Group Exercise Class Descriptions

Our instructors are able to teach to all fitness levels, therefore, all class formats are designed to meet the needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced participants. Classes designed for specific experience levels are indicated in the description. All class formats are 45-minutes unless otherwise indicated.

GVSU Kelly Family Sports Center
Multipurpose Room

Mind/Body classes are geared towards improving mental as well as physical well-being.  Mindfulness, breath, range of motion, flexibility, posture, and strength are all important components to the Mind/Body classes.  All classes are 45 minutes unless otherwise specified.

*We provide mats for initial visits but expect participants to obtain their own mats if they plan to attend regularly.

Beginning Yoga

Interested in yoga, but don't know where to start? We have just the class for you. Beginning Yoga will introduce all aspects of traditional yoga with additional time for restorative (holding) poses and dynamic (moving) poses and meditation. This IS NOT a one time class. We encourage you to attend consistently to develop your own practice and grow as a group!

Ashtanga Vinyasa 

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a shortened form of the Primary series. It is a specific flow of postures to build heat, burn toxins, and improve strength and flexibility that remain consistent in each class. It includes postures that focus on opening up shoulders and hips, as well as engaging all muscles of the body throughout the practice. It is a great class for both cardio and strengthening and is great for beginners and advanced students alike.

Power Yoga

An energizing and athletic practice using a set sequence of postures to stretch, strengthen, and detoxify the body and quiet the mind. You will build endurance as well as strength and flexibility in this class. Yoga mats, resistance straps, yoga straps, blankets, or foam rollers may be used over the course of the semester in this class.

Yoga Flow

A dynamic flowing style of yoga that links breath and movement through a heat building sequence of postures.  Expect to move more quickly through poses than your traditional yoga class. Yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets, and foam rollers may be used over the course of the semester in this class.

PiYo (Pilates & Yoga)

The best of both worlds! This class incorporates both pilates and yoga into one class to strengthen, stretch and then relax the entire body. Yoga blocks, yoga mats, pilates rings, resistance straps, yoga straps, or foam rollers may be used over the course of the semester in this class.


SPIN Studio 
Located on lower level of Recreation Center

SPIN® classes use a stationary indoor bike to create a simulated bike ride.  The instructor will lead riders through hills, flats, intervals and more to create a safe, effective, and fun cardiovascular workout. 

Intro to SPIN® classes are recommended for those who are new to SPINNING® so riders will learn how to set up their bike, monitor exercise intensity, and use resistance and cadence to vary their workout intensity

Intro to SPIN®* (Beginner Class, only need to attend once)

Welcome to Spinning!  This class is a 30-45 minute tutorial class that is HIGHLY recommended to anyone new to SPINNING® to ensure safety and maximum fitness results. This class will familiarize new riders on how to properly set up their bikes, spinning techniques and terms, and how to monitor exercise intensity.

You will only need to attend the class ONE TIME and you will be ready to participate in other spin classes. *This class is for the first 6-weeks only, it will be substituted with Spin


Instructor’s choice on this ride! You will get an overview of the class when you get there.  Each instructor is different so expect a different ride every time. Exercise intensity 50-92% maximum heart rate.

Strength SPIN® 

Steady, consistent pedaling with moderate to heavy resistances to develop the lower body muscles and challenge the cardiovascular system to promote power.  This class is ideal for becoming a stronger rider, as well as building to your already established fitness base. Exercise intensity: 75-85% maximum heart rate. 

Express SPIN®

This 30 minute Express SPIN class provides a quick yet effective Spinning workout! Come ready for a challenging and exciting ride.


Come get the best of both worlds at SPIN/Yoga! This class incorporates all that you love about a traditional SPIN class while including a fantastic Yoga portion as well. You don’t want to miss out!

SPIN® + Core

This fused SPIN + Core class promises to build a strong core while including an enjoyable SPIN ride that all fitness levels can enjoy! Some small equipment such as mats or stability balls may be used in this class.  


Dance Studio B160
Located in Fieldhouse

The Group X Classes are geared towards those who are looking to add variety, fun, and accountability into their regular physical activity.  These classes will provide options for those looking for cardiovascular formats as well as strength and endurance based options.  If you are looking for motivation and energy - these classes are for you!

TBT (Total Body Toning)

Condition your entire body to improve all aspects of physical fitness. This is a cardiovascular and strength based class for participants that wish to challenge themselves. Expect a workout that combines movements from instructor’s cardio choice of kickboxing or plyometrics, resistance training, and core work! This is an excellent change from your regular treadmill and elliptical regimen. Equipment that may be used over the course of the semester includes weighted bar, hand weights, resistance bands, towels, stability balls, mats, and steps.

G3 (Glutes, Guts, & Guns)

Develop a strong core, gluteus, and  toned arms by utilizing equipment and your own body weight. Equipment that may be used over the course of the semester includes weighted bar, hand weights resistance bands, towels, mats, stability balls, and steps.


TurboKick® is a class that utilizes movements from kickboxing, boxing, and hip hop style moves to create a constant “party” while you workout.  This fast paced, high-energy class is pre-choreographed and will keep you coming back for more! Turbo Kick® sample video <CLICK HERE


ZUMBA® is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness class. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. 


Created by Shaun T, world famous fitness trainer and choreographer, CIZE™LIVE! is a dance-based class that breaks down professional choreographed routines,  step-by-step. This class is perfect for anyone who likes to dance, have a little extra fun when working out, and sweat! Move to today’s latest beats and try CIZE™LIVE! out!


INSANITY® uses MAX Interval Training, which replaces traditional moderate-intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and trades short intervals of intensity for short periods of rest. Join our certified instructors for the popular INSANITY® workout in a fun group environment!


R.I.P.P.E.D.™ is a total body workout utilizing resistance and cardio training, combining Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet components into a routine that is enjoyable, accessible and highly effective. The constantly changing format of the R.I.P.P.E.D. workout ensures maximum results, with participants burning 750-1000 calories in a single 50-minute workout. By stimulating different energy systems and muscle groups in each segment, and mixing up the routine every few minutes, R.I.P.P.E.D. keeps your body guessing and improving, and keeps your mind engaged. R.I.P.P.E.D. is constantly challenging but never, ever boring.

Cardio & Core

Improve your overall cardiovascular fitness while strengthening your core at Cardio & Core! This class ensures to get your heart rate up and deliver a fun and effective workout. Some equipment will be used such as steps, dumbbells, jump ropes and more!


Tabata training is a unique and revolutionary approach to successfully lose weight and build muscle in minimal time. You not only burn calories during the exercise, but your body keeps burning extra calories for the next 24 to 48 hours. Expect high intensity bouts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. Join us for the first ever semester of Tabata at GVSU!


High Intensity Interval Training is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This class can be tailored to any fitness level, so join us for a 30 min sweat sesh!

GVSU Kelly Family Sports Center
Track Level


Build your core, increase muscular strength and endurance, and work on your flexibility and balance with the TRX® Suspension trainer. TRX® training is effective for any fitness level as it focuses on using your body weight against gravity. Join us to have some fun on the suspension trainer and learn the 100’s of exercises you can do on just one piece of equipment!

TRX® Core

Take it to the next level with TRX Core! Using the TRX suspension trainers we will challenge and strengthen your core muscles.  Come ready for a high intensity and up beat class!