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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

Monday, March 18, 2019
6:00am-6:55am Midtown
Cycle 55 Lydia D.
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 Uptown
Hatha Yoga Adam J.
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
6:30am-7:25am Downtown
Fitness Barre Colette I.
~~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. 
7:00am-7:00am Midtown
Hatha Yoga Bess N.
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
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
8:30am-9:25am Uptown
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.
9:00am-9:55am Uptown
Hatha Yoga Natalie J.
(sub for 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
9:00am-9:45am Downtown
Zumba Gold Teasha R.
Zumba Gold introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong!
9:15am-10:10am Midtown
Circuit Anne L.
Stations utilizing strength, balance, agility and power are set up in the classroom and combined with cardio intervals for an efficient and intense workout. Multiple levels. Intensity level 3
9:30am-10:25am Uptown
Cycle 55 Brooke D.
(sub for Carrie C.)
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
9:45am-10:30am Midtown
SilverSneakers Classic Jennifer B.
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
10:00am-10:55am Downtown
Fit and Tone Teasha R.
A low- to non-impact aerobics class that also includes strength and flexibility training. Great for beginners but all levels welcome. Intensity level 2
10:00am-10:55am Uptown
Combo H20 Sharon G.
Put the water’s resistance to work! A variety of equipment is used in both the shallow and deep end of the pool. Our instructors will lead you through a workout where the intensity and the depth of the water is up to you. Swimming ability not necessary and buoyancy belts are available. Intensity level 2
10:00am-10:55am Uptown
Fit and Tone Bonnie O.
A low- to non-impact aerobics class that also includes strength and flexibility training. Great for beginners but all levels welcome. Intensity level 2
10:00am-10:55am Uptown
R.I.P.P.E.D. Tara D.
Experience this total body “plateau proof fitness formula” workout, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight. This class masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet components, challenging participants fitness and endurance levels! Intensity level 3
10:30am-11:25am Midtown
Cardio Dance: Latin Kezyah A.
This cardio dance class is inspired by the dances of Latin America with a wide variety of music and choreography.  Beginners welcome!
10:45am-11:30am Midtown
SilverSneakers Classic Jennifer B.
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
11:00am-11:45am Midtown
High Intensity Water Running Laurie G.
Want to seriously challenge your cardio system and burn more calories without adding more mileage? Over 50% of endurance athletes will get injured in a year. Whether you’re recovering from one, or trying to prevent one, with Water Running you can challenge your fitness without the strain of gravity (or putting on the miles). This is a seriously intense pool workout for land based athletes. Intensity level 3
11:00am-11:55am Uptown
Total Stretch Bonnie O.
Treat your body, energize your day with this invigorating stretch class. All fitness levels are welcome. Intensity level 1
11:15am-12:00pm Downtown
SilverSneakers Yoga Natalie J.
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
11:30am-12:25pm Midtown
PrimeTime: B.A.S.E $ Maureen P.
This class is designed to help you improve your stamina and leave you feeling energized for your day. Activities include strength and agility training to improve balance along with cardiovascular challenges designed to increase fitness and advance muscular strength. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend.
11:30am-12:25pm Midtown
R.I.P.P.E.D. Anne L.
Experience this total body “plateau proof fitness formula” workout, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight. This class masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet components, challenging participants fitness and endurance levels! Intensity level 3
12:00pm-12:55pm Uptown
Vinyasa Yoga Renee W.
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
12:00pm-2:30pm Midtown
Pickleball Kelli K.
2 hours of open Pickleball for Active Older Adults.  Free to members.  Guests welcome with fee.
12:00pm-12:30pm Midtown
SGT: HIIT - TRX $ Laurie G.
This interval-based workout combines full-body TRX strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your strength, and build cardiovascular fitness. Quick and convenient, HIIT workouts will 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 Downtown
Gentle Yoga Natalie J.
Practice founded on moving body with the breath.  Classes are designed to create a feeling of steadiness, comfort and ease through out body, breath and mind. Participants in this class should feel comfortable being on hands and knees and getting up and down from the floor. No previous yoga experience required.
4:00pm-4:55pm Midtown
PrimeTime: Circuit $ Maureen P.
(sub for Theresa C.)
