Group Class Frequently Asked Questions


Who can attend SouthFit classes?

Classes are for all currently enrolled students and all members of the Student Recreation Center.


Do I have to sign up?

No. Just come to any class, any time. If space or equipment is limited, it is first come, first serve.


Can I bring a guest to classes?

Yes. The guest must come WITH YOU and be age 17+. The guest fee for the Student Recreation Center is $10/visit and includes access to the whole facility, including SouthFit classes.


Do you have SouthFit classes in between semesters?

Yes, we have classes year-round. We offer more classes during academic semesters and fewer classes between semesters. In general, our schedule looks like this:


  • 50-55 classes per week: Fall & Spring semesters
  • 35-40 classes per week: Summer semester
  • 20-25 classes per week: Spring break, Fall break, final exams, and interim (break) period between semesters
  • No classes: The Recreation Center is closed for 14.5 days of official university holidays per year. The holidays are MLK Day, Mardi Gras, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2.5 days), and Christmas/New Year’s (7 days + weekends). We may also cancel classes during a holiday weekend depending on the availability of the instructors.


Why does your schedule change every semester?

Our instructors are USA students, faculty, and staff. Their academic schedules change every semester, so we revise the fitness schedule based on their availability.


How do you prioritize the times & types of classes offered?

The number one factor in making the fitness schedule is the availability of the instructors. Keep in mind that all of our instructors have families, academic classes, other jobs, social engagements, etc. The Rec Center is just a small part of their lives! Each instructor tells the coordinator when s/he is available to teach, and the schedule is made accordingly.


The number two factor in making the fitness schedule is the popularity of the classes. The classes that draw the most attendees are usually scheduled at prime times (5:30 & 5:45 p.m.)


Why is my favorite class no longer offered? And why is my favorite instructor no longer teaching?

Per USA policy, all instructors must be students or faculty/staff at the university. If students graduate or transfer, or if faculty/staff leave their full-time USA position, they can no longer teach at the Student Recreation Center. We offer classes based on what the instructors can teach, so if a certain type of class is no longer offered, the instructor who taught it is probably gone. If you are interested in becoming a certified group fitness instructor and adding a certain type of class, please see the Fitness Coordinator for more information.


Why don’t you have classes like CrossFit™, Pure Barre™, Jazzercise™, or BodyPump™?

Some types of fitness classes are franchises, or may require the facility to pay a yearly licensing fee, or may require purchasing special equipment for the right to offer those classes. At this point we are either not able to offer these classes, or do not wish to based on the additional cost.


Are the instructors & personal trainers certified?

Yes. All of our instructors and personal trainers have a nationally-recognized certification or training. The majority of our instructors are certified through AFAA, the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America. Other certifications or trainings that our instructors and personal trainers have include Mad Dogg Spinning, AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association), ACE (American Council on Exercise), YogaFit, and Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). In addition, all SouthFit staff is currently certified in Adult CPR/AED.


I am out of shape and haven’t exercised in a while. Can I do the classes?

Yes! We would love to have you! Great classes for beginners include Step 1, Beginner Yoga, BodySculpt, and Water Aerobics. Most classes are 50 minutes in length. If you aren’t up to 50 minutes of exercise yet, try to stay for 20-30 minutes. Please let the instructor know that you’re new and may not stay the whole time.


Do you have 30-minute classes?

Warrior is 30 minutes. Occasionally we offer 30-minute classes, though they are not as well-attended as the 50-minute classes. For a view of our daily classes, see the group fitness schedule. Remember, you can attend ANY of our classes for just 30 minutes!


I have a medical issue. Will you offer a special class just for those with medical issues?

No. Our center is not a medically-supervised exercise facility, and our primary focus is healthy individuals. However, here are some class suggestions for certain medical conditions. Please speak with your physician about taking these classes:


Arthritis: Water aerobics (shallow or deep), Cycle may also be done if it does not aggravate arthritic areas.

Osteoporosis: Shallow water aerobics, Cycle, BodySculpt

Knee problems: Deep water aerobics & yoga

Pregnancy: Water aerobics

Should you want one-on-one training that takes your medical condition into consideration, our personal trainers will be happy to train you. Please refer to our website for packages & fees.


Do I have to be a member to work with a personal trainer?

Yes. Our personal training, fitness assessments, and nutritional assessments are only available to members of the Recreation Center.

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