Fitness Class Descriptions

Fitness classes offered at the Mueller Center change each semester. Below is a general listing of the class descriptions to give you a better idea of what to expect.  We encourage you to try something new, provide suggestions on additional classes of interest, and ask questions if you're unsure of what would be the best class for you. 
 

"AM" Abs

Start your day with this concentrated abs class specifically designed to strengthen and tone the abdominal and lower back muscles using a unique blend of core based sculpting exercises. This class combines core training, as well as slow stretching with a focus on alignment, flexibility and balance, making it a perfect start to your day.

Barre Cardio Fusion

This class is designed to use a ballet dancers secrets to build strong, long, and graceful bodies. Participants will train and sculpt muscles, improve flexibility while burning fat using the barre and other dance inspired movements. No dance experience is necessary, just bring a willingness to reach outside your comfort zone. 

Boxing Fitness

This is a complete exercise program consisting of jumping jacks, push ups and the use of hand weights to increase the intensity of your workout.  You will learn basic punching techniques, shadow boxing, combination punching and heavy bag exercises in this ever popular class.  The coach will guide you through the techniques by allowing one-on-one hand-pad punching and body punches and simulated sparring using footwork and defense styles.  

Boot Camp

This class is filled with a variety of exercises to improve cardiovascular health, flexibility, and muscle strength while boosting weight loss. A focus on four fitness essentials by perfecting form and movement execution. This will get you toned and give you more confidence knowing the hard work you put in to this fitness activity.  

Butts & Guts

Butts Guts focuses intensely on abs and glute work specifically designed to strengthen and tone the abdominal, guts and lower back muscles using a unique blend of sculpting exercises. 

Cardio Kickboxing

This fitness class incorporates total body exercises. The class is broken into 20-minute segments. The first 20 minutes will be high intensity, easy to follow steps and the second segment will incorporate the use of dumbbells, while also working your thighs and abs. Kickboxing will help strength the core and burn calories.

Chair Stretch & Strength

A 30 minute class set to music for seniors, beginners and people in chairs.  Entire  class will  sit  and  be  led  through four  sections: warm  up  and stretch,  cardio  exercises,  strengthening and  cool  down.

Chair Zumba

​All the fun of a Zumba class in a 30 minute class adapted to people in a chair. Listen to international music while you warm up and stretch, dance, wiggle and giggle! Class ends with complete cool down stretch while sitting in a chair.

Classical Stretch

A class for all ages and fitness levels that can help balance the body, increase mobility and keep joints healthy and pain free. This class focuses on eccentric training and is a full-body workout with dynamic strengthening and stretching exercises. Stress is released and aches and pains are soothes through the gradual unlocking of the entire body.

Core Power Yoga

Turn stress into sweat. This signature class strengthens, balances, and detoxifies your entire body and mind as you move through more challenging postures and connected breath. Set to an energizing playlist, you’ll power up your yoga practice like never before.

Fit Ball

Do you want to work on your balance and core strength without crazy, killer exercises.  This workout is for you, showing simple exercises for balance, stability, and strength using an exercise ball.  The exercises help your body get familiar with the unstable surface, allowing you to build a strong core while gently working your entire body.   If you need to, sit next to a wall or hold onto a chair for balance.

Happy Hour Yoga

A strong class that creates a total body workout and serves to clear the mind. Gentle awareness reminders and techniques are given to link the connection of the breath to each pose. Expect to lengthen, strengthen and stretch the body and prepare the mind for meditation. Please bring a mat.

High Impact Zumba

​Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout; let’s just lose ourselves in the music. Classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy music beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and exhilarating.

HIIT Cardio-Sculpt

This class is for participants looking for a hard-core, fast-paced workout that involves cardiovascular and low intervals, as well as upper body sculpting, and body toning movements. The intensity of this workout results in a higher caloric output and increased muscle burn that will sculpt and tone the entire body, while increasing your metabolism and burn stored body fat. 

Hip Hop Aerobics

Hip hop is both aerobic and anaerobic, providing total fitness, endurance and strength gains. Hip hop’s high-energy, constant movement is a powerful cardiovascular exercise.  Get your heart pumping and your booty shaking. For fitness buffs who like a learning opportunity mixed with a fast-paced workout, a hip hop exercise class delivers. Pick up street style while you kick up your cardio with popping and locking, breaking, top rockin', jerking, freezes, and spins.

Kettle Bell Kickboxing

This class redefines the body by combining kickboxing drills with power and strength of kettle bell training, creating a non-impact 60 minute total body scorching class.

La Blast Fitness

A cardio dance workout created by Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Louis Van Amstel. It's a partner-less dance class that combines ballroom dances into a unique fitness routine. The routines are set to a range of high energy music, including pop, rock, hip hop, disco, and even country for a club-like atmosphere. 

Meditation

Spend an hour to learn a simple yet effective way to de-stress and revive your energy simply sitting in a chair. Learn from Michael Fuselli who has more than 30 years experience practicing and teaching newcomers to meditation. This is a free, drop-in style class. 

Mid-Day Yoga/Evening Yoga

Step away from your daily activities to ground your mind and reconnect with your body. This class connects breath awareness with centering movements and gentle sun salutations. You will leave feeling more focused, energized, and rejuvenated. Please bring a mat.

Pi Yo Strength

A total body fitness class designed to get you into shape from head to toe. It combines the practice of Pilates and Yoga to help you build strength, increase flexibility and have a lot of fun doing it. This is a high energy class. Please bring a mat.

