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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 Group Exercise Classes

*Classes at the Fit Zone are for NMU Students only. 

Reserve your spot in fitness classes by clicking here

Session #2: October 23-December 8

*No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 18-25

 TimeClass                                            LocationInstructor
Monday 8:00am-8:50am              Yoga FlowPEIF Fitness Studio             Lynne M.              
 5:00pm-6:00pmCycle & StrengthPEIF Fitness StudioGaelle
 5:30pm-6:20pmCore & MoreFit ZoneLynne M.
 6:30pm-7:20pmHIITPEIF Fitness StudioKennedy
 7:00pm-8:00pmYin & Meditation YogaFit ZoneGrace 
 8:15pm-9:15pmZumbaPEIF Dance StudioMark 
Tuesday9:00am-9:50amMorning MixerPEIF Fitness StudioCharise
 5:30pm-6:20pmPilatesFit ZoneCharise 
 6:00pm-7:00pmSHiNEPEIF Dance StudioRhonda
 6:00pm-6:50pmHIITPEIF Fitness StudioKennedy 
 7:00pm-8:00pmMindful Movement YogaFit ZoneGrace
Wednesday9:00am-9:50amPOWER 50PEIF Fitness StudioCharise
 12:00pm-12:50pmBarre 360PEIF Dance Studio Lynne L. 
 5:00pm-6:00pmCycle & StrengthPEIF Fitness StudioGaelle
 5:30pm-6:20pmYoga FlowFit ZoneLynne M.
 6:00pm-7:00pmSHiNEPEIF Dance StudioRhonda
 7:00pm-8:00pmWarming Vinyasa FlowFit ZoneEllie
Thursday8:00am-8:50amYoga FlowPEIF Fitness StudioLynne M.
 5:00pm-6:00pmCycle & StrengthPEIF Fitness StudioGaelle
 5:00pm-5:50pmBarre 360PEIF Dance StudioLynne L.
 5:30pm-6:20pmPower MixerFit ZoneCharise
 6:30pm-7:30pmPower Yoga/VinyasaFit ZoneAmanda 
 7:00pm-8:00pmZumbaPEIF Dance StudioMark 
Sunday5:00pm-6:00pmHealing from the Heart YogaPEIF Dance StudioEllie

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.

Barre: The perfect blend of grace and strength with a full body focus. This class fuses ballet inspired movements, pilates techniques and sculpt training through small deliberate movements, light weights and high repetition. You will enhance core stability improve muscle endurance and boost flexibility. Designed for all fitness levels this low impact workout guarantees an energizing session that will leave you feeling impowered and invigorated. Join a Barre class for a balanced and effective exercise experience that will elevate your fitness journey. 

Core and More: 50 Minute class that gets it all done!  Targets your "POWERHOUSE".  Your core will be the focus incorporating traditional core exercises, balance and low impact dynamic movements.  Great fun and great music.  This class is for anyone and everyone.  THIS is the class to start your week!!

Cycle & Strength: A high energy, beat bumping cardio ride for 45 minutes with 15 minutes of weights for strength. 

HIIT: "Need a change of pace? Join Kennedy for a class! HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), is a great way to change it up while having fun. All fitness levels welcome, it can be modified for beginners. This group fitness class will include different aerobic movements and strength training exercises. This is a high intensity for the majority of the class to increase the heart rate, but also will end with lower intensity movement. This class will be uplifting, with motivating music, and a positive atmosphere. "

Morning Mixer: Strength and Pilates, with a touch of movement, including compound exercises to maximize your efforts all done in 50 minutes.  Great music to motivate and drive you to your personal best. All levels of fitness are welcome. This class will use weights, balls, bands, gliders, and body weight. 

Mindful Movement Yoga: Join Grace for an hour of mindful and meditative movement to release the day. This class is a hybrid of gentle, restorative and yin yoga. Mindful movement is a safe beginner class to become more attuned to your physical and mental self. 

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 50 minute workout to get your energy flowing. A smile during this class is a requirement! No equipment needed. 

Pilates: A 50 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. 

