The Fitness Center offers a variety of classes, including yoga, butts and guts, cardio bootcamp, kettlebell fitness, barre and beach body.
Classes are free.
Fitness class schedule
Winter 2017 schedule
AM:BC — 45 minute version of Cardio Bootcamp with more focus on muscle endurance and strength building. High repetition range with low weight for great lean muscle.
Yoga — Using breath, posture, and movement, there is an opportunity to explore our bodies and minds using that deeper breath as a guide. Practice in this environment is full of playfulness, and even laughter, but it also affords a time for quiet inner reflection.
Kettlebell Fitness — A high intensity aerobic workout using kettlebells to build strength and endurance.
Cardio Bootcamp — Built for all levels. Improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle endurance.
Butts and Guts — 30 minute tabata style training of the abs and glutes. Tone up for Spring Break!
Barre Fitness — Combines elements of ballet, pilates, sports conditioning and flexibility training.
SYNRGY X — Sculpt your summer body with circuit training through TRX, battle ropes, dip bars, box jumps, and cable exercises all featured on our SYNRGY 360 machine.
Plyo X: Plyometric exercises introduced in circuit training style with other body weight movements.
Cardio Kickboxing: HIIT combined with kickboxing movements and technique.
Meet our instructors
Susan McPherson: Kettlebell Fitness — My original reason for getting into fitness and health promotion was due to adolescent obesity; the total percentage of adolescents who are overweight and obese has increased substantially. With changes occurring in society, children, adolescents, and adults have become extremely sedentary; the introduction and growth of technology has been a gift and a curse. With my observations, I decided to pursue a career in health and fitness. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I teach a few fitness classes and hope to expand. When I'm not at the gym, I enjoy spending time doing other recreational physical activities, such as biking and bowling; I also love to travel.
Matt Chesley: Cardio Bootcamp/Butts and Guts — I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, as well as the founder of the Detroit Mercy Biggest Loser. Since January 2013, I have lost 70 pounds and kept it off. I love teaching others about fitness and introducing new exercises to break the monotony of exercising the same way every week. I sing and play guitar in a band and have played Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall and the Pike Room. I have shared the stage with Everclear, Fall Out Boy and Chiodos. I have a daughter born in July 2014 and a son born August 2016.
Kaitlin Lambert: Plyo X — I am a sophomore in the 7-year-dental program. I have always had an interest in sports and staying active. I played softball and ran cross country in high school. I still enjoy running as well as mountain biking and snowboarding. I began coming to the fitness center and attending different fitness classes last year as a freshman. I started working at the fitness center at the beginning of my sophomore year and I am very excited that I get to teach a class this semester.
Rachel Bennette: Yoga — I am a recent member of the University team. I was hired on in April of 2016 to be the full time personal counselor in the Wellness Center. In addition to being an LMSW, I have been a certified group fitness instructor for about six years. I teach bootcamp, HIIT, BOSU training, abs and core, and I am a certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor. I recently added yoga instructor to my resume as of January 2017. I am an RYT 200. I teach at other local fitness centers including YMCA and Detroit Athletic Club. When I am not teaching or working as a personal counselor, I spend time with my sons and try to be outdoors as much as possible kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or running with my dogs. In the past I have trained to run Spartan Races, Tough Mudder and other obstacle courses. Fitness is a way of life for me.
Crystal Payter: Barre/Cardio Kickboxing — I have a B.F.A in Dance and Associate’s in Fitness Leadership, and my M.S. in Exercise Science. I have worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for six years. I have taught classes in Zumba, senior fitness, spinning, kickboxing, total body strength, barre and yoga. I work in cardiac rehab as an exercise physiologist for Henry Ford Health System and in my spare time I enjoy running 5Ks, 10Ks, obstacle races like Tough Mudder and the occasional half marathon. This year I am signed up for my first full marathon.
Jim Stout: Yoga — Jim joined Detroit Mercy in 1994 and also teaches at two yoga studios: Everyday Yoga in Royal Oak/Clawson, and Yoga Now in West Bloomfield. Jim is an avid runner and cyclist, having participated in marathons, long distance road cycling and mountain biking. Jim has the 200-hour certification as recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified spinning instructor.
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