Looking for the hottest new fitness trend to amp up your workout? Then, Ballet Barre inspired workouts are exactly what you need. This dynamic workout is hugely popular in urban areas such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles for good reason….these workouts with motivating, high energy music are a blast and you feel and look better within just a few workouts. Although Ballet Barre might be new to us, this type of programming has been around for over 50 years. Ballet Barre exercise was first created by Lotte Berk, a German Dancer who emigrated to England during World War II. She, along with a physical therapist, created her Lotte Berk Method as a way to stay fit, overcome injuries and earn income. In the 1970s, the method was brought to New York and primarily remained there for about 20 years. Most recently, many programs have been developed based on her method including the Bender Barre Method, on which the RFC’s Body Barre classes are based. Body Barre focuses on core stability and combines Dance-inspired positions and movements, Yoga or Pilates and functional strength training elements for a total body experience. Most importantly, Body Barre requires NO DANCE EXPERIENCE, offers many modifications and can be enjoyed by everyone. Ballet Barre training is a concept. The barre (or in our case, the back of a chair) in a Body Barre class is simply a prop to assist with balance; it can be used for all of the class, a small portion of the class or none of the class at all. Barre classes are widely accepted as they are time-efficient and extremely effective. Body Barre is done with little to no equipment, light to no weight, and utilizes mostly bodyweight exercises for the most intense muscular endurance training workout. Each workout emphasizes core and joint stability and posture and optimal positioning for a dancer’s alignment from the beginning to the end of the workout. In this low impact, strength-based workout, isometric muscular engagements hold a position for a significant amount of time while another major muscle group performs high repetitions of small, isolated eccentric and concentric engagements that concentrate on the areas most group fitness enthusiasts enjoy working – abdominals, hips, glutes and arms. Expect to feel muscle discomfort or “the burn” as each exercise is executed to total fatigue. Have no fear, stretching and short recoveries are taken throughout the workout that make the workout feel achievable. After a few workouts, the body is stronger and able to endure more intensity. Body Barre is 45 minutes and is set to current, upbeat music. Body Barre can be done with tennis shoes, socks or barefoot, depending on your comfort level. Class begins with a dynamic warm-up and quickly progresses into a sequences of work on the barre which is traditionally performed with bodyweight to target thighs, glutes and hips. Work at the barre is alternated with upper movements with light hand weights and bodyweight to train the core and muscles of the chest, back, biceps, triceps and shoulders. Classes usually have short segments of cardio work to increase the heart rate before returning to work at the barre. You finish the work portion of the class on the floor with abdominal-centric exercises like crunches and some Pilates-based exercises that use a small, inflatable ball. All classes end with a stretch to increase flexibility. When attending a Body Barre class at the RFC, wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15-11:50am.
The RFC Training Clinics are perfect for your 5th-10th grader. New this year: Programs are designed by RFC personal trainers and delivered by MAHS and UMM athletes. Also, clinic participants are placed in two different grade levels (5th-7th grade and 8th-10th grade) to offer appropriate training programs. Registration Now Open!
The RFC is now offering a May Session of Tiger Sharks! Get your swimmers signed up for this four week session to help prepare them for early summer Swim meets. Semi-Private and Water Babies swimming lessons start in April. Semi-Private lessons take a maximum of four swimmers per level so your child will received more individualized attention. Water Babies is for children 6 months – 2 years with a caregiver. The Group Fitness schedule has added an additional aqua class on Friday evenings. HIIT Deep takes High Intensity Interval Training to the water to give you the kick of a high intensity workout in this low impact interval class in the pool. HIIT Deep takes place in the competition dive well for a great workout with zero impact.
The RFC is now offering Child Care on Monday-Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. Kids can enjoy games and coloring with UMM student staff members! Kids are welcome to bring games and toys from home. Cost is only $1 per family per day! This option is much more affordable than hiring a babysitter so you can workout. The RFC plans to continue to offer Child Care through the end of March because Court B is reserved in the evenings for UMM Baseball practice.
