Class Descriptions

Our Commitment

We at University Recreation and the Chinook commit to empowering our students and community members to succeed through equitable support and engaging programming. We foster an inclusive climate that enables all to thrive.

We welcome everyone to participate in our group fitness classes. Our program provides diverse opportunities to the WSU community through over 180 classes per week in 45 unique formats. We train our instructors to ensure equitable, positive experiences that fit various exercise needs and incorporate all fitness levels and experiences.

Accessibility: University Recreation values providing programs and activities that are accessible. We are proud to provide equipment and programming that creates an inclusive environment and makes every reasonable effort to be accessible to everyone.  Reasonable accommodations are available with adequate prior notification. Contact Joanne Greene at 335-9669 for more information.

 

AfroBeats Dance

Dance [Instructional Dance]

AfroBeats Dance infuses traditional and contemporary moves set to fast tempos and music from across the African continent. Everyone of all levels is welcome to learn, experience, and enjoy powerful, energetic steps inspired by African urban street dance styles. With emphasis on the hips, legs, and core, movements make this class a blend of an informative instructional session and an active workout!

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Dance, Meet and Connect with People

 

Barre (to the Beat)

Aerobics & Conditioning [Dance Fitness]

Barre infuses ballet-inspired movements, Pilates, and elements of dance into a 50-minute class. Barre focuses on precise movements that emphasize core strength and balance, making for a fun and challenging workout!

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Dance

 

Belly Dance Basics

Dance [Instructional Dance]

All are welcome to learn the movements that are fundamental to belly dance in a safe and supportive environment! As a unique and evolving dance form with historical roots in Egypt, belly dancing can increase muscle awareness and control while empowering students with the freedom for expression. We will explore each signature body movements through step-by-step technique sequences, drills, and layering to create and complete simple choreography by the end of the class. Come dressed in comfortable clothing for exercise. No prior experience needed.

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Dance

 

Body Pump

Aerobics and Conditioning

Interested in building strength in every major muscle group while having a blast? Try BodyPump! Work through ten tracks in this hour-long Les Mills format that will surely challenge everyone, every time, with compound and isolation movements using a barbell, free weights, body weight, and an aerobic step.

Categories: Strength Training, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Weight Management

Body Pump, Express

Interested in building strength in every major muscle group while having a blast? Try BodyPump! Work through eight tracks in this express Les Mills format that will surely challenge everyone, every time, with compound and isolation movements using a barbell, free weights, body weight, and an aerobic step.

 

Boot Camp

Aerobics and Conditioning

In this military-inspired workout, we incorporate calisthenic and body weight exercises with interval, circuit, and strength training and use a variety of equipment. All with optimal, intense fitness challenges but without the pressures from a thunderous drill instructor, we can take everyone’s fitness to the next level!

                Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

                Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Capoeira

Martial Arts

This Brazilian Martial Art is an athletic fight-dance with a 400-year cultural heritage. Capoeiristas train to evade kicks rather than block; contact is minimized, which contributes to the beautiful and poetic flow of a good game. We invite everyone to come play with us! We will heighten body awareness and improve our balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and agility, as we focus on developing a solid foundation of Capoeira basics. All levels and experiences welcome!

Categories: Martial Arts, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Meet and Connect with People

 

Cardio & Core

Aerobics & Conditioning

Let's elevate our heart rates with indoor cycling and rowing and finish strong with dynamic and functional core training for a well-rounded workout! Inspired by the hour-long 20/20/20 format, this class will bring similar results in 2/3 of the time! We will challenge our muscles and our hearts with circuits, sprints, and more, taking our fitness to a new level.

Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Cardio Hip-Hop

Aerobics & Conditioning [Dance Fitness]

Cardio Hip-Hop is a 45-minute class that mixes explosive dancing and boot camp-style exercises for a total body workout. Choreography includes repetitive series of movements which makes it easy to follow, allowing participants to naturally increase their level of intensity by familiarity. We will dance to popular radio tunes and learn creative routines to make the experience of working out hip and enjoyable!

Categories: Cardio, Dance

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Dance

 

Circuit Training

Aerobics & Conditioning

This 40-minute Circuit Training class will incorporate a variety of exercises and equipment to build strength and stability for a total body workout. We'll target the major muscle groups to increase muscular endurance and add in cardiovascular training to ensure the heart keeps pumping! We welcome all fitness levels and experiences to participate.

Categories: Cardio, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Climbing Conditioning

Aerobics and Conditioning

Looking to advance skills and fitness as a climber? Let’s get our send on with this 80-minute sport-specific conditioning session! We will cover introductory and intermediate level coaching on climbing movement and technique as well as group fitness activities focused on improving climbing strength, endurance, and flexibility. Climbing Conditioning has four primary objectives:

• Improve climbing movement and technique.

