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Recreational Sports facilities will reopen starting Monday, September 28, 2020.
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Small Group Training

Recreational Sports facilities will reopen starting Monday, September 28, 2020.
Read more about our reopening plans. .

Updated a week ago

You don’t need 1:1 personal training to get personalized results. With Small Group Training, you’ll join 2 to 5 other participants in a concentrated workout with a certified trainer or instructor. Your trainer/instructor will help you find success through this creative, fun and dynamic workout experience, making it the best value for your fitness dollar.

Programs Offered

How to Sign Up

U‑M students and/or members of Recreational Sports can register online or visit one of our Welcome Centers to select and pay for one or more Small Group Training programs.


Program Offerings

There are 14 programs. Expand all into a list.

Beginner Running
Sep 3 – Nov 19, 2020

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About the Program

  • Offering: Thursdays at 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Schedule: September 3 – November 19, 2020
  • Price: $100
  • Instructor: Annie C.

Description

Are you interested in running, but not sure where to start? Designed for beginner runners, this program will progressively build up your endurance so you can run comfortably for 30 minutes. Your trainer, along with other health and fitness specialists, will provide expert training tips including supplementary workouts and measures to prevent injury. True to our small group training model, you’ll also have the support and accountability from your peers in this intimate, personalized virtual group. We understand every runner is different – and that’s okay! We’ll work with you each step of the way to make sure you reach your running goals. With limited access to gyms and the weather warming up, this is a great chance to get active outdoors!

5K Training
Sep 6 – Nov 22, 2020

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About the Program

  • Offering: Sundays at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Schedule: September 6 – November 22, 2020
  • Price: $100
  • Instructor: Audri B.

Description

No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced runner, this virtual running group can help you meet your 5K goals. Depending on your running experience, you’ll receive progressive programming to help meet your goal. You’ll receive expert advice along the way and peers to keep you accountable in your program and share in the training experience.  5K-specific speed workouts will increase your top speed, as well as decreasing your personal best in the 5K.

Each week, the group will meet virtually to do cross-training workouts, learn specific injury prevention techniques, hydration and nutrition tips, shoe fit, and related topics. By the end of week 12, you should be ready to tackle your next 5K!

ActivMotion Core
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

Let the ActivMotion Bar move you. Experience total body training like never before. The use of an ActivMotion bar will challenge your mind and body in fun and creative ways. These bars create instability through the use of weighted ball bearings, challenging your strength and ability to stabilize changing loads. Bars range from 3-15 pounds.

Advanced Yoga
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

This program is for anyone who has a foundation in yoga and would like to take their asana (physical) practice to the next level. Join us to challenge your physical capabilities while you practice mind-body awareness, breath control and mindfulness.

Your coach will take you through complex vinyasa flows and challenging poses, with concentration on a different “peak” pose each week. Yin poses, guided meditations and breathing techniques will be used to close each class. You’ll also receive weekly exercises to help increase your strength, stamina, balance and flexibility.

Afrobeats
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

Afrobeats is a popular style of music originating from various countries within the continent of Africa. It is primarily associated with West-African countries but covers a wide array of music and movement from the African diaspora. In this class you will learn major dances in the afrobeats community and perform choreographed routines to popular music. This class is perfect for people of any dance background who want to get a good workout in a fun setting. Whether it is your first time dancing or you are a professional, this class will be a supportive space to challenge yourself and learn something new.

Beginner Ballet
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

This beginner ballet class is designed to introduce and refine the basics of ballet. Students will learn the basic positions, correct body alignment with both hands on the barre and an introduction to basic ballet terminology. This class is perfect for anyone who has been interested in dance but never really got the chance to see what it’s like. These classes will be taught in a welcoming and non-competitive environment.

Beginner Hip Hop
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

In this class you will gain comfort and confidence in your own body as a dancer as you learn and build upon basic hip hop routines. This wholistic class also includes warm-ups, stretching and core fusion exercises designed to engage your muscles important for dancing and to increase your flexibility. You will be challenged to push past your comfort zone in a supportive environment.

Bollywood
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

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.  You will progressively learn and build routines in this Small Group Training course.

Cycle for Strength
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

Cycle for Strength will help you understand and utilize watt based training to maximize gains in strength and fitness. The instructor will work with each participant to find their high performance bike fit and their exact numbers for each training zone. The instructor will lead the group through fun interactive workouts and provide training rides to complete independently throughout the week in order for you to get the most out of this class.

Foundations of Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

If you’d like to improve your focus and engagement in day-to-day living and add greater self-awareness, this is the program for you. Little or no experience is required so it’s a great program for beginners or those who need to brush up on the fundamentals of alignment and mind-body awareness. You’ll learn about and practice different types of yoga as well as mindfulness practices that encourage wellness and resilience in all aspects of your life. At the conclusion of the program you’ll be ready to take your practice to the next level

Kettlebell 101
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

This foundational program uses kettlebells to help you increase strength, cardiovascular endurance and overall fitness. You will master the foundational techniques of kettlebell movements (swing, clean and snatch) in order to optimize the use of kettlebells in your workout.

Kettlebell 201
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

This foundational program uses kettlebells to help you increase strength, cardiovascular endurance and overall fitness. You will master the foundational techniques of kettlebell movements (swing, clean and snatch) in order to optimize the use of kettlebells in your workout.

Yoga for a Happy Back
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

This class takes a systematic and holistic approach to promoting optimal back health and spinal alignment. Using alignment-based yoga, posture education, and mindfulness practices, this program will help reduce factors that aggravate back pain such as life stress, chronic tightness, as well as muscular weakness in other areas of the body. This program has been designed for both beginners to yoga and those with some prior experience.

Medical clearance is needed for those with back conditions/diagnoses.

Yoga for Runners
Not offered in Fall 2020

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Description

Yoga and meditation are perfect complementary practices for running. In this training program, whether you run for hobby or sport, you’ll increase your enjoyment, enhance your motivation and improve your performance. Yoga will help you develop and maintain strength, flexibility, and balance; prevent injuries; and promote recovery. When practiced regularly, yoga can enhance your mental focus and breathing efficiency to a point where running may become a meditation in and of itself!


What People are Saying

“I enjoyed the cardio and strength workouts to warm up before learning the dances and the pace was great so that we could improve not only our memorization, but also improve the style and moves. Outside of class, Gabby sent us videos she recorded of her/us, which was really helpful for practicing at home.”

“My goals were learn yoga, adopt my own practice, and discover new ways to incorporate mindfulness into my everyday life. I accomplished all of these goals and so much more, and I really have Anne and Cleo to thank for this.”

“Laura has been really nice throughout this class. She is very knowledgeable about kettlebell, which allows her to provide individualized feedback to her students.”

“Brendan is wonderful and I really loved coming to class every week! I especially found his meditation exercises surprisingly helpful.”


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