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Fitness Classes at NMU

Participants must check in at PEIF Rec Center/Fit Zone front desk to receive a group exercise pass. All participants must have membership participate. Participants should bring their own equipment (mats/water bottles/blocks/bands) to some classes.

All NMU Sports Complex schedules are subject to change without notification. Every effort will be made to post changes and cancelations of classes on this Web page and outside the studio 24 hours in advance. Questions about fitness and wellness programs can be emailed to or you can call 906-227-2519.

Current Drop In & Live Group Exercise Classes


Monday Time Location Instructor
Yoga Flow 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. PEIF Dance Studio Lynne
Step *ends June 3  9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m. PEIF Dance Studio Lynne
Yoga Flow 4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m. PEIF Dance Studio Amanda
Yoga Flow CANCELLED PEIF Dance Studio Amanda
Yoga Flow *ends June 3  9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. PEIF Dance Studio Lynne
Yoga for Stress Reduction  CANCELLED  PEIF Dance Studio Amanda

Class Descriptions

Zumba: Zumba® takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check. This class is an hour long and does not require any additional equipment.

Core and More: A 45 minute class that targets your “POWERHOUSE”. Your core will be the focus incorporating traditional core exercises, balance and low impact standing dynamic movements. No equipment needed. 

Yoga Flow: This class incorporates basic yoga and tai chi moves and is set to awesome music! Great stretching and balance round out a perfect 45 minute workout to get your energy flowing. A smile during this class is a requirement! No equipment needed. This class is located at the Fit Zone and is ONLY available to current NMU Students with a Rec Pass on Wednesday's. This class is available to all members of the PEIF on Monday's and Thursday's in the PEIF Fitness Studio. 

Pilates: A 45 minute Pilates class using calm modern music. This class incorporates Pilates exercises allowing you to work on flexibility and strengthen your abs and back muscles for functional daily activities such as hiking, horseback riding, golf, tennis, water activities and just life in general. Your posture will improve along with your muscle-mind awareness. No equipment needed.

Limber Up At Lunchtime: Do you need an afternoon reset?  Are you longing to unwind some tension? This gentle, flowing sequence will target the neck, shoulders, back, hips and hamstrings. The goal of the session will be to relieve muscle tension that you’ve accumulated in the first part of your day/week and leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the afternoon.  Attending via Zoom? All you need is a quiet space and a sturdy chair placed on a non-slippery surface. Attending In - person:  Mats and or chairs are provided based on your preference. Come as you are. Moveable clothing is desirable but not necessary. 

Kettlebell: Kettlebell training includes dynamic moves that target endurance, strength, balance and cardio endurance. 

Beginning Cycling:  Let's ride together in this high intensity cycling class! Whether you are an experienced rider or have never hopped on a bike before this is the class for you. This fun-themed cycling class will help you reach your fitness goals and spin off all your negative vibes!

Slow Flow Yoga: End your week with a series of yoga poses that work deep into the muscles promoting flexibility, recovery, balance, and stress relief. During Slow Flow, yoga poses are held for longer, static periods of time allowing for a deeper opening and stretch within the body. The toned-down speed of these classes does not, however, mean that the poses are any less beneficial for building strength. Slower styles of yoga offer students the chance to take their yoga practice to a more meditative place focused on awareness, posture, and breath. All levels welcome.

Effort and Ease Yoga with intention setting :  A marriage between the strong Power Vinyasa Yoga and the more passive Yin Yoga. The first half of class will offer active and standing flows to bring vitality and heat into the body followed by 30 minutes of passive, floor-based Yin Yoga where postures are held for longer periods of time and focus upon opening and releasing muscular engagements. This class is located in the Fit Zone and only available to current NMU Students with a Rec Pass. 

Yoga Sculpt: A 60-minute class designed to strengthen, relax, and restore you. Yoga Sculpt is a fun and powerful style of yoga that focuses on connecting breath to movement and flowing from one pose to the next using small hand weights or body weight. Especially building strength in the core, legs, and arms, while reducing stress and anxiety in the mind, Yoga Sculpt is both a workout and a work- in.

Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga places emphasis on stillness, meditation, and holding poses for longer periods of time to work deeply into the body.  Yin Yoga targets deep connective tissues of our body such as our fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones, rather than our muscles, like a Power Yoga practice would. During a Yin Yoga practice, students bring their body into a posture where they feel moderate levels of sensation and allow their muscles to relax within the pose, remaining relatively still for 3-5 minutes.

Yoga Power Flow:All level Vinyasa Flow with emphasis on strength, balance, and flexibility. 

Booty Burn: This barre/pilates hybrid class tones the buns, abs, and arms with small, repetitive exercises that target many forgotten-about muscle groups.  This class is fully customizable for all levels. Prepare to feel those shakes! 

Sunrise Yoga: Start your day and wake up as you connect to your body, mind and breath. This class guides you through movement that develops strength and flexibility. In the yoga discipline, the morning is considered as a “divine time” and when an individual’s spiritual energy is at its peak. Clarity, creativity, and peace of mind and body are benefits of a sunrise yoga practice because of fewer distractions prior to starting your day. No experience needed, just your smile and maybe a cup of coffee!  Can't wait to see you! 

Roll and Flow Yoga: Feel your tension literally “Roll and Flow” away in this Yoga class.  Participants will begin class by receiving guided instruction to softly massage away their tension with Yoga Tune Up balls.  After about 10 -15 minutes, the balls will be set aside and the class will progress into a Yoga Flow that emphasizes areas  targeted with the balls.  Yoga Tune Up balls are provided and can be checked out at the front desk prior to the start of the class. 


Virtual Fitness Classes

NMU Rec Sports is proud to offer our members a free virtual line up of fitness classes during our Winter fitness session. 

How does virtual fitness work? Members would click on the registration link next to the class description. Once registration is completed, participants will then receive an email with two or more videos to watch and workout at home, as many times as desired. If you are satisfied with the class, you can always request the additional classes (6 total) by going back and filling out the form. 

Who can participate? Anyone with a current Rec Membership.

What will I need to participate? Participants will need access to internet and the ability to watch a pre-recorded zoom video. All classes will be modified to use equipment that you can find around your home in lieu of weights/bands/bars/blocks or may not require equipment at all. 

Which classes are offered? All of our virtual fitness classes that we offer are listed below, classes have been offered in previous sessions. 

Led by Mary Connor ERYT 500. Register for this course.

Led by Amanda Hofacker. Register for this course.

A 40 minute class that targets your "POWERHOUSE". Your core will be the focus incorporating traditional core exercises, balance and low impact standing dynamic movements. No equipment needed.

Led by Charise Baker. Register for this course.

A moderate paced yoga class to move the body, center the mind, and change your attitude for the day. Classes are 30 minutes long. All you need is a quiet space. Carpet or a yoga mat. 

Led by Mary Connor ERYT 500. Register for this course.

Have you ever wanted to try meditation? This class will teach you to successfully harness the tools of meditation. Learn stress relief through daily meditation as well as some lifestyle changes to get us through COVID-19 and beyond. Quieting the mind is the goal. A life of peace, joy, fulfillment is actually achievable through this process. These classes will be 20 minutes long and each class will build on the previous class to increase your meditation techniques and help quiet the mind for longer durations. No equipment needed.

Led By Mary Connor Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor. Register for this course.

Each class will focus on a different theme and/or body part. With the series including: Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Hips, Yoga for Upper Body, Yoga for Lower Body, Yoga for Tight Shoulders, & Yoga for Core. Each class will last between 20-30 minutes. No equipment needed, simply use your carpet, a mat or a towel. 

Led By Amanda Hofacker. Register for this course.

This class incorporates basic yoga and tai chi moves and is set to awesome music! Great stretching and balance round out a perfect 30 minute workout to get your energy flowing.  A smile during this class is a requirement! No equipment needed. 

Led By Lynne Mestnik. Register for this course.

A 50 minute strengthening class that targets all the muscle groups. This class is set to upbeat music while keeping the “fun in fitness” mindset. You can use weights or things you can find around the house for resistance, your instructors will give you ideas.

Led by Charise Baker & Lynne Mestnik. Register for this course.

A 40 minute class that targets your “POWERHOUSE”. Your core will be the focus incorporating traditional core exercises, balance and low impact standing dynamic movements. No equipment needed.

