As class schedules become repetitive and wear us down in the middle of the semester, our other schedules can do just the same. You might walk into the gym and head straight for the treadmill every single time. Not because you’re forced to, but it has become a part of your routine, and it’s the “safe” option.

Whether you’re an avid runner, lifter or even a beginner in the fitness world, group fitness classes offer a variety of new ways to challenge your body, keep your workouts exciting and motivate you to push toward your goals. The Student Recreation Center offers classes for anyone and everyone. Examples of the classes offered include yoga, Zumba, barre, Les Mill’s BODYPUMP and Grit, cycling, Tabata, and more!

If you’ve never participated in an exercise class of any kind, don’t sweat it… well, sweat, but don’t be scared. Like anything else, getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new in fitness may inspire a new level of motivation and spark a passion for exercise that you never knew existed.


Here are a few tips to help you get started…

  1. Find a class that fits your schedule and ask a friend to join you!
    1. Trying something new doesn’t seem as intimidating when you have someone to share the experience with
  2. Don’t take yourself too seriously
    1. Group Exercise classes are supposed to be fun and it’s encouraged to laugh and keep going when you mess up a dance step in Zumba
  3. Stay positive and remember this:
    1. Getting out of your comfort zone is supposed to be uncomfortable… this is how you grow as a person and diversify your life experiences



Just over the course of one year, I went from having never taken a class to becoming an instructor and standing up in front teaching. It is an experience like no other, and even though I don’t teach anymore, group fitness classes are still my favorite way to work out.

If you’re looking to change up your routine, have the goal of maintaining your health and staying active while in college, and are looking for a community to support you in your fitness journey, look no further. Check out the group fitness schedule for the rest of the fall semester and get your sweat on!

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