University of Vermont

Fitness & Wellness

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

Fitness| Cycling | Yoga | Zumba

The most accurate information for classes is listed on the LIVE schedule.

*NOTE: The length of the class time can vary.

All participants must bring their UVM ID cards for admittance to class or register for biometrics at the Campus Recreation Office.

Fitness -

Arms, Butt and Core (A.B.C.)

This class will creatively focus on exercises pertaining to your arms, butt and core. You will rethink the way you define fatigue and find new boundaries that challenge your muscular endurance and strength. This is a great compliment to what you do for cardio outside of class.

Cardio Kickboxing

Workout to a combination of aerobics, boxing and martial arts to music with strong a beat. This intense, workout can improve strength, cardio fitness, flexibility, coordination and balance without physical contact. A full body workout for everyone. You will learn basic punching and kicking skills that your waist, buttocks and hips won't forget.

Core X (Express)

This is a designated 30-minute workout focusing on your core.   Improving core strength will follow through to whatever you are involved in because it effects the area around your trunk and pelvis where your center of gravity if located.  Do you want better posture, more control, improved power when performing, injury rehab, increased “bracing” to support your back?  Then come enjoy this core focused workout.

Group Lift - (meeting at the Fitness Center)

This 50-minute class is for patrons who want the motivation and guidance for full body workout in the Fitness Center. Come to improve your movement patterns and become more efficient with your training time. Patrons will check in at the Personal Training Office and pick up a structured program that can adapted to meet all fitness levels and record progress. A Fitness Professional will be on the floor to answer questions on how to perform exercises, make modifications and use equipment. What is better than a Fitness Professional taking the thinking out of your workout and being available to answer questions while you meet people to train with in our very own Fitness Center? Come be inspired and track your muscular strength and endurance improvements!

Kickboxing MA

This martial arts class is practiced across the world as a popular fighting style that incorporates strikes with your hands and feet. The methods presented will improve your self-defense while improving your fitness.  You will learn how to dodge, defend and counter the offensive attacks of your opponent.  Contact on pads will take place in this class and wraps are highly recommended. 

Key to Success for Kickboxing MA: Please stop by the front desk to get a pair of wraps prior to class for $9.00.
Body Pump - Les Mills

BODYPUMP™ is for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit – fast.

Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout. It will burn up to 430 calories*. Instructors will coach you through the scientifically proven moves and techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music – helping you achieve much more than on your own! You’ll leave the class feeling challenged and motivated, ready to come back for more.

BODYPUMP is available as a either a 55, 45 or 30-minute workout.

Mat Pilates

This class is a classical and integrative approach to the principles and essential exercises of Pilates mat work. Focus is on proper postural alignment, breathing, coordination, and movement patterns that focus on using the core or “powerhouse”.  Do you want to have a positive mind body experience while improving muscular endurance and flexibility?  If you are interested, come explore this upbeat and inspiring class.

Step & Sculpt

Workout to step cardio combination to get your heart pumping.  In this class you will also utilize creative exercises with high repetition and multiple sets to build muscular endurance.  This is a combo workout is intended to hit all the spots avoided when working out on your own.  Show up ready to work hard and surprise yourself as you discover muscles you didn’t know you had. 

T.B.C. (Total Body Conditioning)

This class is a full body resistance higher load strength training session. This class simulates a group strength training session. Instructor will guide you through a total body workout beginning with an athletic dynamic warm up, bodyweight training and progress to heavier load training. The class uses a combination of weights, stability balls, and medicine balls for resistance training movements. In addition to strength gains participants will improve stability, mobility, cardio endurance, and range of motion.

The TRX suspension training class invites you to use your body and gravity to be your machine.  The TRX Suspension Trainer exercises allows for the use of multiple planes of motion and works multiple muscles and joints simultaneously.  Are you new to TRX? Arrive early to class and your instructor will bring you up to speed. There is a maximum of 12 spots in each training session. This class is designed to feel like a group personal training session.
Why TRX?
Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility, and core strength simultaneously.  Traditional weight training often only works one muscle at a time and the TRX forces you to use normal coordinated muscle effort, used to complete most everyday activities.  The TRX is fun and unique we promise you won’t be bored.

