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Group Fitness

Group Fitness

Over 200 free group fitness classes are available to YWCA Minneapolis members each week! Stay motivated and have fun in a group fitness setting.

Descriptions of each group fitness class are listed below.

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Aqua Blast

Need to add intensity to your fitness routine? This class will challenge your endurance, strength and coordination by adding water resistance to movement. Participants should be experienced exercisers and comfortable in the water. Attention: Intensity 3. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Aqua Cycle

Using the power of water, you can work out at a greater intensity and enjoy more benefits. Take advantage of the buoyancy in Aqua Cycle; it is great for joint support and protection. Great for everybody! Attention: Intensity 2. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.


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. Class length: 55 Minutes. Type: Dance.

Cardio BOSU

This class uses the BOSU as a tool for strength, cardio and core work. All fitness levels are welcome. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Cardio.

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 and style into the moves in a non-intimidating and fun environment. All fitness levels are welcome. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Cardio, Dance.

Cardio Kick

A power-packed athletic workout utilizing traditional boxing moves and kickboxing techniques for aerobic training. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Cardio.

Center Dance

This class mixes ballet, modern dance and jazz movement. Come to this class if you are looking to be energized, creative and stay in shape. You do not need to be a dancer to take this class. Class length: 55 Minutes. Type: Dance.


Weight training and resistance work are a must to lose fat, burn calories, and build muscle. All fitness levels are welcome. Class length: 25 minutes; Plus Class is 55 minutes. Type: Strength Training.


Stations utilizing strength, agility and power are set up in the classroom and combined with cardio intervals for an efficient and intense workout. Multiple levels. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Cardio.


Put the water's resistance to work! A variety of equipment is used in both the shallow and deep ends of the pool. Our instructor will lead you through a workout where you decide what intensity and depth of the water is right for you. Swimming ability not necessary and buoyancy belts are available. Attention: Intensity 2. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Core Fit

This class strengthens the core working the abdominal, oblique and lower back muscles. And you’ll feel the results! Class length: 25 Minutes; Plus Class is 45 minutes. Type: Core.

CREW (Cancer Recovery and Exercise for Women)

In collaboration with Survivors' Training, a nonprofit organization formed by Wendy Rahn, a cancer survivor and ACE certified personal trainer, the YWCA is pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind program for cancer survivors. Medical research indicates that regular exercise is essential to recovery from any cancer, and that sedentary cancer survivors may face greater risk of recurrence than cancer survivors who are physically active. Survivors who exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, may improve their survival odds compared to survivors who remain inactive.

This class specifically addresses the needs and concerns of women who have survived cancer and cancer therapy. The format recognizes that participants are in the process of rehabilitation and recovery, and some may be new to exercise. Intensity levels and body movements are modified to accommodate individual needs. Instructors have received specialty training from Survivors' Training and are experienced fitness professionals. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Strength Training.


Experience a high-intensity cardio workout without a lot of impact. Riders burn calories using various cycling techniques, from hill climbing and sprinting to pedaling at different tensions. Beginners can modify easily. Bring water! Attention: Space is limited; first-come first-served. All fitness levels are welcome. Class length: 55 minutes; Express Class is 45 minutes. Type: Cardio.

Cycle to the Movies

This unique class is a great change to improve your endurance while enjoying a wide variety of movies. Each class runs the length of the movie shown that day. Stay as long as you'd like and work as easy or as hard as you want. Class length: Varies. Type: Cardio.

Deep Cardio 'n Core

Intensify your aerobic routine with the resistance of water! This fast-paced class will keep you moving with innovative routines featuring flowing movements, jumps, kicks and more. A class sure to get you aqua fit, while being easy on your joints. Participants should be comfortable in deep water. Attention: Intensity 2. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Dodge Ball

It's not just for the schoolyard. This class includes fun and a little competition. Open only to adults 18 and older. Type: Cardio.

Fit and Tone

A low- to non-impact aerobics class that also includes strength and flexibility training. Great for beginners but all levels welcome. Length: 55 Minutes; Express Class is 45 minutes. Type: Strength Training.

