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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Group Fitness Schedule

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Spring 2016 Group Fitness Classes

Schedule runs from January 11th - April 29th.

Classes are 35-55 minutes in length.

Locations are Pennington Hall (PH) 102, 104, and Highland North (HN) 225.

Classes are FREE for all MSU, Mankato students and Otto Rec Center Members.


Clean, non-marking shoes must be worn to keep our facilities safe and clean.  Class size may be limited for safety concerns and availability of equipment.  Registration is not required – just show up.

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

Ashtanga Yoga is a set sequence of postures designed to bring strength, flexibility, and endurance to the body.  During this class you will practice parts from the full primary ashtanga series.  Please note: this is not a beginner's class.  Experience with yoga is strongly recommended.  Class is 55 minutes.

Barre Blast combines yoga, Pilates, core conditioning, interval strength training, and brief cardio segments for a total body workout!  Use the ballet barre, resistance bands, your own body weight, etc., as resistance for functional strength and endurance training and dynamic movements designed to work each muscle group to exhaustion.

Cardio 30 + Core devote 30 minutes to cardiorespiratory endurance training and burn some serious calories.  Each class may be a different format of 30 minutes cardio training.  The remainder of the class will emphasis training your core muscles and finish with stretching.  Class is 55 minutes.

Kickboxing is a combination of cardio, boxing, and martial arts providing a total body workout which aims to improve strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination, and balance.  Weight lifting or kickboxing gloves are recommended to protect the knuckles when you punch the bag.  Class is 55 minutes.  *Kickboxing is the only class on the schedule offered free to faculty and staff, without an Otto Rec Center membership.

Shred Your Body is a high intensity and endurance based workout.  Utilizing a popular 3-2-1 interval and circuit format.  You will complete four circuits of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of core.  Class includes a brief warm up and cool down.  Class is 35 minutes.

Total Body Strength uses NEW Body Sport Pump Weight Bars and other equipment for a resistance training workout targeting all major muscle groups.  This class will help improve muscular strength and endurance by using Body Sport Pump Weight Bars, dumbbells, body bars, resistance bands, your own body weight, plyometric exercises, etc., for a balanced workout.  Class size may be limited due to equipment availability.

Vinyasa Yoga focuses on patience, grace, strength, balance, and flexibility through a dynamic, flowing practice.  This class uses breath-synchronized movement to create internal heat in the body while practicing asanas (postures).  All levels of practice are welcome, modifications will be given to increase or decrease the intensity of postures.

Yoga for Strength is a 45 minute vinyasa style class.  Flowing posture sequences will build strength and flexibility in the body and de-stress the mind.  All levels of practice are welcome, modifications will be given to increase or decrease the intensity of postures.

Yoga Pilates Fusion is the best of yoga and mat Pilates in one class.  This challenging fused workout will strengthen, stretch, and tone your entire body while providing an awesome mind body experience.  Class is 55 minutes.

Zumba is an exciting workout that uses Latin music, intervals of fast and slow rhythms with easy-to-learn dance moves to burn some serious calories.  No dance experience necessary.

Membership Options for Non-students

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.

Questions?, 389-3249 or HC 1410


Program Evaluation

Your input is important to us!  Please take a moment to evaluate our group fitness program and group fitness instructors.  Your feedback will help us discover how well our program is working, where improvements can be made, and help us make decisions about how resources should be applied in the future to better serve your needs and the mission of Campus Recreation.  Each link below will bring you the the specific evaluation.  Evaluations are anonymous.

Group Fitness Program Evaluation

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