Fitness Classes

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The Fitness Center offers a variety of classes, including yoga, fitness 101, cardio dance and more. Best of all: Classes are FREE.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, masks are required while in the fitness center. However, most of our classes are available to view online on Microsoft Stream or on Instagram (@DetroitMercyRec). Weather permitting, classes are held outside with social distancing guidelines in place.

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.

Matt's 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 — Zumba-like dance fitness. Mix it up on Tuesdays!

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

Winter 2021 Schedule

Fall 2020 Schedule Coming Soon!

Meet our Instructors

Matt Chesley

Matt Chesley

HIIT, Bootcamp, and Butts & Guts Instructor – 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 three kids. Two girls and a boy.

Crystal Payter

Crystal Payter

Cardio Dance/Barre Strength Instructor – 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 Stout

Jim Stout

Yoga Instructor – 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.

Barraka Baber

Barraka Fitness 101 Instructor - I work in Cyber Security for Detroit Mercy. I am passionate about fitness for all. I DJ on the side.

Miranda Novak

Miranda Total Body Fix Instructor - I am a sophomore studying Chemistry for pre-dental. I started working out to get more toned, but ended up finding it helps with stress, mood, and overall happiness as well!