Check out TRX videos on the official TRX You Tube page.

TRX Intervals

TRX instructors will present a group suspension training class that incorporates intervals of TRX moves and bodyweight, agilities or mat work. Come engage all your muscles with this non-stop workout. Build overall strength, balance and flexibility with this total-body program. TRX Training challenges users with a fast-paced workout that makes the time fly by. Timed sets will keep your heart rate pumping as you power through the reps at your own level.


U-Barre is short for University Barre, a Barre fitness class specially geared and directed for the University community. U-Barre classes are best described as Pilates evolved, allowing everyone to find more ease in movement, coordination and flexibility. U-Barre brings together the disciplines of Yoga, Pilates, and sports conditioning into one system, targeting specific problem areas like the seat, abdominals, arms, and thighs. This class will take you through the structured class with an emphasis on basic sequence and movements. This class is highly recommended for any Barre fitness beginner or enthusiast!

Cycling - NEW SUMMER 2016 Keiser M3i Studio

[Room 217 Gutterson next to the Hockey Rink on the second floor] - Please be sure to arrive early to allow time to properly adjust your bike. Bring water and a towel. All levels welcome!


No experience needed!

Our Keiser M3i bikes have revolutionary new displays. The rider can see miles, rpm, heart rate, power, gears and kilocalories. This bike has the highest industry rating for power measurements, the power measurement is a key feature of these bikes. These bikes are a smooth and quite ride with magnetic resistance and the fly wheel in the back. This combination forces the rider to create the momentum of the ride and to keep the ride pace throughout their workout. Our bikes have Bluetooth technology and adjust four ways for the rider to set up the right fit for their body.

Our indoor cycling program offers an energizing, cycling-inspired group exercise training with expert coaching, exhilarating music and a unique mind/body philosophy – all at a self-directed pace. During the class the instructor will educate and motivate you in drills that use the bike features of distance, time and effort. We encourage you to wear a heartrate monitor. Together, you will experience drills that simulate flat roads, climb hills, sprint and race! It is truly a fantastic cardiovascular class. Bring a towel and water and be ready to sweat!

Cycling - Watts & Core

Can you say “complete workout”???  Combine a fun cardio workout measured by watts on the bike with a core workout and you will leave feeling accomplished. You will be educated and motivated to effectively use the gears and velocity to maximize power output (measured in watts).

Cycling - Power Play

We will maximize your potential as an indoor rider. You will get the benefits of training with power. This individualize workout is challenging for both new and experienced riders. From training zones to power drills, these sessions will guide you to use power effectively while enjoying a fun workout. Join us to play with power!


Cycling 45,50 & 60 - Our instructors will design their rides to fit one of the following descriptions.


This class offers riding at a relatively easy intensity, where the main focus is on fat burning and building a solid aerobic base. All levels of riders are encouraged to participate, whether you’re a new rider who wants to build a good foundation of fitness, lose weight, or a competitive cyclist wanting to enhance their fitness effectively. Ride with your Cycling Instructor through different terrain and positions while learning effective pedal stroke and form technique. These classes can be done as often as desired!


This is another type of endurance or recovery ride, where one rides at a relatively easy intensity with a strong focus on relaxing the mind, and concentrated mental effort. Your Cycling Instructor will lead you through a ride focusing on breathing, consistency, and developing a strong mind-body connection. This is a great class for a rider who worked hard in a Cycling class the previous day or needs an escape from the stresses of life.


These rides focus on force development, strength building, and muscular endurance in our legs. These classes are generally higher in intensity. Your Cycling Instructor may guide you through long climbs, rolling hills, steep switchbacks, motivational climbs, and so much more! It is recommended to take no more than two of these classes a week, to allow recovery and muscle development in your legs!


