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Group Fitness

200+ Free Classes Each Week!

Group fitness classes provide opportunities to train your body, learn new skills and engage with members of your community — all at once! These courses cover a wide range of activities and fitness levels, which allow you to choose the best experience for your interests and health goals.

YWCA Minneapolis members have access to over 200 free group fitness classes each week. Our seasoned instructors offer sessions on cycling, group yoga, dance and much more. Best of all, we tailor these courses around different fitness levels to accommodate beginners and experts alike. Whether you are looking for high-intensity workouts or a more mellow experience, you are sure to find something that suits you.

Support Your Health

Our free group fitness classes can help you achieve heightened strength, flexibility and focus. We also cater to a variety of fitness levels, so you won’t have to worry about falling behind (or asleep) during your courses. From vigorous, sustained exercise to tranquil meditation sessions, these group exercise classes are perfect ways to support your physical and mental well-being.

Try New Exercises

Exploring new types of fitness is a great way to shake up your routine and make working out more rewarding. And with our huge list of group classes, you’ll have no shortage of fresh workouts to try. Water fitness, NIA, power yoga, kickboxing — these are just a few of the many exciting exercises you’ll have a chance to tackle in our group classes.

Get Connected

There’s a reason why people jog in pairs; fitness is more fun when you’re with someone. Group fitness classes give you opportunities to connect with fresh faces in your community — or get your heart rate up with a couple friends. No matter who you choose to sweat alongside, you’ll be in great company.

YWCA Fitness Classes for Groups

Want a little guidance on the different types of group fitness classes we offer — or which ones you should look into? Here’s a short rundown on the different kinds of group courses we offer:

Mind/Body Courses

Elevate your mind, mood and body through lessons focused on yoga, meditation, Pilates and other simple physical movements. These courses can accommodate members across a range of fitness and experience levels.

Water Fitness

Add water resistance to your workouts for a new level of challenge and excitement. These courses employ different types of equipment and techniques to build strength, coordination and endurance.

Dance

Embrace new styles of music and fitness through our dance-based courses. With a wide selection of music genres and dance types to choose from — including Latin, hip-hop and Zumba — we are sure to have something you’ll want to move to.

Cardio

Get your blood moving with cardiovascular exercises focused on building strength, speed and agility. From running and cycling to MAX interval training, these courses encompass a wide range of fun techniques for different fitness levels.

Strength Training

Build muscle, endurance and confidence with intuitive training focused on strength and power. These courses include low- to non-impact aerobics, resistance work, weight training and much more.

Core

Reach a new level of fitness with these simple yet effective core workouts. These group exercise classes focus on developing abdominal, oblique and lower back muscles to help you achieve a better state of mental and physical health.

Stretch

Find new flexibility and fitness with our revitalizing stretch courses. These classes focus on building agility, improving blood circulation, promoting better posture and providing welcome relief from stress.

Seniors & SilverSneakers

Revitalize, reduce stress and improve your overall health with our senior-focused courses. These classes are a fantastic way for seniors and other active adults to boost cardiovascular endurance, improve strength and improve mental well-being.

Explore below for our full list of group fitness classes

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Adaptive Stretch

This class is paced for those with chronic illness concerns, primarily those with Multiple Sclerosis or other autoimmune diseases, including mobility limitations or the need to work slowly or those engaged in injury rehabilitation. This class is endorsed by the Minnesota MS Society.

Type Mind/Body
Class Length 55 mins

Adaptive Yoga

This class is paced for those with chronic illness concerns, primarily those with Multiple Sclerosis or other autoimmune diseases, including mobility limitations or the need to work slowly or those engaged in injury rehabilitation. This class is endorsed by the Minnesota MS Society.

Type Mind/Body
Class Length 55 mins

Aqua Blast H2O

This class will challenge your endurance, strength and coordination by optimizing the challenge that water can add to movement. Participants should be experienced exercisers and comfortable in the water. Intensity level 3

Type Cardio
Class Length 55 mins

Aqua Intervals

Interval training consists of alternating segments of work and rest. This format of training has been proven to burn more calories while strengthening your cardiovascular system. Class consists of 30 minutes of intervals, stretching and core work.

Type Water Fitness
Class Length 55 mins

Ballet Barre Plus

Reshape, stretch and strengthen your body while you improve your posture and body awareness. Many of the exercises in this class utilize the ballet barre and are based in ballet technique. For beginners and non-dancers as well as advanced exercisers.

