Group Fitness Classes

Group fitness classes are a great way to learn a variety of exercise styles. Through group fitness, you are exposed to a community of people with similar goals who are seeking a healthy lifestyle. We offer a variety of exciting, fun, and dynamic group fitness classes on a weekly basis that are free with your HRC membership. Below you will find information on the various classes offered each semester.

Check out our summer partnership with The Hot Room.

group fitness summer schedule

Are you a student interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor? This course may be for you! We are pleased to announce that we will be offering an In-House Certification course for both Personal Training and Group Fitness. This course will take place throughout the Spring semester of 2021. If you are interested, please fill out this form. Please contact if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. For more information, continue reading.

General Course Information: This 12-week course (PT) or 8-week course (GFit) will consist of both a lab and lecture portion to ensure that you are prepared and well-equipped to achieve your goals and pursue your interests. You will be working alongside other students, HRC-employed personal trainers, and group fitness instructors. Technique and skill will be taught directly from ACE, by qualified employees at the HRC.

Location: HRC Conference Room 154 (by the ping pong table if entering through the doors closest to Hinkle Fieldhouse)

Expectations: You will get out of the course what you put into the course; however, taking the course does not ensure a certification. You must pass the written exam administered at the end of the 8 or 12-week period. You must also complete a “mock training” session or “audition” with one of the instructors. It is crucial that you demonstrate proper rapport, technique, communication skills, and ability to ensure you are well-equipped and prepared for the job. Students that achieve a certificate must commit to at least one year of training or teaching at the HRC.

Estimated Price:

Personal Training: We are able to offer you a deal! The course is estimated to cost around $600 total. A typical national certification costs anywhere from $800-$1400, so take advantage of the opportunity and get a kick start on your career or side hustle. We are here to help you, please reach out to with any cost concerns.

Required Material for PT: American Council on Exercise: The Exercise Professional’s Guide to Personal Training 6th Ed. ($150) AND Certification Exam ($399)


  • ACE Personal Training Study Program for Students: $199.95 + $399.00 Certification Exam

Group Fitness: Another deal will be offered here. The estimated cost for a national certification is $400 – $500 on average. Again, please reach out to with any cost concerns.

Required Material for GFit: American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness Instructor Handbook. ($59.95) AND Certification Exam ($199)


  • ACE Group Fitness Student Program: $79.95 + $199.00 Certification Exam

The books are required for our course. The course itself does not have a cost attached to it. The books and final examination are what make up the price you will pay. These payments are directly through ACE, not the HRC.

Estimated Time Commitment: To ensure proper training, practice, and skills, the course will occur two times per week on average over the course of 8 or 12 weeks. Your total lab and lecture time commitment will not exceed five hours per week.

Next Steps: Keep an eye out for emails from You must fill out the form above to be added to the email list. He will be in touch with those who expressed interest.

Customized Group Fitness is a Recreation & Wellness service available for students, faculty, and staff who would like to reserve a group fitness instructor to teach a class for a special event or for their department, office, organization, etc.

Custom Fitness Class Pricing

Number of Participants Number of Instructors Needed Type of Class Price
1-17 1 Cycling $40.00
1-40 1 Yoga, Pilates, Barre $50.00
41-80 2 Yoga, Pilates, Barre $75.00
81+ 3 Yoga, Pilates, Barre $100.00
1-40 1 Zumba, HIIT, Total Body Strength $40.00
41-80 2  Zumba, HIIT, Total Body Strength $60.00
81+ 3  Zumba, HIIT, Total Body Strength $80.00

Payments can be made via cash, check, or journal voucher.

Submit your request for a Customized Group Fitness Class here.

Please submit requests no later than 10 business days prior to your event.

When are classes?

Class times will change each semester based off of the availability of our instructors and the Butler University academic calendar.  To stay up to date on our group fitness schedule each semester, check back to this web page or follow on Instagram.

Do Group Fitness classes cost money?

The cost of classes is already included in the student activity fees, which all full-time students pay at the beginning of the school year. Group fitness classes are also free for anyone with a valid HRC membership. Special Event classes typically cost $5 upon registration.  If you are interested in planning a Customized Group Fitness class for a private event or group, a small fee will be requested.  For more information on Customized Group Fitness check the drop-down above.

Can Faculty and Staff take classes?

Yes, all classes are open to all Faculty and Staff members.

Where are the classes located?

Most of the Group Fitness Classes are located in The Wet Room, on the lower level of the HRC. Some classes are also held in The Zone, which will always be indicated on the Group Fitness schedule.

What are Special Event classes?

Special Event classes are offered once a month each semester. These are classes that are typically not offered on the weekly Group Fitness schedule. Information for Special Event classes can be found on the website, on social media, and posted on flyers throughout the HRC.

How early should I arrive for class?

We recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to the start time of class if you are able to.  New participants may want to arrive early and introduce themselve to the instructor so the instructor and give them a preview of the class.

Butler group fitness classes are now on YouTube!  Follow this link and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss a class taught by your favorite group fitness instructors!

We would like to continue supporting your health and wellness journey by offering additional virtual resources. Follow this link for information regarding exercise libraries, wellness resources, exercise programs, and ways to build your own workouts at home.

Before a group fitness class this year, please be aware of the following polices:

  1. Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are taking a drink of water
  2. Participants must remain in their designated, physically distanced space during class
  3. Arrive to the HRC 10 minutes prior to the start of class
  4. Bring your own water bottle and water filler stations will be available
  5. Do not share equipment with other participants
  6. Use the provided wipes to sanitze your quipment after use