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  • Recreation programs will continue at 201 Market Ave fitness studios through the March/April session
  • Parks, Recreation, Our Community’s Children,  Forestry, and Cemetery offices have relocated to 245 State Street SE
  • This is a temporary location while renovations take place at our new permanent location at 1500 Scribner Ave

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Our recreation programs and activities are provided year-round. Choose from indoor, outdoor, and virtual options.

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Adult Recreation

Adult recreation classes are for community members of all fitness levels. Choose from heart-pumping cardio, upbeat dance, or relaxing and toning yoga fitness.

Fee-Based Classes

Cardio and Strength


Barre is a low impact, high intensity total body workout that incorporates elements of Pilates, Ballet and Yoga. This workout is fast paced and set to fun upbeat music. During the workout you will use light hand weights, resistance bands, and your own body weight. You will complete small range movements at high repetitions meant to fatigue your muscles to build strength and endurance, and then stretch everything out to increase your flexibility. Barre is a great workout for any fitness level as there are options to level up or down based on your own body.

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Glute Camp

Ready to sculpt your glutes and tone your lower body? Glute Camp is a fun body weight rhythmic class! This class will leave you feeling strong, accomplished, and sweaty by incorporating dance fitness, high reps and cardio blast.

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HIGH Fitness

HIGH Fitness is an energetic, fun, fitness class that incorporates interval training with pop music, and easy-to-follow fitness choreography. This dance based class produces a high caloric burn and full-body toning through its carefully formulated choreography, alternating between intense cardio peaks and toning tracks. No equipment necessary, and options will be given for all fitness levels.

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HIIT Express

This class uses High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to increase your heart rate, strengthen your muscles, and boost your metabolism. Participants will be given 30 seconds to do as many reps of a single body weight exercise as possible. Then rinse, repeat, with a new move! Class will end with mat routines that includes core and upper body strength exercises. All movements will have modified options as well as progressions, allowing each person to decide their own intensity level. All fitness levels welcome!

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Kettlebell AMPD

Kettlebell AMPD is a group fitness format that takes heart-pumping music and kettlebell moves and combines them into a calorie torching fun workout! The program uses lightweight kettlebells, in both traditional and non-traditional ways, to create a fun, effective, full body workout. Combining the benefits of strength training, functional movements and cardiovascular exercise, this program is a safe and effective workout for all ages and fitness levels. No experience necessary.

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Tone muscles, improve posture and learn flexibility and balance. Focus on moving as one unit with control and grace. Improve circulation, endurance and reduce stress.

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Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable, and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

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Strength + Power

This laser-focused strength class will work all your muscle groups with a variety of exercises to elevate your current routine. It will combine compound exercises to engage as many muscles as possible in a single move, as well as incorporate isolation moves. Modifications and challenges will be offered to make the class appropriate for all levels.

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Strength & Row Circuit

This high intensity class will improve your endurance and strength to row faster and for longer. Each class will include a rowing and strength training circuit to maximize calorie burn!

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Water Aerobics

Build core strength, conditioning, endurance and all-over toning. Class features deep and shallow water exercises. A great low/non-impact workout. Float belts are available.

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Reach your fitness goals while building leg and core strength. Powerful music and pace-setting instruction helps you climb steep hills, move across flat road and master intense intervals.

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Cycle & Row Combo

Find strength through the power of cycling with fast flats, hill climbs and intervals set to fun music, and then hop off the bike and continue your cardio burn by igniting your upper body with our low impact rowers where you will complete power and intervals.

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Dance Fitness

Beginner Ballroom Dancing

A beginner class targeted toward couples wanting to learn ballroom dancing. Learn the Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba and Tango.

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Ballroom Dancing: The Next Steps

A follow-up to Ballroom Dancing. Continue practicing basic dances and learn new moves to add flair.

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Gentle Musical Movement

This 45 minute class encourages freedom for body, mind, + spirit while working range of motion, strength, flexibility and balance. Class is created around music and combines simple dance and stretch moves for all body parts. Move your body in ways outside of your daily routine, inviting in both fun and freedom of personal expression. Perfect for all ages, especially those 50+. This class can also be adapted to the chair. 

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Line Dancing

Enjoy line dancing while exercising mind, body, and spirit. In QK Linedance we dance to all genres of music and everyone is welcome!

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Mindful Musical Movement (formerly Groove)

Move in new ways, get your heart pumping, and infuse your whole body with joy in this not-so-typical dance class set to a variety of great music. Simple steps designed to work your whole body are provided and you are encouraged to supply the intensity level and flair. Perfect for all levels, all you need is space to move freely.

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Swing Dancing & More

This partner class will focus on the basics of East & West Coast Swing, Hustle, Country Two Step, Night Club Two Step and more! No previous dance experience is necessary. Class is for pairs. Each person required to register.

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WERQ is a nonstop cardio dance class with fun and unique routines set to the hottest pop and hip hop music. Participants will get a high calorie burn, and a non stop workout, combining repetitive athletic moves with fresh dance steps. Anyone can WERQ it!

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Zumba is a high energy, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music. All fitness levels are welcome.

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Basic Yoga

Discover your inner yogi in a class that builds strength and body awareness. Begin with gentle stretching and move to flowing through and holding poses. Class will come to a restful end.