Type Dance
Class Length 75 mins

Cardio Dance

Let a wide variety of music inspire your workout. This class is designed to encourage participants to put their own energy level, ability style and moves into the moves in a non-intimidating and fun environment. All fitness levels are welcome

Type Cardio/Dance
Class Length 55 mins

Cardio Dance: Hip-Hop

This dance-based class is filled with hip-hop style moves and music. High energy and intensely fun! Don't let the name scare you off — come as you are, do what you can and have a great time. All fitness levels are welcome!

Type Cardio/Dance
Class Length 55 mins

Cardio Dance: Latin

This cardio dance class is inspired by the dances of Latin America with a wide variety of music and choreography. All fitness levels are welcome!

Type Cardio/Dance
Class Length 55 mins

Upcoming Group Fitness Classes

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:00am-6:55am Midtown
SGT: Boot Camp $ Ryan W.

This full body workout runs through a series of cardio, stability, strength and core-training exercises. Challenge your fitness with this intense class. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.

 

6:00am-6:55am Midtown
Vinyasa Yoga Jana H.

Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement, and consists of strong, flowing breath-based movement. Students should be injury-free and have a regular yoga practice. Intensity level 2

6:00am-6:25am Midtown
HIIT Stephanie W.

High Intensity Interval Training is a format proven to not only torch calories but also enhance your aerobic capacity without long workouts. Perfect for the busy exerciser, but not for the faint of heart, HIIT requires you to push your limits! Bodyweight exercises and small equipment done in intervals.  HIIT/Chisel focuses on strength training.  HIIT/Core focus on core work. Intensity level 3

6:15am-7:15am Uptown
Pumped! Laurie G.

This barbell class is designed for all fitness levels. It uses free weights, motivational music, and trained instructors to help you add strength and define muscles. Intensity level 2

6:15am-7:10am Downtown
Cycle 55 Lisa S.

Intervals, hills, power challenges and more! Cycle instructors pull out a mix of techniques to coach you through each exciting ride. Instructors tailor each class to the participants and add music and a bit of personality to make your ride enjoyable. Each class is geared to meet the needs of all fitness levels and instructors offer modifications throughout. 55 minutes

6:15am-7:10am Downtown
Pumped! Kate C.

This barbell class is designed for all fitness levels. It uses free weights, motivational music, and trained instructors to help you add strength and define muscles. Intensity level 2

6:30am-6:55am Midtown
Chisel Stephanie W.

Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

7:30am-8:30am Uptown
SGT: Yoga - Hot Hatha Yoga $ Jenna Read Nagle .

This class will stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind. Classes take place in a 95 degree temperature studio and consist of a pre-determined set of postures performed in systematic order. Students should have some prior Yoga experience. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.

8:00am-8:55am Midtown
INSANITY Maureen P.

Forget everything you think you know about high-intensity workouts, because Insanity will redefine your mind and body! With Insanity, you work flat out in 3- to 5-minute blocks, take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It’s called Max Interval Training. We keep your body working at maximum capacity through the entire workout, while you keep pushing your body’s limits, requiring it to adapt. Intensity level 3

8:30am-9:25am Downtown
Hatha Yoga Bonnie O.

Designed as an entry-level class, this class features slow-paced postures with some simple breathing exercises. This is a good place to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. Intensity level 1

8:30am-9:25am Midtown
Shallow Cardio & Core H20 Janice D.

Multi-level aerobics class using the resistance of water to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness. Participants need not be able to swim; however, they should be comfortable in the water. Intensity level 2

9:15am-10:10am Midtown
Hatha Yoga Russell B.

Designed as an entry-level class, this class features slow-paced postures with some simple breathing exercises. This is a good place to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. Intensity level 1

9:30am-10:15am Uptown
SilverSneakers Classic Shelli P.

SilverSneakers® Classic uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, balls for resistance and a chair for support as well as non-impact aerobic choreography; exercises are designed to increase range of movement and activities of daily living (ADLs). Intensity level 1

9:30am-10:25am Downtown
Cardio Dance Bonnie O.

Let a wide variety of music inspire your workout. This class is designed to encourage participants to put their own energy level, ability and style into the moves in a non-intimidating and fun environment. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 1

9:30am-10:25am Downtown
SilverSneakers Splash H20 Lola Lesheim P.

