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All group fitness classes will be free for members of Recreation Center

Starting Monday, Aug. 24, the Marshall Recreation Center will offer all group fitness classes free to its members.

This fall the Rec Center will have 35 group fitness classes offered each week. Some of the classes that will now be free are Les Mills BODYPUMP®, PiYo and C.U.T. (Crosstraining Under Thirty Minutes).

“We are excited to now be offering some of our most popular classes, like C.U.T., free to our members,” said Heather Smith, senior assistant director of fitness. “We are also excited members can try out some of our new classes like BODYPUMP® and PiYo for free.”

BODYPUMP® is a low-to-moderate weight class that features high repetitions, and is set to exciting music and taught by a certified Les Mills instructor. PiYo combines the benefits of Pilates with the flexibility of Yoga. This low-impact class has been gaining in popularity for some time, and is expected to be a great addition to the fall lineup.

“I love BODYPUMP® because it allows you to get a full body workout in just one hour,” Anna Blanchard, certified Les Mills BodyPump® instructor, said. “It brings a full-body element that’s different than other classes.”

Non-members may still participate in group fitness classes by paying a guest fee of $10. The guest must have an affiliation with Marshall University to participate.

In addition to group fitness classes, the Marshall Rec Center also offers premium classes for a fee. These classes are available for non-members as well. Swim lessons will be available for both children and adults, in both group and private lesson formats.

“We offer a lot of swim lessons for different skill levels and different ages,” said Chelsea Clark, aquatics graduate assistant. “While a lot of our classes focus on kids, we also offer adult swim lessons.” Lessons are currently available for enrollment and run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 27.

Outdoor Pursuits will be offering introductory classes in Paddling and Climbing, as well as a Kayak Roll Clinic later in the semester. These unique classes are also premium, and anyone can attend – both members and non-members.

Outdoor Pursuits will also offer several trips this fall including white water rafting on the New River Gorge, backpacking the Smoky Mountains and skiing in Colorado.

For more information on group fitness classes, swim lessons, kayak roll clinics or Outdoor Pursuits’ adventures, check out the Marshall Recreation Center website at, or call the Welcome Desk at 304-696-4REC (4732).