The Ringling College of Art and Design Recreation and Wellness program seeks to provide the very best opportunities aimed at promoting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.  By providing a variety of specially-sculpted group fitness to choose from, we believe that we can meet the needs of each and every individual regardless of "athletic" capabilities.   From the very basic beginner to the advanced extremist, we offer a class for you!  Whether you want to increase your cardiovascular endurance, increase your lean muscle mass, reduce body fat, decrease stress, or just add a little spice to your life, we can help you!

Please refer to this website regarding the Susan Palmer Group Fitness Class Schedule. The Group Fitness Calendar will be up to date and any class changes or cancellations will be reflected on the calendar below.


Note Regarding Yoga:  We are currently in the process of hiring an instructor. Please refer to this calendar for the most up to date schedule.


 Fall 2015 Class Schedule Posted Below


Classes start 8/24! We are still adding more classes so keep an eye out for more!


Class Changes and Cancellation Notifications

Unfortunately, sometimes classes are cancelled or changed due to various reasons. Cancellation emails will no longer be sent through the campus announcement system. However, you are able to receive calendar notifications regarding the classes if you follow the steps below to add the Group Fitness calendar to your calendar. By adding the calendar and turning on email notifications, you will be notified of any changes or cancellations to the calendar.

1. Click on the plus sign in the lower right corner of the Google calendar. This will add this calendar to your calendars on your calendars in google.

2. Refer to google instructions here based on what device you are using, for how to turn on notifications you would like to receive.



Group Exercise Class Descriptions

Abs with Aviv: Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Thursdays at 9:00pm

Our core muscles keep us balanced. They protect our organs and joints, as well as stabilize our bodies and transfer forces through them. In our class, we focus on strengthening the abdominal and core muscles through a series of unique dynamic and static exercises. As artists, we spend countless hours crouching over a desk or standing in the studio. Maintaining a strong foundational structure of solid stabilizing muscles is essential in preventing lumbar injuries and building a strong body.

The class is suitable for all levels, with alternatives provided for students in different levels of experience. 

It is Aviv's goal to provide people with a healthy way to conquer their personal goals and escape their daily routines in a productive and self-empowering environment.


Let's Move with Derrek: Tuesdays at 8:00pm

Let's Move is a hip hop inspired exercise class drawing references and music from pop culture. Its about having fun and breaking a sweat.


Yoga with Ami: Wednesdays from 9:00pm to 10:30pm  

Ami French has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She received her Teaching Certification from the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madurai, India in 2009. Sivananda is classical Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda, his disciple Swami Vishnu Devananda and the “5 Points of Yoga for Healthy Living”; Proper Exercise (yoga asana), Proper Breathing (pranayama), Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet and Positive Thinking & Meditation. Her decision to train in India was based on a desire to learn traditional yoga with an equal emphasis on Mind, Body & Spirit. She has noticed immeasurable changes throughout the years as her practice evolves and grows helping her to face life’s challenges with a profound inner peace and physical strength. (


Zumba® Fitness Party with Sindy: Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Zumba® is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international motivating music with unique moves to dance away stress.  Zumba combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits.  The cardio-based dance movements are easy-to-follow steps that target areas such as gluteus, legs, arms, core, abdominals and the most important muscle in the body – the heart.  The Zumba program is designed for everyone.  People of any fitness level, from any background, and of any age can start the program right away.  Zumba classes are not only great for the body, it’s also great for the mind, It’s a “feel-happy” workout.