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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fitness & Wellness

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The Fitness and Wellness program offers individuals the opportunity to strive for personal fitness and wellness by offering a variety of activities and services for students to participate in, such as group fitness classes, fitness assessments, personal training, small group personal training (SGPT), customized exercise plans, MAVBOOTCAMP, special events, fitness certifications and continuing education credits opportunities, and the use of fitness equipment in Otto Recreation Center.

Group Fitness Schedule

Group Fitness classes include, but are not limited to: ABBS, Barre, Beginner Vinyasa Yoga, HIIT, Shred, Total Body Strength, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Strength, Yoga Sculpt, and Zumba!

Classes are free for all current MSU students and Otto Rec Center Members.

A Group Fitness ONLY Membership ($25 per semester) or a Otto Rec Center Membership ($100 per semester or $200 annual) may be purchased.  Information about these options are located here.

Personal Training

If you need a motivator or do not know where to start with exercising, then hiring a personal trainer is perfect for you! Consider it an investment in your health! A personal trainer will work with your personal goals to develop a program that meets your needs! 

Fitness Certifications and Continuing Education Opportunities

Campus Recreation hosts fitness certifications and continuing education workshops to provide individuals an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge, and increase their potential job opportunities. 


Does your exercise routine need a change? Need some nutrition tips? Check out the resources page for ideas and plans to keep you moving and eating healthy!

Special Events

  • Indoor Duathlon
  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Climbing Competitions

Fitness Assessments

Components of a Fitness Assessment include testing body composition, cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.  A summary of your results will provide you with baseline information needed to start an exercise program.  A fitness assessment is required before beginning any personal training program.


  • Gather a team of four
  • Participate in 8 weeks of group personal training
  • Complete pre and post fitness assessments
  • Compete against other teams for points
  • Cost: $250 total per team ($62.50 per person)

Employee Wellness Committee

A free organization for Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and staff that promotes:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Workplace Environment
  • Mental/Emotional Health