Fitness Class Descriptions

Beginner exercisers, athletes, and all those in between are invited to try any of our fitness classes! After trying a few, you are bound to find the instructors and class formats that make you enjoy exercising and help you work towards your health and fitness goals. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Barre
A rewarding workout inspired by ballet, yoga, and pilates moves that uses bodyweight exercises, the ballet barre, and light dumbbells to tone muscles and improve flexibility. It’s a great workout with great music!

Cardio Kickboxing
A cardio workout that focuses on punching, kicking, squatting, crunching, and moving to the beat of the music. You will improve your cardiovascular endurance after attending a few of these upbeat, 45-minute classes.

Cycle
An upbeat cardiovascular workout on a stationary bike. You will sprint, climb mountains, and more, all to fun and energizing music from all kinds of genres! We have 9 bikes in our Cycle Studio, so register ahead of time & arrive to class early!

Dance Trance
A high-energy dance experience that will leave you smiling and feeling sassy! DT is a dance workout for those who love moving and want to have fun while working out. It is a more technical dance workout where you will learn steps to routines for diverse dance styles and then follow the instructor through the movements week after week.

Fitness Happy Hour
A free fitness class every Friday at 5:30pm. It may be a cycle & abs class one week and a partner yoga class the next week. Look forward to a new class format & instructor each week, announced on our Instagram, Facebook & Twitter: @UMWCampusRec. The classes are first come, first served.

HIIT & Core
A full-body workout that includes a warm up, 25 minutes of HIIT, 10 minutes of core work, and a cool down. HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training, so expect to do a variety of full body cardio and strength exercises for short amounts of time, with rest time between moves. You’ll slow down once you reach the core portion of class, but prepare to strengthen and challenges your abs, obliques, back, shoulders and glutes.

LIIT (Low Impact Interval Training)
A Low Impact Interval Training (LIIT) workout. Very similar to that of a HIIT class, LIIT will get your heart pumping as you work through full body combination moves to a timer in order to strengthen your muscles while taking it easier on your joints. LIIT modifies high impact moves, so that everyone can participate no matter their fitness level. Each class will have a warm-up, two strength portions that change every two weeks (covering the lower body, upper body, or core), and a cool down. This is a new class, so give it a try! You may love it!

Martial Arts Strength and Conditioning
A workout that focuses on bodyweight exercises (think squats, punches, burpees, bear crawls) interspersed with martial arts strike pad drills.  This class is taught by a retired Marine and is designed for people wanting to get in shape, as well as for people who are in shape looking for a good workout. This is a great opportunity to work out some aggression by beating up on a strike pad!

Pilates
A low impact workout that improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Relaxation Yoga
A time to stretch and unwind before the weekend. In this class you will take it easy, performing beginner poses and stretches.

Strength
A low impact dumbbell workout to strengthen your entire body! The strength movements are taught to upbeat music so that you can challenge your muscle endurance and stay motivated. You will work each of the major muscle groups in this class – legs, arms, chest, core, and more! This class is great for beginners and can be adapted for experienced exercisers by simply increasing the weight of your dumbbells.

Yin Yoga/Stretching
A style of yoga where yoga postures are practiced on the floor and held for around three to five minutes. By putting ourselves in safe and controlled positions, we can relax the muscles, particularly those from above the knee to below the navel. This will revitalize connective tissue, develop flexibility in the hips and pelvis and restore the natural curves of the spine. Yin Yoga is great for beginners and an excellent complimentary practice to regular Yoga.

Yoga
A rewarding class that works on strength and flexibility of the body and mind through a series of poses. Our general Yoga classes are designed for those who feel stiff and inflexible – a relaxing blend of flexibility training and muscle strengthening. All yoga classes at UMW include both simple and advanced modifications for the various poses.

Zumba®/Dance Fitness
A beginner-friendly pre-choreographed cardio dance class. In our dance fitness classes, you’re encouraged to forget what you look like and just MOVE! Our instructors will lead you through the movements. You can expect to move and groove to hip hop, Latin, pop, and electronic dance music.