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Group Exercise Class Descriptions

NOT ALL CLASSES ARE OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER. Please check the Group Exercise Class Schedule for class availability.

All Abs

Everybody wants better abs!  But more than just looks, strong abs help contribute to overall core strength.  This class has hit ‘em hard abdominal work firming up transverse, obliques, and rectus abdominus. No warm-up included so be ready to work!

Ballet Basics

Participants will learn the fundamental forms of ballet including an introduction to the core positions for the feet and arms, the basic movements of the body core, basic jumps, turns and cross-stage movements. The class is designed for participants who have no former dance training or experience. The focus is to dance for fitness and health: to use the fundamentals of ballet to improve posture, muscle tone, balance, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness. Participants will work both on the floor and at the barre, and receive an introduction to choreography. Classes will be tailored to the abilities, goals and desires of the students.  No tights or leotards required!

Intermediate Ballet

This level will focus on more intensive techniques, patterns and longer pieces of choreography.  This class will also include a more intensive workout, with a greater emphasis on jumps and multi-technique combinations.  Some experience is preferred but not required and as always, classes will be tailored to the abilities, goals, and desires of the students.  No tutus are required, but leather-footed ballet slippers are recommended.  

Belly Dancing

An art of movement from the far East, Belly Dancing is fun to learn!  Instructor will teach and lead practice in individual moves, teaching terminology and steps.  Bring a scarf big enough to wrap around the hips; additional hips scarves with ornamentation can be purchased through the instructor if desired.

Body Blast

Blast your cardio fitness to the next level! This class provides the variety your body needs to see results by combining fun cardio routines with specific muscle conditioning that will be tailored to the class's needs from week to week. This is a great time to enjoy the music and feeling the burn!

Butts N Guts

Want to firm it up?  Get in here!  Exercises for abs and gluteus maximus are the primary goal plus additional work for muscle groups connected to these areas.  No warm-up included so be ready to work!

Boot Camp/Cross Training

Circuit Training / Cross Training has many forms but primarily involves moving from one station to another in set periods of time.  Each interval varies from 1-3 minutes alternating between strength and cardio .  Cardio work can include Step, Hi/Lo Aerobics, or Cardio Kickbox; Strength work can include physioballs, bands, mat exercises, body weight exercise, and more.

Cize Live

Cize Live is professional dance for everyday people! This isn't one of those dance-lite workouts where you shuffle your feet to the beat. Created by Shaun T, world famous choreographer and fitness trainer, Cize Live breaks down professionally choreographed routines step-by-step. Before you know it you'll be bustin' out moves to the hottest new music. It's so fun, you'll forget you're working out! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer Cize Live will be the right move for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_6axRJpPVY

Group Cycling

Using a stationary studio cycle, intensity can be increased or decreased by changing the resistance level on the flywheel.  Cycling builds endurance and trains leg muscles to be strong while being kinder to knees and ankles due to minimal weight bearing. 

  • Beginners should work at their own pace!
  • Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before class to set up your bike.
  • First come first served
  • Water bottle is essential.

 Group Total Conditioning:

In this subset of Personal Training, participants can get an amazing intense workout in a small group setting.  Feeling as though you have a personal trainer helping you through the workout, this class provides great instruction along with a small group (Max 8-10) to help encourage each other to work as hard as you can! A great way to help tone your body as well as getting direction and instruction for what workouts are best for you.

Hip Hop B-Boying

B-boying 101 is a class which introduces students to one of the 4 core elements of hip hop, bboying. B-boying or breaking is a style of street dance that originated among African American and Latino American youths in New York City during the early 1970s. Gaining fast popularity in the media, the dance spread worldwide especially in South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and Japan. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four primary elements: toprock, footwork(downrock), power moves, and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop and funk, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.


East Coast Swing 

Evolving from the Lindy Hop of 1920s Harlem, this dance is very free-form and independent, just like America!  The dance of rock-n-roll and freedom from mainstream cultural constraints (at least in the good ole days), East Coast swing is very grounded and one of the quicker swing dances. Booming with the popularity of rock-n-roll, this dance had a lot of popularity with the GIs of World War II and is all about having fun.

