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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 Indoor and Virtual Classes

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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Functional Fitness

Functional fitness training is a type of strength training that readies your body for daily activities. These exercises equip you for the most important type of physical fitness, the kind that preps you for real-life, daily living stuff like bending, twisting, lifting, loading, pushing, pulling, squatting and hauling.

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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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Cardio Kickboxing

Mix up your routine with some martial art moves that help with balance, coordination and strength building. Exercises will target abdominals, legs, and upper body. All fitness levels welcome. 

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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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Strength & Cardio

It’s the best of both worlds: strengthen your muscles using a variety of equipment (dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, etc) and burn calories with cardio intervals in the same class! You will learn safe and effective movements adaptable for all fitness levels, experience improvements in your fitness from week to week, all while having fun! 

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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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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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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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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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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

Come enjoy our Swing Dance class from one of the most passionate dancers in Grand Rapids: Jim Chad. There are several types of Swing Dances and the focus of this class will be on the New York Hustle. It can be danced high energy or quite chill and can be adopted to many kinds of music. It is a great dance for women who like to turn. It has been one of Jim’s favorite dances for years. In each lesson we will cover the basic step for both leads and follows, and one or two new moves each week. Class is for pairs. Each person required to register.

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WERQ

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

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

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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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Fireside Yoga

Enjoy a peaceful evening of Yoga in a cozy clubhouse complete with a fireplace. 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. Please bring a yoga mat.

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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, 175KB)

Group Fitness

Active Adults

Mondays, 10:15 - 11:10 am and Wednesdays, 11:15 am - 12:10 pm

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


Stretch and Flex

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 am - 12:10 pm

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. FREE.


Walk Fit

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Want to start your day with fitness? Do you like to tailor your exercises to your fitness goals? Check out Walk Fit! A new fitness time at the Gym where you can choose your stations between jogging or walking the Gym perimeter. FREE.

Walking Club

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. FREE.

Sports

Pickleball 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. FREE.

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

Check our Facebook page for the most recent calendar.


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 Training (ages 5-12)

Want to enhance your soccer skills? The indoor soccer training program will emphasize technical and mental growth in the sport. Learn from certified coaches with extensive soccer experience as they lead age-appropriate soccer drills and mini games for participants.

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Family Pickleball (ages 10+)

Pickleball instruction and play for youth and families.  There will be 30-45 minutes of instruction by teachers from the Grand Rapids Pickleball Club.  Instruction will include ground strokes, serving, overheads and basic strategies. Paddles and balls will be provided.

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Youth Dance & Gymnastics

Youth Movement

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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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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Sewing by Hand for Beginners

Participants will learn the basic skills to hand sew with needle and thread. Also, the child will use creativity with skills they learn, to sew fun and exciting projects to bring home! 

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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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Aquatics

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

Swim Lessons

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Aquatics Homepage

Pools and Splash Pads

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City Pools and Splash Pads