Recreation

JPEG image of fitness participants after a Zumba workout

Our recreation programs and activities are provided year-round. Some of our classes have returned to an in-person format with reduced numbers and face coverings required. However, if you'd rather join us from home, our instructors are also going live on Zoom for virtual recreation.

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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.

Cardio and Strength

Barre

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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Cardio Barre

Take your barre class to a new level. Expect the strength and endurance building barre workout you know and love, combined with low impact cardio to bring up your heart rate, and bring on the sweat. 55 minutes of fast paced Cardio + Barre is exactly what you need to jump start your week. Sneakers or sticky socks required.

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Core Camp

Incorporate weight training and cardio blast intervals to keep your muscles and heart pumping. Combined with today’s hottest music, this class is as much fun as it is effective.

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Core Fundamentals

This mix of pilates and yoga will strengthen your body and stabilize your spine, help you move with greater grace, and demonstrate how to utilize your breath to assist muscle control. The concentration will be on your abs, hips, lower back and buttocks to improve your balance, coordination, posture, and flexibility. This slower--paced class is perfect for all ages and abilities. 

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Kickboxing

Mix up your routine with balance, coordination and strength-building moves. Strengthen your legs, upper body, abs and burn calories.

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Pilates

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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POUND® 

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. POUND® approved sticks required for everyone. Punch card holders must have their own Ripstix®. Ripstix® available at registration for $20.

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Restorative Barre

Combining moves from pilates and yoga, and mixed with traditional strength work and elements from ballet, this is a class suitable for everyBODY. You can expect to start moving slow, building into a deep burn through your core and lower body, then peaking in standing postures that heat the body. Class ends with stillness and stretching. Move with intention, and peacefully reset your mind and body. Participants will need a yoga mat or soft surface. 

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STRONG Nation

Strong Nation is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training) that includes body weight strength exercises, fast cardio moves, plyometrics, and agility training. Music and moves sync together to help push you past your limits to reach your fitness goals.

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STRONG 30

STRONG30 packs a total body workout into 30 minutes. It combines HIIT (high intensity interval training), body weight exercises, and cardio moves. In every class, the music and moves sync together in a way to help push you past your limits and reach your fitness goals.

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Cycling

Cycling

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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Dance Fitness

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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Groove

Sweat away stress and dance some joy into your heart while following simple steps and easy toning moves. Groove is perfect for anyone who wants to add some fun into their current workout routine. If you like to move to a variety of great music, this class is for you.

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Zumba

A fusion of Latin and International music. This class combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations.

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Yoga

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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Slow Flow Restorative Yoga

End your weekend and set the tone for the week ahead with this calming and gentle yoga class. Each class will begin and end with a variety of restorative postures, with a slow yoga flow in between. Find a cozy comfortable space, light a few candles, and grab as many blankets and pillows as you can.

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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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Yoga Strength

Yoga Strength is a class designed to strengthen and tone the entire body and make you sweat. In this class, basic yoga poses will be combined with creative strengthening and cardio moves, followed by lower-intensity movements. Expect a fun, dynamic class set to lively music.

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Programs for Ages 50+

Group Fitness

Active Adults

This class for includes warm-up, standing cardio, balance work, strength training (preferably with weights), and cool-down.   

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Stretch and Flex 

Stretch and flex is focused on increasing strength, balance and flexibility. The class begins with chair exercises and light hand weights. A great class for men and women. Classes are drop-in and ongoing.

In Person Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.


Walking Club

Walk your way to health and meet new friends. You can walk in the Garfield Park Community Gym or in the park. Children are welcome to walk with adults and strollers are permitted.

In Person Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.

Sports

Pickleball 

Come play or learn Pickleball. Don’t have equipment? No problem, there is some available at the gym for you to use and free instruction is also available.

Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.

Enrichment

Rotating Monthly Programs

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, monthly community activities are available, including:

  • Card Games
  • Community Exploration
  • Book Club
  • Knitting
  • Health and Wellness Seminars

Programs for ages 50+ are cancelled until further notice.


Youth & Family Activities

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

Youth Sports

Youth Soccer

Team-building, friendly competition, and improving skills are all part of our youth soccer program. Choose from four Grand Rapids locations and five co-ed age divisions ranging from 4 to 15 years old. 

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Youth Golf

We’ve partnered with First Tee – West Michigan to offer youth golf programs for ages 7-17. First Tee – West Michigan is a youth development program that uses golf as a vehicle to help students succeed academically, athletically, and socially.

First Tee works to ensure cost isn’t a barrier for any student that wants to participate. Students eligible for free/reduced price lunch at school or families that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can participate for just $5.

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Youth Dance

Hip Hop 

Learn the fundamentals of hip hop movement and develop body control in an upbeat and high-energy environment.

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Fairytale Ballet/Creative Movement 

Children will gain confidence moving their bodies to music while practicing simple steps, repetitive sequences and balance. Stretching, silly songs and props will make the experience fun.

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Youth Ballet

This virtual class will develop coordination, balance and rhythm through basic ballet/tap moves and creative movement.

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Youth Enrichment

Safe Sitting Essentials

4 session classes with an hour and 15 minutes each designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Handbook Included.

Students will learn:

  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. (CPR included in Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR and Safe Sitter® Expanded.)
  • Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

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Safe at Home

Two sessions with 45 minute classes designed for students in grades 4-6. It teaches them to stay safe and learn safe habits when they are at home alone for a short period of time. Handbook included.

Students will learn:

  • Safe Habits: Indoor safety, outdoor safety, online safety and personal safety
  • Rules to Follow
  • Handling Emergencies: Weather emergencies; power failures; smoke/fire/gas/carbon monoxide alerts; break-ins
  • Preventing Injuries
  • Injury Management

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Aquatics

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Swim Lessons

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Pools and Splash Pads

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