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Group Exercise Class Descriptions


Group Exercise Classes at the J


Discover your personal high-intensity cardio & strength training limits for 30 minutes immediately followed by a deep Pilates-inspired concentrated core & stretch designed to keep your muscles & joints healthy. Class is designed to flow seamlessly but allows for participants to leave or join at the halfway point.

Barre® Fusion

Strengthen and tone while lengthening muscles with intervals of stretching. Light weights and floor work compliment barre work to push your muscles to exhaustion.

Cardio Pump

Low-intensity aerobic class combines strength and endurance, joint stability and mobility, balance and flexibility.

Cardio Sculpt & Stretch

A moderate intensity, cardiovascular and strength class – a great total body workout. Class ends with a deep, relaxing stretch.

Cardio & Weights

This class offers the perfect combination of cardiovascular and strength training in order to give you a total body workout.

Circuits 101

A circuit training class led by a personal trainer using machines on the fitness floor.

Circuit Training

This well-rounded workout utilizes fitness equipment in circuits.

Conditioning/Strength & Conditioning

This class combines strength and endurance drills to improve overall fitness.

Core Circuit Training

This class focuses on various core-strengthening exercises in a fun, circuit-style format. Class finishes with a cooldown/ stretch.

Core Fusion

Focuses on functional strength and flexibility, works from the inside out, integrating your core with every move. Infused with yoga-inspired postures, you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.


Experience intense aerobic exercise on a stationary bike while an instructor motivates you through visualization with high-energy music.

Cycle 40/20

40 minutes of upbeat, high-energy cycling followed by 20 minutes of stabilizing the core using lengthening exercises, strength training, stretching and balancing moves.

Early Express Circuit

Squeeze in a great total body workout in the early AM! Jump into this circuit at any time for strength training and cardio intervals.

Express Sculpt

45-minute class provides energy to get through the day and increases your strength and endurance.

Extreme Conditioning

Intense workout uses weights to target major muscle groups. Incorporates cardiovascular exercise and plyometrics to challenge all fitness levels.

Forever Fit

Low-intensity aerobic class offers a great cardiovascular workout. Combines strength, endurance, joint stability, balance and flexibility.

Gentle Pilates

Gentle experience meant to attend every day; ideal for students just beginning their practice.

Gentle Yoga

A yoga class gentle enough to attend every day; ideal for students just beginning their practice.

HIGH Fitness

Aerobics is Back! Bigger, Better, HIGHer! Experience more than just a workout! HIGH Fitness is simple, intense, consistent, inclusive and fun! HIGH takes old-school aerobics to the next level with modern fitness techniques such as HIIT training, plyometrics, intervals of strength and cardio, and more. You can go high or you can go low, but you will always leave feeling HIGH!


High Intensity Interval Training utilizes a series of short, high-intensity intervals, followed by longer, low-intensity intervals.


Intense workout combines cardio and muscle-building moves.


Cardiovascular, resistance and weight control benefits through use of kettlebell weights.

Kettlebell Cross Train

Teaches proper kettlebell techniques using natural momentum, proper posture and alignment. Also includes familiar resistance training techniques and equipment.

Meditation/Mindful Meditation

Wakes up the body’s natural intelligence to elicit the relaxation responses, helping to deeply rest the mind and the body.  Classes will include instruction, guidance, readings and differing lengths of seated meditation practice.

Metabolic Strength & Burn

Increase your metabolism and strength in Metabolic Strength & Burn!  Metabolic refers to using compound exercises in a back to back fashion to increase metabolism while increasing strength. You will do a combination of strength and cardio exercises that will surely make you feel the burn!

Physique Fusion

Strengthens and tones while lengthening muscles with intervals of stretching. Light weights, floor work and ballet barre push your muscles to exhaustion.


Progressive series of exercises, based on the methods of Joseph Pilates, designed to increase the strength of your body’s core (abdominals, back, glutes and hips) while lengthening the muscles.

Poolside Yoga

Meet at the outdoor pool for this relaxing and invigorating Yoga practice.  You will increase your strength, balance and flexibility in this all-levels class.

**In case of inclement weather, class will meet in the Gymnasium depending on availability.**
Class meets May-September when the outdoor pool is open


A full body workout which targets trouble spots using drumsticks to maximize your arm workout.

Pure Definition

Total-body workout utilizes dumbbells, body bars and stability balls. Appropriate for all fitness levels, leads to improved strength and muscle tone for a lean and sculpted body.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative teaches you to feel, rather than rushing through poses from breath to breath. It cultivates a powerful inner awareness. On the superficial level, you learn to feel how the slightest, most subtle movement changes the asana completely. On a deeper level, emotions surface that you usually suppress. You learn how to sit with difficult or painful emotions that arise and work through them – the same way you physically work with a difficult posture — adjust as needed, sit with it, breathe through it, and smile. Class usually involves just 5-10 postures.


This class combines resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics and endurance.


Class rotates monthly between strength, power and endurance formats, providing changes to avoid plateaus and maximizing results.


Choreographed step aerobics class includes dance moves! Improves cardiovascular endurance, balance and coordination.


Stretch all major muscle groups to improve overall flexibility and enhance your range of motion.

Strong Nation by Zumba

STRONG Nation combines high-intensity interval training with the science of synced music motivation.


An intense, interval training class that follows a specific timed format.

T'ai Chi

This graceful form of exercise involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and is accompanied by deep breathing.

Total Conditioning

This class combines anaerobic activity with plyometric and callisthenic drills to offer a challenging option in your cardio routine.

Triple S

We combine the best of step, sculpt and stretch to increase your cardiovascular/muscular endurance and flexibility.

Turbo Kick

An energizing kickboxing interval class. Cardio that uses intensity drills and increased energy sprints followed by work recovery segments.


Creates strength, flexibility and balance through unique combination of breathing techniques and postures.


Aerobic/fitness interval training with fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body choreographed to fusion of Latin and International music.

Zumba Gold

This low-impact class is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class. Focuses on all elements of fitness including cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.

For more information, contact:

Priscilla Westbrooks, 314.442.3210

Group Exercise in the Water

The J also offers several types of water fitness classes to suit beginners, regulars and multiple intensity levels, also available to members for free.


Aqua Boot Camp

Advanced class includes endurance swim, sprints, calisthenics, strength and explosive moves – both wet and dry work. Must be able to swim 100y freestyle non-stop, tread and climb in/out of the pool repeatedly.

Aqua Flow

Series of specially-designed exercises which, with the aid of the water’s buoyancy and resistance, can help improve joint flexibility.

Aqua Fit

Moderate-impact, water-specific exercises designed to progressively build strength, flexibility, and endurance in a refreshing and joint-supportive environment.

Aqua Power

High-intensity, multi-discipline workout in the lap pool. Participants must be comfortable in all depths of the pool.

Aqua Power Deep

High-intensity, no-impact water resistance training that improves muscle tone, flexibility strength and endurance with the use of flotation belts; class held in deep water.

Aqua Tai Chi

Moving meditation which improves body awareness and range of motion.

Aqua Zumba

Exciting class features aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms, choreographed to a fusion of Latin and international dance music.

Strength & Flexibility

Improve balance, flexibility, strengthen muscles, increase mobility and improve overall well-being.

Wet Sweat

This new high-intensity class maximizes your abilities using water weights and cardio exercises. It is a heart pumping, total body workout with no added impact on your joints.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Cheseman, 314-442-3296