I got certified as a group fitness instructor and began teaching GroupX classes two years ago during my freshman spring at MIT, specializing is strength training and functional movement.
This previous spring semester, I taught two classes/week at MIT Recreation!
Time: Every Sunday, 9:30am-10:30am
Location: T-Club Lounge
Description: Interval training is a form of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) that alternates between 20 seconds of very intense bursts of work and 10 seconds of rest in four-minute rounds. You will experience a total body strength and cardiovascular workout in this class. All levels welcome!
Time: Every Sunday, 10:30am-11:15am
Location: T-Club Lounge
Description: Increase lean muscle tissue and metabolism. Offers a non-aerobic workout by incorporating a variety of resistance equipment.
To learn more about what specific things to expect in each of these classes, check out the FAQ section below!
MIT Recreation also offers many other class formats to try out and spice up your workout routine (I am a big advocate of cross-training!) You can view the schedule here.
You can sign up to take any GroupX class at MIT ahead of time using the MIT Recreation mobile app, as early as 48 hours before the class and up to the hour before the class begins.
If you sign up and can no longer make it, you should cancel your sign up at the latest, an hour before the class begins, so other people standing by can take the class :)
If you are unable to sign up with the app, walk-ins are usually accepted, but each class does have a 25-person maximum capacity due to safety reasons, so you may be unable to take the class if maximum capacity is reached.
For this reason, I always recommend my class participants sign up ahead of time. It also helps me better plan for the class if I know how many people will be there!
That's amazing, and I'm so excited for you as you begin your new adventure in fitness!
Taking either my Interval Training or Pilates class will help you learn the fundamentals of movements that help you get and stay lean and strong.
I always provide exercise modifications for beginners in my classes, and you'll also get to meet a wonderful community of other people all at different pointsin their fitness journeys.
For any GroupX class, I recommend that you bring your own towel and water bottle to the class, as the workout can get pretty sweaty and the nearest water fountains to the T-Club require some walking to get to.
If you happen to have any other questions or concerns about GroupX or just fitness in general, please feel free to email me and I'd love to chat!
At the beginning of all of my classes, I always ask if there is anyone with any injuries or recovering from them.
If you are still recovering from any type of injury, please do let me know before the class begins either during this announcement or privately as people are still setting up for the class.
This allows me to provide more tailored, specific exercise modifications for you during the workout.
With that being said, my biggest piece of advice while you are experiencing or recovering from an injury is to be patient with yourself and respect what your body needs to heal.
This year, I recently had a back injury that did not allow me to train for 4 weeks. With my injury, overcoming the mental challenges was just as difficult, if not more difficult than overcoming the physical challenges. You may want to jump back to your normal routine as soon as possible, but pushing your body when it is not ready can possibly lead to more injuries and a longer recovery time.
You don't need to worry about losing all your fitness progress from before because your body will still retain that muscle memory built from previous training and will work to re-stabilize to a healthy state again when it is done healing.
Your body does so much for you every day, so always try to be kind to your body and please give it a break when it needs one :)
Unfortunately, no :(
Because I am also an undergraduate student, I am not allowed to sign off of my peers' PE credit forms.
The T-Club Lounge is on the 2nd floor of duPont Athletic Center in the Zeisger Fitness Center. More details can be found here.
1. Check in: At the door, there will be a MIT Recreation staff member with a class roster who will ask for your MIT ID.
a. If you registered for the class using the MIT Recreation mobile app, your name should be on the roster and will be checked off by the staff member. You're good to go!
b. If you are doing a walk-in, let the staff member know and they will write down your name and ID number onto the roster if there is available space remaining (each class has a 25-person maximum capacity due to safety reasons, so I always recommend registering ahead of time with the MIT Recreation mobile app!)
2. Set up: For Interval Training, just grab a mat and a set of medium weights from the back corner of the room. If there are additional pieces of equipment we will need that day, I will let you know!
For Pilates, borrow a yoga mat from the back of the room or bring your own! Set up your mat wherever you feel comfortable in the room. Shoes are optional.
3. Foam roll (optional): If you have time, I highly recommend grabbing a foam roller from the equipment closet in the back and foam rolling your legs, glutes, back, and any other areas that may have tension. Foam rolling before your workout improves your athletic performance during your workout, and there is a lot of research that backs this up.
(A brief explanation why: foam rolling before exercising releases tension in muscles so they are fully relaxed before you start working them. That way, when you enter into your workout, they’ll be able to fully compress—allowing you to reap the full benefits of the work you’re putting in. You still can and should foam roll after your workout to help your muscles recover more quickly.)
Interval Training: We begin the class with a 5-minute dynamic warmup to wake up your muscles and prepare them for the exercise moves to come later in the workout.
The next 45 minutes will consist of multiple 4-minute intervals with 1-2 minutes of rest in between each. Each interval alternates between 20 seconds of intense bursts of work and 10 seconds of rest and will have different focuses such as FAT BURN, UPPER BODY STRENGTH, LOWER BODY STRENGTH, POWER, or CORE.
We wrap up the class with a 5-minute cool down and stretch, but if we are running short on time, I highly recommend doing additional stretching after the class if possible!
Pilates Every 40-minute class begins with a 5-minute warmup to engage the entire core and practice full breaths while performing exercise moves.
For the first half of the class, we slowly practice specific Pilates moves, focusing on breathing and technique.
In the second half of the class, we revisit the moves we just practiced in 3-4 minute tracks choreographed to faster, upbeat music to really get in that final burn. This is your final chance in the workout to challenge yourself and really see what your body is capable of, so give it all you got and have fun with it!
We wrap up the class with a 5-minute stretch, focusing on flexibility to increase overall range of motion.
The staff member who takes attendance at the door should allow for you to still enter up to 5 minutes after the class has begun. After 5 minutes, you may be unable to enter and will be counted as a no-show if you pre-registered to take the class.