Led By Charise Baker & Lynne Mestnik. Register for this course.

A 30-40 minute Pilates class using calm modern music. This class incorporates Pilates exercises allowing you to work on flexibility and strengthen your abs and back muscles for functional daily activities such as hiking, horseback riding, golf, tennis, water activities and just life in general.  Your posture will improve along with your muscle-mind awareness. No equipment needed.

Led by Charise Baker. Register for this course using either form linked below:

Finnish Asahi Nordic Health Exercise Method is a very simple, flowing, relaxing way to tone your body and tune your mind. It is designed to be done standing, but adapts well to a sitting or prone position as well. Since Asahi requires no special equipment, it can be done anywhere, outdoors or indoors, for an hour at a time or for 3 minutes as a way to break up long periods of sitting. It is perfect to do during the pandemic, because you need to stand 6 feet apart to practice, you can do it with a mask, it strengthens your respiratory system, boosts your immunity and keeps you well grounded to endure the uncertainties of these times. No previous experience needed!

Who can practice Asahi?

Anyone can practice Asahi, regardless of age or physical state of health. Asahi restores balance and gracefulness for every body type. You can use it as a gentle form of exercise or make it into a very demanding one, depending on your goal. The method improves coordination, muscle tone, concentration, lowers stress and blood pressure and relaxes the mind. It has been designed to offer everyone the possibility to experience the healing effects of combining movement and breathing. Asahi meets you at whatever physical level you are at, so come as you are and let Asahi move you!

The origin of Asahi

In 2004, four of Finland’s foremost martial arts teachers were concerned about injuries they and their students were experiencing. They decided to develop a method with the same health benefits as ancient traditions, but without any health risks, any religious or cultural ceremony, any competition or martial aspect, and to create something that would be easy, inexpensive and accessible for all. The result was this streamlined mind-body practice Asahi, designed for the modern world. Since one of the developers was a geriatric specialist and internist, he made sure everything about Asahi can be explained by modern medical science. The result is a fun, safe and simple way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. 


This is a HITT (high intensity TEMPO training) class! Every move is perfectly synced to music creating a workout that will push you to the next level! We have modifications and progressions making this workout easily accessible for everyone! This class will last between 30-40 min minutes. No equipment needed.

Led by Meli Loonsfoot. Register for this course.

Four different types of classes make up this bundle. Participants would receive Power 50 for strengthening and fitness fun, Yoga Flow for balance and flexibility, Core and More to target your whole “POWERHOUSE” and Pilates for enhancing daily activities outside of the gym. 

Led by Lynne Mestnik and Charise Baker. Register for this course using either form linked below:

We know that virtual fitness classes can be outside of the norm for a lot of our patrons. We wanted to make sure that the experience runs as smoothly as possible. 

Here are some tips to ensure the best virtual workout possible: 

  1. Make sure computer software is up to date: This can be as simple as shutting down and restarting your computer or doing a more advanced update. 
  2. Find a quiet and open space: Minimize the amount of noise, items on the floor, or people around. This will help you avoid environmental hazards and give you a chance to focus on your workout.
  3. Workout near your router:The closer you are to your router the better, this will allow for the best signal. Plug in an ethernet cord directly to your computer for the best results. 
  4. Close other applications running on your computer: Any unnecessary windows or programs that are open can cause your computer to run slower than normal. Closing these down will speed up your processing abilities. 
  5. Plug your device in or charge it in advance: This will keep the device from dying in the middle of the workout.
  6. Put on comfortable athletic clothing: Loose fitting clothing and supportive shoes can give you freedom of movement. 
  7. Keep a water bottle or towel near you: Stay hydrated during your workout and keep any sweat from entering your eyes. 
  8. Enjoy yourself : The most important tip is have fun and be safe, know your limits. 

Bonus Tips: 

  • Connect to your T.V.: Connect your computer to your smart tv or to any tv with an HDMI cord. Your sound and picture will be enhanced. 
  • Connect to a sound system: Wireless speakers, wireless headphones, or surround sound can help you hear the videos clearly.

