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Group Fitness

Awesome fitness classes, cleverly disguised as fun. With so many different classes and a wide variety of days and times offered, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with our group exercise program. Our instructors will coach and motivate you to maximize your workout and have a great time doing it. Try one or all of our classes because group fitness is included with your membership.

The class descriptions below offer an overview of the classes we have been able to offer recently. Not all classes are offered each semester. Classes will rotate in and out as instructors and class space are available. 

Please review our Group Fitness Policies (PDF) to ensure you are receiving the best possible experience with group fitness at WellWorks. 

GROUP FITNESS SCHEDULE

Class Descriptions for  Mind/Body Classes (Grover Center E192):

Saturday Sampler: 

The Saturday Sampler takes place every Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am. A different instructor will hold a group fitness class every Saturday. Offerings include Yoga, Pilates, Total Barre, Boxing and Zumba. This will allow you to get in an extra class from one your favorite instructors and give you a chance to try a few different classes and instructors. We hope you enjoy the variety and can add it to your weekend routine.

ABC Strength (Alignment – Balance – Core)

ABC Fitness will help participants build the foundations of strength and balance. The instructor will take you through proper posture positions, upper back and lower back exercises, along with general tips on how to maintain symmetry and balance. Classes will incorporate single leg exercises to help you develop good joint stability and strength. The class will include body weight and lightweight exercises in the form of circuit training to develop proper muscle strength and tone. Your core will get plenty of attention and the class will usually end with a 10-minute core, breathing and stretching session. 

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga focuses on the connection between breath and movement. Flowing from one position to the next with one’s breath all while building strength, improving flexibility, and improving one’s mind body connection. Vinyasa Yoga focuses more on this flow and less about the alignment of each position.

Foundations of Vinyasa Yoga

This class will follow a similar format as the traditional Vinyasa Yoga class but is directed at those who wish to focus on the basics of their Vinyasa Yoga practice (also appropriate for beginners). 

Multi-Level Yoga

When practiced with patience, determination and effort, yoga invigorates the health of our bodies, steadies our minds and enlightens our spirit. Emphasis on proper alignment of the body; props are used to help attain poses. Multi-Level yoga welcomes new participants who have basic knowledge but may have some more advanced movements. If you are a beginner, you may consider signing up for our Beginner Yoga Series.  

Total BARRE

This unique class uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements." Also, don't be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Pilates

This class will help participants improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Active Senior Classes (Grover Center E192):

Core & Balance (Level 1)

Designed by CHSP students with our senior members in mind, this class will begin to strengthen core muscles and improve balance.  This class progresses from chair-based to standing exercises with chair and wall support. Elastic tubing with handles is used as resistance from some exercises.  This class is most appropriate for beginners, but can be adapted individually for additional challenge. Duration: 40 minutes

Chair Strength

Hand-held weights and elastic tubing with handles will be used as resistance while the instructor leads participants through chair-based upper-body strength exercises, progressing to lower-body exercises done standing with chair and wall support.  This class was designed to be a manageable and complete strength training experience for our senior members. Duration: 40 minutes

Chair Yoga

Designed by CHSP students and staff with our senior members in mind, the instructor will guide participants through a series of gentle seated and standing poses, including simple breathing exercises.  This class was designed to supplement the active routines of our senior members by providing an opportunity to stretch, balance, and relax the mind-body.

Stair Strength and Endurance

This is our highest intensity active senior class. It is a fast-moving class, and will have you stepping in all directions to improve your endurance and lower-body strength.

Tai Chi for Arthritis (Parts One and Two)

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practiced for health and wellness featuring four essential principles: Mind-body integration, fluid movements, controlled breathing, and mental concentration. This program focuses on weight transference, making it especially useful for improving balance. Most participants can learn the basic forms in 8 to 12 one hour lessons and with regular practice. The movements in Tai Chi for Arthritis flow one after the other. The instructor will introduce a new movement each week. Each movement will build onto the last and flow into the next. Thus, instruction will progress from the beginning to the end of the semester. It is recommended that participants attend with continuity to facilitate learning the movements as easily as possible. Participants are asked to complete one full session/semester of Tai Chi Part One before progressing to Tai Chi Part Two. To learn more about Tai Chi or this evidence-based program visit: https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/ 

Class Descriptions for Fitness Classes (Grover Center E194, unless noted otherwise):

Arms and Abs

This class focuses on specific muscle groups for 30-45 minutes. Each class is simple and easy to follow yet still challenging. If you are looking for that added focus for upper body and core, these classes are for you.  

Circuit Strength 

This moderate to high intensity class will help you build strength, improve your cardio, and shred pounds in the form of circuit training. There will be between 6-8 stations set up around the room and participants will move from one station to the next every 30-60 seconds. You push yourself to a desired level of intensity with encouragement from the instructor. This class will take you through a variety of upper body, lower body, and core moves with an added dose of kickboxing for good measure. 

Cardio Dance

This one-hour class combines dance moves and toning exercises to increase your heart rate while building strength. The instructor will provide direction for multiple dance/music styles including Latin, hip-hop, Bollywood, African and even some show tunes. All participants are encouraged to bring their own unique style to class The dancing is so much fun that you won’t even realize how hard you’re working! This class is constantly evolving, so you’ll want to keep coming back.

Ridges Outdoor Fitness Camp

This outdoor bootcamp-esque class uses The Ridges for running, strength training, agility and endurance. Build a sense of community with fellow WellWorks members while having a blast outdoors! This class begins in late spring and ends in late summer. Each class will get subsequently more difficult. So, while participants are invited to join in on the class at any point, the progression will be made easier with frequent participation. Meet outside Kennedy Museum at the start of each class (bicycle racks and free parking available). Bring a towel and a water bottle. 

Spinning/Cycling

Spinning is a non-impact workout that combines outdoor cycling techniques with great music. During the class the instructor will cue changes in resistance and pace to simulate going up and down hills and fast sprints followed by recovery times. Each student ultimately determines the intensity of his/her own workout by varying resistance and pace.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to adjust your bike. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and a towel to wipe excess perspiration. No bike guarantee—first come, first serve. A heart rate monitor is recommended for your own use and can be rented at the WellWorks front desk.

Tabata Strength

This class is a form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) where there is 20 seconds of max intensity followed by 10 seconds rest, this cycle is repeated 8 times for each workout. This class will allow you to burn calories, while building strength and toning your muscles. You will use a variety of exercise equipment.

Total Body Strength

This fun, challenging, and effective class incorporates movements and exercises that will build strength throughout your entire body. The class ranges from moderate to vigorous intensity. Modifications are available for newer participants – This class incorporates a full body warm up, circuit strength training of all muscle groups, accessory muscle toning, core stability and endurance training along with a cool down and stretching. Classes will incorporate some great stretching and flexibility techniques to create proper range of motion in your joints and allow for optimal recovery after exercise.

Zumba ®

Ditch the workout—join the party! This is a class inspired by Latin dance moves. Even if you are not a dancer, you will love this easy to follow, fun and effective way to get fit. This is a cardio class like no other.  Zumba ® dance-fitness classes fuse a wonderful blend of high energy Latin and international music with easy-to-follow moves like the salsa, cha-cha, samba, tango, merengue, flamenco, calypso, hip-hop, cumbia, reggaeton and much more, to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. The routines also feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.  All moves are modifiable—you can Zumba ® your own way. Our goal is simple: we want you to want to work out and to love working out. Zumba ® and the Zumba logos are trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC. Used under license.

Specialty Classes:

Need a little more individualized attention for your fitness practice? Check out WellWorks' Specialty Classes such as Women on Weights and Yoga Wall.

Specialty Classes