Group fitness

UBCO Recreation offers a wide range of fitness classes in an open and welcoming environment to all levels and abilities. Classes are held in the lower level of the Hangar Fitness Centre in one of the three functional studio spaces.

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Classes are available via membership or by drop-in. All classes are first come, first sweat.

Check in at the customer service desk in the lower foyer of the gym at least five minutes before the scheduled class time where a friendly staff member can help with anything you need.

Purchase a membership or pass

Drop-in rates

Students: $5 per class
Staff/Faculty/Alumni: $7 per class
Community: $8 per class

group fitness schedule

Classes run September 9 to November 30, 2019 (with select classes continuing to mid-December, pending popularity and instructor availability)

The fitness schedule is subject to change, based on participation. If a class has three or less participants for three weeks in a row, it will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester. The best way to keep your favorite class on the schedule is to attend it regularly—and bring a friend or two.

Want a group fitness schedule for quick reference in your office or room? Click here to print a 2019 fall group fitness poster.

Please note that there will be no classes on Saturday, October 12 or Monday, October 14 due to Thanksgiving weekend. 

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Class descriptions

Strong legs, a shaped booty and a firm core are the necessary foundations to being stronger and more fit. These classes tone those problem areas and have you looking great in no time. Whether you want to be more lean, tone your muscles, or just improve your fitness levels, this is the class for you.

Feeling like your arms and legs get all the attention in your workouts? Refocus your workout by burning calories with some cardio exercises and then strengthen your core—the often forgotten, but most important, part of your body that supports all the other muscles. Each class will be a little different but you’re sure to leave feeling equally as sweaty and strong.

Seeing stars? Muscles on fire? That’s how you know you’re doing Tabata right. Tabata is a high intensity interval training workout where you give it your all for 20 seconds, take 10 seconds of rest, and repeat… eight times for one set. Jungle Gym Tabata takes place on the jungle gym in Studio 2 to teach you how to use this masterpiece. 30 minutes of Tabata. Followed by 20 minutes of yoga flow, deep stretching, and relaxation to reward yourself for the hard work. Work hard. Relax hard. That’s the dream, right? All levels welcome. Modifications are provided.

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.

Lead by Myriam Webb, a somatic rest specialist, this meditation experience, affectionately called “the adult nap” due to its super battery-charging effects, as well as its calming results. In a Restorative Yoga class, poses are held in a relaxed manner for long periods of time during which practitioners are guided into meditative states. This result is a renewed and balanced self, body, mind, and soul.

“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.

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.

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.

This class works all major muscle groups – with a little more focus on booty and abs – and will get results you can see. Each participant will be responsible for keeping track of their own progress, resistance, or weight selection and progression. The program will change periodically as to avoid plateaus. This is an addicting class because of the motivating results.

Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement, where each pose is matched with a breath. Students work through a series of poses called Sun Salutations, moving smoothly from one posture to the next. It is because of this smooth movement that you may also hear vinyasa called “vinyasa flow” or simply “flow’.

Every wanted to try some of those fun, crazy poses that only the “super, hard-core yogis” can do – but maybe you haven’t reach “hard-core yogi status yet”? Then this is the class you should try!

The Rocket is the perfect marriage of tempo and sequence. While it includes advanced routines, the class is appropriate for all levels of students. With plenty of ways to modify the classical poses, the benefits of the poses are transmitted equally to renew vitality and energy. The sequences are taught in a “bus stop” method that allows students to pick the variation of a pose that’s best suited for their practice and ability.
This vibrant routine is called the “Rocket” because, “it gets you there faster.” The Rocket is designed to wake up the nervous system and feed it the precious prana it craves while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice.

It’s a good time. You should definitely try it out.

Fitness instructors

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and moved (upgraded) to Kelowna in 2014 to pursue an education in Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan. Since then, I’ve fully embraced the #okanaganlifestyle. When I’m not on campus, you can find me at Oranj Fitness and Lululemon, or enjoying a day off hiking, snowboarding, golfing, or on the lake. I am a Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES) Group Fitness Instructor and a Yoga Alliance 200hr Yoga Teacher. A firm believer that finding hobbies and social networks that support healthy lifestyles results in LIFE LONG active habits. Get outside and have some fun in the sun or snow, and spend your indoor workout time doing classes that you love and truly enjoy.

Randy is a fourth year Human Kinetics student keenly interested in helping others with their personal fitness goals and teaching his students to connect their mind to their body. His personal journey began with yoga eight years ago which has led to him helping instruct others in their own practice today.

Even with a diagnosis of arthritis five year ago, Randy hasn’t slowed down much and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle. Randy has started teaching group fitness, focusing on body weight exercises, and during Spin class he keeps the music bumping and your legs moving. When Randy isn’t binge watching a Netflix show to avoid studying he enjoys yoga, hiking, running, and like many students, coffee. Come check out what Randy has to offer, he’ll give you the workout you deserve.

My passion is to share the fun and benefits of fitness. I enjoy helping people with their fitness goals and showing them what they are capable of achieving. I am an avid runner and have completed numerous marathons including Boston, New York, and Honolulu. I strongly believe in keeping group classes’ fun and challenging. I am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, my goal is to teach, train, motivate, and see you succeed in reaching your goals. A strong, positive self image is the best possible preparation for success.