Have you ever wanted to try RFC Group Fitness classes but didn’t know where to start or had no one to join you? Sunday, January 25th is the RFC Fitness Frenzy! Five Group Fitness Classes to choose from, taught by licensed instructors, all for FREE! You can enjoy new releases of all your favorite RFC programs or try them for the first time. Body Pump™ – 1:00-2:00pm CXWORX™ – 2:00-2:30pm Zumba® – 2:40-3:35pm Insanity® – 3:45-4:35pm PiYo® Strength – 4:45-5:30pm Pre-registering for classes is recommended to hold your spot. Click the Log-in button near the top right of this page. If you have log-in questions, call Deb at 320-589-6485 Participants must be 12 years of age or older to join classes. Participants younger than 16 must complete a youth fitness room orientation before attending Fitness Frenzy or other group fitness programs. Want a sneak peak at what a Fitness Frenzy looks like?
Restore Lab combines dynamic and static stretching to have a big impact on increasing flexibility and improving performance. Dynamic movement stretches are designed to take a joint and/or muscles through a challenging and repetitive motion, deepening the stretch with each repetition. Dynamic stretching is ideal prior to exercising to prepare the joints for movement and to warm the muscles for optimal activation. Static, sustained stretches are designed to hold a joint/muscle in a potision that is minimally challenging. The focus is on relaxing the body part that is being stretched, allowing the stretch to deepen on its own. Research suggests that holding the position for 30-60 seconds will increase flexibility in the tissue. Restore lab is not yoga. Restore Lab is ideal for sport and functional stretching. In class you can expect to see stretches ideal for runners, rotational sport athletes (golfers, tennis players, baseball players), swimmers & cyclers, athletes who play with lateral movements (basketball, soccer, football players) and finally stretches for your lower back and core. Beginning January 13th, Restore Lab will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:00pm. For a sneak peek, join us on January 4th at 2:00pm!
The RFC is looking towards the future. We are looking for community representatives who would like to participate on our Advisory Council to look at current and future community fitness and wellness facility needs. This would be a long term commitment to meeting 3 to 4 times per year and helping with developing an RFC Master Plan. Please contact Wayne Morford (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a letter of interest. 626 E. 2nd St. Morris, MN 56267
Top 3 reasons to come to an RFC Les Mills Launch event: 3. Be the first to experience the NEW Body Pump™ and CXWORX™ release! 2. Experience all of your favorite certified Les Mills instructors teaching on the same stage 1. IT’S FREE! Sunday, November 2nd Body Pump starts at 1:00pm and CXWORX starts at 2:15pm. Check out these teasers:
Join us for celebration events all month! The RFC would like to thank it’s loyal members for fifteen great years in the Morris community by offering membership specials, free t-shirts, new class offerings and more! Open House Celebration on Thursday, October 23rd from 12-5pm New Member promotion: $15/month for 3 months. This is for members who are new to the RFC. Current Member promotion: Share our “Celebrate the RFCs 15 year Anniversary” picture on Facebook for a chance to win 50% off your next annual membership renewal. Current Members who have had a membership for 15 years will receive 20% off their next annual renewal. Workout at the RFC 15 times this month and win a t-shirt! October 15th is Bring a Friend for free day. Friends can participate in any group fitness classes, swim in the pools, use the fitness room, play racquet ball or workout in our gym. Enjoy FREE use of our facility including Group Fitness October 22nd-28th Seniors potluck on Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:00am
You’ve seen it on TV. Now do it LIVE at the RFC! Insanity® is a cardio class done with just your body weight. No equipment needed. Certified instructors will lead you though a full workout, offering a variety of intensity options for each move. This class is for EVERYONE and can be tailored to your specific needs. In a typical Insanity class you can expect to see a warm up, a dynamic stretch, 3 blocks of work, 8 minutes of abs & core work followed by a cooldown stretch. Each block of work consists of 4 moves each done for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second break. You will repeat the moves three times through and finish with a 1 minute power move. The first block is Endurance & Plyometric work. The second block focuses on Strength & Balance. Finally, you will be working on Agility & Coordination in the third block. Are you ready to start sweating? Demo classes will be offered during the next few weeks and regularly scheduled classes will appear on the group fitness schedule starting October 13th. To see a complete list of demo class times click here.
The Regional Fitness Center in Morris, Minnesota is a University of Minnesota, Morris Campus and Community Partnership. The center was formed in 1999 as a non-profit joint powers fitness center serving UMM, the City of Morris, Stevens County, and the Morris Area Schools. Our mission is to offer individuals and families, quality and affordable fitness and wellness opportunities.
Regional Fitness Center
626 East 2nd Street
Morris, MN 56267
Phone: (320) 589-6485
Fax: (320) 589-6477