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GROUP FITNESS

Our instructors lead fun and motivating group workouts designed for all fitness levels. Whether you want to connect to your breath with yoga or pump up the beat with Zumba, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our wide variety of classes.

Reservations are encouraged but not required for Cycling, Rhythm Ride, Cycle Strength, Tread & Flex, and Bags & Bells. All other classes are drop-in and access is on a first come, first served basis.

VIEW FALL SCHEDULE (September 7 – December 14)

VIEW SELF CARE WEEK SCHEDULE (December 15 – 22)

PURCHASE A GROUP FITNESS PASS

Get access to all your favorite classes—or try something new!

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GROUP FITNESS HIRING

Inspire, energize, and motivate your fellow Badgers as a group fitness instructor. We follow a “try, train, teach” model when hiring: you’ll try leading a mini-workout (don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what to do!), train with our veteran team members in our mentoring program, and then teach your very own class when you’re ready.

Cycling instructors teach Cycling, Cycle Strength, and Rhythm Ride.
Floor instructors teach classes like Group Strength, HIIT, Core, Tabata, Barre, and more.
Mind-Body instructors teach classes like Yoga, Powerflow, Yoga Strength, and more.

Questions? Email us at gftryouts@recwell.wisc.edu.

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TODAY'S CLASSES

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RESERVATIONS

Reservations are available but not required for Cycling, Rhythm Ride, Cycle Strength, Tread & Flex, and Bags & Bells. All other classes are drop-in and access is on a first come, first served basis. Please note that pre-registration is required for Terrace Yoga and no drop-in’s are allowed.

Reserve your spot for Cycling classes, Terrace Yoga, Tread & Flex, and Bags & Bells 

 

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How to cancel your reservation

  1. Go to services.recwell.wisc.edu.
  2. Click Log In in the top right corner of the page and log in using your NetID or Guest credentials.
  3. Once logged in, click your name in the top right corner of the page and select Profile from the drop-down menu.
  4. From the menu on the left side of the page, click Programs.
  5. Find the class registration you’d like to cancel. Click the three dots on the right side of the class listing, select Cancel Registration, and follow the on-screen prompts.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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All classes

  • Participants must be 18 years or older to participate in group fitness classes.
  • Athletic footwear is required for all group fitness classes except Mind-Body classes
  • All personal belongings should be secured in a daily use or rental locker
  • A Rec Well employee will start checking in participants outside of the studio 10 minute before class begins.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to class to allow for equipment set-up
  • To avoid interruptions, late entry will not be allowed 5 minutes after class start time. No exit/re-entry permitted.
  • At the end of class, please clean and put away your equipment and exit the studio.
  • A minimum of three participants is required for all classes to be held
  • Please avoid using your cell phone when class is in session; if necessary, make calls and texts outside of the room
  • Out of respect for the instructor and participants, please avoid conversations while class is in session
  • Taking photos or videos during class is strictly prohibited unless approved in advance by our Marketing & Communications department (click here to submit a Marketing & Media Request)
  • Bags & Bells, Tread & Flex, Cycling, Rhythm Ride, and Cycle Strength: Secure your spot ahead of time.  Reserve at services.recwell.wisc.edu and arrive at least 5 minutes before class start time to claim your spot. Unclaimed spots will be given to drop-in participants. No-shows will be subject to a $5 no-show fee. Reservations open 48 hours in advance and closes 15 minutes before class begins. You may cancel your reservation online up to 2 hours before class starts. Cancelling after that will result in a $5 late cancel/no-show fee.
  • Bags & Bells: Handwraps are required for punching on the bag. If you do not have wraps, you will be asked to punch off the bag for your own safety. Should you want to purchase wraps, they are sold at the Member Services desk.
  • Terrace Yoga:  Reservations are required.  No drop-in’s allowed.
  • Please note: Exercise is not without its risks and this or any other exercise program many result in injury. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it, or if you have a medical or physical condition that may increase your risk of injury or death. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately. Please be sure to check that any equipment or space in which you use to exercise is safe and not at risk of causing harm to you or those who may be around you. Those following the workout routines do so at their own risk. Programming is intended for audiences 18 and older.

GROUP FITNESS PASS

Purchase a Group Fitness Pass

You can purchase a Drop-in at the Nicholas Recreation Center front desk. Non-members wishing to attend a group fitness class will also need to purchase a Guest Pass (sponsor may be required). Entry to class will be dependent on capacity limits. Some classes may not have spots available.

Drop-in $7
Fall
August 29 – December 14, 2022
$40
Fall + Spring
August 29, 2022 – May 5, 2023 
$70
Fall + Spring + Summer
August 29, 2022 – August 18, 2023 
$95
Guest Audit Students included.
  • The Affiliate Group Fitness Pass is available to current All-Access and Classic Campus Affiliate members
  • All-Access Campus Affiliate members who purchase an Affiliate Group Fitness Pass have access to both Terrace Yoga and group fitness classes at the Nicholas Recreation Center
  • Classic Affiliate members who purchase an Affiliate Group Fitness Pass have access to Terrace Yoga classes.
Drop-in $7
Monthly recurring* $11/month

No end date; renews automatically until member cancels. One automatic renewal charge is required before cancellation. Please review our full cancellation policies before purchasing a monthly recurring group fintess pass. If you would like to cancel your monthly recurring Affiliate Group Fitness Pass please fill out this form.

TYPES OF CLASSES

CARDIO

Ditch the treadmill while we drop a beat in classes like Cycling, Rhythm Ride, and Zumba.

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HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

Reach new levels of fitness and HIIT your goals during our interval-based classes like HIIT, Tabata, Tabata Core, and Bags & Bells.

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STRENGTH

Build muscle and lose excuses in Group Strength, Barre, HardCORE, and Glute Strength.

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MIND-BODY

Align mind and body while finding your zen in classes like Powerflow, Yoga, and Yoga Strength. Workout mats are provided, but we encourage you to bring your own yoga mat.

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WATER

Explore new depths of fitness in our Deep Water class.

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FITNESS WITH OUTDOOR UW

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During the summer, we partner with Outdoor UW to offer yoga at the Terrace. Access to Terrace Yoga are included in your Group Fitness Pass. Access to SUP Yoga classes require an extra fee, but Group Fitness Pass holders receive a discount.

Let us bring the workout to you.

We offer private group fitness classes for UW student organizations, UW residence halls and UW departments. Request a class in our facilities (internal event) or in a space provided by your group (external event). Please submit requests at least two weeks prior to the date of the event.

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Internal Events (held in Rec Well facilities)

Available class formats include Zumba, Yoga, Powerflow, Core Training, Tabata, HIIT, Group Cycling and Group Strength. Rates include instruction, space rental, fitness equipment and sound system. Users must have appropriate athletic footwear. Only water is permitted in the activity space and must be in enclosed containers. No other food or drink will be allowed. If you wish to photograph or video record the class, you must obtain prior permission.

Submit Event Request form

Please visit the Reservations & Rentals page to review policies, rental rates, and to fill out the special event request form.

External Events (held in a space provided by the group)

Class formats available include Zumba, Yoga, Powerflow, Core Training and Tabata.

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