UBC Recreation offers a wide range of fitness classes in an open and welcoming environment to all fitness levels and abilities. Classes are held in the lower level of the Hangar Fitness Centre in one of our three functional studios space. Check in at the customer service desk in the lower foyer of the gym at least 5 minutes before the schedules class time where our friendly staff can help with anything you need. More information on each of these classes is available below. Classes are available via a Group Fitness pass or by drop-in. All classes are first come, first sweat.
Staff & Faculty Yoga / Flow Yoga
Looking to set the tone of positive intention for your week? Or want to unwind after a tough week/weekend? These well-rounded yoga classes are great for beginners but also offer options for the seasoned yogi to feel challenged. Develop breathing techniques while improving your balance, flexibility, core strength, and endurance through various postures and breathing techniques. Participants will enjoy a satisfying workout while practicing a flow of postures to create internal heat while developing strength and concentration.
Lead by Myriam Webb, a somatic rest specialist, this meditation experience, affectionately called “the adult nap” due to its super battery-charging effects, as well as its calming results. In a Restorative Yoga class, poses are held in a relaxed manner for long periods of time during which practitioners are guided into meditative states. The result is a renewed and balanced self, in body, mind, and soul.
Power Yoga takes its inspiration from ashtanga – a more intense, fast-paced style of yoga. It was developed as an attempt to make ashtanga yoga more accessible to Western students. It is sometimes referred to a “gym yoga” because it was designed to be intense enough to be attractive for Western athletes and gym-goers. Like vinyasa, power yoga is not a set series of poses which gives the instructor the ability to make each class a bit different which, we hope, will keep you coming back for more.
Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement, where each pose is matched with a breath. Students work through a series of poses called Sun Salutations, moving smoothly from one posture to the next. It is because of this smooth movement that you may also hear vinyasa called “vinyasa flow” or simply “flow”.
Spun out Spin | Spin 45
“Get ready for the road”. Group cycling has never been better. Each class is individualized by the instructor but they’re designed for you to spin your way through a series of intervals, hill climbs and sprints that is intended to train your body for cardiovascular and endurance and keep your body guessing. Each bike is controlled individually by the operator so you’re welcome to push yourself or work within your individual limits – it’s up to you!
Similar to the spin description, above, but just a little bot shorter and a little more sweet. Which also means that you get a great workout in a slightly shorter time frame.
Barre | Body Bar(re)
Though Barre was originally a dance/ballet inspired workout, none of these classes require any dance moves for you to get a great workout. These high rep, low weight muscle toning and tightening classes – with no cardio – will tone your whole body, tighten your glutes and strengthen your core. You’re sure to be pleased with the of these (generally) low-sweat classes.
Bums & Tums
Strong legs, a shaped booty and a firm core are the necessary foundations to being stronger and more fit. These classes tone those problem areas and have you looking great in no time. Whether you want to be more lean, tone your muscles or just improve your fitness levels, this is the class for you.
This class is fit for all skill levels – you are welcome to work at your own pace and intensity level! It will be focused on a full body circuit training workout, using a variety of exercises and interval times. Each class will offer something new and fun! Come join us for a HIIT (high intensity interval training) strength circuit!
Sweat & Sculpt
This quick, 45 minutes is all the time we need to get you working hard. Tabata style drills using a fun variety of equipment will make time fly and sweat drip. Great little lunch break workout!
Total Body Tone
This class works all major muscle groups and will get results you can see. Each participant will be responsible for keeping track of their own progress, resistance or weight selection and progression. The program will change periodically as to avoid plateaus. This is an addicting class because of the motivating results.
Cardio & Core
Feeling like your arms and legs get all the attention in your workouts? Refocus your workout by burn some calories with some cardio exercises and then strengthen your core – the often forgotten, but most important, part of your body that supports all the other muscles. Each class will be a little different but you’re sure to leave feeling equally as sweaty and strong.
Jungle Gym Tabata
Seeing stars? Muscles on fire? That’s how you know you’re doing Tabata right! Tabata is a high intensity interval training workout where you give it your all for 20 seconds, take 10 seconds of rest, and repeat… 8 times for one set. Jungle Gym Tabata takes place on the jungle gym in Studio 2 to teach you how to use this masterpiece! 30 minutes of Tabata, followed by 20 minutes of yoga flow, deep stretching and relaxation to reward yourself for the hard work! Work hard. Relax hard. That’s the dream, right? All levels welcome. Modifications are provided.
Hit the Hangar
This is a smaller group training class that gets you out of your comfort zone in the studios and onto bigger and better things in The Hangar – our main, fitness centre. As this class is in the morning when the Hangar it slower, it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about using heavier weights (but still working within your ability) and a larger variety of equipment. Not to worry, you will still have a fintess instructor there to guide you through your work out every step of the way.