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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.) Elevated walk/jog track; circuit, resistance, and cardiovascular training equipment; free weights; lap and warm-water pools; whirlpool. Exercise classes include aquatics, spinning, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and core conditioning; classes free for members. Personal training.,

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. 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

U-Move Fitness. (734) 764-1342. Exercise classes in aerobics, aquatics, yoga, strength and conditioning and the Lifetime Fitness program held at Briarwood mall for seniors., S The CCRB (734-763-3084), IMSB (734-763-3562), and NCRB (734-763-4560) also have weight-training and conditioning facilities open to students and U-M Rec Sports members.

U-M Rec Sports: Group-X. Group fitness program offers a variety of classes at CCRB (734-763-3084) and NCRB (734-763-4560). Zumba, yoga, cycle, and many other cardio, strength, and mind-body activities. U-M students and Rec Sports members are eligible for $5 day passes and unlimited semester passes. See website for rates and class schedule.

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Free weights and exercise machines. Group exercise classes include aerobics, Pilates, Nia, Zumba, TRX, dance, and weight-training classes. 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.,

U-Move Fitness. (734) 764-1342. Variety of classes for U-M students, faculty, staff, and others affiliated with U-M.

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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