Group Fitness Classes

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 handbags 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.

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.

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

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.

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, backbends, twists, seated poses, a simple inversion and deep relaxation.  You will leave feeling like every part of your body received the attention it needed.

Yoga Level L1 /L2
Learn the fundamentals of yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing, seated & reclining poses, core isolation & strengthening. Special emphasis is placed on safety, alignment, breath, & learning to quiet the mind & find inner peace.

Slow and Gentle Yoga
Designed to open tight areas, strengthen and revitalize the body through a slow and gentle series of posture 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.

Yin/Gentle Yoga
Using breath awareness and body mechanics, this class combines slow-paced movement withheld poses that create space in the connective tissues of the body. We’ll explore a range of motion and flexibility while practicing poses that help to safely stretch and strengthen muscles. This class is for anyone who wants a slower paced practice, is recovering from injury or wishes to balance an active yoga or athletic practice.  Open to all levels of experience.

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.

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.

Open Barre
A full body workout that challenges the core with body weight, dumbbells, medicine balls, and the ballet barre. Full and small range movements target muscles strength while isometric holds improve stability and endurance. Discover a leaner balanced self with this open level class that combines strength and flexibility training.

Indoor Group Cycling
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.

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.

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 with Props
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 on the Ball
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.

Salsa
A popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions that are the roots of Salsa. This class will be a great cardiovascular workout as well as help you increase your core and hip strength. You will literally dance your butt off!

Zumba
This is a fusion of Latin and International music dance themes that create 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.

 Yoga Level L2 /L3
Learn the fundamentals of yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing, seated & reclining poses, core isolation & strengthening. Special emphasis is placed on safety, alignment, breath, & learning to quiet the mind & find inner peace.

Open Level Yoga
Open Level 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, core isolation, and strengthening.

Meditative Yoga
A soothing blend of slow and gentle yoga and meditation.

Pure Stretch
A stretch class designed for every level & ability, athlete & non-athlete. This class combines yoga, stretch & movement to give to an overall feeling of muscular wellness, flexibility & recovery.

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, weightlifting and resistance training.

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 work. Extremely effective for developing strength and stamina. This class will challenge both your body and mind.

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.

TRX Bootcamp
One of the main pieces of equipment used will be the TRX. The TRX is 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.

Trainer’s Choice
Led by our top trainers, this class will feature whatever they decide to throw at you on a given day. Circuits, supersets, 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.

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.

Strength & Balance
This class covers it all! You’ll work every body part use weights, body bars, Bosu balls, resistance bands and medicine ball. Body weight exercise will be incorporated as well, such as squats, jumping jacks, abdominal crunches, leg lifts and push-ups.

Cardio Kickboxing
An aerobic total body workout using authentic martial arts movements to energizing music. You will punch, kick and squat the calories away in this intense and fun workout!