy is all about doing things that make you feel good in your body. It’s different for everyone! (Favorite healthy snack: veggie straws)

Barre Above

Jackie likes to teach Barre Above because it gives her the opportunity to share her love of barre with others. Her health philosophy is to always put yourself first and give your body what it needs. Jackie believes that physical activity is important for U of M students because it allows for individuals to take time to care for themselves and take a break from their academic lives, helping them maintain both an active mind and an active body. (Fun Fact: Jackie was a Chik-Fil-A cow mascot in high school!)

Joo Young

Joo Young teaches Zumba because she likes to motivate people to improve their health, and her students also inspire her to be healthier. She brings a unique and fun style to her Zumba classes through her study of American and Korean cultures (from hip hop to K-pop) that she incorporates into her classes. Joo Young say she loves every part of Ann Arbor, from its inclusive environment to the beautiful Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Most importantly, she is blessed to have wonderful advisors, mentors, friends, colleagues, and students here.

Total Body Strength

Katie is both a personal trainer and a Group X instructor. She trains and teaches because fitness has given her health, confidence, and happiness within her body. She wants to share that with everyone she can! Her favorite part of U of M is how there is a place for everyone. There are so many clubs/groups/activities always going on–you can always find your niche. (Fun fact: Katie’s favorite healthy snack is baby carrots and spicy hummus).

Cardio Kickboxing, POUND, Total Body Strength

Katy likes to teach group exercise because she enjoys motivating people to improve their health and fitness. She thinks working out in a group setting is very empowering! She also believes that life is about balance. You have to care for all parts of yourself to achieve your best health: physical, mental, and emotional. Katy encourages her participants to step out of their comfort zones. She stepped out of her personal comfort zone by starting Krav Maga last year!


Lauren likes to teach group exercise because she wants to help people enjoy their workouts. Group fitness classes are her favorite way to work out, so she hopes other people are able to feel what she feels and look forward to coming to class! She believes that health is all about balance and finding the right fit for you; health may not look exactly the same for everyone. Her top three favorite things in Ann Arbor are the people, the opportunities, and the food, especially Blank Slate ice cream

Leah A.

Leah teaches Cycle because she likes making exercise a fun and enjoyable experience for participants. Cycle is not only fun for Leah inside but also outside: she has been a competitive road cyclist for five years and has biked 2,756 miles across America! Her favorite part of U of M is the size of the school that allows her to meet new people every day. Leah’s personal health philosophy is everything in moderation.

Leah D.
Yoga Flow

Leah’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is the young energy of the city and also all of the great restaurants. She likes to teach yoga because she feels that guiding people with yoga is an honor and it makes her heart feel full when she can provide any sort of relaxation or even healing for people during class. Leah’s health philosophy is to listen to your body, and find forms of movement that are fun and feel good.


Lexi’s favorite thing about U of M is the school spirit! No matter what day it is, you can always find people sporting Michigan gear. She likes to teach group exercise because she is passionate about expressing herself through movement and enjoys sharing that passion with others in any form. Furthermore, she enjoys seeing that moment where people achieve their goals (Favorite healthy snack: yogurt, granola, and banana)

Metabolic Circuit, Tabata, Total Body Strength, Yoga Flow

She likes to teach group exercise because she likes to share her passion and energy for exercise and well-being with others. Her health philosophy is to find activities you like so you are motivated to do them and they’re fun in order to help balance your work and social life. This past summer, she participated in an activity she likes: she competed in Dances with Dirt, a team 100k trail run through Hell, MI!


Mack’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is being able to walk everywhere and explore! She spots something new that she didn’t notice before every time she walks around campus or through the city (although her walks around the city may not be quite the same as the time she climbed an active volcano in Nicaragua). She likes to teach because she loves the idea of being able to lead a workout that doesn’t necessarily feel like a workout. People can come to class just to move and have fun knowing that they are doing something good for their minds and bodies.

Hard Core, Tabata

Mackenzie likes to teach because she enjoys motivating people and seeing people improve week by week. Her personal health philosophy is that all movement is exercise; you just have to go do something everyday. Mackenzie’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is the amazing restaurants. (Fun fact: She has a Border Collie named Chief!)

Tabata, Pilates, Total Body Strength

Maddy just moved to Ann Arbor but she already loves the various parks and running trails. She has a goal to visit 30 national parks before she turns 30! She likes to teach group exercise because she loves to help people achieve their fitness goals in a fun workout environment. Her personal health philosophy is that health is more than just the active lifestyle one has; it encompasses the mind, body, and quality of life. Work hard and be proud of what you achieve!

Gentle Yoga, Yoga Flow

Melissa likes to teach yoga because yoga has been such a healing and life-changing practice for her, and she loves giving others the tools to improve their own lives. Her health philosophy is everything you do for your health should be done as a way of appreciating yourself, so whether you start a new workout routine or allow yourself a cheat day, you should do it because you love yourself. (Her favorite healthy snack for “non-cheat days” is any kind of fruit)

STRONG by Zumba, Zumba

Mindy comes from a big family with seven siblings so it makes sense that her favorite part of U of M is the welcoming, familial community (she also likes the fat, friendly squirrels). She likes to teach group exercise because nothing makes her happier than Zumba, and she loves passing on that passion to her students. She feels that activity is important for the U of M community because exercise gets you out of your own head and it’s a great way to focus on you and your well-being.

Naomi F
Vinyasa, Gentle Yoga, Yoga Core

Naomi loves doing things that bring her out of her comfort zone. She used to be very afraid of public speaking, but teaching yoga, an activity that she loves, has really allowed her to come out of her shell. Her favorite part of Ann Arbor is the restaurants, which somewhat aligns with her personal health philosophy: she has started to embrace the philosophy of eating for others. She is not vegan, but with every meal, she tries to think of the impact that meal will have on her body and the environment.