• Improve climbing strength.

• Improve climbing endurance.

• Meet other climbers who are also interested in improving their climbing ability.

Pre-requisite: Participants should acquire WSU Climbing Wall belay qualification within first two weeks of class. Belay clinics are offered separately, approximately twice each week.

Categories: Climbing, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Meet and Connect with People

 

Contemporary Ballet

Dance [Instructional Dance]

This class is based on ballet basics and contemporary choreography that will grow strength, flexibility, and balance. This style relies on ballet-building blocks (without the established traditional rules), which when combined with music of multiple genres, creates a fun and creative atmosphere. Classes are structured to build dance foundations for novice participants while also challenging and further developing seasoned dancers.

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Dance

 

Core Blast

Aerobics and Conditioning

Core Blast is more than just the crunches: here's a quick, challenging workout that will strengthen the core and help with balance, stability, coordination, control, and endurance. We call our core "core" for a reason- a strong core is integral to maintaining proper posture, form, and alignment as we move throughout our daily lives. From circuits to floor work, we'll leave class much stronger and motivated!

Categories: Strength Training, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Weight Management

 

Coug Cycle

Indoor Cycling

Ready for a party on the bike? Inspired by boutique cycle classes, UREC’s Coug Cycle is an experience-focused, music-driven, dance-inspired Spin class that will bring upbeat energy and elevate everyone's workout experience! We use the beat of the music as the RPM tempo and add colorful lights, themed days, and great music for a dynamic, lively, and revitalizing ride. Feel the difference and join us!

NOTE: To ensure safety, we highly encourage patrons to take at least one session of Spin classes prior to enrolling in Coug Cycle.

Categories: Cardio, Cycling

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Meet and Connect with People

 

CrossFit

CrossFit

Based on the principles of mechanics, consistency, and intensity, CrossFit involves constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensities. We will work to set a solid foundation, increase knowledge of fundamental CrossFit exercises, and improve work capacity, strength, and endurance. As a broad, general, and inclusive fitness format for all fitness levels and experiences, CrossFit workouts at UREC consider any physical or unknown contingency!

Categories: Cardio, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

HIIT Cardio

Aerobics and Conditioning

HIIT Cardio is a 30-minute workout that combines High Intensity Interval Training with creative body weight exercises to improve cardiovascular endurance, speed, and agility. This class will surely provide the challenge and intensity, and we will motivate each other to get better and stronger, together!

Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

(We also offer a 60-minute version of this format.) 

 

HIIT Strength

Aerobics and Conditioning

HIIT Strength is a 30-minute High Intensity Interval Training class that incorporates short bursts of high-intensity exercises using barbells, plates, and body weight followed by periods of active recovery. We will take our workout into overdrive as we improve cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. This class will surely provide the challenge and intensity, and we will motivate each other to get better and stronger, together!

Categories: Cardio, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Hip-Hop Dance

Dance [Instructional Dance]

A fresh fusion of hip-hop and freestyle dance, this class grows individual style and confidence through high-energy, rhythm-focused routines. Featuring bounces, breaking, digs, rocks, popping, locking, and other similar elements of street dancing, we will learn hip-hop grooves in an easy-to-learn instructional format while getting a good workout. Both novice and seasoned dancers are welcome!

Categories: Cardio, Dance

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Dance

 

Hip-Hop Majorette

Dance (Instructional Dance)

Hip-Hop Majorette is a high-energy, lyrical, synchronized dance style that incorporates ballet, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, and gymnastics. Led by WSU's very own Krimson Kouture dance team who specializes in this style and advocates for self-expression and diversity, this beginner class will teach basic majorette routines and choreography, all with hip-hop flair, confidence, and sass. Come dressed in comfortable clothing for exercise. No prior experience needed; all are welcome to let loose and have fun!

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Dance, Meet and Connect with People

 

Kickboxing

Aerobics and Conditioning

In a high-energy, fast-paced class that is sure to pack a punch (along with kicks and jabs), we will work to improve our cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and kickboxing technique. With the use of mitts, heavy bags, and other equipment, we will complete non-contact kickboxing drills, strength training, and cardio. Designed for all fitness levels and experiences, no prior sports/combat experience is necessary.

Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Mobility & Flexibility (Mo-Flex)

Aerobics and Conditioning [Mo-Flex]

Supplement hard work at the gym and fitness classes with time to relieve muscle tension and cool down. Emphasizing body recovery and awareness while improving mobility, range of motion, and flexibility, techniques will include stretches, foam-rolling, animal flow sequences, and more.

