Ames Fitness Center

Group Fitness: Frequently Asked Questions


How much do the classes cost?  All classes are free with an AFC membership. You can attend as many or as few as you would like.


Do I have to register for classes? We offer registration for all of our spin classes. Although registration isn't required, by doing so it will guarantee you a spot in the class. The spin classes get very busy between January and March, so registration is highly recommended.  CLICK HERE to set up your account and register. CLICK HERE for direct app download for phone.


How do I know what class to go to? There is a description of all the classes available (at any front desk or online) or video clips to preview on line. If you have specific questions, please contact Mandy McGuire, mandym@amesfitness.com, and she would be happy to talk through the classes with you and find something appropriate.


It’s my first time going to class… how will I know how to set up? The instructors are there to help set up and answer questions. Fellow participants are typically more than happy to help also. Make sure to arrive a few minutes prior to class so there is enough time to get set up with appropriate equipment.


Where is the Group Fitness studio?
South: The studio is located on ground level. Take your first right after checking in. Turn left at the end of the hallway. The studio is on the right across from the locker rooms. 
North: Follow the hall past the cardio and strength equipment. Take a left at the hallway. The studio is located on the right.


Where is the spinning studio? Ground level at our South location. Take your first right after checking in. The studio is located at the end of the hallway.


How do I get to the pool? The pool is at our North location. There is access from both the male and female locker rooms. There is also access through a door across from the Group Fitness room.


Where is the yoga studio? The yoga studio is located on the ground level of the South location. It is approximately  mid-way down the main lobby on the left. 


I am not flexible, can I still go to yoga? Absolutely - that is the reason you should go.  Don’t feel like you need to be successful at every move the first day! Our instructors will be there to guide you and offer options.


Do I need to bring my on yoga mat to yoga class? If you are attending class in the yoga studio at South, you need to bring your own mat, or they are available to rent at the front desk for $5. AFC supplies mats in all of the other studios, but you are welcome to bring your own if you choose.


Do I have to know how to swim to attend aqua classes? No, we have a shallow pool and none of the moves require knowing how to swim.


Do I have to wear a swim suit to take aqua classes? Feel free to wear anything that will keep you covered in the water. Many people will wear shirts over their swim suits.


Do I have to submerge my head under water during aqua class? No, you do not need to submerge your head under water. However, please be aware that in order to maintain proper posture, your shoulders may need to be under water for certain exercises and your hair may get wet.