Small Group Training | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Summer Small Group Training Programs

These classes and workshops differ from our group exercise classes because you sign up for a four or five-week session and are guaranteed a spot in the class. The instructors are trained in the program and have the credentials to teach the specialty class.  The instructors are professional and dedicated and will motivate you to reach your fitness goals, and we offer multiple class times for each program to work with your schedule. These classes are guaranteed to keep your workouts fresh and your motivation high. 

Please note:

  • You must be a Recreational Services Member to purchase and participate in our specialty programs.  
  • No refunds three days prior to the first class.

Start the summer out right and commit to CHANGE with a 4-week program. Maximize your one-hour workout and build confidence in the gym! This class involves several compounds, powerlifting, and power movements to improve all fitness levels. Equipment will include medicine balls, kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands, pull-up bars, and TRX. The class will also have a proper warm-up, core work, and cool-down. Workouts will be tailored to both experienced and beginner lifters. The instructor is a nationally Certified Strength and  Conditioning Specialist with Division I collegiate strength and conditioning experience.

Registration:

Coach: Cole M.

Capacity: 4

Registration Fee: $50

Location: CRWC, two west end platforms

When:

  • Session 1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 25 - June 17 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 15 - August 5 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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Over time through poor positioning, repetitive movements, injury, and static positions, tissues become shortened and put our body in imbalanced positions. These imbalances tend to occur at the shoulder, hip, and ankle. Through mobility training, you can achieve optimal positions and range of motion to help improve strength and stability and decrease pain around joints. This class will include soft tissue work, static stretching, stability work, and a full range of motion movements. Equipment used will be bands, foam rollers, golf/tennis balls, mats, and potential for much more. This class is performed at a low intensity which makes it ideal for any age or fitness level to help improve movement. This is also a great addition for avid lifters/fitness-goers or athletes to help achieve optimal positions in order to work more efficiently.

Registration:

Coach: Cole M.

Capacity: 7

Registration Fee: $15

Location: CRWC, Activity Room 3

When:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 13 - August 5 | 8:30-9:00 a.m.

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This entire workshop is specifically about building the glutes! Learn in-depth techniques and proper progressions for barbell hip thrusts, sumo squat, dead-lift variations, and other hip extension variations. The workshop will also cover hip-band glute activation exercises in detail, which are essential for lower body lifting sessions. Glute strength is not only aesthetic but is an important aspect of injury prevention and will improve overall strength and posture. This workshop is 3 hours total, broken into two Saturday morning workshops. The class is taught by a certified USA Weightlifting Coach and Group Fitness Instructor of AbsNGlutes.  

Registration:

Coach: Jenna G.

Capacity: 6

Registration Fee: $25

Location: Field House, Olympic Weightlifting Room

When:

  • Session 1 | Saturday, June 5 & Saturday, June 12 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

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This class is a continuation of the Intro to Olympic Weightlifting  class. In this four-week session, participants will continue to refine their Weightlifting skills and work on technique. Each class will include proper warm-up, form, technique, and cool down for the clean and jerk, and snatch. This workout also includes mobility drills, accessory exercises, plyometric drills, and progression lifts taught in detail. More emphasis will be placed on one-on-one coaching, as well as use of video to improve technique and form. The class is taught by a Certified USA Weightlifting Coach. 

Registration:

Coach: Jenna G.

Capacity: 6

Registration Fee: $50

Location: Field House, Olympic Weightlifting Room

When:

  • Session 1 | Mondays & Thursdays, July 19 - August 12 (4 weeks) | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Are you ready to perfect your lifting technique and test your strength? Intermediate Powerlifting is for you! In this 6 week session, participants will learn the perfect form/technique for the three basic powerlifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Accessory exercises and lift variations to improve range of motion and technique will also be covered. This class is for those who already have a base understanding of the squat, bench, and deadlift. This is a great course to take after Intro to Powerlifting. In the last week, participants will have the opportunity to test their one-repetition max in a mini “powerlifting meet” and perform calculations to help them implement the movements into their own exercise routines. 

 

There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back!

HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, involves short bouts of high-intensity exercise followed by intermittent recovery periods of low-intensity exercise. This training method is a highly productive combination of cardio, respiratory and muscular endurance exercise. This well-rounded training incorporates a wide variety of equipment into each workout. Join Coach Addison to keep your training new and exciting!

Registration:

Coach: Addison C.

Registration Fee: $50

Location: CRWC, Activity Room 2

When:

  • There are no options available at this time - please check back!

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Interested in a workout that promotes strength and higher jumps while utilizing all major muscle groups? Try Olympic Weightlifting! In this four-week session, participants will learn proper warm-up, form, technique, and cool down for the two basic Olympic Lifts: clean and jerk, and snatch. This workout also includes accessory exercises, plyometric drills, and progression lifts taught in detail. Participants will learn about lifting safety on the platforms. In the last week, participants will learn how to implement the movements into their exercise routines. This class provides a solid foundation for the Intermediate Olympic Weightlifting class.

Location: CRWC, two west-most platforms

Class Dates/Times: There are no classes available at this time - please check back!

Capacity: 4

Registration Fee: $50

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Interested in getting stronger? Powerlifting is for you! In a 6-week or 4-week session, participants will learn proper warm-up, form/technique, and cool down for the three basic powerlifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Accessory exercises and lift variations to improve range of motion and technique will also be covered. Participants will learn how to “spot” other lifters correctly for safety. On the last week, participants will have the opportunity to test their one repetition max and perform calculations to help them implement the movements into their own exercise routines. This class provides a solid foundation for the Intermediate Powerlifting class.

Sessions:

Intro to Powerlifting

Coach: Addison C.

Capacity: 4

Registration Fee: $75

Location: CRWC, two west-most platforms

When:

  • There are no classes available at this time - please check back!

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Are you ready to increase your kettlebell knowledge and learn a new gym skill in two weekends?  This kettlebell basics session will give you all the tools to put together kettlebell power movements at the gym.  Specific form basics will cover the Kettlebell Windmill, the Swing, the Turkish Get-Up, the Clean, and the Push-Press. Four movements will be covered each day, with close attention paid to proper posture and form. At the end of each session, you will start to learn how to combine movements for an effective all-over conditioning workout. This workshop will give you the confidence to incorporate more kettlebell in the gym, on your own. This workshop is 3 hours total, broken into two Saturday morning workshops. The class is taught by a Certified USA Weightlifting Coach and Personal Trainer with more than 15 years of experience in using the kettlebell for fitness and sports performance.

Registration:

Coach: Jenna Gibbs

Capacity: 6

Registration Fee: $25

Location: Fieldhouse, Olympic Weightlifting Room

When:

  • Session 1 | Saturday July 24 & Saturday July 31 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

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We spend 40 plus years saving up to someday be able to retire, but do we ever consider investing in our health so we can actually enjoy that time?  As we age our metabolism, strength, and freedom of movement decrease, but our everyday habits have a major impact on the rate of that decline. One day your car will die but that doesn't mean we stop changing the oil, invest in your health, and enjoy better health today as well as a long time to come.

Retire Healthy is designed to help you achieve better health, and to approach that goal with the mindset of long-term health. This means focusing on behavior change which requires setting goals, practicing those goals, and reflecting on means for improvement. We will focus on improving your strength, mobility, and everyday habits to consistently move more. The program meets twice a week and is designed to give you purpose in your everyday habits.

Registration:

Coach: Jacob Frederick

Capacity: 4

Registration Fee: $50

Location: CRWC

  • Mondays - 2 west most platforms
  • Wednesdays - meeting room 1A/1B 

When:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, June 21 - July 14 (4 weeks) | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • OR Mondays & Wednesdays, June 21 - July 14 (4 weeks) | 5:40-6:40 p.m.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Recreational Services in advance at ​319-335-9293.

Contact Us

NameTitleEmailPhone
Pat Kutcher
Associate Director of Fitness
Angela Charsha-Harney
Assistant Director of Fitness
Matt Stancel
Assistant Director of Fitness
Drew Ferderer
Fitness Coordinator