These rides focus on specific work efforts alternated with recovery periods. These may be easier in intensity (“aerobic intervals”), where work intervals are longer in length (5-15 min) with shorter recovery periods. Higher intensity intervals (“anaerobic intervals”) are also offered, and will be more intense, with shorter work intervals (15 sec- 3 min) and longer recoveries. A good fitness base is recommended for anaerobic intervals, but all students are welcome, as instructors will give modifications. Try to limit interval rides to 1-2x/week.

Race Day:

This ride is high in intensity, high in energy and an exciting class that simulates a real time trial race. Students will go through a significant warm up both physically and mentally to prepare for the “race” which may last 20-30 minutes. Students are asked to keep a heart rate/ perceived exertion that hovers at or just below anaerobic threshold through the race, all while your instructor motivates you to finish strong. A good fitness base is highly recommended for the class, but all students are welcome to try and modify their intensity. This is a great class to determine one’s level of fitness. Heart rate monitors are strongly encouraged! Offered 1-2x/month.

Creative Ride:

This type of class gives the Cycling Instructor freedom to design any kind of fun ride. Some workouts may be (but are not limited to) simulated mountain bike rides, pyramid workouts, jumps, road riding through the country side, special races, epic climbs, technical rides, team work, sprints, etc… anything your instructor can think up! This class brings variety and excitement to our Cycling schedule. Intensity will vary from class to class, depending on each individual instructor!


Key to Success for Yoga:  We provide mats but if you would prefer your own mat stop by the front desk and get a mat and bag for $20.
Power Yoga

Come ready to raise your body temperature and find your edges.  Our focus will be on developing the strength to perform a dynamic asana practice. Poses are designed to strengthen the core, improve body awareness, alignment, and avoid imbalances that lead to overuse injuries.  You will breakthrough mental and physical edges while exploring a soft gaze and steady breath.  This experience leaves you feeling revitalized, connected, and balanced.  (Power Yoga can be physically demanding and participants should have a basic understanding of yoga postures, body awareness and strength).

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a passive yoga practice of deep relaxation in which students rest in reclining poses for anywhere between 3-5 minutes to help relieve tension and stress and maintain or restore balance and wellness.

Yoga Flow, Yoga 60, Yoga 75

The flow-yoga fluidly links a comprehensive asana practice with breath in a safe, effective way while emphasizes range of motion, strength, endurance, athletic performance, balance and postural alignment. All levels welcome! (These classes range from 45 to 75 minutes. Depending on the instructors these classes can have a style that reflects Kripalu, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Ashtanga training. All classes will include a blend of moderate to vigorous asanas, pranayam, mantra, and meditation).

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a relaxing, mindful form of yoga and breathing techniques in which passive stretches are held for 3 to 5 minutes each in order to release tension and get into the connective tissue (fascia, joints, ligaments, and bones) of the hips, thighs, pelvis, and lower back. Yin yoga frees up blocked energy; calms the nervous system; increases flexibility, joint health, and ease of motion; creates balance; and cultivates the ability to stay present.  This type of quiet, contemplative practice is appropriate for all levels of physical fitness and is particularly helpful for people who sit for long periods and/or experience high levels of stress.  Yin yoga can also be a wonderful complement to a more athletic “yang” yoga practice (such as vinyasa, ashtanga, anusara, kripalu, hatha, etc.).

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Yin/Yang Yoga: Moving into Stillness

The first half of this class will include a flowing practice that emphasizes uniting breath with movement, waking up the spine, and releasing tension.  The practice will gradually transition into a yin yoga practice in which we will hold passive postures that gradually open the hips, thighs, pelvis, and lower back for 3 – 5 minutes. Yin yoga frees up blocked energy; calms the nervous system; increases flexibility, joint health, and ease of motion; creates balance; and cultivates the ability to stay present.  Come to this class if you are looking for a yoga practice that will help you de-stress!


Zumba Fitness

Fuse hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away, no experience necessary. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked. Participants are invited to make up their own moves, to laugh and to have fun! You don’t have to be a dancer to participate in this class. Come and ZUMBA!

For more information, call Fitness Programs at (802) 656-8058 or email

Last modified June 16 2016 09:41 AM