Waltz 

The waltz has been described as "being in love.. forever."  Having a very airy feel to it, the waltz floats across the floor. The music of this dance is in 3/4 timing (1-2-3) and is characterized by the rise and fall of the dancers, almost like waves, as they move around the floor. This is THE fundamental ballroom dance, so a strong understanding of the Waltz will get you right on track with being a professional in no time at all!  It originated in Europe and

Foxtrot 

The foxtrot, the most popular of the ballroom dances, has a very jazzy, big-band feel to it (think Frank Sinatra and the American Songbook). This is a very suave dance that flies down the ballroom with "slow" and "quick" movements, giving an almost sassy or arrogant feel as the dancers swing and sway down the room. 

Tango 

The tango is one of the most powerful of the ballroom dances. It is fierce and intense, often being characterized by the dancers have "fire in their eyes." With many sharp movements contrasted with smooth traveling around the room, this dance is very male-dominated with the woman snapping back and forth within the dance frame. The tango originated in Argentina, looking very similar to the sensual Argentine-Tango that is very popular in many clubs. 

Highland Dance

Highland dance is a form of Scottish Celtic dancing that is athletic and done solo (without a partner).  It is traditionally performed wearing a kilt while dancing to bagpipes.  With similar basic movements to balllet, this dance form requires many hours of practice in order to develop proper technique.

Jazz/Lyrical/Modern Dance

Jazz can encompass many forms including theatrical stage, lyrical, modern, and more.  Still an essential part of musical theater, it is sometimes interwoven with other influences such as tap, swing, Vegas stage shows, and even hip hop.  Balance is an important part of the technique as the slow and controlled body movements are interspersed with strong sharp movements.  Often taught barefoot, come enjoy learning the freedom of jazz

Cardio Kickbox/Turbo Kick

This format combines various forms of martial arts and self defense moves with aerobics producing a great workout for the whole body.  Using a non-contact approach, learn how to throw a right cross, kick with purpose, or bob and weave in the ring.  Hand wraps not required but may help the individual focus on hit spots and accuracy. http://www.youtube.com/embed/jnzML0sK_sU

Physioball

This non-aerobic class uses a large air filled ball for strength, flexibility and balanced exercises.  Sometimes called a Swiss ball, it originated in Europe in the physical therapy setting.  By providing a soft, movable surface, core muscles are strengthened through their work to stabilize the body while performing exercises for abs, back, legs, arms, and just about everything!  All equipment provided.

Pilates

Developed by Joseph Pilates in the late 1800’s, the focus is to connect the mind with purposeful exercise.  When emigrating to the United States in the 1930's, his method became a unique combination of stretching and strengthening.  Adding the integral mind-body connection, it requires the individual to pay close attention to the movement performed and the details that make the movement work.  Matwork class may also use rings.  Power Pilates uses more upbeat contemporary music; Traditional Pilates stays truer to the original form of slower, focused movement and uses calming or Classical music.

PiYo®

Piyo is a low-impact exercise program which uses Pilates and Yoga inspired moves set to faster paced music.  Using your body weight as natural resistance, there is  no choreography to learn as you move to strengthen your muscles, increase your stamina, and get flexibility training in one class.

R.I.P.P.E.D.

This total body, high intensity style program, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight, masterfully combines the components of R.I.P.P.E.D.--- Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance as the workout portion along with Diet suggestions to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective.  Stimulating different energy systems and muscles in each workout segment, the workout changes the focus and activities every 6 to 9 minutes. Along with driving, motivating music, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. No boredom here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH9me9zuoVU

Sculpting with Weights

This non-aerobic class brings weight training and body sculpting to the studio in a group format.  Power Cut barbells (with 2.5, 5, and 10 lb removable weight plates) plus hand weights (2lb to 15 lb) are used for split sets, pyramid sets and more.  Weight training helps shape and strengthen muscles while building your body to use more calories during cardio workouts.  Please arrive 5 minutes before class to set up your equipment.

Step Aerobics

Stepping up and down on an adjustable height platform is the basis of Step Aerobics.  Developed by Gin Miller, she started rehabbing her knee after surgery by stepping up and down the steps on her front porch.  Intensity is controlled by adjusting the height of the step (platform is 4” and each riser adds 2”) as well as the amount of arm movements.

Tai Chi

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T’ai chi ch’uan – also transliterated as taijiquan – has been described as a form of moderate slow-motion exercise, a type of moving meditation, and a system of martial art.  The movements can be adapted for various degrees of relaxation or rigorous exercise, depending on the needs of the practitioner.  Health benefits include stress relief and improved balance.

