All group fitness classes are free for members of Marshall Recreation Center

RecCenter_SquareThe Marshall Recreation Center is  offering  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, 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.

“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  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.

While many classes focus on children, adult swim lessons are also offered.   Lessons are currently available and  enrollment will run 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  classes are also premium, and both members and non-members can attend.

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  Recreation Center website at, or call the Welcome Desk at ext.6-4732.