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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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.
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.
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.
Bollywood is a dance style made famous by the Indian movie industry, also known as Bollywood. It incorporates different styles of dance, including classical Indian dance, hip hop, Bhangra, and other styles to create a fun, fast-paced form of expression. Free with Group X semester pass; $8 others.
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.
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.
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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.
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.)
Stay tuned for future certifications to be posted here!
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.
Winter 2019 Group‑X instructor positions have been filled. We will be hiring across all exercise modalities for Spring/Summer and Fall 2019.
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Adam likes to teach group exercise because he loves to work out with others. It is definitely the best way to stay fit! He thinks fitness is important to U of M students because fitness keeps you sane, even if doing it can sometimes feel insane (Fun fact: Adam is from New Mexico which you don’t find all that often in the Upper Midwest)
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)
Audrey teaches yoga because she is so passionate about yoga practice that she wants to share it with anyone she can. In fact, she speaks French and has had the opportunity to share her passion for yoga by teaching a few yoga classes in French. She feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because we form the healthy habits in college that will carry us when life gets mentally busy, but physically sedentary.
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.
Caroline believes that being physically active is so much more than burning calories; it allows you to take care of yourself and your mind. On college campuses where poor mental health runs rampant, practicing self care is very important. One of her ways to practice self-care is watching She’s The Man… over 20 times! Her personal health philosophy is that exercise has to start somewhere, and instructors foster those spaces where everybody is welcome to move in a way that works for them.
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 is from Nashville, TN, but is frequently told that she doesn’t have a southern accent but after a few days with her family, she comes back to Michigan talking like a nice southern belle straight out of Gone with the Wind. She feels that physical activity is important for the U of M community because active people are happy people, and happy people are easier to work with. As members of the U of M community, we can all do our small part to maintain a happy and positive environment!
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)
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)
Lily teaches yoga because she loves to share her passion for yoga and mindfulness with her community. She feels that amidst the busy schedules of all the UM students and community members, taking time for physical activity is a commitment to yourself and your health, and she thinks that is really empowering. Lily’s schedule was certainly busy over the last year as she visited 11 countries! When she is local though, her favorite part of Ann Arbor is visiting the gardens in the Arb.
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!)
Maggie’s favorite part of Ann Arbor is the diversity. There are so many different people from varied and impressive backgrounds studying all sorts of interesting things. She feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because it is an important outlet and a great way to reset. So often it is the first thing to fall off the priorities list when things get stressful but can play such an influential role in how we feel and how effective we are in all other areas of our lives. (Her favorite healthy snack: homemade smoothies)
Maria likes to teach group exercise because she enjoys the benefits in her health at short and long times, and so she likes to teach because she wants other people to have a similar feeling with physical activity. Her passion for health is evidenced by her favorite part about Ann Arbor: Bird Hills and the Arboretum because she likes trail running. Maria’s personal health philosophy is that it is sometimes hard to start, but with practice and perseverance, everything becomes easier.
Megan feels that physical activity is important for U of M students because working out is a healthy and productive way to take your mind off school for a little bit. Her health philosophy is do what makes you happy; it will help you stay healthy. Megan started doing something new this summer that makes her happy: she started boxing (and realized it is super fun)!
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’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!).
Payton likes to teach group exercise because physical activity is incredibly important for overall health, and it is really rewarding to see participants actually have a fun time while exercising. It keeps them coming back and many participants progress over the semester, which is so great to see.She is planning on continuing to improve people’s health by currently applying to the School of Public Health for a dual master’s in health management & policy and nutrition.
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.
After graduation, Sarah hopes to join the Peace Corps and serve as a Youth in Development volunteer in Peru. While she is still in Ann Arbor though, she loves the great great balance of city-like businesses and restaurants combined with more suburban-feeling parks, neighborhoods, and greenspace. She teaches group exercise because it allows her to share my passion for fitness with others, and she can build relationships with her participants throughout each semester. For Sarah, exercising is a way to escape the stresses of school, work, and anything else going on externally.
Sarah likes to teach yoga because of the diverse community, the growth students make each week, and the positive energy and kindness from everyone who attends class. She thinks physical activity is important for the U of M community because it contributes to our overall wellness and allows us to take a break from other parts of our day. (Fun fact: she sings and loves musical theatre!)
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 likes to teach because Cycle has made a huge positive impact on her life, and she loves to spread that passion to other people and watch it transform other people’s lives as well. She believes a healthier community is a happier community, and finding an additional outlet to let loose and move keeps you sane amidst the stress and sedentary life that accompanies a collegiate environment. (Students can fuel themselves with Talia’s favorite healthy snack: Oven-roasted jicama sticks with the Trader Joe’s chili-lime seasoning!)
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)