Group class

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 all official university holidays. including MLK Jr Day, Mardi Gras, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/Winter Break. 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.
▼   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.
▼   Are the instructors & personal trainers certified?
Yes. All of our instructors and personal trainers have a nationally-recognized certification or training such as ACE (American Council on Exercise), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), Mad Dogg Spinning, AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association), 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 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.
▼   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. Please speak with your physician about our fitness classes to decide which ones are right for you. Should you want one-on-one training that takes your medical issue into consideration, please see our personal training page.
▼   Do I have to be a member to work with a personal trainer?
Yes. Our personal training services are only available to members of the Recreation Center.


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