Group Exercise and Water Fitness Classes

Willamalane’s group exercise program includes a variety of cardio, strength, flexibility, and water fitness classes. Our instructors are skilled at making fitness approachable for all skill levels, so please let your instructor know if you are new to class or would like modifications.

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How do I join? Before the start of your class, check in with the front desk. You can pay a drop-in fee or scan in with your membership card.
Questions? Call Bob Keefer Center at 541-736-4544 or Willamalane Adult Activity Center at 541-736-4444.


FitLot Classes

The FitLot Outdoor Fitness Park outside Bob Keefer Center is a great place to work out together — and classes are starting up again in May! Take the equipment for a spin in an introductory class, sign up for a drop-in class, or commit to an eight-week series class. All classes are instructed by a Certified Personal Trainer. The FitLot and its classes are free to use without a membership.

Please note that FitLot classes are weather-dependent. Registrants will be emailed in the event of a cancellation. Questions? Please call 541-736-4544.

The FitLot is grant-funded in partnership with AARP and FitLot. We are grateful for our partners' support in creating healthy opportunities for our community!


Virtual Fitness Classes

Connect with select group exercise classes, instructors, and workout buddies without leaving home! With an ALL-ACCESS Membership or a Virtual Fitness Pass, you can join in live classes offered online. Members receive a monthly email with links to class meetings.


Notices

  • Friday, May 27: Intuitive Movement Qi Gong canceled.
  • Saturday, May 28: Baduanjin Qi Gong canceled.
  • Monday, May 30: No classes.
  • Cycle classes are limited to the first 10 participants who arrive.


Class Descriptions

Most classes are light to moderate intensity. Class formats have modifications to accommodate all different levels of fitness. Please let your fitness class instructor know if you are new to the class or if you need modifications so they can offer you options.

Classes run 45-55 minutes unless otherwise noted in the class description. The equipment you need will be listed in the class description. Classes using chairs, barres, or water fitness equipment will provide these for class participants.

Cardio

Active Exercise: Realize your fitness goals with aerobics, stretching, flexibility, and strength training in one class. This class includes standing and floor exercises. Equipment: Mat, dumbbells, bands, 9-inch ball. Instructor: Cindy on Monday and Wednesday, Cindy or Celina on Friday.

Beginning Line Dance: Learn a fun and aerobic social dance. Challenge your body and brain with dynamic choreography danced to a wide range of musical genres. Instructor: Lila.

Beyond Basics Line Dance: Step up to the challenge with this intermediate class; learn tags, restarts, dances in contra, and phrased dances. Instructor: Lila.

Cardio & Strength Attack: Build cardiovascular fitness while improving muscular strength and endurance with this challenging full-body workout. Equipment: dumbbells, mat. Instructor: Hamza

Classic Nia:  This workout personalizes the choreography to fit your body, with coaching to make it exhilarating and still comfortable. Nia dance improves multiple aspects of fitness, including stamina, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance. Inspiring music from many styles. Instructor: Janet.

Cycle: All levels welcome! Cycle is a great cardio workout with variable intensity under participants’ control. Equipment: cycle shoes are not required, but if you have them, SPD cleats are used; otherwise, all that’s needed are hard-soled athletic training shoes, a towel, and a water bottle. Instructor: Hamza.

Cycle & Core: The best of both! Join us for a power hour of cardio and core strengthening exercises. Equipment: cycle shoes are not required, but if you have them, SPD cleats are used; otherwise, all that’s needed are hard-soled athletic training shoes, a towel, a water bottle, and mat. Instructor: Kristin.

Dance Fitness II & III:  Love your workout with this combination of dance and fitness moves for serious fun. Dance yourself fit to pop, jazz, Latin, jive, Bollywood, and more! Dance fitness II is a moderate intensity class instructed by Trish. Dance Fitness III is a high-intensity class instructed by Jamie.

Silver Sneakers:  Move to the music! Exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement, and ease activities of daily living. Equipment: Dumbbells, bands, 9-inch ball. Instructor: Michie.


Strength

Better Bones and Balance: Enjoy floor exercises and strength training in this class created by Oregon State University, using research on what helps prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis. This advanced class is the next level after Strong Bones Strong Body. It includes both standing and floor exercises. Equipment: Mat, dumbbells, bands, 9-inch ball. Instructor: Cindy.

Body Sculpt: A full-body experience, this class blends a variety of core strengthening, muscle-toning, and balance-improving exercises. Equipment: mat. Instructor: Jamie.

Core Yoga: Strengthen and build awareness of your core muscles, with this core-focused yoga class. Designed for students looking for more challenges or for those with some yoga experience. Equipment:  mat.  Instructor: Stephanie.

