Activity Classes : Fitness

Students enrolling in courses taught at UM's Fitness and Recreation Center must present a Griz Card validating that the Campus Recreation Fee has been paid for that semester.

NOTE: For all ACTivity Classes: 

  1. There are additional Montana Board of Regents approved fees with courses that are noted with that course.  Please visit the detailed course information within Cyberbear for more information.  
  2. Grading Policy strictly enforced- classes missed prior to and after late registration count towards total absences allowed.
  3. Auditing of ACTivity Classes is not allowed
  4. For more information on Student Tuition and Fees, please visit: .

5/10 K Race Training

This class is for the recreational runner looking to race a 5k and/or 10k race. We will focus on a mixture of training techniques including light jogging and interval type workouts. This class will also include supplemental exercises such as core strengthening, plyometrics, speed and strength exercises, and stretching. Runners are encouraged to run or walk at an easy pace outside of class to increase aerobic capacity. 

Beginning Conditioning and Fitness
For those who have little experience in physical fitness but want to begin. Designed for the non-exerciser, leotards not required. Instruction on the benefits of different types of exercise and a light workout to demonstrate. Topics include aerobic exercises, stretching, body toning, weight training, and recreational activity. Development of a personal fitness program and the strategies for motivation to continue. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress.

Strength & Flexibility
Students do a mixture of yoga, circuit workouts, Pilates, body weight as well as weighted exercises. Students might also do breathing exercises, some gentle movement and some mediation or quiet time each class, with a focus on conscious breathing and connecting breath to movement. Some instructors may start out with a basic fitness test, progress through the semester, and then test again at the end so that students can see how they improved. A variety of equipment will be used. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate Dress, mats provided.

Stretch & Relax
This class is 50 minutes of stretches to increase flexibility, relax, and tone your body. Set to music, you will feel more limber, taller, and ready to face the next assignment. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress, mats provided.

Jump Rope Fitness and Skill
Jump Rope Fitness is an indoor, intensive cardiovascular class which will strengthen the body while simultaneously working to improve your balance and stamina.  Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate Dress.

Beginning Tai Qi
This class is an introductory on emphasis on basic stance, breathing, and relaxation techniques through the practice of the first section of the long form Yang Style Tai Qi Chuan. Its methodic movements offer excellent isometric exercise with meditation. Potential benefits are stress-relief, increased stamina, balance, focus, and self-confidence in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Loose fitting comfortable clothing, light-weight sport shoes or barefoot.

Physical Fitness
Full body conditioning for the sports enthusiast. Workouts may include running, circuit training, strength training, sport specific exercises, and more. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress.

A pilates-based mat class combining core alignment, posture, and flexibility exercises to build strength and to improve flexibility, agility, body awareness and posture. Please bring a mat and towel. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate Dress, mats provided

Martial Arts and Self Defense Conditioning

An intensive conditioning class for serious athletes and serious amateur athletes, designed around a Taekwondo sport training curriculum. No prior martial arts experience necessary. Course meets first half of semester, 4 hours/week. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress.

Beginning and Intermediate Weight Training - Women
Women only. Instruction/review of weight training principles, safety considerations, etiquette, exercise selection, and techniques. Free weights and machines will be used. Emphasis on personalizing weight training programs for women. Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress.

Beginning and Intermediate Weight Training
Instruction/review of weight training principles, safety considerations, etiquette, exercise selection, and techniques using free weights and machines. Emphasis on developing a personal weight training program. Advanced classes develop programs based on advanced principles of body building, power lifting, and endurance training. Nutritional considerations of chosen program will be evaluated.  Graded Credit/No Credit. Equipment Needs: Appropriate dress.

A beginning yoga class focusing on postures, breath and meditation. Classic yoga poses and work with the breath to form the foundation for meditation. Principles of seated meditation are introduced and practiced. Appropriate for all fitness levels. Equipment Needs: Mats are provided, loose clothes, bare feet.

Beginning Aerobic Dance/OULA

  • Demonstrate rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness).
  • Demonstrate various routines comprising a number of different dance-like exercises.
Triathlon Training
  • Learn the systematic planning of athletic or physical training for a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines
  • Improve overall performance in its most popular form, swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

Firefighter Conditioning

  • Learn the skills required for safe operations practiced during training evaluations
  • Learn initial firefighting conditioning skills taught by an approved fire academy.

Core Align

  • Learn functional movements highly dependent on this part of the body, and core muscular development in order to prevent a predisposition to injury
  • Develop the major muscles of the core in the area of the belly and the mid and lower back, and peripherally the hips, the shoulders and the neck.

WC Aerobics

  • Learn formal aerobics classes that are divided into different levels of intensity and complexity
  • Learn the five components: warm-up, cardio vascular conditioning, muscular strength and conditioning, cool-down and stretching and flexibility.


  • Learn the mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics, a health and fitness alternative that emerged in the '80's, and evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings.
  • Combine martial arts, modern dance arts and yoga in a workout set to music

Swimming for Fitness

  • Learn the self-propulsion of a person through water, usually for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival.
  • Improve locomotion through coordinated movement of the limbs, the body, or both.

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