We’re getting to that point in the semester where midterms and assignments are piling up, clubs are in full swing and that promise we made to ourselves at the start of the semester to work out every day seems very far away. I personally get overwhelmed by all the different workout machines at the gym, so I love going to group exercise classes because the instructors tell you exactly what to do. They are a great way to spice up your workout by trying something new and getting motivation from working out with others. We at the Clog have compiled a list of four of our favorite group exercise classes at the Recreational Sports Facility to get you started!
Whether you’ve never set foot on a dance floor or you’ve been dancing your entire life, this class is the place for you. The instructor leads the group in energizing dance routines to popular songs, including many Broadway hits. Turnout is usually so high that no one will notice if you never get a single step right. You’re definitely going to get a good workout in and leave with a smile on your face. The classes take place at various times on various days throughout the week, so there’s sure to be one that you can make it to.
Although it starts awfully early, sunrise yoga is an amazing way to start your day. Working through the series of poses gets your blood flowing and your muscles loosened up. The classes are guaranteed to fit into your schedule because they end before 8 a.m., and you won’t have to worry about finding time to exercise later in the day. You’ll start out feeling more relaxed and as if you’ve already accomplished something.
For a more intense workout, check out the cycling classes at the RSF. The dark studio, colored lights and blaring music make these classes feel a little bit like SoulCycle. Although they’re not exactly the same, they serve as a great (and free!) alternative for those of us on a student budget. Different instructors teach in different ways, but there are always ways you can make the class more or less challenging to fit your needs. They take place at many times throughout the day, although the earlier ones tend to fill up. Be sure to arrive with time to spare and reserve a bike at the front desk!
Let’s just admit it: We all wish we had a six-pack. This is where hardcore classes come in. Just 25-30 minutes long, these classes are easy to work into your schedule and can be combined with other workouts. There’s nothing that motivates you to get that ab workout in quite like the eyes of others watching you.
These are just four of the many great classes that the RSF has to offer. Be sure to check out the group exercise schedule to take a look at the full range of offerings and get updates on any cancellations.