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

Hours are subject to change due to events and programming, during holidays and semester breaks.

Contact (320) 308-3325 for more information.

Class Descriptions

Boot Camp

Has your hectic schedule thrown you off of your fitness goals? Are you looking for motivation and a routine? Push your limits with plyometric drills, strength, power, resistance and core moves. Improve overall fitness, agility, and athleticism in this upbeat class. Progression and modifications given for each exercise!

45 Minute Keiser® Cycling

Had a rough day at work? Ready to burn off some energy? If so, indoor cycling is your new best friend. This class is loaded with cycle training techniques that are taken straight from the road. Hit the bike for 30-35 minutes of sweat dripping fun, followed by mobility.

30 Minute Abs

What do we want? “Killer Abs!” When do we want them? “Now!” We know what you want, 30 minutes packed to the max with core-strengthening moves. Come to this class ready to work and you won’t leave disappointed.

Muscle Pump

This 45-minute barbell program strengthens all your major muscles in a motivating group environment with simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges, presses and curls & more! With each class you will be challenged to grow stronger and push yourself to new heights.


Improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance while reducing stress and increasing focus. This class will start with the basic fundamentals of yoga and later incorporate new and more advanced moves as we move on into the semester. This class is for all levels of strength; it will provide a great base for a beginner.

30 minute Yoga flow to improve flexibility

Cultivate flexibility with this 30 min practice so that you can be available and open for life’s tasks and opportunities with more ease and joy. Stretch your body & let go of stress!


Take time out for you. This Pilates class will work on toning and lengthening those core muscles. Your flexibility will be increased as the semester goes on. You are sure to see total body results.

SCSU Vital 11 Fitness Coaching in the Fitness Center

Are you looking to get started with a fitness routine? Do you feel overwhelmed at the gym and are unsure where to start? All gym members have the opportunity to set up two FREE Vital 11 coaching sessions. The Vital 11 is a designed to introduce new gym-goers to our campus facility and environment. A Fitness Coach will show you how to properly use our equipment and perform our total-body workout plan for noticeable results. Sign up by emailing

The 11 exercises include:
Warm up-Mobility-Cardio
Back, Chest, Biceps, Triceps, Shoulders, Legs, Abs

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

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!

Maddie, Instructor

Graduate Study: School Counseling K-12

Favorite Class to Teach: Bootcamp

Favorite Class to Take: Power Yoga

What do I love about Group X: The participants who come to classes are what make the job FUN! Fitness doesn't need to be a chore, and Group X classes really make it an enjoyable experience. Taking class is the best thing I've found that is good for me physically, and also mentally because I find myself enjoying it and having fun. 

Ashley, Instructor

Major: Nursing

Favorite Class to Teach: Yoga

What do I love about Group X: It keeps me motivated and it is fun to workout with others

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 SCSU Group Exercise team. 

Full attendance is required.

Weekend Training Agenda

Saturday, Oct. 24 - 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participants will learn the basics of counting, cueing, hi/lo, and anatomy. Introduce: kickboxing, cycle, step, yoga, pilates, toning, Power 45, H.I.T.T (High Intensity Interval Training), boot-camp principles, and class format.

Sunday, Oct. 25 - 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Review counting and cueing. Introduce yoga and pilates. Interview those trying out to become a St. Cloud State Group Exercise Instructor. Take anatomy quiz and practical assessment.


St. Cloud State students: $75
Community members: $150
  • Payments are to be paid the first day of training.
  • Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.
  • Fee includes two days of intensive training, training manual, study materials, coupons to Group Exercise classes and one-on-one instruction. 

Sign-Up Options

This program is designed to train and hire St. Cloud State students to become Group Exercise instructors. It is also open to employees and community members seeking to teach group exercise classes.