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Gentle Yoga

A balanced practice that will center you, leaving your body feeling open and relaxed. Basic poses and a slower flow unlock body tension, strengthen your core and help you tune into personal peace.

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Power Yoga

This energetic class is designed to build strength, flexibility, and balance! Challenging peak poses, breath to movement flows, and mind body connections will encourage students to find their edge. Modifications are always offered and body awareness is always encouraged.

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Vital Movement

Strength, flexibility and balance are vital to our well-being. This class combines yoga stretches and poses (from the chair and standing only), along with light core work. No mat required. Perfect for anyone needing to stretch, improve their range of motion, or modify their practice as they recover from injuries.  This class is great for any age, especially those 50+.

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Free Programs for Ages 50+

All programs are held at Garfield Park Community Gym (2111 Madison Ave SE)

Download this month's program calendar(PDF, 444KB) 

Youth & Family Activities

Youth activities include adventure and enrichment courses, organized sports, and programs for the whole family.

Youth Sports & Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do (ages 7+)

Learn the basics of the Korean martial art form of Tae Kwon Do. This class focuses on flexibility, concentration, balance, and self-defense under the supervision of an instructor. Participants will develop confidence, increase flexibility, concentration, balance, and learn how to defend themselves. Great activity for kids, adults of all ages, and families to do together!

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Youth Basketball (ages 5-8)

This youth basketball program, in partnership with All-In Sports, will provide introductory basketball education and development for youth ages 5-8.  Emphasis will be on the basketball basics (dribbling, layups, footwork, and body development) to promote physical and mental growth.

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Soccer Camp (ages 5-12)

Participants will learn ball work, dribbling, shooting, passing and control. Skills will be taught using drills, games and competitions. Teamwork, sportsmanship and safety will be emphasized.

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Field Hockey Camp (ages 7-12)

Come out and learn how to play the sport of field hockey! Skills will be taught using drills, games and competitions. Teamwork, sportsmanship and safety will be emphasized. Equipment will be provided.

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Youth Dance

Youth Movement (ages 4-8)

This class combines creative movement and basic dance skills.  The class focuses on coordination, motor skills, musicality, and overall to get the wiggles out and heart rate up!  This non-stop action packed class will include foundations in mostly hip hop and jazz dance, so please wear a pair of clean sneakers or ballet slippers. Ages 4-8.

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Ballet + Tumble + Jazz

Ballet for 3-5 year old kids is an introduction to ballet basics using methods designed for young imaginative minds and bodies. Students are given the opportunity to move, stretch, and improve self-confidence while being introduced to basic ballet concepts, body alignment, posture, locomotor skills. 

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Ballet Tech + Jazz (ages 6-8)

Ballet for 6-8 years old kids focuses on the fundamentals of ballet technique. The class emphasizes proper placement, vocabulary, etiquette, ballet-based improvisation, and increasing flexibility through center and across the floor exercises. Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, rhythms and isolation of body parts, and expressing personal style.

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Contemporary + Tumble

Contemporary blends several types of dance into its own unique style. It includes elements of ballet, jazz, and modern. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, total body connectivity, and creative problem solving. This class helps develop flexibility and strength. Its covers rolls, handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs, walkovers, up through back-handsprings and more.

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Youth Hip Hop (ages 6-15)

An upbeat beginner to intermediate level course, focused on learning hip hop fundamentals and fun combinations!

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Youth Gymnastics

Parent & Me Tumble and Play

For the younger gymnast to encourage success and fun in the gym. Kids learn tumbling and balancing basics with emphasis on strength and flexibility. Required Clothing: leotards, athletic clothing with shirts that can be tucked in, comfortable with stretch. Ages 2-3.

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Gymnastics 1

For the younger gymnast to encourage success and fun in the gym. Kids learn tumbling and balancing basics with emphasis on strength and flexibility. Required Clothing: leotards, athletic clothing with shirts that can be tucked in, comfortable with stretch. Ages 4-6.

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Gymnastics 2

A follow-up to Gymnastics 1. Activities increase strength, movement, coordination, agility and flexibility. 
Required Clothing: leotards, athletic clothing with shirts that can be tucked in, comfortable with stretch. Ages 7-10.

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Gymnastics 3

For the younger gymnast to encourage success and fun in the gym. Kids learn tumbling and balancing basics with emphasis on strength and flexibility. Required Clothing: leotards, athletic clothing with shirts that can be tucked in, comfortable with stretch. Ages 11-14.

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Youth Enrichment

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz is a series of LEGO building classes designed to give children a foundational knowledge of the world of science, technology, engineering, and arts (STEAM) through engaging programs. 

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Children's Yoga

Children's Yoga (Ages 3-6)

Children can enjoy and benefit from yoga and mindfulness from toddlerhood through middle school and beyond. Classes are available for three age groups, and activities vary to meet the developmental needs of each group. Classes consist of movement, music, yoga, games, mindfulness practice, and breathwork. They are designed to be playful while challenging children to develop their focus, awareness, and movement in new ways. Children will build regulation skills, healthy social skills, and positive self-esteem. If you’d like to add more to your class, talk to me about adding a related craft for even more fun!

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Learn about swim lessons as well as our public pools and splash pads.

Swim Lessons

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Pools and Splash Pads

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City Pools and Splash Pads

GR Outside

Looking for things to do outdoors in Grand Rapids? Our GR Outside division has you covered with an outdoor Gear Library and outdoor adventures.

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