Group Fitness.

Experience quality and be empowered in Rec Sports Group Fitness classes. 

With over 100 classes offered each week at the SERF and Natatorium, the Group Fitness program offers fun and energizing workouts. Our instructors provide modifications for all fitness levels. Choose from a wide variety of class formats to stay motivated as you pursue your fitness goals. 


Class Schedules

Group Fitness Passes

Purchase a Group Fitness Pass for unlimited access to our Group Fitness classes. Passes are sold online or at the SERF and Nat Member Services Offices. Rec Sports Membership required for purchase. Please note that the group fitness program is subject to changes and breaks due to the academic and campus calendar.

Class Descriptions

Cardio Interval

Incorporates creative cardio movement combinations and high energy intervals to get your feet moving and your heart pumping. Finish class with a muscular conditioning segment for a total body workout. Get ready to MOVE!

cinema spin

Cinema Spin

Experience big-screen entertainment while your instructor takes you on a motivating ride!



Spin your way to fitness with a challenging ride set to motivating music. Cycling Plus is 75 minutes. For all Cycling classes, make sure you pick up a bike ticket from Member Services within 30 minutes before the start of class to reserve your spot.

Photo of Deepwater Group Fitness class.Deep Water

A refreshing no-impact alternative to land cardiovascular workouts. Class offers cardio and muscular conditioning by using the natural resistance of the water. Buoyancy belts and props are used to add variety to the workout. Explore new depths of fitness!

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Group Strength

A muscular-conditioning workout that uses free-weights and other fitness equipment. Instructors lead you through traditional and non-traditional exercises to improve your muscle strength and fitness level. Experience it once and you'll be hooked! 



Yes, you can get rock-hard abs. In just 30 minutes, challenge your core (abs and back) like never before!



(High Intensity Interval Training) This workout integrates intervals of high intensity cardiovascular work with muscular conditioning utilizing a weighted bar and other equipment. Get ready to HIIT a new level of fitness! 

box blast


An intense non-contact workout. Kick and punch your way to a stronger body while challenging your aerobic and muscular fitness. Fun and easy to learn!


A full-body cardio jam session, inspired by drumming. Torch calories and tone while rocking out to your favorite music.



A combination of Yoga and Pilates with a fitness twist. Build total body muscular strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. A workout from the inside out! Although fitness mats are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat. 



A high intensity interval workout of tabatas (exercises performed for eight rounds of 20 seconds of intense work and 10 seconds of rest). Tabatas are followed by active recovery. Get in, get fit, get out!



Ease your mind while improving flexibility, strength and body awareness. Incorporates varied methods such as Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. Yoga Plus is 75 minutes.   



A Latin-based workout that integrates dance and exercise while moving to international beats. Come feel the music, join the fun and forget you are working out! No dance experience required. Zumba Plus is 75 minutes.  

Group Fitness Policies

  • Participants must be 18 years or older to participate in Group Fitness classes.
  • Athletic footwear is required for all Group Fitness classes, except Yoga, Powerflow, and Water classes. 
  • Group Cycling and Deep Water participants must pick up a class ticket at the SERF or Natatorium Member Services Office up to 30 minutes prior to the start of class. Limit one per person. Present your ticket to the instructor upon entry to class. Cycling classes are limited to 28 riders at the SERF and 20 riders at the Natatorium. 
  • A minimum of five participants is required for all classes to be held.

Small Group Training.

Receive the training benefits of Personal Training for a lower cost.

Small Group Training is a unique opportunity to receive instruction from a personal trainer while working out with others who share similar fitness goals. Your trainer will lead you through a structured series of workouts while providing feedback on your technique and form. Come prepared to learn, sweat, and be motivated!


Get your high-intensity workout our way! This is a rigorous program for avid fitness freaks. We want you to "bring it!"

Student: $45 | Affiliate: $55

Designed for:

  • Participants who want a moderate to high level of physical performance in a workout


  • Average to high level of cardio and strength

Class Components:

  • Exercises to improve power, agility, speed, coordination and strength
  • Use of rig, turf, push-sleds, battle ropes, TRX and more
  • NO classes the week of July 3rd
Wake Up Warrior

Wake Up Warrior

Wake up the warrior inside of you and kick-start your day! This bootcamp-style workout will challenge your body, mind, and spirit. Make your morning great!

Student: $45 | Affiliate: $55

Designed for:

  • Participants who want a high-energy experience through total body workouts


  • Currently exercising

Class Components:

  • Muscle confusion via compound exercises
  • Workout is outdoors (indoors if inclement weather) 
  • Use body bands, med balls and more
  • There will be no classes the week of July 3rd


Athletic Performance Training

Improve your speed, agility, vertical, and power with this performance-based program. Our trainers will push you to the limit and help improve your performance in any sport. Pre and post tests included.

