Group Fitness Class Descriptions
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.
Class Descriptions for Spring 2023 Group Fitness Classes:
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.
Boxing: 60 minutes of high energy shadow boxing. This class will teach you proper form and techniques while keeping you moving and motivated through a shadow boxing format. This class has high energy and is open and modified for all to be included.
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.
Cardio Intervals: This one-hour class is sure to get your heart rate up. Mixing high and low impact movements to increase your heart rate and keep you moving. Music will be provided to increase motivation but staying on the beat and following elaborate movements will not be expected. Enjoy moving your body with this class offering variety and fun.
Cardio, Strength, Balance, and More: This class incorporates exercises that boost overall fitness by moving through “blocks” – muscle conditioning to improve strength & functional fitness, cardio to improve cardio fitness, and core muscle engagement for stability and balance. The class will end with Tai Chi flow for mind & body relaxation. Hand weights, tubing, stability balls and bars are offered for resistance. Chairs are optional for standing support & seated exercises. This class is suitable for beginning to intermediate skill levels.
Cardio Tone: This 60 minute class offers a cardiovascular workout combined with bodyweight strength training. Each class includes a short warm up, 45 minutes of bodyweight exercises and a short cool down. You'll elevate your heart rate and tone key muscle groups. When possible, modifications and progressions are made available to allow you to get the most out of the class, regardless of your fitness or experience level. No equipment is required. Though, a floor mat and hand weights are optional. Music will not be provided, so have your own favorite playlist ready to keep you motivated. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate in this class.
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.
Mobility Training: Take 60 minutes out of your day to find space within your body. This class takes an active approach to mobility and flexibility. Using techniques including myofascial release, foam rolling, self PNF stretching and more to increase your body’s mobility and ease of movement inside and outside the fitness center.
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.
Ridges Outdoor Fitness Camp: Enjoy the camaraderie of group fitness in-person again with this outdoor boot camp style circuit training fitness class. There is a different workout each class utilizing body weight exercises and the surrounding landscape of the Ridges. Each movement has modifications to dial up or dial down the intensity to meet each participant at their fitness level. Logistics: The class meets rain or shine – unless there is thunder, storm sirens, excessive heat warning, or level 2-3 snow emergency – in the grassy area next to the Kennedy Art Museum parking lots. Participants remain socially distanced, and there are no shared surfaces. Bring water, a towel or mat, and hit the bathroom before arrival. Kids and pets are welcome, but no biting or getting hit by cars.
Spinning/Cycling: This 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 participant 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.
Strength and Stability (Active Senior): The first half of this class will incorporate a series of standing activities, combining balance and other neuromotor drills with low-impact aerobic movements that are done in place. A chair will be available for additional support. After a break – halftime – the class will transition to strength exercises using hand-held weights and elastic tubing with handles. Strength exercises can be done seated or standing and are designed to be a manageable and complete strength training experience for our senior members.
Strength Circuits: 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.
STRONG Nation™ by Zumba®: STRONG Nation™ by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. The original STRONG by Zumba® class is a demanding hour-long session that works your entire body. Zumba ® and the Zumba logos are trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC. Used under license.
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.
TRX Training: 60-minute class incorporating TRX suspension trainers, Rip Trainer, and additional movement patterns to create a comprehensive workout developing strength, balance, flexiblity and sore stability. Progressions will be offered to allow all participants to feel challenged and successful in the movement patterns. This class will include standing, kneeling and floor exercises.
TRX Strength & Mobility: Description TBA
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. Multi-Level Yoga utilizes the foundations of Vinyasa Yoga and is adapted to support all fitness levels.
Zumba® and Zumba Dance®: 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.
Zumba® Dance + Toning + Sentao: The first half of this “specialty” class is dedicated to Zumba® Dance – easy-to-follow Latin & World rhythms designed to get your heart rate up. Zumba® Toning enhances the sense of rhythm & coordination while using hand weights, bars or tubing for strengthening upper & lower body & core muscles. Zumba® Sentao combines strength & resistance training centered around a chair while targeting upper & lower body & core muscles. Level: Beginner & Intermediate
ZUMBA GOLD® is a lower intensity version of Zumba Fitness. It is a low-impact fitness class with simple moves, which makes it perfect for active older adults & low fitness participants. It focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility & balance. ZUMBA GOLD Toning® uses light hand weights to enhance muscle strength, tone & endurance. ZUMBA GOLD Sentao® uses a chair & focuses on core strength.
Descriptions for classes not offered this semester:
Arms and Abs: Target the toning of your upper body with this class that utilizes both bodyweight movements and light weights. Each class is simple and easy to follow yet still challenging. If you are looking for that added focus for lower body training, this class is for you.
ABC + Strength (Alignment, Balance, Core): ABC + Strength 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.
Chair Strength (Active Senior): 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
Core and Balance (Level One Active Senior): 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
Kick and Core: This class combines basic cardio kickboxing sequences and pelvic core strength and conditioning exercises in a high energy environment. Participants will utilize a variety of bodyweight exercises and movements to increase heart rate, improve balance and strengthen the core. On occasion, PelviCore™ equipment will be utilized to increase intensity level and target particular muscle groups. Where possible, modifications will be provided to accommodate a variety of fitness levels and offer reduced joint impact without compromising the workout. This class is open to all fitness levels and types but is ideal for the following populations: female athlete, postpartum, middle aged athlete.
Legs and Core: Utilizing bodyweight movements and light weights, this class will focus on the quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves, abs, obliques and back. Each class is simple and easy to follow yet still challenging. If you are looking for that added focus for lower body training, this class is for you.
Power Strength: Strengthen, tone, and tighten the core, arms and legs during this intense strength-based class.
Power Yoga: Utilizing Vinyasa Yoga movement patterns, Power Yoga offers a slightly more vigorous, fitness-style approach to the practice. Movements will focus on strength training while also improving flexibility and stamina. Despite an increase in intensity, this practice is still ideal for all fitness and experience levels.
Step Strength and Endurance (Active Senior): 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 (Active Senior): 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/
Need a little more individualized attention for your fitness practice? Check out WellWorks' Specialty Classes such as Women on Weights, Glove Boxing and The Great Yoga Wall. Please note that specialty classes are not currently being offered. We hope to be able to resume this offering in 2022.