UBCO Recreation offers a wide range of fitness classes, both online and in person, in an open and welcoming environment to all levels and abilities. In person classes are held in the lower level of the Hangar Fitness Centre in one of the three functional studio spaces or in the Gymnasium.
Now offering in-person group fitness classes!
group fitness schedule
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Need an extra push while you are at home? Push the coffee table aside and join us for our virtual boot camps. These workouts are designed to keep you on your toes! We want to keep you guessing – each class is designed to be different and push you out of your comfort zone! We will challenge you every class! Our goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. We want you to have tons of fun – but be prepared for some high intensity training!
Looking to set the tone of positive intention for your week? Or want to unwind after a tough week/weekend? These well-rounded yoga classes are great for beginners but also offer options for the seasoned yogi to feel challenged. Develop breathing techniques while improving your balance, flexibility, core strength, and endurance through various postures and breathing techniques. Participants will enjoy a satisfying workout while practicing a flow of postures to create internal heat while developing strength and concentration.
Power Yoga takes its inspiration from ashtanga—a more intense, fast-paced style of yoga. It was developed as an attempt to make ashtanga yoga more accessible to Western students. It is sometimes referred to as “gym yoga” because it was designed to be intense enough to be attractive for Western athletes and gym-goers. Like vinyasa, power yoga is not a set series of poses which gives the instructor the ability to make each class a bit different which, we hope, will keep you coming back for more.
Rise & Shine is gentle yoga flow to get the body moving and set the tone for the rest of your day. Vinyasa based, synchronizing breath with movement, students will work through a series of poses, moving smoothly from one posture to the next. Participants can expect to developing breathing techniques, improving balance, and flexibility through the various postures.
“Get ready for the road”. Group cycling has never been better. Each class is individualized by the instructor but they’re designed for you to spin your way through a series of intervals, hill climbs and sprints that is intended to train your body for cardiovascular and endurance and keep your body guessing. Each bike is controlled individually by the operator so you’re welcome to push yourself or work within your individual limits—it’s up to you!
Similar to the spin description, above, but just a little bit shorter and a little more sweat. Which also means that you get a great workout in a slightly shorter time frame.
This class is fit for all skill levels—you are welcome to work at your own pace and intensity level. It will be focused on a full body circuit training workout, using a variety of exercises and interval times. Each class will offer something new and fun. Come join us for H.I.I.T. (high intensity interval training) strength circuit.
This quick, 45 minutes is all the time we need to get you working hard. Tabata and circuit-style drills using a fun variety of equipment will make time fly and sweat drip. A great little lunch break workout.
Whether you’re a mountain biker, trail runner, rock climber, hiker, or just a generally active person – this yoga is for you! Yoga for Athletes incorporates vinyasa flow to work those muscles that don’t get activated in your chosen sport, yin for deep release of the fascia (connective tissue), and restorative poses to calm the nervous system. Injury prevention, therapeutic benefit and agility are held top of mind throughout this class. Beginner Yogis are WELCOME, no experience required. Please inform the instructor at the beginning of the class of any pre-existing injuries and your sport of choice!
Yin yoga balances the nervous system, helps the body let go of tension and tightness and has a calming effect on the mind. Make time for yourself to breathe, release tension, and learn tools to regulate stress in your life on and off the mat! Beginners are WELCOME, no experience required. Bring a sweater, a yoga mat, and an eye pillow if you have one – prepare to decompress, chill out, and leave feeling renewed.
What does Senja teach: Slow Flow Yoga
When Senja’s not on a yoga mat, you can find her: hiking, snowboarding, weight-lifting, reading, taking photos and socializing!
About Senja’s practice: Senja strongly believes in using yoga and mindfulness as tools for reducing stress and managing anxiety. Senja’s practices focus on meditation and connecting the breath with movement. In all her classes she strives to cultivate a safe, relaxing environment where students can feel comfortable challenging themselves.
What does Maria teach? Spin, Cardio & Core, Bums & Tums
Maria’s Certifications: CFES Group Fitness Instructor & 4th Year Bachelor of Human Kinetics Student at UBCO!
When Maria isn’t teaching, you can find her: skiing at Big White in the winter, hiking and backpacking in the summer, and hanging out with her dogs in between!
What does Josée teach? Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Yin & Yang Yoga
Josée’s Certifications: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), 300 Hour YTT (in progress), Bachelor of Science
When Josée isn’t teaching, you can find her: exploring Kelowna (likely in search of a waterfall or view), at the gym, or studying! Josée is currently in a Masters of Social Work and has a passion for mental health, social justice, and multidisciplinary wellness.
Josée enjoys leading her students to connect with mind, body, and soul through her carefully crafted yoga classes.
What does Malcolm teach? Spun Out Spin & Jungle Gym Tabata. Malcolm is also a Personal Trainer
Malcolm’s Certifications: BCRPA Fitness Theory & Weight Training, Hilltop Academy Group Fitness & Personal Training, Inner Fit Studios – Indoor Cycling
When Malcolm isn’t teaching, you can find him: studying in EME (he is a 4th year Engineering student)
What does Jessie teach? Yoga for Athletes and Yin by Candelight
Jessie’s Certifications: Registered Yoga Instructor (RYI), Certified Nutrition Practitioner, Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Arts.
Fun facts about Jessie: Jessie’s an avid rock climber, hiker, and loves sleeping in a tent more than just about anything. Is she’s not teaching little ones, climbing rocks, or at home cooking, she’s probably out in the woods with her rescue pup Honey!
What classes does Stuart teach? Upper body & Lower body strength
Certifications: ISSA Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Coach
When Stuart isn’t teaching you can find him: hiking, kayaking, or doing mixed martial arts!