Student & Affiliate: $25 

Designed for:

  • Athletes involved in intramural sports or sport clubs


  • Experience in sport participation preferred

Class Components:

  • Pre and post testing
  • Drills and exercises that enhance athletic performance

Fit-Quik Class 


This 45 minute full-body circuit class will use balls, bands, kettlebells, and more! Get in, get out, get fit. Quick.

Student: $64   Affiliate: $88

Designed for:

  • Participants with intermediate to varied fitness levels


  • None

Class Components:

  • Dynamic warm-up
  • Muscle and cardio exercises
  • Full-body workout
  • Classes are 45 minutes


Light your fitness fuse with this explosive workout. Uses TRX suspension system along with other functional equipment. Obliterate fat, be strong, get lean with TRXextreme!

Student: $39  Affiliate: $49

Designed for:

  • Participants who are currently exercising and want a new workout experiences


  • None

Class Components:

  • Circuit-based workout
  • TRX suspension training exercises
  • Use of kettlebells and BOSUs
  • Bodyweight exercises
  • 12 sessions with 4 classes to choose from per week 
  • Each class is 45 minutes
Currently Unavailable.

Mind-Body Studio.

Experience flow and balance in a studio environment right on campus.

Our Mind-Body Studio program offers yoga and pilates classes that have limited enrollment so that each participant can receive individualized attention. Develop body awareness, strength, flexibility and balance in an intimate, small group setting.  


Alignment Yoga

Cultivate better body awareness while building strength in our Alignment Yoga class. We'll focus on the fundamentals of various yoga poses and postures as we create structural integrity within the body. 

Student: $64 | Affiliate: $88 

Designed for:

  • Participants interested in maximizing the benefits of each pose


  • None

Class Components:

  • Use props, specific cues, and intentional engagement to execute each pose correctly
  • Emphasis on proper executing using subtle shifts and adjustments to form
Currently unavailable.

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Empower Yoga

Focus on building strength in the body, mind, and spirit to facilitate empowerment. Bring your breath, energy, and your best intentions.

Student: $64    Affiliate: $88

Designed for:

  • Participants looking to cultivate inner power and find freedom in self


  • None

Class Components:

  • Poses to encourage you to stand in your own power
  • Movements that honor your most authentic self and open your heart to unrealized potential


Powerhouse Pilates

Inspired by the Pilates Method, this class is designed to build core strength, and enhance stability, control and alignment of the entire body. We will work with various Pilates techniques and adaptations to find, deeper, more effective muscle engagement, as well as a better awareness and connection to our bodies.

Student: $53 | Affiliate: $73

Designed for:

  • Participants interested in improving overall movement and strength through a focus on the core 


  • None

Class Components:

  • Powerhouse (core) development and strengthening
  • Strength and endurance for the whole body
  • Alignment exercises to improve posture and straighten the body
  • Breathing techniques
Currently unavailable.

Stress Relief Yoga 

Yoga for Stress Relief

Release tension and stress from the body and mind. The sense of calm and peace you create in class will carry throughout your day.

Student: $53 | Affiliate: $73

Designed for:

  • Participants seeking a calming practice to refocus and refresh


  • None

Class Components:

  • Postures and breathing techniques that promote relaxation and stress reduction
  • Practice of mindfulness
  • Exploration of strategies for cultivating ease, peace, mental calmness and composure

Yoga Flow 

Yoga Flow

Focus on synchronizing movement and breath to create equanimity in the body, mind, and spirit. Learn to balance softness and strength, ease and effort as you flow through dynamic and inspired sequences designed to ground you in your body and in the present moment.

Student: $64 | Affiliate: $88

Designed for:

  • Participants looking to cultivate breathing awareness in their practice and everyday life.


  • None

Class Components:

  • Dynamic sequences designed to incorporate breathing


Sunrise Outdoor Yoga

Start your mornings at Allen Centennial Gardens with Sunrise Outdoor Yoga. This class is designed to energize the body and stimulate the mind. We will explore different poses to help strengthen and balance the body, adding variations and challenges along the way to keep the mind engaged. With a Vinyasa flow to ground the practice, each class will allow opportunity to expand upon the familiar, while still allowing our sense of curiosity to take us to beyond. Whether you're a ritualized and regular yogi, or brand new to the mat, this class will leave you feeling more open and connected -- a perfect way to start the day! 

Student: $12/ 4-week session | Affiliate: $16/ 4-week session

Designed for:

  • Any UW-Madison faculty, staff, students or Rec Sports members interested in starting the day with yoga


  • None

Class Components:

  • Vinyasa-based flow
  • Movements that strengthen and balance the body
View schedule & register.

Personal Training.

Customized training plans to help you reach your fitness goals.