Fit 'n Tone H2O

Utilizing the benefits of water, this class combines cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility exercises for the entire body. A variety of equipment is 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. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Hatha Yoga

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. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, a concentrated workout format that enhances your aerobic capacity, burns fat and builds strength in only 30 minutes. Some classes are also offered as 30-minute HIIT versions.

Hi Lo Aerobics

This upbeat, energetic class focuses on the development of cardiovascular strengthening by utilizing a variety of high- and low-impact movements. Class length: 55 minutes; Express class is 45 minutes. Type: Cardio.

High Intensity Water Running

Want to seriously challenge your cardio system and burn more calories without adding more mileage? More than 50% of endurance athletes will get injured in a year. Whether you're recovering from an injury, or trying to prevent one, you can challenge your fitness without the strain of gravity (or putting on the miles) with Water Running. This is a seriously intense pool workout for land-based athletes. Length: 45 Minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Hydro Tone

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. Attention: Intensity 2; Participants need not be able to swim, but they should be comfortable in the water. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

Mat Pilates Essential

Class focus is on basic principles and simple movements. This is the entry point for people with little or no Pilates experience. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

Mat Pilates Experienced

Class requires previous Pilates experience and progresses at a faster pace, with more advanced exercises and modifications. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

Mat Pilates with Props

Mat Pilates with Props is an experienced level class utilizing the foam roller, balls or other small props for adding stability, challenge and fun to the traditional Pilates class. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

MS Yoga

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. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.


NIA is a sensory-based movement practice empowering people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. NIA draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt NIA to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Class length: 55 Minutes. Type: Cardio, Dance.


PiYo combines the muscle sculpting and core strengthening benefits of Pilates-based movement with the tranquility and focus of Yoga. The pace is a steady flow of postures, exercise and transitions designed to add intensity to the workout and place an emphasis on strengthening the entire body.

Power Yoga

Our most advanced level of yoga, this class may include inversions, binds and advanced movements while stressing the importance of anatomy and alignment. Class Length: 55 minutes. Power Yoga Plus class is 90 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.


This class is designed for all fitness levels. It uses free weights, motivational music, and trained instructors to help you add strength and define muscles. All Pumped! classes are taught in the gym at all locations. Great for all fitness levels.

Restorative Yoga

Fundamental yoga poses are practiced while the body is supported with props, allowing greater relaxation, restoration and renewal. Note: This class is 75 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

Running Intervals

At the track or around the lakes, speed and pace work are some of the best ways to become a faster runner. These workouts are suitable for someone who comfortably and regularly runs 5+ miles, and who wants to add a little variety to their running or who is training for a road race of any length. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Endurance Sports.

Shallow Cardio 'n Core

Multi-level aerobics class using the resistance of water to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness. Attention: Intensity 2; Participants need not be able to swim, but they should be comfortable in the water. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Water Fitness.

SilverSneakers® Cardio

SilverSneakers Cardio is an advanced class for active adults to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as strength, agility and coordination. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Seniors and SilverSneakers.

SilverSneakers® Classic

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). Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Seniors and SilverSneakers.

SilverSneakers® Splash

SilverSneakers Splash is a universal class designed to increase cardiovascular endurance, agility, strength and balance in an aqua environment. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Seniors and SilverSneakers.

SilverSneakers® Yoga

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. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Seniors and SilverSneakers.


This class emphasizes beginning to intermediate stepping techniques, muscle conditioning and a final stretch. All fitness levels welcome. Class length: 55 minutes; Express Class is 45 minutes. Type: Cardio.

Total Stretch

Treat your body, energize your day with this invigorating stretch class. All fitness levels are welcome. Class length: 45 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.

Triple Threat

Maximize your workout with three different-but-related classes in one 90-minute workout! Begin with 30 minutes of aerobic activity, followed by 30 minutes of resistance training, and ending with stretch or yoga. Advanced levels. First half hour, aerobic activity; second half hour, resistance training; third half hour, stretch or yoga. Class length: 90 minutes. Type: Cardio.

Turbo Step

Designed for the advanced stepper who is ready to move. Class length: 45 minutes.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement, and consists of strong, flowing breath-based movement. Students should be injury-free and have a regular yoga practice. Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Mind/Body.


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! Class length: 55 minutes. Type: Cardio, Dance.