Fit Fusion:  A fusion workout combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of strength training, cardio intervals, stretching, and balance work. Suitable for any level of fitness. Equipment: mat, light dumbbells (between 1 and 5 lbs.), exercise bands. Optional: yoga block, 9" ball, gliding discs, loop bands. Instructor:  Laurel.

Gentle Exercise:  
Work your entire body in this class that incorporates standing and chair exercises. Equipment: dumbbells, bands, and 9-inch ball. Instructor: Celina.

Pumped Up Strength: Integrate your upper and lower body in a workout that combines strength and cardio, revs your metabolism, and builds muscle.  Equipment: mat, dumbbells, water bottle. Some dumbbells will be available for use  Plan to keep shoes on for the duration of the workout. Instructor: Laurel.

Stability Ball Strength & Balance: Focus on strength and balance, while engaging every muscle in your body. Equipment: Stability ball, dumbbells, and a mat. Instructor: Sasha.

Strong Bones, Strong Body: Learn to enhance your bone strength, improve balance, and increase strength and energy. Exercises based on bone research are adjusted to your ability level. Those diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia are strongly encouraged to attend. Standing and chair exercises. Equipment: Dumbbells, bands, 9-inch ball. Instructor: Cindy.


Flexibility & Balance

Advanced 24 Form: This is an advanced practice of the 24 Tai Chi Form.  Instructor: Lin Lin.

Baduanjin Qi Gong: What is Qi Gong? Learn the history, theory, and fundamental movements. Instructor:  Lin Lin. 90-minute class.

Beginning Warrior Rhythm™
:   Fitness-focused with yoga undertones, this class increases strength, flexibility, and balance.  Get ready to sweat to heart-pounding beats!  Equipment: mat, towel, dumbbells, resistance bands/loops. Can be barefoot or wear shoes. Instructor: Becky.

Chair Yoga: This is a sit/stand class that combines traditional Hatha Yoga chair postures for better breathing, stretching, and flexibility with standing balances and postures using the chair for occasional support. Instructor: Kate.

Hatha Yoga: Explore movement through mindfulness and the breath—stretch and strengthen, improve balance and flexibility. Equipment: mat. Instructor: Kate on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Marilyn on Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

Intuitive Movement Chi Gong: Improve your body’s ease of movement, balance, flexibility, and joy in daily life with gentle exercises inspired by nature. Optional equipment: mat. Instructor: Dana.

Soaring Crane Qi Gong:  Qi Gong is designed to move one’s Chi/Qi throughout the body to facilitate healing. Regular practice is a holistic way to bring the body into balance and good health.  Instructor: Stephanie.

Strength in Movement: This class focuses on your range of motion, breathing, balance, posture, strengthening, flexibility, and mindfulness, all of which are essential for mobility. Equipment: mat, foam roller. Instructor: Celina, Kate, and Stephanie.

Tai Chi: Improve balance, reduce stress, and gain more flexibility. Beginners and those more advanced will enjoy group practice. Instructor: Lin Lin on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Machiko on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m., including medical Qi Gong.

Vinyasa Yoga: Physical postures combined with breath. Strengthen, stretch, gain mobility, and feel good in your body. Everyone is welcome. Equipment: Mat. Instructor: Kristin on Mondays at 6 p.m., Megan on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Yogalates:  Yoga with a bit of Pilates core strengthening mixed in! This is a yoga fusion style mixing Integrative Yoga Therapy, Hatha, and Yogalates to align, strengthen and stabilize core, back, hips, and other areas.  Equipment: mat Optional: yoga strap and yoga block Instructor: Stephanie.


Water Fitness

Ai Chi: Enjoy a water movement and relaxation program in the shallow pool, using water in flowing yet powerful progressions. This exercise program creates the opportunity to improve range of motion, enhance balance, and increase mobility.

Aquatone:
A moderately paced, shallow-water workout employing low-impact, water-specific exercises designed to progressively build strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Deep-water Exercise:
A moderately paced, deep-water workout designed to help you learn to use the water’s resistance to increase muscle tone, cardiovascular endurance, and range of motion. Specially designed flotation equipment supports you during the class.

Exercise That Feels Good:
A slower-paced, shallow-water workout that will enhance your daily life in an environment that is kind to your joints. You will improve strength, balance, flexibility, and energy.

HIIT:
Build cardiovascular fitness while improving muscular strength and endurance. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a cardio-intensive, full body workout, yet gentle on the joints. Class is held in the deep pool.

HYDRO-FIT: This aerobic-paced, deep-water class will challenge you to increase cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and core conditioning. Specially designed fitness equipment enhances the water’s resistance, toning and strengthening your body.


Meet the Instructors

Becky Lamb: When Becky started a P90X class at Willamalane four years ago, she was immediately hooked. Since then, she went on to become an instructor for PiY0, P90X, and Warrior Rhythm & Strength. These classes help her to feel her best, and she hopes you’ll feel the same!

