Fitness Classes

Students taking part in Fitness Class.

The Fitness Center offers a variety of classes, including yoga, bootcamp, cardio dance and more.

Classes are free.


    Fitness class schedule

    Fall 2019 Schedule

    Fall 2019


    Class descriptions

    Yoga — Using breath, posture, and movement, there is an opportunity to explore our bodies and minds using that deeper breath as a guide. Practice in this environment is full of playfulness, and even laughter, but it also affords a time for quiet inner reflection.

    HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training involving clinically studied exercise methods. See what's on the HIIT list every Friday.

    Bootcamp  Built for all levels. Improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle endurance.

    Fitness 101  One hour of an introduction to fitness. Low to moderate intensity, designed for those new to fitness!

    Cardio Dance  A mixture of barre and zumba-like dancing. Mix it up on Tuesdays!

    Barre Strength — 45 minutes of lean muscle development for a toned body.

    Butts & Guts - 30 minutes of gut busting, leg and booty sculpting work.


    Meet our instructors

    Matt ChesleyMatt Chesley – HIIT I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Fitness Nutrition, as well as the founder of the Detroit Mercy Biggest Loser. From January 2013 to June 2015, I lost 70 pounds and kept it off. I love teaching others about fitness and introducing new exercises to break the monotony of exercising the same way every week. I sing and play guitar and have played Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall and the Pike Room at The Crofoot. I have shared the stage with Everclear, Fall Out Boy and Chiodos. I am a graduate of Central Michigan University, class of 2009. I have a daughter born in July 2014 and a son born August 2016.

    Crystal PayterCrystal Payter – Cardio Dance/Barre Strength I have a B.F.A in Dance and Associate’s in Fitness Leadership, and my M.S. in Exercise Science. I have worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for six years. I have taught classes in Zumba, senior fitness, spinning, kickboxing, total body strength, barre and yoga. I work in cardiac rehab as an exercise physiologist for Henry Ford Health System and in my spare time I enjoy running 5Ks, 10Ks, obstacle races like Tough Mudder and the occasional half marathon. This year I am signed up for my first full marathon.

    Jim StoutJim Stout – Yoga Jim joined Detroit Mercy in 1994 and also teaches at two yoga studios: Everyday Yoga in Royal Oak/Clawson, and Yoga Now in West Bloomfield. Jim is an avid runner and cyclist, having participated in marathons, long distance road cycling and mountain biking. Jim has the 200-hour certification as recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified spinning instructor.

    BaberBarraka Baber – Bootcamp/Fitness 101 I've been working for the university for about 4 years. Undergrad degree in cybersecurity. All around awesome guy.

    MaryMary Gresens - Yoga Mary enjoyed a career of thirty years in the international automotive industry as an engineering and business executive. After jumping off the hamster wheel of success, she earned a doctorate from Georgetown University and became deeply immersed in all-round fitness.  Yoga, meaning to yoke the mind, body, and spirit is a natural fit. She is a professor in the Jesuit Worldwide Learning program, a certified Yoga instructor and a First Degree Nia Black Belt teacher as well as a  commissioned Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition, dedicated to helping others find balance and harmony in their respective lives. 


    Fitness Class Contact

    Share your thoughts on current and future classes offered at the Detroit Mercy Fitness Center, or to apply to instruct a class, email Matt Chesley.