Pilates

A system of movements which are designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and mental awareness. This multi-level class, with hands on instruction, will change the way you move, think and feel. Please bring a mat.

Power Yoga

This powerful class is a fitness-based Vinyasa practice, an offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga.  The dynamic mix of sweat and spirit that is cultivated will challenge you to build internal heat, increase your stamina, give you strength and flexibility, and help relieve your stress. Please bring a mat.

S.H.A.P.E. Self Defense (Free Class)

This is a realistic self-defense and comprehensive class for women that begins with awareness, risk reduction avoidance, and basic hands on defense training. This is not a martial arts program. S.H.A.P.E. will provide you with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance and it will get you in shape at the same time.

Senior Circuit Training

To get all of the benefits of physical activity, try all four types of exercise -- endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Strength exercises build muscle, and even very small changes in muscle strength can make a real difference in your ability to perform everyday activities like carrying groceries, lifting a grandchild, or getting up from a chair. Lower body exercises and upper body exercises will be practiced. Strength training will also increase your muscle elasticity and strengthen your connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, which, from a biomechanical perspective, help hold your body in the upright position.

Step Interval Training

If you are ready to burn fat, tighten your thighs and gluts, tone your arms, whittle your waist, and gain endurance and flexibility, this is the class for you!

Stretching Exercises for Wheelchair Users

Stretching exercises provide a variety of benefits to wheelchair users. These include increased flexibility, improved circulation, stress relief, improved posture, enhance coordination, increase energy levels, reduced muscle tension and joint range of motion. Speak to your doctor and seek approval to perform stretching exercises. 

Sun Rise Yoga

Start your day off on the right foot. We commence our morning practice focusing on the breath, warming up the body, and saluting the sun. Moving forward, we progress into guided stretching, core work, back bends, forward bends and hop openers. Expect to settle into a relaxing Savasana (rest) with a guided meditation. Please bring a mat.

Tabata

​Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high- intensity exercises in a specific 20-second-on, 10-second-off interval. It may only take four minutes to complete a Tabata circuit, but those four minutes may push your body to its limit. Bring water!

Tai Chi 

The psychological benefits of Tai Chi can include mood enhancement, change the way you look at the world, improve your concentration and increase your self-esteem. The people who practice Tai Chi bring these benefits into their social and professional lives. Tai Chi can be far more than just an exercise program. It can aid in the alignment of one’s life.

Tennis for Beginners

Start playing tennis with instruction and advice for beginners who want to learn and improve strokes, strategy, rules, terms, and equipment choices. Lessons on how to play the game, keep score, and much more. Your introduction to tennis will be fun!

Tone and Burn

This class will help re-balance your body, increase your mobility and keep your joints healthy and pain free, based on the intelligent fitness technique eccentrics. A full-body workout with dynamic strengthening and stretching exercises: all-standing, all-floor. Participants will notice an immediate increase in flexibility and a release of tension in their muscles, improving their posture and range of motion. Stress is released and aches and pains are soothes through the gradual unlocking of the entire body. 

Total Body Conditioning

Total body workouts are one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and gain strength due to the variety of movements and exercises that are integrated into each session. They are a time efficient way to keep your body burning fat for hours! When you implement total-body workouts into your regimen, the compound movements will activate a variety of muscle groups and, more importantly, build strength and burn fat at a high rate.

Triple Threat

Tone your belly, butt, and thighs in this class!  This new circuit plan fires up your fat-burning and builds lean muscle in your abs, butt and legs all at the same time.  

Vinyasa Yoga

This engaging class teaches the fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining poses, backbends, and core isolation. We learn the correct alignment for integral poses and how to connect these poses to the breath. Come along and discover just how good yoga can make you feel. Please bring a mat. 

Yo Chi

This class will alternate between five minute segments of yoga and tai chi, with a complete fusion of the two forms. The class begins with tai chi movements to increase synovial fluid or lubricate the joints. Stability and mobility, inner and outer awareness, floor work and standing, muscle contraction and relaxation, yin and yang - into a mindful integrated workout. 

Yoga For A Healthy Spine

If your neck or lower back is chronically tense and tight, you're not along. An Asana and pranayama practice that addresses the cause can be a powerful form of self-care and profound relief. You will learn how alignments of your spine and core stability play a key role in a healthy asana practice and is crucial to a happy neck and back. 

Zumba

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, let's just lose ourselves to the music. Classes feature exotic rhythms set to high energy music beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating! 

 

About Recreation, Fitness & Wellness

Rensselaer Union sponsors recreational opportunities for the Rensselaer community.

Operating Hours

Sunday: 9:00 am-12:00 am
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 am-12:00 am
Friday: 7:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-7:00 pm

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Contact Info

Visit the Mueller Center during regular operating hours or call us at (518)276-2874.
 

Director of the Mueller Center, Recreation and Club Sports

Steve Allard
allars@rpi.edu 
 

Fitness Classes and General Information

Donna Sutton, Operations Specialist
suttoa@rpi.edu

John Nehrich, Program Coordinator
nehrij@rpi.edu

 

Club Sports and Wellness Institute Programming

Erika Lawson, Assistant Director, Mueller Center
raue@rpi.edu

 

Strength and Conditioning Services

Rachel Jones, Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach
jonesr12@rpi.edu

 

Outdoor Recreation Programs

James Bradbury, Asst. Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs
bradbj@rpi.edu

 

Intramurals 

Jennifer Wehner, Intramurals & Recreation Coordinator, wehnej@rpi.edu