SilverSneakers Splash is a universal class designed to increase cardiovascular endurance, agility, strength and balance in an aqua environment. Intensity level 1

9:30am-10:15am Midtown
SilverSneakers Cardio Maureen P.
(sub for Theresa C.)

SilverSneakers Cardio is an advanced class for active adults to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as strength, agility and coordination. Intensity level 1

9:30am-9:55am Uptown
Chisel Tara D.

Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

10:00am-10:25am Uptown
HIIT Tara D.

High Intensity Interval Training is a format proven to not only torch calories but also enhance your aerobic capacity without long workouts. Perfect for the busy exerciser, but not for the faint of heart, HIIT requires you to push your limits! Bodyweight exercises and small equipment done in intervals.  HIIT/Chisel focuses on strength training.  HIIT/Core focus on core work. Intensity level 3

10:30am-11:15am Midtown
SilverSneakers Yoga Russell B.

Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of motions. Restorative breathing exercises and a final relaxation promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Intensity level 1

10:30am-11:25am Midtown
SilverSneakers Cardio Maureen P.
(sub for Theresa C.)

SilverSneakers Cardio is an advanced class for active adults to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as strength, agility and coordination. Intensity level 1

10:30am-10:55am Midtown
Meditation Deanna R.

Meditation is the practice of waking up to the present moment and learning to be open and at ease with the unfolding conditions of life.  This is a 30 minute guided meditation open to all whether you are new to meditation or have an established practice.  Please NO ADMITTANCE AFTER MEDITATION HAS BEGUN.

10:45am-11:30am Downtown
SilverSneakers Classic Marie D.

SilverSneakers® Classic uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, balls for resistance and a chair for support as well as non-impact aerobic choreography; exercises are designed to increase range of movement and activities of daily living (ADLs). Intensity level 1

10:45am-11:40am Uptown
Aqua Intervals Beth N.

~~level 2 – Starting with a warm up, you will work your way into 45 minutes of interval training and end with stretching/core work.  Interval training consists of alternating segments of work and rest.  This format of training has been proven to burn more calories while strengthening your cardiovascular system.

11:00am-11:55am Downtown
SGT: 55+ - Silver Strength $ Bonnie O.

This total-body workout combines aerobic, flexibility and resistance training to increase flexibility, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Designed for active older adults and seniors this dynamic class will challenge you mentally and physical in a safe and fun environment. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.

11:00am-12:00pm Uptown
Pumped! Anne L.

This barbell class is designed for all fitness levels. It uses free weights, motivational music, and trained instructors to help you add strength and define muscles. Intensity level 2

11:00am-11:55am Uptown
Total Stretch Peggy W.

Treat your body, energize your day with this invigorating stretch class. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 1

11:30am-12:25pm Midtown
Chisel Plus Carrie C.

Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

11:30am-12:25pm Midtown
SilverSneakers Cardio Kelli K.
(sub for Theresa C.)

SilverSneakers Cardio is an advanced class for active adults to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as strength, agility and coordination. Intensity level 1

11:55am-12:50pm Downtown
Chisel Plus Wendy T.

Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

12:15pm-12:45pm Downtown
SGT: HIIT - Run & Strength $ Phil S.

This interval-based workout combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your strength, and build cardiovascular fitness. Quick and convenient, HIIT workouts use a variety of equipment to get your heart rate up and maximize your calorie burn. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.

12:30pm-1:25pm Uptown
Mat Pilates Experienced Bethann B.

Class requires previous Pilates experience and progresses at a faster pace, with more advanced exercises and modifications. Intensity level 2

12:30pm-1:25pm Midtown
PrimeTime: Strength & Form $ Maureen P.

Build strength and enhance functional capacity by using dumbbells, bands and body weight. With a focus on correct alignment and proper form for everyday movements, this class will help make daily tasks easier to accomplish. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend.

12:30pm-1:25pm Uptown
Adaptive Yoga Colette I.

This class is paced for those with chronic illness concerns, primarily those with Multiple Sclerosis or other auto immune diseases, including mobility limitations or the need to work slowly or those engaged in injury rehabilitation. This class endorsed by the Minnesota MS Society. Intensity level 1

4:30pm-5:25pm Uptown
Cardio Dance: Zumba Colette I.

This is Zumba!  Taught by Zumba certified Instructors using Zumba music tracks and choreography!  All levels welcome!

5:00pm-5:55pm Downtown
Hatha Yoga Lola Lesheim P.

