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? Because of the COVID pandemic, we are requiring registration for all classes. The link to registration can be found HERE. If you forget to register and there is still space in the class, you are welcome to attend.  


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, [email protected], 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? Yes, please bring your own yoga mat for any yoga or fusion classes.


What should I wear to class? Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in!  Yoga: we suggest wearing a more fitted shirt  if you are worried about it coming up when in downward positions. Most people will be in bare feet. Cycling: feel free to wear your outdoor gear (shirts and padded shorts), but the majority of people wear regular workout clothes. The pedals are compatible with SPD clips. Aqua: swimsuits are the typical attire. Feel free to wear shirts over your suit and aqua shoes.


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.