Department of Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation


Group Exercise

Don’t be afraid to try something new! You'll find workouts that are safe, fun and intense. State-of-the-art equipment available in the Fitness Center and programs designed for people at every level of fitness. Our instructors are trained to push you to your limits, while meeting you at your ability level. They give you the confidence and guidance to improve.

Group X

Schedule: Fall Session 1

All classes located in either Studio 53 or 51 in the St. Cloud State Student Recreation Center

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday Sunday 
12-12:45 p.m.

Power 45
Studio A/51

Power 45
Studio A/51
Power 45
Studio A/51
Express Cycle & Abs
Studio A/51
Power Yoga
Studio B/53
5-5:50 p.m. 
(Studio B/53)

Muscle Pump 

Muscle Pump 


5-5:50 p.m. 
(Studio A/51)
Power 45


Cycle & Abs

Cycle & Abs

Power 45
6-6:50 p.m. 
(Studio B/53)


Strong by Zumba™

Muscle Pump

6-6:50 p.m. 
(Studio A/51)


7-7:50 p.m. 
(Studio B/53)

Restorative Pilates

Class Descriptions

Cycle & Abs: Looking to decrease stress while torching a ton of calories in a short period of time? If so, indoor cycling is your new best friend. Pedal your way through a high intensity sprint, hill and interval cycling workout as we hit the bike for some power-based training. Finish off the class with a killer ab routine.

POUND™: A full body cardio jam session, combining easy to follow moves with strength training and Pilates while using weighted Ripstix™. Expect to de-stress while burning a ton on energy! 

Muscle Pump: Balance your fitness routine by dedicating 1-2 days lifting weights! This muscle-fatiguing class works the entire body, torches calories, increases metabolism and keeps your heart pumping. The repetitive, progressive style of Muscle Pump makes tracking progress and seeing strength gains clear and keeps you coming back for more!

Strike: This class will blend striking techniques with strike-based conditioning. Come in for a class where you will learn how to strike, lead and train like a fighter! Classes will consist of a structured warm-up, speed and agility training specific to striking, striking instruction and strike-based conditioning. Come ready to hit fast, hit hard, and have fun! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Zumba™: Skip the workout – join the party! Inspired by Latin music, Zumba moves, grooves, and tones your entire body. This killer core workout gets your heart pumping and spices up your hour at the gym. 

Strong by Zumba™: Stop counting the reps. start training to the beat. STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. In each class you'll burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs and glutes. Plyometric or explosive moves like high knees, burpees, and jumping jacks are interchanged with isometric moves like lunges, squats and kickboxing.

Yoga: Exhilarate your body and mind. Yoga instruction will emphasize safe alignment in postures, while enhancing whole-body strength, flexibility and balance. Classes include centering, warm-ups, sun salutations, standing and seated poses and relaxation. Bring your practice alive and meet new people along the way.

Power Yoga: A vigorous vinyasa style of yoga. A series of yoga poses linked together by the breath. You will build stability, strength and stamina as balance poses and inversions are introduced. Power Yoga encourages working at your own level while continuously challenging their mind, body and spirit.

Pilates: A conditioning routine designed to build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance.

Restorative Pilates: How balanced is your fitness routine? Many of us engage in hard butt-busting workouts while neglecting to restore muscles. Restorative Pilates combines elements of yoga based poses to reduce chances of injury while increasing mobility and balance.

Power 45:  Are you busy and overcommitted? Cut the fluff and get maximum results with a 45-minute training session. In this fast paced H.I.I.T circuit class you will enhance your cardiovascular and muscular endurance! You will be instructed to rotate through 5-6 stations, each exercise will be timed for 35-45 seconds. Cardio bursts include rowing, skiing, kettlebells, battling ropes, sleds and biking. Effective, simple and FUN. 

Private Classes

We've designed private workout classes for clubs, athletic teams, residence halls, sororities and academic classes. We can do it for you too!

Request a Private Workout Class

Four participants are needed to hold a class. All participants must be 18 or older.

