Group‑X gives you access to every fitness class we offer. 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!
No matter where you are, you can still move with your Group‑X community!
As Recreational Sports facilities are closed, our Group‑X instructors are coming to you live and have put together virtual workouts for you to enjoy anywhere. We’re committed to providing you with a safe and fun workout while promoting a holistic approach to well-being.
Check out our full schedule of live classes below, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or visit our Instagram to get started. These resources, along with others below, will keep you on track with pursuing your fitness goals!
Follow these instructions to participate in the Group‑X class of your choice:
NOTE: Many people have access to Zoom from their personal account and their Umich account. If you are having trouble logging in to a class, make sure you are logged in to Zoom through your Umich account. Learn about switching between Zoom accounts.
We want you to have the best experience possible with our virtual classes! We encourage you to turn on your video so our instructors can see you. Mute your audio to keep down background noise, but feel free to engage when it’s appropriate!
NOTE: Many people have access to Zoom from their personal account and their Umich account. If you are having trouble logging in to a class, make sure you are logged in to Zoom through your Umich account. Learn about switching between Zoom accounts.
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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. Visit the CCRB, IMSB or NCRB Welcome Center to purchase a Group‑X pass or Single Class Pass. A Group‑X pass may also be purchased online. NOTE: There is no fee for spring/summer 2020 classes. See information above for how to access all classes. 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 Recreational 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 may 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.
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!
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 Nation® 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.)
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!
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.
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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!)
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)
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.
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.
Chloe is a HIGH Fitness group exercise instructor. She likes teaching group fitness classes because she says it is a thrill to be able to create and lead one. Her favorite part of Ann Arbor and U of M is the bookstores! Chloe thinks that physical activity is important for the U of M community because it keeps people energized and invigorated. Her personal health philosophy is do what brings you joy while keeping your health in mind. In other words, treat yourself to the ice cream but don’t forget to regularly eat vegetables and exercise and sleep!
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)
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.
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!)
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!
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)
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 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.
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).
After moving to Ann Arbor from California, one of Kate’s favorite things about Ann Arbor is that it is off of the coast. She also likes that it is a beautiful international university city, close to Canada with a European feel. Kate belives that physical activity is imprtant for U of M students because physical activity is important to any healthy ecology, and essential self care during college. Movement liberates and humanizes us. Movement is medicine: it heals us. Movement is therapy: it creates space in us. And when we move together, we change the world.
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.
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)
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!
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)
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!).
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 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)
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.
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.
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)