Categories: Mind/Body, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Pink Gloves Boxing (PGB)

Aerobics and Conditioning

Let's work to reveal the champion within ourselves in this circuit-style, non-contact boxing format with values rooted in women's empowerment and community! We'll focus on setting goals and growing stronger through boxing and conditioning drills, together. Class purchase includes hand wraps, gloves, and the Pink Gloves Boxing Manual (gloves are required and will be available for use).

Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Pole Fit

Aerobics and Conditioning

Pole Fit takes concepts from barre, yoga, and Pilates and utilizes them in a way to build strength and empowerment on a pole. Through lifting our own body weight and defying gravity, we will increase the strength in our core and upper body. Combined with floor work to target the whole body, this class offers a unique approach to fitness that everyone can enjoy!

Beginner: This class is geared toward beginners, but all levels of experience are welcome to participate.

Intermediate: This class is great for those who have prior Pole Fit experience, feel comfortable with the pole, and are ready to build on their skills. However, all levels of experience are welcome to participate.

Sunday, All Levels: All levels of experience are welcome to participate.

Categories: Strength Training, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Meet and Connect with People

 

Pole Fit Floor Choreography

Dance [Instructional Dance]

Taking concepts from barre, yoga, and Pilates, this instructional class will feature off-the-pole floor choreography routines that target the whole body and build strength, confidence, and sense of empowerment. We welcome students of all levels and experiences to explore various techniques and movements, step-by-step, with us. We encourage everyone to bring and wear knee-protective pads for additional comfort and safety during class.

Categories: Dance, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Dance

 

Spin

Indoor Cycling

Group indoor cycling offers a challenging yet safe workout for participants of all levels. Participants control their intensity individually while the instructor leads the class through simulated terrain accompanied by great tunes and energy-pumping drills. Spin will build everyone's cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and muscular endurance as we pedal our way to increased fitness.

Categories: Cardio, Cycling

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Meet and Connect with People

 

Spin & Core

Indoor Cycling

This 60-minute class combines a fun-filled Spin portion that features endurance, interval, and strength training with a core-strengthening session for a full-body workout. With great tunes and energy-pumping drills, everyone will improve their cardiovascular endurance and core stability.

Categories: Cardio, Cycling

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

(We also offer a 70-minute version of Spin & Core on Saturdays)

 

Spin HIIT

Indoor Cycling

This 40-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cycling class will consist of a 5-minute warm up, 30-minute heart-pumping intervals, and 5-minute cool down with stretching. Participants can control their intensity individually while the instructor leads the class through simulated terrain accompanied by great tunes and energy pumping drills.

Categories: Cardio, Cycling

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Spin, Intro (Intro to Spin)

Indoor Cycling

Explore the basics of Spin to help master technique and improve cardiovascular endurance on a bike! This 30-minute class is a great option for those interested in “getting into” cycling or those needing a refresher. From conquering basic drills to understanding their purposes, we will foster a positive learning environment within a great workout for all levels.

Categories: Cardio, Cycling

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Meet and Connect with People

 

STRONG by Zumba

Aerobics and Conditioning

STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle-conditioning, cardio, and plyometric training moves synced to original music specifically designed to match every single move. Music drives every squat, every lunge, and every burpee, helping everyone make it to that last rep- and maybe even five more. We encourage everyone of all fitness levels and experiences to participate!

Categories: Cardio, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Taekwondo

Martial Arts

Taekwondo is one of the world's most popular martial art forms in the world. Hailing from Korea, this combative sport focuses heavily on kicks, jumping, and spinning. Taught by a certified black belt instructor, we integrate all aspects of this dynamic martial art including full-body conditioning and mental development. We will build strength, confidence, and self-defense skills in this class, as well as learn about the Korean culture, customs, and language. There will also be opportunity for belt testing and advancement at the end of the session.

Advanced: This Advanced course is directed toward more practiced martial art students.

Beginner: This Beginner class caters to those beginning their journey with martial arts, focusing on establishing a solid base in the format.

Categories: Martial Arts, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Get Stronger

 

TRX HIIT

Aerobics and Conditioning

Get a full body workout in only 30 minutes with this fun yet challenging High Intensity Interval Training TRX class! TRX is a form of body weight suspension training that is completely customizable for all fitness levels and individual goals. We will use a variety of equipment including the TRX strap to promote the HIIT effect, improve strength and balance, and target flexibility and core stability.

Categories: Cardio, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

TRX Turbo

Aerobics and Conditioning

Get a full body workout in only 40 minutes with this high-intensity, fast-paced turbo class! TRX is a form of body weight suspension training that is completely customizable for all fitness levels and individual goals. We will improve strength and balance while also targeting flexibility and core stability in this fun yet challenging class.

Categories: Strength Training, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Increase Cardio Fitness

 

Vintage Swing Dance

Dance [Instructional Dance]

Vintage Swing includes social dances such as the East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa. This style of dancing originated from the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem in the 1920’s and 1930’s and has been typically set to faster Big Band music or any music with a swing beat (including old school rock and roll and boogie-woogie).

