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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

    Fitness class schedule


    Class descriptions

    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 McPhersonSusan 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 ChesleyMatt 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 LambertKaitlin 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 BennettRachel 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 PayterCrystal 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 StoutJim 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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