Our Instructors

Chris Haukos, Fitness Coordinator

Favorites to teach: Indoor Cycling, Kettlebell, Foam Rolling, Power Yoga

Favorites to attend: Yoga, Step

Why you love Group X: Group X taught me that fitness isn’t about the scale, but living with less pain, being self-confident, and engaging in activities you once were afraid of!

My goal is to create a fun environment while challenging participants to greatness. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a fun team!

Katherine, Group Exercise Coordinator and Instructor

Major: General Business

Favorite class to teach: Muscle Pump

Why you love Group X: I love it because it is where I started my fitness journey! I love the atmosphere, all the friends I have made here, and the fact that we are a Team!

Ande, Instructor

Major: Environmental Science

Favorite class to teach: Yoga

Why you love Group X: I love Group X because it provides me a place to further expand upon and share my passion!

Angela, Instructor

Major: Meteorology

Favorite class to teach: Pilates

Why you love Group X: I love the fun atmosphere and being around other hardworking individuals!

Ashley, Instructor

MAJOR: Nursing


WHY YOU LOVE GX: It keeps me motivated and it is fun to workout with others

Caitlin, Instructor

Major: Nursing

Favorite class to teach: Muscle Pump 

Why you love Group X: The great energy along with the amazing instructors

Cheslee, Instructor

MAJOR: Community Psychology


WHY YOU LOVE GX: I love GX because I am not good at knowing what to do when in the gym on my own. GX has workouts for me and I just need to be here ready to work out!  

Hannah, Instructor

Major: Early Childhood Education


WHY YOU LOVE GX: GX gives me the opportunity to try new types of fun workouts that I usually end up loving! GX also makes me feel as though I am part of a community of individuals who love to work out; I always feel welcomed, appreciated, and cared for when at GX classes

Haley, Instructor

MAJOR: Management with a concentration in HR


WHY YOU LOVE GX: I love GX because it is a great environment and you get to motivate others

Julianna, Instructor


WHY YOU LOVE GX: I love GX because it is always motivating!

Sangyoon, Instructor

MAJOR: Information Media


WHY YOU LOVE GX: I love meeting new friends here and the energy of this place!

Shan, Instructor

Major: Finance

Favorite class to teach: Cycle “N” Abs and Muscle Pump

Why you love Group X: I love to socialize with people and get in shape!

Become an Instructor

Certification and Application

We can help you become certified as a group exercise instructor at St. Cloud State University.

Components of the comprehensive weekend warrior course include:

  • Anatomy
  • Counting and cueing
  • Class format
  • Choreography

A nationally certified exercise trainer will teach prospective instructors to lead:

  • Hi/lo impact cardio
  • Step
  • Aqua
  • Body sculpt
  • Cardio kick
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Cycle
  • Stability ball
  • BOSU
  • Other fitness trends 

At the completion of the class, St. Cloud State participants can try out to join our Group Exercise team.

Group Exercise Instructor Training

Become a St. Cloud State certified Group Exercise Instructor. Components of the comprehensive weekend course includes: anatomy, counting & cueing, class format, and choreography. Trainees will be led by certified exercise trainers to teach hi/lo impact cardio, step, body sculpt, cardio kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, cycle, and many other new trends in fitness. At the completion of the class, St. Cloud State participants will have an opportunity to try out to join our Group Exercise team. 

Full attendance is required.

Weekend Training Agenda

Participants learn the basics of counting, cueing, Hi/Lo and anatomy.

  • 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25

Review counting and cueing. Introduce Kickboxing, Cycle, Step, Yoga, Pilates, Toning, Power 45, H.I.T. (High Intensity Training), Bootcamp Principles and class format.

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26
Review counting and cueing. Introduce Yoga and Pilates. Interview those trying out to become a St. Cloud State Group Fitness Instructor. Take anatomy quiz. Practice for practical assessment.
  • Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 27

Practical Assessment

Perform a 5-7 minute demo routine.

  • TBA


St. Cloud State students: $75
Community members: $150
  • Payments are to be paid in full at the end of the informational meeting.
  • Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.
  • Fee includes three days of intensive training, training manual, study materials, coupons to group exercise classes and one-on-one instruction.

Sign-Up Options

This program trains St. Cloud State students group exercise instructors. It is also open to employees and community members seeking to teach group exercise classes.