Move from station to station in a challenging total-body workout. This class combines cardiovascular training for heart health and stamina with strength and balance training to keep your bones and muscles strong. It moves at a slower pace while maintaining intensity and includes simple, easy and fun transitions. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend.
5:00pm-5:55pm Midtown
Vinyasa Yoga Bess N.
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
5:00pm-5:25pm Uptown
Core Fit Diana P.
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
5:30pm-5:55pm Downtown
Cycle Fundamentals Loralean J.
Are you new to cycling or looking for a more leisurely ride? Take advantage of this 25-minute introductory class to learn techniques and build up your cycling legs. All levels welcome to ride at their pace. 25 minutes
5:30pm-6:25pm Midtown
Hi Lo Aerobics Annice M.
This upbeat, energetic class focuses on the development of cardiovascular strengthening by utilizing a variety of high- and low-impact movements. Intensity level 2
5:30pm-6:25pm Uptown
R.I.P.P.E.D. Sarah S.
Experience this total body “plateau proof fitness formula” workout, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight. This class masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet components, challenging participants fitness and endurance levels! Intensity level 3
5:45pm-6:45pm Uptown
SGT: Yoga - Hot Yoga Chisel $ Haley T.
Take your Yoga training to the next level!  With the addition of free weights, this heated (90 degrees) Yoga class will strengthen, tone and stretch all major muscle groups.  Set to motivating music, the high intensity of Hot Yoga Chisel will challenge your endurance, while burning calories and boosting your metabolism.  1-2 Hot Yoga classes and some strength training recommended prior to Hot Yoga Chisel. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.
5:45pm-6:40pm Uptown
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-6:55pm Downtown
Shallow Cardio & Core H20 Donna M.
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
6:00pm-6:55pm Midtown
SGT: Kettlebell - Intermed $ Yolanda W.
This full body workout uses kettlebells to build long lean muscles, improve strength and power, and increase joint mobility and endurance. Classes are a mixture of skills building and high intensity circuit training. Challenge your muscular and cardiovascular systems with this dynamic class. This is a fee-based class and requires a program pass to attend. Learn more.
6:00pm-6:55pm Uptown
SGT: Kettlebell - TRX Fusion $ Mary S.
This full body workout uses kettlebells to build long lean muscles, improve strength and power, and increase joint mobility and endurance. Classes are a mixture of skills building and high intensity circuit training. Challenge your muscular and cardiovascular systems with this dynamic class. These classes are fee-based class and require a program pass to attend. Learn more.
6:00pm-6:25pm Downtown
Cycle 25 Loralean J.
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. 25 minutes
6:05pm-7:00pm 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
6:15pm-7:25pm Midtown
Circuit Plus Phoebe H.
Stations utilizing strength, balance, agility and power are set up in the classroom and combined with cardio intervals for an efficient and intense workout. Multiple levels. Intensity level 3
6:15pm-7:15pm Uptown
Pumped! Sarah J.
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
6:30pm-7:25pm Uptown
Fit and Tone H20 Beth N.
(sub for Rose B.)
Utilizing the benefits of water, this class combines cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility exercises for the entire body. A variety of equipment will be incorporated into each class, and exercises are performed in both shallow and deep water; however, participants can remain in shallow water for the entire class, if desired. All levels welcome. Intensity level 1
6:30pm-7:25pm Midtown
Hydrotone H20 Patty M.
Jump into the water and experience a dynamic toning workout for the entire body! This class focuses on functional strength training through movement in shallow water. Participants do not need to know how to swim; however, they should be comfortable in the water. Intensity level 2
6:30pm-7:25pm Midtown
Pumped! Mary W.
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
6:45pm-7:40pm Uptown
Vinyasa Yoga Travis B.
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
7:15pm-8:10pm Uptown
SGT: WeightLift - Beg Women $ Joy C.
This women only strength-based workout uses a variety of free weights and machines to build muscle and endurance, add definition, increase bone density and decrease body fat. With a focus on safety and proper lifting techniques, you will gain a working knowledge of weight training exercises, principles and mechanics. These classes are fee-based class and require a program pass to attend. Learn more.
7:30pm-8:25pm Midtown
Mat Pilates Essential Bethann B.
Class focus is on basic principles and simple movements. This is the entry point for people with little or no Pilates experience. Intensity level 1