Group Fitness Descriptions

The variety of fitness and wellness programs at Northern Michigan University guarantees you are sure to find an activity you will enjoy and that will lead to your improved health and well being.

Meet Your Group Fitness Instructors:



Hello, my name is Brandon. I’m a certified group fitness instructor that will be teaching drop-in kickboxing at the PEIF! In early 2016, I received my certification for Primary Group Exercise through the AFAA and am excited to start putting it to use! Offering drop-in fitness classes is a great opportunity for students at NMU. The PEIF offers a wide variety of classes for any experience level, so you never have to feel intimidated. If you find some free time in your schedule, stop by my kickboxing class and see just how much fun we have! You won’t be disappointed!



My name is Devin. I am a 200 hour registered yoga instructor. I’ve been practicing yoga for about ten years now and teaching for two. I teach a variety of yoga classes, including vinyasa flow, yin, hot, and hatha inspired. Yoga is about stilling the mind, focusing on the breath, and empowering the body and spirit. Incorporating these into our daily lives is key to thriving, so let’s practice!



Mark has been participating in group fitness most of his life – sports in school, military training, and most recently, drop-in classes. When I maintain my physical health, my health in other dimensions (socially, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) also improves. Group fitness provides the accountability, the variety of routines, the social connection, the encouragement, and the fun that I need to keep showing up, to push myself further, and to reach new goals. Currently, I’m helping make these things happen for others by teaching Zumba classes. It’s a blast! I’m licensed to teach Zumba and have Group Exercise Instructor and First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. 




Kaylyn is back for her second year with NMU Rec Sports. She brings positive energy along with experience and certification in yoga and personal training. She is an Army Veteran, and worked as a personal training manager for more than two years in the fitness industry. Kaylyn is passionate about marathon and other types of race running. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. 



Brandon is returning to NMU Rec Sports for a second year as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Brandon is a multiple World Champion/World Record holder in Powerlifting. Brandon’s philosophy about fitness revolves around high intensity circuit training as well as strength training. It is his belief that a combination of the two is the most beneficial way to meeting fitness goals. 



Ryan is a graduate student at NMU studying exercise science with intentions to pursue a doctoral degree in the future. Ryan has experience training and educating clients ranging from middle school aged to athletes and older aged individuals or anyone wishing to be more "fit". Ryan participated in track and field as a thrower during his undergraduate career. Outside of his studies he is interested in football, tennis, strongman, powerlifting, golf, playoff basketball and baseball. His academic interests include exercise biomechanics and training periodization. Ryan's personal training philosophy is simple: "I will teach you how to reach your fitness level, how to maintain it and help you work hard so that you will reach your fitness level because I believe that everyone can reach their main goals.


Winter 2016



This class combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. We also crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined.

Intro to PiYo*

Intro to PiYo will be moving through each section of the PiYO routines in a more controlled environment. Each participant will focus on holding poses correctly and working towards the goals of attending a full-paced class.

Body Bootcamp**

Our Body Bootcamp class will be a fun and sometimes challenging introductory circuit class designed for short, high intensity workouts to maximize calorie burn.     

Strength Circuit**

This is best summed up as "resistance training at its finest". A slower paced strength training class designed to isolate muscle groups for toning and tightening. 

Ab Attack**

This class is one of our popular fitness classes. It is designed to crush your core and tone those abs.

Cardio Crush**

Cardio Crush is a high intensity training course with no weights or band, just body weight movements for maximum calorie burn.

Beginning Yoga*

Beginning Yoga will focus on the basic poses involved in yoga to allow them to be more comfortable in classes. Students will also have the option to take these postures to different and more challenging levels. This class is for everyone!

Advanced Yoga***

Also including Power Yoga, this class will be a fun yet challenging class. We will work a lot of core based poses as well as sun salutations. This class involves a lot of movement and strengthening. If you're looking for a good workout, come check it out.

Power Hour*

Power Hour will be a quick class and a perfect way to end your week by using mini circuits that target each of the major muscle groups surely leaving you with a sense of accomplishment.

Butts, Gutts & Lotsa Squats**

This class is meant to focus on lower body strength training. Focusing on the Ab's, Glutes, Hamstrings, Quads, and Calves, at a beginners pace-this class will be a great way to kickstart your lower body strength training routine.

Beginner Boot Camp*

This is a face paced, calorie-blasting workout using the traditional boot camp style approach (intervals and circuits). This class is geared toward all fitness levels and modifications will be offered for anyone from beginner to the more advanced participant.


Zumba is a calorie-burning dance fitness party that combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of fun.  It's like exercise in disguise.


This class is like professional dance for everyday people.  This class breaks down professionally choreographed dance routines so you'll be busting out the hottest moves and burning calories the whole time.  It's like a dance part but just at the PEIF.

This is a class that will be centered on using the BOSU ball to strengthen all of the major muscle groups.  It is a fun way to add a new dimension to any workout and allows participants to learn to use the ball for a variety of exercises.
Using punches, kicks, blocks and strikes, you are sure to burn up the calories while you channel power from your core with balanced stance.  This class is perfect for beginners and fits in your cardio requirements for the day.
Vinyasa will acquaint individuals with the fundamental poses, focusing on breathing techniques and alignment principles that build a solid foundation for a flowing Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa yoga practice.  We will explore sun salutations as a method of building heat and linking poses.  Strength, alignment and endurance develop through appropriate modifications and drills.
Yin Relaxation**
This class will emphasize stillness and silence while preparing both the body and the mind for a deeper experience in meditation using a series of floor postures held for several minutes.


Fitness Class Levels

Novice- *
For participants who are new to classes in a group setting, or need help to start an exercise program. These classes focus on technique, terminology and intensity with an emphasis on proper form.

Energy- **
Designed for any fitness level to add a quick energy boost during his/her day. These classes focus on technique, intensity and proper form.

Enhance- ***
For participants who enjoy physical activity on a regular basis that needs a challenge in his/her day. These classes focus on enhancement of intensity, proper form and technique.

Advance- ****
For participants who are looking for a challenge to his/her normal day.  These classes focus on advanced fitness moves, techniques and extra motivation to get you through the class period.

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