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: Summer Session 1

All classes located in either Studio #53 or #51 in the SCSU Student Recreation Center

Tuesday, May 21
STRONG by Zumba™
5-6 p.m. (Angela)

Wednesday, May 22
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Julianna)

Thursday, May 23
Express Cycle-30 min
12:15-12:45 p.m. (Chris)


Wednesday May 29
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Julianna)
STRONG by Zumba™ (Angela)
5-6 p.m.

Thursday, May 30
Express Cycle-30 min
12:15-12:45 p.m. (Chris)

Tuesday, June 4
5-6 p.m. (Sangyoon)

Wednesday, June 5
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Julianna)


Thursday, June 6
Express Cycle-30 min
12:15-12:45 p.m. (Chris)

Tuesday, June 11
5-6 p.m. (Sangyoon)

Wednesday, June 12
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Julianna)


Thursday, June 13
Express Cycle-30 min
12:15-12:45 p.m. (Chris)

Tuesday, June 18
5-6 p.m. (Sangyoon)

Wednesday, June 19
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Julianna)


Thursday, June 20
Power 45
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Carly)

Tuesday, June 25
5-6 p.m. (Sangyoon)


Thursday, June 27
Power 45
Noon-12:45 p.m. (Carly)

Class Descriptions

Cycle 45
Looking to torch 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.

Express Abs
What do we want?! “Killer Abs!” When do we want them?! “Now!” We know what you want, 25 minutes packed to the max with core-strengthening moves. Come to this class ready to work and you won’t leave disappointed.

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!

Shadow Boxing
Get ready to punch and kick your way to a chiseled body! This class incorporates a mixture of cardiovascular exercises with boxing moves such as jabs, punches, hooks, blocks, kicks and easy to follow combinations.

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.

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.

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.

Power 45
Has your hectic schedule thrown you off of your fitness goals? Are you looking for motivation and a routine? Got 45min? In this fast paced 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 and Biking. Take the Power 45 seven week challenge. Effective, simple & 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 mandatory.

2019 Training

Information Meeting

This meeting includes an outline of the program, expectations and homework for the week. You will receive your manual at this meeting.
  • 7-8 p.m. Feb. 10 in Group Exercise Studio B, Halenbeck Hall

Weekend Training Agenda

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

  • 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15

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. Feb. 16
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. Feb. 17

Practical Assessment

Perform a 5-7 minute demo routine.

  • 7-9 p.m. Feb. 24


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.