Level 1: This Level 1 class is geared towards beginners; no partner required.

Level 2: This Level 2 class is great for dancers who have prior swing dance experience, feel comfortable with the style, and are ready to build on their skills; no partner necessary.

Categories: Dance

Goals: Dance, Meet and Connect with People

 

West Coast Swing Dance

Dance [Instructional Dance]

West Coast Swing is a social dance that has roots in Lindy Hop and other Vintage Swing styles. In West Coast Swing, followers move back and forth from the leader within an imaginary narrow rectangle called the "slot". We will dance to moderate tempo blues, R&B, and contemporary music.

Level 1: This Level 1 class is geared towards beginners; no partner required.

Level 2: This Level 2 class is great for dancers who have prior swing dance experience, feel comfortable with the style, and are ready to build on their skills; no partner necessary.

Categories: Dance

Goals: Dance, Meet and Connect with People

 

*Yoga @ 90

The room temperature for these yoga classes is set to 90⁰ Fahrenheit.

 

Yoga (in) Chinese            

Mind/Body

For native speakers and foreign language learners alike, this bilingual yoga class will allow us to engage in practice using cues in both the Chinese and English language. Our focus will be on mindful movement and breathing as well as strong body support.

Categories: Mind/Body

Goals: Manage/Reduce Stress, Meet and Connect with People

 

Yoga Core

Mind/Body

This yoga class places extra emphasis on the powerhouse of the body- the core. Targeting all major muscle groups in the trunk for a stronger foundation, this class is suitable for all levels and experiences.

Categories: Mind/Body, Body Conditioning

Goals: Get Stronger, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga Gentle

Mind/Body

This low-intensity yoga class will leave everyone feeling rejuvenated and peaceful. We focus on flexibility and mindfulness by using movement to increase awareness in both mind and body. With an extended warm up, cool down, and stretching portion, this class is a great option for beginners!

Categories: Mind/Body, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Intro

Mind/Body

This yoga class is great for practitioners of all levels! Teaching key poses and placing emphasis on technique, this class will build everyone a solid foundation: it can teach how to build technique from the ground up for those who are new to yoga practice or help polish poses for those who have been practicing for years.

Categories: Mind/Body

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Mindful

Mind/Body

This yoga class will give everyone the space to relax and open up in a way that soothes muscles and releases minds. With its slower pace, this class will keep everyone supported and safe while we connect with our breath and body.

Categories: Mind/Body

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Power

Mind/Body

This yoga class is great for anyone who wants a mind/body class with an extra boost of energy. Characterized by its fast pace, this class will feature a higher intensity level, empower everyone to keep moving, and offer options that challenge the body and mind while building strength and power.

Categories: Mind/Body, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Improve Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Restorative

Mind/Body

This yoga class features poses and sequences with lower intensity levels intended to create a relaxed state of body and mind. We will ease into the practice with a gentle warm-up and use blocks, blankets, and straps to support our movements.

Categories: Mind/Body

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Strength

Mind/Body

This yoga class incorporates strength training that will strengthen the body and mind. Featuring a higher intensity level, we will use free weights, bands, and balls frequently as well as work with more challenging poses.

Categories: Mind/Body, Strength Training

Goals: Get Stronger, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga (for the) Strength Athlete

Mind/Body

Improve core stability and strength while increasing mobility and releasing built-up tension. This yoga class is an excellent addition to any fitness regime. Everyone will be challenged through powerful flows and then rewarded with a long relaxing period of stretching that deeply targets tired muscles.

Categories: Mind/Body, Body Conditioning

Goals: Enhance/Improve Flexibility, Manage/Reduce Stress

 

Yoga, Vinyasa Flow

Mind/Body

This yoga class involves a mindful practice during which we “flow” from one pose to the next. We move with our breaths in sequence of various poses. One of the most popular yoga styles, Vinyasa Flow will leave us feeling refreshed and centered.

Categories: Mind/Body

Goals: Enhance/Increase Flexibility,

Manage/Reduce Stress

(We also offer a Sunrise version, which meets in the SRC Pool Sundeck in open air. In cases of poor weather, the class will meet in SRC 245.)

 

Zumba

Aerobics and Conditioning [Dance Fitness]

Let’s lose ourselves in the music and find ourselves having fun while staying fit at this original dance-fitness party from Colombia! We feature various Latin rhythms and other dance styles set to high-energy international beats. Our energy levels will soar while we increase cardiovascular endurance in an effective and exhilarating workout!        

Categories: Cardio, Dance

Goals: Increase Cardio Fitness, Dance

(We also offer a Women's Only class to meet specific cultural needs.)