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Fitness Centers & Programs

Ann Arbor has many private fitness centers; see the Yellow Pages or the Internet for listings.

Health & Fitness Center at WCC. (734) 975-9950. (See General Programs & Facilities listing.) Over 100 group exercises classes per week. Elevated walk/jog track; circuit, resistance, and cardiovascular training equipment; free weights; lap and warm-water pools; whirlpool. Group exercise classes (yoga, Pilates, spinning, Zumba, water aerobics, and many more) free for members. Personal training. Tours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m).,

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. (734) 971-6355. (See General Programs & Facilities listing.) Personal trainers, private swim instructors, group fitness, and water exercise classes year round for all ages and abilities. Cardio and strength-training equipment. (click on MLM Rec Center). S

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53149. Cardio Dance & Pilates, Hiit Boot Camp, Nia Fitness, paddleboard yoga, personal training, Power Yoga, Therapeutic Water Exercise, weight training, Yoga Pilates, Zumba, and many other health and wellness classes for adults year round., S

Lifetime Fitness, U-M Kinesiology Community Programs. (734) 647-2708. Designed for seniors but open to all, at Macy's Court in Briarwood Mall. Aerobic exercise and stretching (Mon. & Wed.), chair yoga (Tues.), and Zumba (Thurs.), 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Free (donation requested).,

U-M Rec Sports: Group-X. Group fitness programs for U-M affiliates and RecSports members at CCRB at (734-763-3084) and NCRB (734-763-4560). Zumba, yoga, cycle, and many other cardio, strength, and mind-body activities. See website for rates and class schedule.

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Free weights, squat rack, and exercise machines. Over 100 weekly group exercise classes, 34 free with membership. Health management programs. Personal training available. S

Jogging & Walking

The city's plentiful parkland, including long stretches of scenic riverfront pathways, provides miles of off-road running. Many Ann Arborites don't even have to leave their own neighborhoods to find prime jogging space. The Health & Fitness Center at WCC, (734) 975-9950, has a two-lane, 1/8-mile indoor track. The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, (734) 971-6355, has a two-lane, 1/12-mile indoor track (see General Programs & Facilities listing for fees) and a free 1.4-mile, 18-fitness-station trail (with directions and equipment) at County Farm Park behind the building. The YMCA (734) 996-9622, has an unbanked 13-laps-to-the-mile indoor track above the gym. The U-M has an 1/8-mile indoor track at the CCRB (734) 763-3084 and a 1/10-mile indoor track at the NCRB, (734) 763-4560. For outdoor runners, Palmer Field features a 1/4th mile track. Briarwood mall opens its doors early (8 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. Sun.) to walkers year round.

Martial Arts & Self-Defense

Ann Arbor has many private martial arts studios; search online for listings.

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53234. Aikido, Sanchin Ryu karate, hapkido, self-defense, plus classes for youth and preschool.

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Classes year round in aikido, judo, jujitsu, karate, tae kwon do, and tai chi for all ages and levels. Year-round karate and judo clubs.

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Ann Arbor has many private yoga studios; see the Yellow Pages or the Internet for listings.

Health & Fitness Center at WCC. (734) 975-9950. Classes for beginning, intermediate, and experienced levels include power, slow flow, and in traditional and flow, Anusara, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Vinyasa, and Iyengar. Free to members. See website for schedule.

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53149. Classes year round in Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin-Yasa Yoga, family yoga, prenatal yoga, therapeutic yoga, chair yoga, better back yoga, yoga for anxiety and depression, and others, plus classes and camps for youth.,

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga instruction: focused classes for all levels and ages. Specialty classes for pregnancy, teens, toddlers, runners and more.

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