Fitness Instructors




I've participated in group fitness most of my life – athletics, military training, and most recently, drop-in classes. When I maintain my physical health, my wellness in other dimensions (social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and so on) 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. I love helping others experience these things by teaching Zumba classes and am having more fun all the time! I’m licensed to teach Zumba and STRONG by Zumba and have a group exercise certification through the American Council on Exercise.




Amanda (E-RYT 200) is a sensitive and empathic teacher who utilizes intuition to tap into what she believes people need during a yoga class. Trained in Baron Baptise Power Yoga, with additional certifications in Yin and Yoga Body Bootcamp, her number one goal in teaching is to make her students feel emotionally and physically safe. She strives to make the room warm and inviting and enjoys using fun and engaging music to further deepen the experience of the practice. 

Amanda enjoys teaching vinyasa sequences that focus on connecting breath to movement while also incorporating power based movements that strengthen the core, legs, and arms. For slower and cooler Yin- based classes, Amanda enjoys cultivating a space that allows for meditation and deep contemplation. In her own practice, she finds inspiration in arm balances and inversions and enjoys sharing these empowering poses with her students. She believes that yoga has the power to heal us from the inside out by offering community, connection, and balance for both the body and mind. 




Charise has been on a fitness journey for, well let's say more than a decade or two. She enjoys family, travel, adventures, fishing and the outdoors. She is certified in Pilates, Core and Strength Training. She has group fitness training and a special interest in HIIT programs.  Her instructional philosophy is CCC: choices, chances, changes: you make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE and your life WILL CHANGE.


Sam Franco


Although I am new to group fitness instruction, I am not new to the fitness arena! I have been on my fitness journey since high school and am now currently in NMU's Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) where working out is part of our daily routine. My favorite thing about fitness is the ability to use working out to better both my physical and mental form. One of the most important aspects of fitness to me is enjoying it while you're doing it! I am certified in both cycling and kettlebell instruction and am looking forward to getting to know all of the people who attend my class. Through my classes I hope you find a more positive outlook on your body and become the best version of yourself.





Janelle could not have imagined just how much the practice of Yoga would benefit her when she pursued her Yoga Teacher Training.  She had been “doing” Yoga poses for several years as part of her physical therapy routine, and as a practicing massage therapist, felt compelled to take a high quality Yoga Teacher Training program. She wanted to give her clients some take home poses to maximize their massage treatments. However, as she immersed herself in the training program and began to “practice” what she was learning, she suddenly resolved some health issues that she had been really struggling with. She credits Yoga as being instrumental in helping her with undiagnosable digestive issues and insomnia.

Because of the numerous benefits that Yoga has brought to her life, Janelle is driven to share this practice with as many individuals as she can. Besides helping her clients in private practice, Janelle wanted to begin teaching in the classroom setting. She discovered she loves the classroom experience, whether in-person or livestream via Zoom. 

Janelle’s encourages everyone to feel comfortable stepping into one of her classes. She strives to create an atmosphere of safety and one where each person is encouraged to make each practice their own. Although various postures are suggested throughout each class sequence, participants are always encouraged to listen to their body and do what feels natural and good for them.  Modifications and alignment cues for the poses will be provided throughout, allowing each person to explore what fits best for their body. Janelle looks forward to meeting you in one of her classes.

Janelle Brkic, MS LMT RYT 200

Waterlily: Advanced Therapeutic Massage




Lynne has been teaching aerobics and group fitness classes for over 30 years. She is able to teach a variety of classes including step, strength and resistance training, and full body workouts that encompass your mind and body.  Her favorite thing about fitness is learning new techniques to not only enhance my personal teaching experience, but yours as well. I also love meeting new people, so I’m looking forward to seeing you in my class! It’s good to have fun while you’re getting fit!


Margaret Vainio at the Farmers Marquette


Margaret Vainio is an American, who has lived her adult life in Finland working as a choir director and church musician. She was first drawn to Asahi as a versatile choral warm-up, then found it to be a wonderful personal practice as well. She has studied Asahi since 2009 with three of the original developers of Asahi. Margaret spent the last six years bringing Asahi from Finland to Greece in the winter and to Finnfest USA in the summer. Her first US teaching tour to the UP was Aug-Oct. 2021 and now she is back to teach an Asahi class at Northern Michigan University, which is the first university in the US to offer Asahi.