Celina Hess: When it comes to group exercise, Celina loves (and is certified for) it all! Celina has completed specialized certifications for group exercise, yoga, PiYo, self-defense, and Animal Flow. All these disciplines make Celina a great guide for lifelong fitness.

Cindy O'Brien: Cindy specializes in classes for people over 50. She aims to help people prevent and manage osteoporosis, osteopenia, and arthritis, while building balance and strength in their backs, knees, and hips. Her goal is to add quality to your life without causing pain.

Jamie Velazquez: Jamie grew up with her mother's aerobics classes and never stopped dancing. She has been Zumba® certified since 2010 and has developed and taught dance fitness programs since then. In addition to instructing, Jamie supervises Willamalane's group exercise programs.

Janet Hollander: Janet is skilled in modern dance, creative movement, tai chi, judo, aikido, yoga, and music. Her signature program, Nia Technique, combines many of these disciplines. Janet also leads workshops and classes in Better Bones and Balance and chair-based fitness.

Kara Churchill: Kara brings energy and excitement to every Cycle, Dance Fitness, and Silver and Fit class she teaches. As a professional musical theater actress, she encourages students of all abilities to reach outside their comfort zone to find humor and passion in their movement.

Kate Morgan: Kate is a massage therapist, certified yoga instructor, and Reiki Master who enjoys helping students to know themselves and their bodies more deeply. Her Hatha Yoga and Chair Yoga classes incorporate meditation, breath, and reflection into mindful movement.

Kristin Yarris: Kristin has been teaching group fitness classes for more than 15 years, including time spent as a Schwinn-certified cycle instructor, a Yoga Alliance registered instructor, and a YogaFit-trained instructor. Kristin loves sharing the benefits of yoga and other physical activity with her students.

Laurel Fooks: Laurel is a certified personal trainer who is passionate about functional, accessible fitness that improves her students' quality of life. She is certified to teach Barre Fitness and also specializes in modified movement classes for adults over 40. 

Lin Lin Choy: Lin Lin has been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for over 25 years. With her approachable and innovative teaching style, Lin Lin is well recognized for transforming Tai Ji Quan into an enjoyable exercise experience for participants of all ages.

Linda White: Linda has helped hundreds of people improve their balance through FallProof training and group exercise programs. She specializes in senior fitness, prediabetics, balance training, water fitness, and nutrition counseling. She draws from many formats to help individuals reach their goals.

Machiko Shirai: Machiko brings her Tai Chi and Qi Gong expertise with her from Japan, where she grew up before moving to the United States in 1996. She has been teaching for 30 years and keeps her group exercise classes simple and meditative.

Marilyn Miks: Marilyn found yoga later in life and began practicing in her late 40s. She became certified as a yoga instructor at the age of 57 and especially enjoys helping new yoga practitioners to listen to their bodies and discover the benefits of yoga.

Michie Kawada: In her Silver Sneakers classes, Michie creates movement experiences that are meaningful and memorable. Her classes are designed to help people to move better and function more efficiently in their workouts and their daily lives.

Sasha Woodward: Sasha is a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, medical exercise specialist, and health coach. As Willamalane's fitness coordinator, she substitutes a variety of classes and leads the FitLot class series. She works to create a positive, supportive group exercise community.

Stephanie Turnbull: Stephanie uses her background in biology and health care to inform her fusion yoga programs. She fuses Integrative Yoga Therapy, Hatha Yoga, and Yogalates to strengthen and stabilize our cores, backs, hips, and overall body. She embraces exercise for personal empowerment.

Trish Parker: Trish is passionate about all things dance and is an inspiration for her students. She brings different dance styles, the joy of movement, and a sense of all-around fun to her dance fitness classes.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a class is canceled?
Classes are subject to change and cancellation. People who attend a class regularly will be notified of the cancellation. For the most current information visit the Notices section of this page.

Do you have any online classes?
Yes! Some classes are held simultaneously at our facilities and online.  See the Virtual Fitness Classes section of this page for details.

How old do you have to be to attend group exercise classes?
For water fitness classes, people as young as 13 may join classes. For all other exercise classes, participants must be 18 years old.

How long do classes run?
Classes run 45-55 minutes unless otherwise noted in the class description. 

How intense are the classes?
Most classes are light to moderate intensity. Class formats have modifications to accommodate all different levels of fitness. Please let your fitness class instructor know if you are new to class or if you need modifications so they can offer you exercise options.

Do I need to bring my own equipment?
Yes, please bring your own equipment to in-person classes. The equipment you need will be listed in the class description. Classes using chairs, barres, or water fitness equipment will provide these for class participants.

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