UoM Sport

Fitness Classes

Class difficulty level

- Easy - Suitable for beginners and getting back to exercise

♥♥ - Medium - Suitable for people getting back to exercise and regular exercisers

♥♥♥ - Hard - Suitable for regular exercisers and those wanting a hard workout


Wellbeing Rooms location

Simon building

  • AR - Activity Room - G.66
  • DU - Dual-Usage Room - G.65
  • LGR - Large Group Room - 1.63

Sackville Street Building

  • H11 - Room H11


All classes apart from 'Drop In' need to be booked.

When attending Drop In classes please pay the teacher directly when you come to class.

Abs, Bums & Backs

Designed for those that want a quick blast. The class is purely concentrating on the stomach, backs and buttocks; you will be surprised what you can acheive. Wear comfortable movable clothing - trainers or pumps, T-shirt , shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms

Time & Place

  • Thursday 12:00 – 12:30 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Barre Concept


An exercise programme that combines the precision of Pilates and Yoga with the grace and techniques of simple Ballet moves. The session elements form a challenging toning stretching and fat burning workout.

Time & Place

  • Friday 13:00 – 13:45 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Body Blast Express


A 30 minutes low impact, high intensity workout that will work you from top to bottom, using a step and hand-weights.

Time & Place

  • Thursday 13:10 – 13:40 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Bosu Blast


30 minutes Full body workout using the Bosu. The Bosu means Both Sides Up and is a great piece of equipment that you can use both sides.

The Bosu can be used as a balance ball challenging your core or you can use it as a step to work your aerobic system. The session will blast your core from the front, side and back with the Bosu which will make every exercise even more challenging. Water and towel a must!

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 13:00 – 13:30 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Bums & Tums


A low impact class that focuses on strengthening the key muscles and tightening the glutes, thighs and stomach.

Time & Place

Express Bums & Tums

  • Monday 12:35 – 13:05 | Wellbeing AR | Book
  • Monday 12:00 – 12:30 | Sackville H11 | Book
  • Thursday 13:00 - 13:30 | Sackville H11 | Book

Legs, Bums & Tums

  • Wednesday 17:00 – 17:45 | Sackville H11 | Book



Not for the faint hearted. This nonstop 30 minute cardio workout is all extreme. A workout that pushes you to your limit! Excellent for helping with weight loss and improving physical stamina. Water and a towel are essential!

Time & Place

  • Monday 12:00 – 12:30 | Wellbeing AR | Book
  • Thursday 12:35 – 13:05 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Cardio Pilates


This is a great class to get a bit of everything from aerobics activity to relaxing stretching. This class will get you lean using the Pilates principle and cardio fit by introducing dynamic movement and exercise equipment such as weights and resistance bands.

Time & Place

  • Monday 13:10 – 13:55 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Core de force


Core De Force from Beachbody,who gave you great programs like Insanity, P90X and Piyo. Combinations of mixed martial arts (MMA) kicks and punches (No contact) with cardio spikes to get your metabolism up. 3 minutes each block= 1 minute MMA Move, 30 second spike, 1 minute MMA Move, 30 second spike followed by short recovery. Lots of rotational moves targeting your core and abs from every angle.

Time & Place

  • Friday 17:35 – 18:20 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Dance Fitness


A quick paced simple dance workout class covering various non complexed styles of dance moves such as Street dance, salsa, Jive. Jazz fused with fitness moves .The simplicity of the class will really give you a great all round workout.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 17:15 – 18:05 | Sackville H11 | Book

Fit Steps


A unique blend of fitness and dance inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. In this class you’ll be dancing all the latin and ballroom styles; Cha-cha-cha, Jive, Quickstep, Waltz, Samba, Rumba, Pasodoble and many more with proven fitness techniques and what's best is that no partner is required!

Time & Place

  • Thursday 18:00 – 18:45 | Wellbeing DU | Book


In this class you will use weighted hoops around the waist which will work your entire body. The session is low impact and suitable for beginners. Learn the basics of hooping and progress into learning new tricks. Not suitable for pregnant women, and people who have had a gastric band in the last year or chronic back pain.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Indian Club Swinging - Movement, Meditation & Strength

Indian clubs is rooted in the martial and yogic traditions of ancient India and Persia. During Victorian and Edwardian times Indian Club Swinging was one of the most popular health and vitality exercises in the West, practiced by adults and children across Europe and North America. It was even an event in the early 20th Century Olympic Games! In modern Iran related exercises are performed as a spiritual practice, whilst martial artists throughout the world value its unique dynamic method of strength conditioning.

This beginners class introduces a relaxed and gentle approach to the ancient art of Indian Club Swinging, with a focus on relaxation, postural alignment and whole body flowing movement for flexibility, balance, strength and endurance. In flavour it’s more like Tai Chi than Weight Training.