Naomi G
Barre Above, Hard Core

Naomi’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is all of her amazing friends and the school spirit around U of M sports. Her health philosophy is that the best thing you can do is listen to and respect your body by giving it what it needs to be healthy. Balance is key to living a healthy life (U of M students can give their bodies something healthy with Naomi’s favorite healthy snack: banana and peanut butter!).

Cardio Core

Ramona’s health philosophy is that fitness and well-being are a long-term commitment: don’t let one bad day derail you, get back on track! She thinks that physical activity is important for the U of M community because it helps with stress and encourages mental health; it fosters a more positive attitude towards one’s body. (Fun fact: Ramona could say, “Let’s do one more” in four different languages)


Rayut enjoys teaching Zumba because she likes how it makes her feel and how it inspires each participant to get their groove on and just express themselves. She is currently studying Public Health at U of M, which is in line with why she feels physical activity is important for U of M students: It’s an amazing release from everyday stressors and allows for an amazing healthy community to be a part of. Physical activity with group ex is fun, motivating, and Everyone is working at the same thing together! (Fun Fact: All of Rayut’s family is from South Africa!)


Reagan’s favorite thing about U of M is how actively students are involved in different organizations and communities; It’s so cool how many interests and hobbies U of M students are able to foster. She also loves the nature and scenery in Ann Arbor, which looks a bit different from San Diego where Reagan is originally from! Reagan likes to teach cycling because she loves getting to create workouts that make people want to exercise and come back for more!

Sam D

Sam is originally from Arizona so her favorite thing about Ann Arbor is the scenery and how it changes throughout the year. She never experienced changing leaves until her first fall on campus (fun fact: She is a fraternal twin, but her twin is still back in Arizona at the University of Arizona). She likes to teach Cycle because she wants to promote a fun atmosphere! There is something so rewarding about ending a spin class and seeing all your participants drenched in sweat but still smiling. She loves to make friends with those who come to her classes, get to know them and their stories, and help them reach their fitness goals.

Sam G
Yoga Flow

Samantha likes to teach yoga because helping people learn and grow is exciting to her. Her health philosophy is that you need to take care of all aspects of your health (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, etc.). In addition to teaching yoga, one of Samantha’s favorite things about U of M is the campus in the spring and summer. It is absolutely beautiful! (Fun fact: Samantha is a triplet)

STRONG by Zumba

Sarah feels that physical activity is important for the U of M community because beyond the physical benefits, activity helps with well-being and learning in other areas of life. Most importantly, she has noticed that physical activity is another area for students, herself included, to let go of perfection and learn that progress, growth, and learning are part of everything. (Fun facts: Sarah recently trained her dog to stop eating her running socks, and she also has lived in Spain twice)


Serena cried when her mom made her go to her first zumba class 7 years ago (she was an angsty preteen, ok?), but now, she is incredibly passionate about teaching Zumba. The community aspect of a group fitness class is unlike anything she’s experienced before. She loves seeing familiar faces week after week and watching everyone get stronger together. Also, she thinks friendships that start in group fitness classes are where it’s at!


Sheila has worked in the fitness industry for 35 years because she finds it very rewarding to see someone improve their fitness level and tell you how much better they feel. Her personal health philosophy is “Do the best you can – in everything.” Sheila believes physical activity is important for U of M students because our bodies are made to move. Physical activity improves cognitive function, sleep, and self-confidence, all of which are important for students. (Fun fact: Sheila has two world championship titles in disc golf)

Cardio Core

Stephanie likes to teach group exercise because she enjoys being able to both challenge and support people in their fitness goals. It’s great being a part of community that values health, achievement and having fun! She has challenged her own fitness in the past: she once cycled from Seattle to San Francisco, camping along the way. Stephanie believes physical activity is good for U of M students because it is a great way to build community, personal achievement, and maintain health and well-being.

Gentle Yoga

Sunhay likes to teach yoga because it continuously challenges her to deepen her practice, building that stronger mind-body connection and being curious about it. She particularly enjoys growing with her students in this way. Sunhay also likes gardening and seeing all the community gardens around Ann Arbor during the summer (Favorite healthy snack: salted dark chocolate)


Talia became a cycle instructor because she loves to motivate people to reach their fitness goals and use her passion for music to help her do so. She actually likes to mix music as well! Talia’s favorite part of U of M is the work-hard play-hard environment which complements why she feels physical activity is important for U of M students: taking an 30 minutes to 1 hour to challenge yourself physically allows you refresh your body and mind so you can refocus on your larger goals.

Cardio Core, Metabolic Circuit, Tabata

Tatiana’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is all of the friends she has made over the years, and her family. Her health philosophy is to find something you have fun doing so exercise doesn’t feel like work. She found something fun by competing with her horse, Callisto, in the sport of eventing (AKA the “equestrian triathlon”)


Tully believes that physical activity is important for the U of M community because it makes you feel good about yourself and that can lead to a healthier and happier community. Her health philosophy is everything in moderation! She likes to teach cycling because she likes getting to know the people in her class and watching them grow more confident (Fun fact: Tully speaks Spanish)


Xueye likes to teach cycling because she likes to help people to improve their fitness and she feels happy when she see people enjoy the workout. Teaching also helps Xueye to relieve stress and meet more people. Her health philosophy is that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Students can maintain their health with Xueye’s favorite healthy snack: avocado, Greek yogurt, and nuts! (Fun fact: Xueye ran her first marathon in Ann Arbor earlier this year)

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