Group Fitness Classes

 

About Group Fitness

With a variety of classes ranging from boot camp to spinning to yoga and cross-training, there’s something on our Group Exercise schedule for you! Offerings for all ages and levels are available. If you’re unsure of what class might be a good fit for you, just ask.

All of the Darien Y’s Group Fitness classes are open to Members and Non-Members. The class fee for Non-Members is $20 per class. 10 Class passes for $180 are also available for Non-Members at the Front Desk.

Group Fitness schedules are available on our schedules page. Click here to see more.

Group Class Etiquette

In order for everyone to thoroughly enjoy the Wellness Center, we ask for all of our members to be courteous to others and to follow these basic guidelines.
  • Please wipe down equipment post workout with the gym wipes that are provided.
  • No gym bags, jackets or hand bags are allowed in the facility. Please use the lockers provided in the locker rooms.
  • Proper fitness apparel is mandatory when using the Wellness Center and when participating in any of the group exercise classes. No jeans, loose-fitting gear, ripped tee shirts and/or open-toed shoes (sandals/ flip flops).
  • Adhere to the 30-minute limit on the cardiovascular machines when other members are waiting.
  • In between sets, please allow other members to work in.
  • No food in the facility.
  • No cell phone calls allowed.
  • Please limit your daily usage of towels.

Group Exercise Classes minimum age: 15 years old

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

*segmented by intensity — Low, Medium and High

 

 

LOW INTENSITY

Appropriate for beginners, older adults and those who may be recovering from injury. Little to no jumping or weight lifting is involved. Great for improving cardiovascular health, balance and overall stability.

Meditation

Learn how to quiet your mind with regular meditation and discover happiness, increased mental, emotional and physical well-being. This class will instill a deeper connection between the body and mind through the practice of relaxing the body, calming the mind and turning into breath. Take this 30-minute session to improve your happiness and discover your true self with the balancing effect of time spent in stillness and focused attention.

Hi/Low

This high energy, intense-as-you-make it, pure aerobic workout incorporates low impact and high impact moves while keeping your feet on the floor. Specific emphasis is placed on improving the student’s cardiovascular efficiency.

Light ‘N’ Easy

This class includes exercises for toning and strengthening the entire body with dumbbells, ankle weights, and tubing. Designed for active older adults, this class will make you feel energized throughout the day.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art also known as moving meditation. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi include relaxation, strength, flexibility and balance. Suitable for both beginner and advanced students.

Slow and Gentle Yoga

Designed to open tight areas, strengthen and revitalize the body through a slow and gentle series of postures and breath, this class is suitable for all practitioners including beginners, those recovering from an injury, and experienced students wanting a change of pace.

Rise & Shine Yoga

Ease into the day with a gentle yoga class specifically designed to open both body and mind. Students will practice the art of incorporating a mind-body approach through conscious breathing and moving fluidly through slow, graceful poses.

Restorative Yoga

Turn down the fight-or-flight response and tap into the relaxation response with this series of supported postures designed to promote physical and emotional healing at the cellular level. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and blocks are used to guide muscles and bones into gentle stretches and deep release. A must for everyone living in a stressful world.

Corrective Exercise

Ever want to learn the proper way to squat or why your back hurts in a certain area? Well, in Corrective Exercise you will learn the proper way to perform all functional exercises as well as fix those annoying aches and pains! You will progress throughout the class while applying some of our unique equipment, such as physio balls, foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and more! Simply put, it is a challenging class with a physical therapy feel for all levels!

Strength and Stretch

This class is designed to strengthen the body with use of a variety of different yoga poses. In addition, your muscles will be lengthened with an abundant amount of stretches.

MEDIUM INTENSITY

For the intermediate student who is looking for a stepping stone to help them progress, these classes include instruction but move at a faster pace. Strength- and cardio-based options utilize a variety of tools including free weights, medicine balls, Bosu and platform steps. Additionally, our mind/body modalities, such as yoga and pilates, naturally complement any student looking to improve flexibility, develop core strength and achieve inner peace.

Total Fitness

This class is designed to help beginner and intermediate levels increase their strength, balance and cardio endurance.  Using various equipment and your own body weight, participants will be challenged to complete moves set for time or a certain number of repetitions. Achieve your fitness goals in this class’s nonstop, upbeat friendly atmosphere!

Power Barre

Find the better balance to strength, lean muscles, and power, all in one class. This is your integrated approach to a full body conditioning class, applying the practice of classical dance and plyometric movements to achieve strength, balance, and power. The use of moderate weights, bands, and ballet bars will aid in toning every inch of your body.

Spinning

This unique group exercise class, performed on stationary bikes, is as intense as the participant makes it. Instructors are skilled in nurturing beginners while also challenging advanced athletes. Upbeat, motivating music ensures students are energized and inspired from start to finish.

Sweet Morning Flow

This all levels yoga class emphasizes stretching, strengthening, and mindful movement to cultivate inner awareness. Class offerings include slow & gentle flow along with Yin and Restorative poses to encourage flexibility, balance & the opening of joints & connective tissue.

Cardio Step

This class just doesn’t quit! It’s a powerful non-stop step workout from start to finish. Instructors incorporate power moves and low impact modifications to challenge the cardiovascular system.

