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Group Strength Express and Heart Rate Express

Brief Overview

  • Earn 50 wellness points
  • Deadline: Complete attendance requirements by August 31, 2015
  • Get reimbursed the full course fee when attend at least 13 of the 16 classes.

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General Information

Group Strength Express (GSX) and Heart Rate Express (HRX) classes are open to all University employees and meet twice per week for 10 weeks (which includes pre- and post-fitness assessments).

Classes are 45-minutes in length and are led by Certified Personal Trainers who provide modifications and variable intensity options depending on your physical ability. Group sizes are typically 4-8 people.

UPlan members taking the course for the first time do not need to have a membership to the Recreation & Wellness Center or St. Paul Gym in order to participate, but ID is still required.

Earn Wellness Points

When you attend at least 13 of the 16 classes, you will earn 50 wellness points for your participation in the program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for those points to reflect in your StayWell Online profile after you complete the program.

Note:
You may earn a maximum of 50 wellness points for the 2014-2015 program year for participating in a University-sponsored wellness course like GSX or HRX. You may earn an additional 50 points by participating in a self-directed wellness activity on your own.

Costs

First-time participation in GSX or HRX is $199, but that cost can be fully reimbursed to you if you're eligible and complete the course requirements.

UPlan members taking a course and eligible for the $199 fee reimbursement do not need to have a membership to the Recreation & Wellness Center or St. Paul Gym in order to participate, but ID is still required. All other non-reimbursement participants must purchase a facility membership at the location of their course.


Reimbursement

University employees who are UPlan members are eligible for reimbursement. Employees that are covered by their spouse's UPlan, even if they are University of Minnesota employees, are not eligible for reimbursement. UPlan dependents are also not eligible for reimbursement, even if they are a University of Minnesota employee.

If you're eligible for reimbursement, attend 13 of the 16 classes and complete the pre- and post-class fitness assessment to receive full reimbursement. One lifetime reimbursement per GSX & HRX class allowed (2 maximum).


Group Strength Express Classes

Option 1: Circuit

  • More applicable for beginner participants
  • Complete a strength machine and cardiovascular interval circuit during the first 20-25 minutes of each session
  • Spend the remaining 20-25 minutes of your session focusing on full body strength and endurance, core training and flexibility

Option 2: Kettlebell

  • More applicable for intermediate and advanced participants
  • Complete a 5-10 minute dynamic warm up, a 25-35 minute training session using kettlebells as the primary modality, and 5-10 minutes of core conditioning and flexibility training
  • Improve muscular strength and power through exercises such as the kettlebell squat and swing

Within both formats you will:

  • Meet for 45 minutes, twice a week, for eight weeks
  • Strengthen your muscles, enhance your cardiovascular fitness, and learn the basics of a balanced exercise program
  • Receive individual attention from a certified personal trainer
  • Work out in a small group under the instruction of a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Complete pre- and post-class fitness assessments to measure muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition
     

Heart Rate Express Classes

Currently we offer one class format within this category. In this class, you will:

  • Meet for 45 minutes, twice a week, for eight weeks
  • Spend 30-35 minutes of each class focusing on improving cardiovascular training through treadmill-based or cycling-based training.
  • Spend 10-15 minutes of each class focusing on core/abdominal strengthening and overall flexibility
  • Train in a small group under the instruction of a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Complete pre- and post-class fitness assessments to measure cardiovascular endurance and body composition

How to Enroll in Group Strength or Heart Rate Express

Step 1. Complete the Registration Form (PDF)

Step 2. Mail Registration Form via campus or U.S. mail to:

Attn: Kevin Widmer, Personal Fitness Manager
123 Harvard St SE
2071A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

OR hand deliver in a sealed envelope to the Recreation & Wellness Center, addressed to Kevin Widmer.

IMPORTANT: Registration forms received after January 23rd, 2015 will not be accepted, and will be destroyed in order to protect personal health information.

Step 3. Create an account to receive your reimbursement


Spring Semester 2015 Schedule


NOTE: Pre-Assessments begin the week of February 2nd and exercise classes begin the week of February 9th at the St. Paul Gym and the Minneapolis Recreation and Wellness Center.  If a particular class time has less than 4 participants, that class will not occur and participants will be contacted for reassignment.

St.Paul Gym (St.Paul)

Class

Time

Days

GSX-Circuit

6:45 - 7:30 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

HRX (cycle-based)

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

University Recreation & Wellness Center (East Bank)

Class

Time

Days

GSX-Circuit
GSX-Kettlebell
HRX

6:00 - 6:45 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit
GSX-Kettlebell
HRX

6:45 - 7:30 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit
GSX-Kettlebell
HRX

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Circuit

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

6:00 - 6:45 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

6:45 - 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

GSX-Kettlebells
HRX

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

HRX

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

HRX

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

 

Program information

  • Points: 50
  • Deadline: Complete by August 31, 2015

Quick links

Need assistance?

  • Specific concern? Ask Kevin Widmer at: widme024@umn.edu
    • Telephone: 612-626-8476
  • StayWell HelpLine: 866-341-1170
  • Email: well@umn.edu 
  • 4-UOHR Phone Center:
    • 612-624-8647
    • 800-756-2363