Designed as an entry-level class, this class features slow-paced postures with some simple breathing exercises. This is a good place to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. Intensity level 1

5:30pm-5:55pm Downtown
HIIT Jennifer B.

High Intensity Interval Training is a format proven to not only torch calories but also enhance your aerobic capacity without long workouts. Perfect for the busy exerciser, but not for the faint of heart, HIIT requires you to push your limits! Bodyweight exercises and small equipment done in intervals.  HIIT/Chisel focuses on strength training.  HIIT/Core focus on core work. Intensity level 3

5:30pm-6:30pm Uptown
Pumped! Meredith L.

This barbell class is designed for all fitness levels. It uses free weights, motivational music, and trained instructors to help you add strength and define muscles. Intensity level 2

5:30pm-6:25pm Midtown
Cardio Dance: Zumba Kezyah A.
(sub for Tania M.)

This is Zumba!  Taught by Zumba certified Instructors using Zumba music tracks and choreography!  All levels welcome!

5:30pm-6:30pm Midtown
Cycle 55 Kara S.

Intervals, hills, power challenges and more! Cycle instructors pull out a mix of techniques to coach you through each exciting ride. Instructors tailor each class to the participants and add music and a bit of personality to make your ride enjoyable. Each class is geared to meet the needs of all fitness levels and instructors offer modifications throughout. 55 minutes

6:00pm-6:25pm Downtown
Chisel Jennifer B.

Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

6:00pm-7:00pm Uptown
SGT: BodyFlow $ Kevin H.

This choreographed class combines Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi to improve flexibility and increase strength while reducing stress levels. With a focus on breath control and mindfulness, you will leave class feeling strong, centered and calm. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.

6:00pm-6:55pm Uptown
Cycle Circle Tyler B.

The YWCA’s Cycle Circle class is a low-intensity cycling group that talks while it spins.

  • Sit, cycle and chat
  • Low-intensity exercise and social support
  • Movement-based community building
  • Friendly, safe and supportive conversation

Research shows our physical, mental and social health are interconnected and that movement aids in cognitive and emotional processing. Come feel the benefits of your pedal power! This class is not a substitute for therapy.  Intensity Level 1

CLASS TOPICS

3/19: Heathy Eating for Healthy Living - For this special edition of Cycle Circle, we’ll be joined by a guest YWCA Dietitian to learn about healthy food choices, nutrition, and the ways in which diet and exercise dovetail in healthy lifestyles.

3/26: Cycle Circle Summary - It’s been an exciting six months of Cycle Circle! Before our regular Tuesday evening class goes on summer vacation, we’ll look back at what we’ve learned, enjoyed and accomplished coming together to talk and cycle each week.

6:15pm-7:10pm Downtown
Zumba Monique A.

Dance your way to a fitter you! The routines feature interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms along with resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. All levels welcome! Intensity level 2

6:15pm-6:45pm Midtown
SGT: HIIT - Kettlebell $ Yolanda W.

This interval-based workout combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your strength, and build cardiovascular fitness. Quick and convenient, this HIIT workouts uses Kettlebells to get your heart rate up and maximize your calorie burn. These classes are fee-based class and require a program pass to attend. Learn more.

6:30pm-6:55pm Midtown
Core Fit Annice M.

This class strengthens the core working the abdominal, oblique and lower back muscles. And you’ll feel the results! All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 2

6:30pm-7:25pm Uptown
Fitness Barre Lisa B.

~~level 2 -  Sculpt it, lift it, tone it, shape it!  Through high repetitions and multiple music tempos, this dance influenced class will utilize your entire muscular system as a means to improve coordination, core, balance, posture and strength.  Although you will feel the burn, this class can be adapted for all fitness levels.

 

7:00pm-7:25pm Midtown
HIIT Annice M.

High Intensity Interval Training is a format proven to not only torch calories but also enhance your aerobic capacity without long workouts. Perfect for the busy exerciser, but not for the faint of heart, HIIT requires you to push your limits! Bodyweight exercises and small equipment done in intervals.  HIIT/Chisel focuses on strength training.  HIIT/Core focus on core work. Intensity level 3

7:00pm-7:55pm Midtown
SGT: FF - Train to Feel Good $ Tim Y.

Functional fitness classes utilizes weights, kettlebells, sand bags, battle ropes and more to build strength and power while torching calories and improving metabolic conditioning. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.