For those looking to get or stay in shape in 2013, have no fear; the RAWC has plenty to offer UTM students.

From biking in the pool to dancing off the calories, there are a number of free classes for students and staff to participate in. I’ve attended a few classes, and I recommend for them for all students, as they’re beginner-friendly.

There’s no need to be intimidated; the instructors are always glad to have new participants, and the exercises can be modified according to the individual’s skill and fitness level.

Here’s a quick tour of a few of the classes the RAWC is offering this semester.


Indoor Cycling

There’s always music blaring in this class, and participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Make sure to bring a towel; you’re bound to be sweating within the first five minutes!


Cross Train

For those looking for a little variety in their workout, this class offers a range of exercises that build muscular endurance, core strength, and cardiovascular fitness. If you’re looking to get six-pack abs, this class is for you.



The fusion of Latin and international music creates a fun atmosphere in the dance studio. This class is a dance workout where you can enjoy yourself and burn calories.


Turbo Kick

A sporty friend of mine, Ebi, participated in this class a few months ago, and his shirt was drenched after the first 15 minutes. The class provides a fun alternative to running for increasing cardiovascular fitness, while still burning the same amount of calories.



As the name indicates, this class is a combination of yoga and Pilates. Stretch out your tightened muscles and build your core strength with a full-body-strengthening workout.


Boot Camp

Be prepared to get your butt kicked by this tough workout. If you’re up for the challenge of a 50-minute, non-stop weight training and cardio workout, this class is for you. But even so, all fitness levels are welcome.



Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there’s such a thing as bikes that can be used in the pool. If you’re bored of swimming laps or you enjoy cycling, then join other members who have discovered the fun of burning calories in this underwater version of a spin class. For those who don’t want to wear their string bikini to the pool, shorts and t-shirts are welcome.



Taught in conjunction with the psychology department, this class helps participants de-stress and improve focus through a series of exercises and stretches designed to strengthen the mind. It’s a great way to relax after classes and take your mind off an upcoming test.


All these classes allow you to get yourself into shape, while meeting new people and learning new ways to strengthen your body and mind. The classes are all on U of T time—they start 10 minutes past the hour—so there’s no need to worry about being late. And even if you are late, it won’t hurt your GPA.

For more information on these and other classes offered at the RAWC, stop by the membership services counter or the control desk at the gym. The RAWC staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and some even participate in the classes. Remember, the classes are free, so you have nothing to lose—besides the calories!