Power 50:Strength training class that works all your muscle group using a variety of weights and resistance in 50 minutes. Class is set to fantastic music to PUSH YOU AND PUMP YOU UP. All levels of fitness experience are welcome, no experience with weight training required.

Yin & Meditation 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.

Power Yoga/Vinyasa: This yoga class is designed to strengthen relax and restore you. Blending power yoga, a strong yet accessible style of yoga that focuses on connecting breath with movement while building strength in the body along with Yin Yoga, a slower and cooler floor based practice where postures are held between 1-3 minutes to target the deeper connective tissues and joints within the body. Class will begin with a creative power/vinyasa practice to warm up and energize the body and end with a yin/restorative yoga practice to restore the body and calm the mind. 

SHiNE Dance Fitness™ brings original routines to life using hit music and choreography for all-abilities. Rooted in jazz, ballet, and hip-hop, this workout gives you a creative outlet to escape from daily stress. Each class includes the perfect balance of high cardio and toning to ensure you receive a full-body workout with real results. SHiNE is a mood-lifting experience that leaves you feeling capable, confident, and connected to a supportive community.

Warming Vinyasa Flow: This class will invite warmth, strength and power in the body and mind while connecting each deep breath or "pranayama" to fluid movement or "asana". In this class you will explore the fundamentals of yoga poses, yogic wisdom and creativity from within. You will learn to explore and navigate your physical body on the mat while finding centeredness within your mind and heart. 


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.


fitness instructor


I am studying Exercise Science here at NMU and have been instructing group cycling for the past three years at a gym called "Get Some Fitness" near Detroit as well as at the PEIF for the past two years. I am so excited to be apart of the team and motivate people into amazing shape. 





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!


Grace fitness instructor


Grace has received her 200 hr yoga teacher training in Vinyasa from Scared Moon School of Yoga. She has also gotten her level 1&2 reiki certification that helps her guide classes from a heart-centered place. Grace’s inspiration comes from feeling a connection to the community and facilitating group and personal growth. By resonating with the intention of love Grace is able to aid in her client's self-healing journey. Grace believes that we are all accountable for our own healing but she can offer various tools and healing modalities to help the process become more tranquil. She has been practicing yoga for 6 years and received her teaching certification in 2021!


ellie yoga instructor


Ellie has received her 200 registered yoga teacher certification from Vida Asana School of Yoga in Costa Rica during May of 2023. Her yoga journey began while searching for a hopeful pathway out of the struggles of anxiety and a search for something bigger than herself. She is now teaching in hopes to invite a similar space for her students to begin their healing journey. Ellie believes that yoga can bring immense inner healing to our bodies and minds and you can expect to embark on this journey in her classes. By always connecting to her intuitive heart space and empathy, this helps her connect with her students and help deepen their yoga practice. She has the intention of always opening her yoga classes to be a safe, fun, creative, and intuitive place for all of her students. 


lynne l fitness instructor

Lynne L.

I am a librarian and a passionate fitness enthusiast, with over five years of barre practice under my belt. My love for this form of exercise only deepens with each class I participate in. Upon moving to Marquette, I was disheartened to discover that there were no studios in town offering barre classes, a situation exacerbated by the challenges posed by Covid. This fueled my determination to become certified and bring this invigorating practice to our community. Now, armed with my certification, I am eager to embark on this journey of leading group fitness sessions. I warmly invite you to join a class and share in my enthusiasm!


rhonda fitness instructor

Rhonda J

It is my passtion to encourage and empower students to love the skin they are in and connect with each other. As a certified instructor in SHINE and Jazzercise, I am hoping to help students to take their fitness level up a notch in a fun and supporting environment. 




Kennedy is an Upper Peninsula Native, and currently finishing her last semester at Northern Michigan University. She is studying Applied Exercise Science and Health, with a concentration in community health.

Kennedy is passionate about fitness, and all aspects of health. She has done different group fitness classes and is excited that this is her first opportunity to instruct group fitness classes.  She is very excited to be able to motivate others to move their bodies while also having fun! Her classes will be an uplifting and positive space!