Cardio Strength

A combination of both strength and endurance! Challenge both muscular and cardiovascular systems by transitioning from moderate to intense exercises. With a mix of body weight and a variety of equipment, you will keep your body in motion, heart rate up, and muscles burning.

Em’s Method

This ballet-based workout incorporates isometric contractions, small movements and ends with deep stretching. Students will use their own body weight to isolate, strengthen and shape their muscles.

Yoga

These serene, engaging classes set to relaxing music teach the fundamentals of Yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining poses, backbends, core isolation and strengthening. Special emphasis is placed on moving into and out of postures safely, correct alignment, using the breath, and learning to quiet the chatter of the mind to find peace and inner stillness.

*Please note that the following indicators are used to decipher between yoga levels on our schedule: L1 = novice; L2 = intermediate; L3 = moderate/advanced; Open = suitable for all

Moderate Flow Yoga (Vinyasa)

Need some Zen at a moderate pace? This class moves at that pace and includes basic warm-ups, sun salutations, standing poses, back bends, twists, seated poses, a simple inversion, and deep relaxation. You will leave feeling like every part of your body received the attention it needed.

Pilates

The Pilates philosophy focuses on training the mind and body to work together toward the goal of overall fitness. Classes strengthen and improve posture, provide flexibility and balance, unite body and mind, and create a more streamlined shape.

Pilates Sculpt

A series of exercises performed using bands, ultra fit rings, dumbbells, body bars, and body resistance to tone and tighten the major muscle groups. Benefits include improved core strength and overall flexibility.

Zumba™

This is a fusion of Latin and International music dance themes that creates a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body, as well as the use of toning sticks.

HIGH INTENSITY

Designed for the advanced student, these classes include minimal instruction and move at a rapid pace. A strong exercise foundation is required for participation. Classes are specifically designed to elevate heart rates and develop total body strength through sprinting, jumping, weight lifting and resistance training.

*New! Box & Burn

Get fighting fit with a high energy workout! Along with upbeat music, this class incorporates a variety of boxing drills with fat burning body weight exercises while utilizing the punch-bags. No prior boxing experience required – you will learn simple & safe techniques! Boxing gloves will be provided, however, please feel free to bring your own if you choose.

Bootcamp

Be prepared for anything – and to be held accountable – in these fast-paced, total body workouts that will have you sweating in no time. A circuit-style format moves participants from one dynamic station to another with minimal downtime. Various pieces of equipment and tools are used in these classes, which are held in our gymnasium and make good use out of a large space.

Tabata Tuesdays

This class will give you the most bang for your buck during your lunch hour by utilizing a Tabata protocol – a very popular form of high-intensity interval training. Tabata rounds essentially require participants to work hard and fast for 20 seconds followed immediately by 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 rounds, resulting in just under 4 minutes of work. Extremely effective for developing strength and stamina, this class will challenge both your body and mind.

Power Interval

The name of this class says it all, Power! Improve all around power in this class by utilizing multiple ranges of motion with strength training and cardio intervals. This class will challenge your body by incorporating a variety of our most popular equipment such as agility ladders, Bosu balls, barbells, and more! In Power Interval, you will progress through the following fundamentals: Agility, strength endurance, speed, core strength, and stability.

Midday Madness

A total body workout that will get your heart pumping and brain cleared before going back to your daily responsibilities. This new approach to conditioning incorporates a multitude of cross training techniques that can be modified to all fitness levels, providing clients with the constant element of surprise and challenge.

Sports Conditioning

After an extensive warm-up and dynamic stretching, these classes provide a workout consisting mainly of intervals that mix elements of cardio, sculpting, core conditioning, plyometrics, speed and agility drills.

STRONG Cycle

Get the results you want with this high intensity, interval workout featuring the cardio blast of spinning with the functionality of TRX. Classes will have participants alternating between the bike and the straps, ensuring a constantly varied workout that challenges both body and mind.

TRX®

Designed to engage the body as a single coordinated system, TRX is a unique form of suspension training that mimics movement patterns fundamental to most human activities. We’re proud to offer both boot camp and cardio styles of TRX to produce well-rounded offerings guaranteed to help you reach your goals.

Trainer’s Choice

Led by our top trainers, this class will feature whatever they decide to throw at you on a given day. Circuits, super sets, timed rounds and competitive partner work are all formats that will be utilized to make sure that your body is challenged at all times.

Rock Solid

Don’t be fooled by the shortened duration of this class, as it is designed to strengthen and tone your core and other major muscle groups in a minimal amount of time. It pairs perfectly with your own cardio session or use it as a follow-up to one of our spin classes. Features body weight exercises, resistance work, and strength training.

X- Training

Tired of the same routine? This class will help you condition different muscle groups, develop new skills and reduce exercise boredom. Each class will provide a different, all–around conditioning workout.

Boxing Bootcamp

This workout blends elements of boxing, martial arts, dance and traditional choreographed aerobics in a 60-minute exercise routine featuring heavy bags. This class also incorporates traditional exercises such as jumping jacks, abdominal crunches, leg lifts and push–ups to create a total body workout.

Total Body

This class covers it all! You’ll work every body part and then some. Students will use weights, body bars, Bosu balls, TRX, physioballs, ladders, and hurdles.