About the instructor:  Bruce Ching has been studying t’ai chi ch’uan since 1981, including a year in the People’s Republic of China (1988-89) and more recent workshop study under masters and grandmasters of the 19th and 20th generations of the Chen t’ai chi ch’uan family.  Here’s an old cell phone video of him in a private class with one of his teachers, from 2002:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJdPs7qRsnE&noredirect=1

TurboTone: 

A 60 minute combination of Turbokick and strength training.  We mix up our favorite high impact parts of Turbo with resistance exercises targeting the major muscle groups for an intense and effective workout.

U-Jam

U-Jam is an athletic cardio dance style that unites world beats with urban flavor.  The music will take you around the world from old school hip-hop to Bollywood with a workout that makes you sweat, tones your body and leaves you wanting more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF4qjMypMTU

Ultimate Workout

This 45-minute fast-paced class is a challenging and unique blend of aerobic & anaerobic conditioning, calisthenics, and strength & endurance training. Inspired by popularized high-intensity interval training exercise videos, the instructor will lead a bootcamp-style workout class that will give every body a full body workout.

Water Exercise:

Aqua Boot Camp: If you are looking for a workout which will maintain or increase your fitness level with less impact on your joints, a "liquid gym" is the place to be! This higher intensity class is designed to improve cardio conditioning, alternating with strength/balance and core training segments.  Water exercise is an excellent modality for cross training and gives knees and backs a break from land based cardio workouts.  Non-swimmers are welcome, life jackets available upon request, and participants have the choice of working in chest deep water as well as deep water.

Beginning Water Exercise: Participants will begin to build and increase physical activity levels while standing in chest deep water.  Water can provide up to 12 times more resistance than air making it beneficial for strength and mobility training as well as improved cardiovascular conditioning.  Participants will learn core stabilization, increase flexibility and range of motion, and build endurance with stretching at the end of class.  Swimming skills are not needed, life jackets are available if desired, and each person works at their own pace.

WERQ

WERQ is the fiercely fun dance fitness workout class based on pop, rock, and hip hop music taught by Certified Fitness Professionals.  The WERQ warmup previews the dance steps used in class and the WERQ cooldown includes balance and yoga-inspired poses.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMsz8AzWifY

YOGA:

Each yoga instructor leads a type of class in which they excel.  Try different classes to find a style and instructor that fits your needs!

Ashtanga Yoga

A type of yoga class that helps you to work on deeper stretching and modifications within each pose. It is a series of the core poses of yoga. This class will focus on correct alignment and pose positioning.

Lunch Time Yoga: 

A forty minute quick and easy reset to a stressful day.

Relaxation Yoga: 

Take a full hour to unwind, stretch, settle, let go, and meditate.

Slow Flow Yoga:
Slow Flow Yoga is aimed at helping participants get in touch with their bodies and feel what is going on. Participants can utilize this class's approach to increase their energy and quality of life. Each session is carefully sequenced to creating an energized effect through a combination of posture, breath work, visualization, and meditation.

Vinyasa Yoga:
This is a style of yoga in which the poses are held for only a short while so they move from one pose to the next building strength and fluidity of motion.  Options are given for making each position more challenging or simpler as each person chooses.  Connecting breathing with moving is essential to these sessions.

Yoga Private Lessons

Your instructor will work with you one-on-one to develop the goals you want to achieve thru yoga.  This can include dealing with injury issues, increasing flexibility, achieving better sports performance, deepening meditation skills, and more.  Instructors are required to have at least 200 hours of training to be certified for this level of service so be assured they will listen to your needs and help you achieve your goals.  $30 for a single 1-hour session of $125.00 for five 1-hour sessions.  Please contact Rebecca Kegler, Assistant Director kegler@msu.edu to arrange an appointment.

Yogalates

A blend of two popular types of mind-body connected exercise: Yoga and Pilates.  Done to calming, relaxed mode music, each discipline has postures which are duplicated with the other, so a blending of these two types of exercise styles is a natural. 

Zumba®

ZUMBA® is a fusion of Latin and International music / dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, and based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO."  The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.  Zumba is a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind.

Zumba Express®: Looking for a fun high intensity dance and cardio workout? This style of Zumba is dedicated to Zumba lovers who enjoy a strong intense workout while still maintaining the Zumba style. If you're looking to sweat and do some serious leg and ab work this is the perfect class for you!

Zumba Toning®:  This class combines the fun of a normal Zumba® class and adds  handweights to provide a strength training experience. Using weighted toning sticks, which double as maracas, you can transform your Zumba® workout to target areas like arms, shoulders,core and legs.