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Fitness Classes

Find your fit

Whether you are looking to try something different, meet a new sweat buddy, or build a fitness routine there is truly something for everyone at UCalgary Active Living! Every class is led by a qualified instructor who is ready to welcome participants of any ability or experience level. Workouts can be adapted to meet the needs of anyone from beginners to seasoned pros. At UCalgary Active Living our goal is to guide you in learning, growing, strengthening and exploring the joy in all activities!

Deadline passed to register? Reach out to Client Services (403-220-7749, to receive a pro-rate for class.

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Group Fitness Classes

No classes on stat holidays. 

Keep Moving through the holidays! Enjoy this lower-intensity, traditional fitness class that combines cardio and simple low-impact movements including strength, core conditioning and flexibility. This program is for all fitness levels and will give you a full-body workout that will keep you moving in a non-intimidating environment. This class is for any age at any stage. 

Participants who are over 60 and are not University staff or students may purchase a Senior's Parking pass from Client Services. 

Join us for Chiseled- HIIT! Build your strength, endurance and lifting know-how using bars, plates and free weights in this effective group weight training and cardio HIIT (high intensity interval training) program. The weight room comes into the studio to work specific strength-based movements and increase cardio capacity, while utilizing all major muscle groups. Focus is on technique to ensure you get your sweat on in a safe and informative environment!   

Build your strength, endurance and confidence in this fun, and energetic class. Expect the use of bars, plates, and free weights as we bring the gym to the studio in this weightlifting focused group class. Notice progression throughout as the instructor guides you through a full body workout. Open to all fitness levels.

Learn practical self defense moves and get a great cardio workout with the help of our high-energy, dynamic instructor. You’ll develop skills through targeted drills done on your own and with other participants in a safe, non-competitive environment.

With a combination of movements on and off the barre, this class offers a mix of movements that promote muscular endurance, posture development, core conditioning, and balance! Classical ballet training mixes with Pilates and resistance training to bring you a class that will provide progress in strength, flexibility, coordination and stability.

Gymnasts have amazing overall fitness. Come and train in the Gymnastics Centre using the same kinds of exercises we use to condition our athletes. Exercises will utilize the various apparatus in the gym to build strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and co-ordination utilizing body weight exercises. Some light resistance may be achieved  with resistance and therapy bands and sliders. This 45 minute structured class will utilize a variety of training techniques such as circuits and intervals ensure a workout that will be dynamic, engaging and challenging to any fitness level. 

Core and restore is your perfect mix of spicy core strengthening followed by relaxing yoga and stretching. If you have a busy schedule and want to get the best of both worlds in one, then this class is for you! Join us for your favorite blend of strength and stretch. Expect a variety of core strengthening movements using weights, gliders, blocks, and more plus a yin yoga style cool down/ stretch. 

Give us 50 minutes and we'll give you sweat, stress release and a community! Join your instructors for Boxing Fit to learn elements of kickboxing techniques, in a full body workout using various equipment in a HIIT (high intensity interval training) style format. Expect shadow boxing, work with stationary heavy bags, bodyweight moves, weights and more. Each class offers variety to keep you on your toes while you progress throughout the semester! 

Step is BACK! With an adjustable step platform, this high-energy cardio focused class helps increase endurance, conditioning and coordination. We will spend the entire semester working on routines that will challenge your body and your mind and will gradually build up intensity and complexity.  

Never Stepped before?! Don't worry, by the end you will know how to Up Dance, Mambo, Over-Turn, Repeater and more!  

Intervals, rolling hills, sprints, climbs, runs, surges and jumps all to music hand-picked to motivate and inspire! This is a great sweaty ride that will leave you feeling strong, successful and amazed at what you can accomplish. 

An interval training class that mixes muscle strengthening exercises and cardio to get your heart pumping. With a new workout every week, these classes are designed to challenge participants in new ways and to always keep the body guessing.

Learn the basics of self-defense in this 90-minute, dynamic class. From how to spot potential dangers, to what to do to protect yourself, you'll get an in-depth demonstration of how best to defend yourself in various scenarios.  

*Note that this class is mixed gendered and will involve physical contact. Class is ONLY 4 weeks 

Pilates is a full body workout as the exercises develop the body through muscular efforts that stem from the core. This class focuses on repetitive exercises performed on a yoga mat along with other equipment to build strength, mobility and flexibility. Open to all fitness levels.

Feeling tight, stiff, or just need a good recovery session? Join us in our new Roll & Release class! In this class you will learn how to optimize the use of a foam roller and lacrosse ball, while incorporating strengthening and stretching exercises to help build a strong foundation while releasing tension.


Yoga Classes

This dynamic flow class incorporates traditional sun salutations and yoga poses while allowing for more varied practice. You’ll focus on breath, building full body strength, core stability, flexibility, and proper body alignment. Options will be given for all levels, from beginners to those looking for more challenge. 


Join us as you explore both dynamic and warmth building (yang) poses, along with restorative, longer held (yin) poses. Yang Yin yoga provides you with benefits from the strength-building, active yoga flows you love, with the mindful, stretch-based sequences you crave. Open to all fitness levels.

Have Questions? Call 403.220.5029 or Email Us

Small Group Training

Join a community of likeminded people as you work toward your goals! Led by a qualified personal trainer, small group training is a great way to meet others, hang out with co-workers, learn about technique all while getting a sweat on!

Learn lifting technique, proper form, injury prevention, and more in a small-group workshop! With a limited number of people in class, our certified personal trainer will guide you through the basics of lifting by focusing on technique, form and safety. Expect instruction on the core lifts, including squats, deadlifts, lunges, bench press, overhead press and rows while using barbells, dumbbells, and other equipment. 

Each session is 60 minutes in length and includes direction from one of our certified personal trainers.  

All U of C Personal Fitness Trainers have a nationally recognized personal training certification. Our team of professionals participate in ongoing training to ensure you are getting the most current information and training principles. 

*Intake forms and waivers MUST be completed prior to starting class 

 Work on lifting technique, proper form, injury prevention, and more in this specialized class! Our certified personal trainer will guide you through technique, variations and progressions of lifting. Expect instruction on the core lifts, including squats, deadlifts, lunges, bench press, overhead press and rows while using barbells, dumbbells, and other equipment. Learn compound complex movements to help bring your lifting days to the next level. 

This workshop is for intermediate lifters looking to improve their technique and try new progressions in a safe, trainer-led environment. 

Adaptive Fitness

Beast Mode is an exercise program for teens and young adults with autism who want to learn how to become more physically active in their lives. The program seeks to provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about personal fitness, health and well-being by building self-confidence through goal development and achievement.  The program offers a private setting and is led by one of our certified personal trainers here on the U of C campus. The first session will consist of a standard fitness assessment to determine baseline fitness levels and goal setting. Based on experience and goals, the head trainer will design a program that will focus on strength development, aerobic conditioning, flexibility and balance.  The program is monitored and progressed based on adaptation and feedback from each session. 

Each session will be lead by a U of C certified trainer with assistance from volunteers provided from the University through Better Impact. Although a ratio of 1-to-1 is our goal, ratios will be subject to volunteer numbers. 

Classes for 18yr + and 17yr and younger