Personal training is an individualized approach to overall health and fitness improvement. Our nationally certified personal trainers work with you to create workouts that reflect your interests and goals, regardless of whether you're training for performance or just starting out. Sessions may take place at the SERF, Nat, or Shell depending on your preference and space availability. 
*The personal training program is currently unavailable due to the transition of equipment from the SERF to the Natatorium. Registration will open again on August 1st. 

The Big Three

Learn how to properly squat, bench, and deadlift with a Personal Trainer in just three sessions! Package includes a free assessment, three one-on-one training sessions, more than five techinque cues, and one evaluation and exercise packet. A $125 value for only $73.33!

body composition assessment 

Body Composition Assessment

This assessment will measure body composition, a body weight ratio of fat mass to lean mass. 

Student: $10 | Affiliate & Community: $15

Designed for:

  • Anyone interested in learning more about his or her body composition


  • None

Assessment Components:

  • Measurements taken by skin-fold calipers or bioelectric impedance methods
  • Assessment is 15 minutes

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Personal Training: Individual

Work with a trainer one-on-one to reach your fitness goals. 



Affiliate & Community

Assessment $40  $45 

1 session



3 sessions



6 sessions



12 sessions



Designed for:

  • Beginner to advanced fitness levels
  • Anyone looking for direction and motivation in his or her fitness routine


  • Complete a fitness assessment

Session Components:

  • Customized training to fit your goals
  • Sessions are 45 - 60 minutes 

personal training partner 

Personal Training: Partner

You and a friend receive customized workouts from one of our trainers.

Per Person:



Affiliate & Community

3 sessions



6 sessions



12 sessions



Designed for:

  • Beginner to advanced fitness levels
  • Anyone looking for direction and motivation in his or her fitness routine
  • Participants who enjoy training with a friend


  • Complete a Fitness Assessment
  • Each individual must complete a separate request form

Session Components:

  • Customized training to fit your goals
  • Sessions are 60 minutes

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Semi-Private Personal Training

Now you can enjoy the benefits of Personal Training in a drop-in format. Take advantage of our private training studios, with individual workouts created just for you! All sessions are monitored by a nationally certified Personal Trainer, at 40% off the price of individual personal training.

Student: $120 Affiliate: $144

How it works:
  • Register for a four-week program that meets twice per week
  • Choose EITHER morning OR afternoon sessions
Designed for:
  • Beginner to advanced fitness levels
  • Anyone looking for direction and motivation for his or her fitness routine
  • None
Session components:
  • Customized training to fit your goals
  • 60-minute sessions monitored by a personal trainer
  • Session drop-in limited to six people at a time
  • No makeups for missed sessions
Currently unavailable.

Personal Training Cancellation Policy

The following restrictions apply when cancelling a personal trainer:

  • Client must call the member office and the personal trainer to cancel
  • Cancellations must occur at least 12 hours in advance (failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of that session)

Workplace Wellness Workouts.

We bring the workout to you.

Many of us spend much of our day sitting at a desk. Our Workplace Workout program gives you a reason to take a break, get up, and move. We send our personal trainers out on campus to lead you through weekly lunchtime workouts and exercises that you can do anywhere. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of Rec Sports to participate.

Workplace workout

Find a Workout

We meet weekly at various campus locations. This semester, we will be meeting at the Educational Sciences building and the Space Science & Engineering Center.


Designed for:

  • UW faculty and staff members (you do not need to be a member of Rec Sports to participate)
  • All fitness levels


  • None

Class Components:

  • Choose between total body workouts or yoga
  • Classes are 45 minutes
  • No classes the week of July 3rd

Want to bring Workplace Workout to your building? Contact Lori Devine at

Group Fitness Outreach Services.

Arrange a private group fitness class for your group.

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).

Internal Events (held in Rec Sports facilities)

Available class formats include Zumba, Yoga, Powerflow, core training, Tabata, HIIT, Box, Cardio Interval, 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 from Rec Sports.
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External Events (held in a space provided by the group)

Class formats available include Zumba, yoga, powerflow, core training and tabata.

Please visit the Reservations & Rentals page to fill out the special event request form. You will be asked to include the following information:

  • Type of class requested
  • Date/time of class
  • Location of the space (street address, building name and room number/name)
  • Sound capabilities (i.e. wireless microphone availability, type of audio connections for music)
  • Type of flooring (carpet, wooden floors, etc.)
  • Expected number of participants

Please visit the Reservations & Rentals page to review the policies, the rental rates and to fill out the special event request form. Questions about reservations and rentals can be sent to

Employment Opportunities.

We hire students to become Group Fitness instructors and certified personal trainers who motivate our members to stay fit and healthy. Visit our Employment Page for more details.

No experience? No problem. We offer extensive training and a mentor program for all fitness employees. We also offer an ACE® Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course for aspiring trainers.