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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Build strength and flexibility by using your breath to anchor the movement as you flow from one pose to the next. Connect to your inner strength and promote clarity and well-being off the mat. Modifications are offered to accommodate all skill levels
Looking for an intense yet 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 get fit head to toe by completing various drills at specific work-rest ratios
Ditch the traditional workout and join the party! This Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class incorporates Latin and international music and dance moves, creating a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating and effective workout. This class – known as a “fitness party” – combines fast and slow rhythms of cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggae-ton, hip-hop, pop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, calypso and salsa-ton to help tone and sculpt the body with easy-to-follow dance moves! No dance experience required.
An invigorating, low-impact workout that combines motivating music and easy-to-follow instructions that provides everyone with a ride that meets their intensity needs.
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 1-3 minutes to loosen connective tissue. This soothing class will leave you feeling grounded and at peace.
Experience strength training like never before! This class is great to attend if you want to strengthen every muscle in one workout instead of dealing with the crowded weight room. Whether you are an experienced lifter or have never lifted before, you will benefit from this class! The class teaches you how to use free weights while also offering variations to accommodate all participants.
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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.
We offer five types of classes: Floor (Strength and Cardio), Dance, Mind/Body, Cycling and Aquatics. Class offerings my vary semester to semester. Please see our calendar for the current semester’s schedule.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
The Keiser Foundations program covers features of the Keiser indoor cycle; application and training metrics such as power, heart rate and RPM; bike set up and cycling techniques; class design, formats and ride ideas; instructing tips for engaging and effective indoor cycling classes. You will receive instruction from a Keiser Master Trainer; Foundations manual and certificate; CECs; and links to the Keiser Community.
This workshop is for those currently or newly certified as a cycling instructor through any organization. Learn skills and drills to help riders increase cycling efficiency and power, improve speed and interval skills, and enhance the overall ride experience. CECs available.
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.
Spring/Summer Group‑X instructor positions have been filled. We will be hiring across all exercise modalities for Fall 2019.
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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!)
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)
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.
Caymen loves teaching because it gives her a chance to connect with people while she shows them something fun and new. She feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because it gives people a physical outlet for the stresses and worries of the day. It is time devoted for you to just exist and enjoy your body when otherwise we may only live in our head. (Fun Fact: Caymen can juggle, but not very well)
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!)
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!).
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).
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)
Emily likes to teach cycling because she does her best to make exercise a fun activity as opposed to a chore to complete. Her favorite part of Ann Arbor is access to nature since she is from NYC (in fact, she went to a performing arts high school in NYC). Emily fells that physical activity is important for U of M students because at school where lots of people are driving, sitting all day, and generally being inactive, it’s so important to people’s well-being to get up and move. Take thirty minutes to do exercising while studying- you’ll learn better after!
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)
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.
Julia teaches yoga because she loves watching people show up week after week to take a little time for self-care (fun fact: she takes time for her own self-care by collecting cookbooks). She believes that the point of a healthy lifestyle isn’t to be “perfect,” it’s to support you in all of the other amazing things you want to do with your life! The best routine is the one that helps you feel good so you can get out there and pursue what matters most to you.
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).
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 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.
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)
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.
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!)
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!
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 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’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!).
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)