Fitness 4 Life

Taking activity breaks in your workday can help you feel more energetic, improve mood/concentration, enhance sleep, and decrease risk of chronic disease, illness and injury. No-cost Fitness 4 Life programs are offered for all faculty and staff, regardless of benefit eligibility, and spouses covered under Miami's health plan.

Winter/Spring Schedule

January 2-May 18, 2018
Find remaining fall event details and downloadable invitations on the HR Events Calendar.


Miami offers free workshops for all Miami faculty and staff with a valid Miami ID.

Free Skate

Enjoy free admission and skate rental on Friday at Goggin Ice Center. Instruction will not be available.

Where: Goggin Ice Center

When: Fridays, 1/5-4/20 (no session on 1/26)

Fusion Belly Dancing

Let's Dance! Fusion Belly Dance is an introduction to the art of contemporary belly dance. The class fuses Egyptian (Raqs Sharqi), folkloric and Middle Eastern dance modalities with modern dance, ballet, Indian classical dance, as well as Thai classical dance in a stylization that grows out of the American Tribal Style Belly Dance movement. We focus on learning the basic vocabulary of belly dance: stomach undulations, snake arms, hip drops and group improvisation while emphasizing meaningful engagement with the cultural origins of the movements. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. No shoes needed, just bare feet and hips ready to shake. Hip scarves are optional. No experience necessary!

Where: Phillips Hall 115 dance studio

When: Fridays, 2/2-3/9, 12:10-12:55 p.m.


Walk to a different location each week to experience something new and participate in a wellness event. To register, please sign up in your Healthy Miami account or email the Wellness team if you do not have a Healthy Miami account.

Where: Weekly locations to be announced

When: Tuesdays, 4/3-5/8, 12:10-12:55 p.m.

Low Impact Cardio Tone

Join a low-impact fitness class to increase your cardiovascular fitness with aerobic choreography and strength using hand-held weights or elastic tubing with handles. A chair can be available for standing support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.

Where: Sign up at the Rec Center Pro Shop, then report to Room B

When: Mondays, 2/5-3/12, 12:10-12:55 p.m.

Low Impact Water Aerobics

Take the plunge and try this low impact workout that is easy on your joints while building muscle strength and boosts your endurance. Each class includes a warm-up, cardio and strength exercises, and a cooldown. Expect exercises like water walking, bicep curls, leg lifts, and kickboard moves. We will not be going under water; hair may minimally get wet.

Where: Sign up at the Rec Center Pro Shop, then report to the rec center pool

When: Thursdays, 2/8-3/15, 12:10-12:45 p.m.

Team Miami Plus

Interested in completing your first 5K or improving your 5K time? Team Miami helps you get motivated and get moving to complete the Red Brick Run 5K on April 22! Set a goal to run, walk, or walk/jog the 5K and Team Miami will provide weekly training and encouragement all the way to the finish line! This program is open to all employees, students, and community members of all fitness levels. Registration is required and includes a $10 race registration fee and a $25 program fee for a team shirt, weekly coaching, track times, and post-race celebration.

Where: Millett Hall, West Concourse 

When: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2/12-4/16 (Red Brick Race is 4/22)

How to Join

Step 1: Select a training group: Walk, Walk & Jog, or Run and join the weekly training sessions at Millett Hall OR form a mini-group and train at another time and location (weekly check-in recommended).

Step 2: Complete both the Team Miami Plus registration and race day registration.

Step 3: Attend the first session on Monday February 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Millett Hall, West Concourse. Plenty of parking is available. OR start your mini-group training the week of 2/12.

Step 4: Commit to your weekly training and participate in the Red Brick 5K on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Oxford, Ohio


Miami proudly offers free weekly classes for all Miami faculty and staff with a valid Miami ID. All fitness levels are welcome.

Cardio and Strengthening

Hip Hop

Athletic, simple, and fun choreography makes this dance–inspired workout anything but routine. Let’s get up and dance!

Where: North Quad group fitness room, in basement of Martin Dining Hall (entrance facing Flower and Hahne residence halls)

When: Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m.


This high energy class uses choreographed punches and kicks in a fun, intense, and no–contact workout. It is a great work out and accessible to all levels.

Where: North Quad group fitness room, in basement of Martin Dining Hall (entrance facing Flower and Hahne residence halls)

When: Thursdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Total Body Tone

Flow through a variety of total body toning exercises with brief rest intervals in between. Each exercise will emphasize muscular strength, muscular endurance, aerobic conditioning, or a combination of all three.

Where: North Quad group fitness room, in basement of Martin Dining Hall (entrance facing Flower and Hahne residence halls)

When: Thursdays, 12:10-12:55 p.m.


Join the party! This fun class is a fusion of dance themes and Latin, Pop, and International music. You will learn dynamic and effective routines that include body sculpting movements and easy to follow dance steps.

Where: North Quad group fitness room, in basement of Martin Dining Hall (entrance facing Flower and Hahne residence halls)

When: Beginning 1/29/18, Mondays, 12:10-12:55 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mind and Body


Practice this Korean self–defense art and you will acquire basic hand and foot abilities while developing self defense skills of falling, rolling, breakaways, and locking/pinning techniques. All skill levels are welcome to learn how the coordination of mind and body relieves stress and trains a valuable set of skills.

Where: Middletown, Bennett, 2

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Need a weekly stress break? Research has proven a regular meditation practice can improve memory, mental focus, blood pressure, and coping with stress. In this workshop you will be guided through a brief meditation and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Practices will cover the basics of guided relaxation, breathing, and meditation.

Where: McGuffey Hall, 128

When: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


Perform mat exercises the target abdominal and lower back muscles. This class is designed to enhance posture and body awareness by developing a balance between muscular strength and flexibility.

Where: Phillips, 115

When: Tuesdays, 12:10-12:55 p.m.


This traditional instruction will teach basic hand and foot techniques and stances. These skills are then merged into connected movements that develop flexibility, strength, and balance. It is a class for all skill levels designed to provide physical and mental development while having fun and relieving stress.

Where: Middletown Campus, Bennett Recreation Center, 2

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00–7:00 p.m.


Yoga’s benefits include releasing tight muscles, strengthening and stress management. These welcoming classes are appropriate for both new beginners and experienced participants. Classes include movement, holding poses, breath awareness and guided relaxation. Modifications will be offered. Come early to your first class and meet the instructor.

Hamilton Campus

Gym 116 
Wednesdays, 12:10–12:55 p.m.

Middletown Campus

Bennett Recreation Center, 2 
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.–noon

Oxford Campus

1/2-1/23 McGuffey Hall 322; 1/30-5/15 Clawson Fitness Center group fitness room (entrance facing Havighurst Hall)
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Phillips, 33
Wednesdays, 12:10–12:55 p.m.

Fitness Centers

We offer free, no-cost fitness centers for all Miami faculty and staff with a valid Miami ID. Centers include treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, strength training machines, free weights, and more. All fitness levels are welcome, and you can join any time.


The Hamilton campus fitness center is located in the Gym weight room

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


The Middletown campus fitness center is located in the Bennett Recreation Center. It will be closed during winter term, 1/2-1/26.

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


The Oxford campus fitness center is located in the in Phillips Hall, room 113.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

4:15-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday

6:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

Fitness Room will be closed 1/15.


9:00- 11:00 a.m. at the Rec Center: Must show Miami ID or UMR health insurance card.