Time & Place

  • Wednesday 12:00 – 13:00 | Wellbeing DU | Book



Maximum interval training, provides maximum intensity exercise. This replaces traditional moderate-intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and trades short intervals of intensity for short periods of rest. As a result, people experience faster increases in cardiovascular fitness, and burn carbohydrates and fat more efficiently—as much as 1,000 calories per hour! If you are short on time we also offer a 30 minute Insanity class.

Time & Place

  • Thursday 17:15 – 18:00 | Sackville H11 | Book

Kettlebell Conditioning


Designed to shape the body using light weights. It's fun, fast and burns the fat with super effective results - the ultimate all over body conditioning. Kettlebells focus the core using swing, snatch and jerk action. Every single muscle is worked hard. It develops endurance, aerobics capacity and strength. It’s a great fat burner and toner. Wear trainers or pumps, T-shirt, shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms.

Time & Place

  • Friday 12:00 – 13:00 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Let's Sing - Led by Choir Master Joe Chesterman

Since joining the University of Manchester's undergraduate course in 2014, Joe has been studying voice with Andrew Heggie (RNCM), singing in the University's top choirs and forming groups of his own to conduct and direct. A progression from learning the voice to teaching it emerged as Joe took solo roles in the University's chamber choir, Ad Solem, and began sharing knowledge with the unauditioned Manchester University Music Society (MUMS) Outreach Choir, assisting the MUMS opera chorus, and encouraging independent musicianship from his eight-member choir, Martin's Monks.

Members joining or continuing with the Wellbeing Choir will find themselves in a welcoming atmosphere for all abilities regardless of musical training. We will be singing in unison and in harmony; singing pop, folk and spirituals. I really look forward to seeing you all!

Time & Place

  • Wednesday 13:00 – 13:45 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Pilates Beginners

Develop your balance, strength and flexibility in this popular class. This course is ideal for beginners and each week you will progress to another level. Wear comfortable moveable clothing eg. leggings, shorts, and a t-shirt. No shoes required.

Time & Place

  • Wednesday 17:00 - 17: 55 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Pilates Improvers


The Pilates progression course is designed for people who regularly do Pilates. The course will offer levels and take you through a series of standing, lying and side lying exercises. Wear comfortable moveable clothing (leggings, shorts, and a t-shirt). No shoes required.

Time & Place

  • Monday 17:15 - 18:00 (Drop In) | Sackville H11
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 12:50 | Sackville H11 | Book
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 12:45 (Drop In) | Wellbeing AR

PiYo Workout


brought to you by Beach body – A combination of Yoga and Pilates moves performed at a fast pace giving you a cardio workout and burning unwanted body fat. It’s a high intensity low impact workout will give you the results you have always wanted.

Time & Place

  • Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise based on Tai Chi Chuan, a martial art from China. Originating in ancient China, the underlying principles of Tai Chi facilitate coordination of body, mind and breath to promote health, wellbeing and vitality. This class is meditative, calming, relaxing and fun, aiming to: relieve stress; improve postural awareness; mindfully, naturally and gently mobilise all joints and connective tissues; promote physical, mental and emotional balance; develop the ability to concentrate; encourage improved coordination; and develop overall health promoting fitness without strain. Tai Chi is proven to help with many chronic health conditions, and this class is designed to be accessible, safe and effective for most people.

Time & Place

  • Monday 12:00 – 12:55 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Tai Chi Ball

A fascinating and holistic mind/body exercise system which uses wooden balls to gently exercise the whole body. Rooted in the health and longevity movement arts of ancient China, these basic routines are easy to learn and fun to practice. Specifically, the exercises help to mobilise and strengthen all of the joints of the body through gentle whole body movements focused on relaxed circular, rolling and spiralling patterns of expression. Participants are encouraged to be mindful of postural and biomechanical alignments, and to move in harmony with their breath to promote a sense of relaxed energy and vitality. As well as being physically effective (building strength, flexibility and endurance), the exercises can help release tension in the nerves, enabling deep relaxation and helping reduce potentially damaging mental and emotional stress.

Time & Place

  • Friday 12:00 – 13:00 | Wellbeing DU | Book



The global dance/fitness craze combining a mix of dances from the world's rhythms. Zumba is an excellent, fun workout with simple choreographed routines combining the mix of dances rhythms from around the world including salsa, hip hop, reggae, samba, disco plus many more. It’s the ultimate body conditioning fat burning session. Wear trainers or pumps, T-shirt, shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms.

Time & Place


  • Tuesday 18:10 – 19:00 | Wellbeing AR | Book


  • Wednesday 13:00 – 13:30 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Express Drop in (♥)

  • Friday 12:00 – 12:30 | Sackville H11


We offer many different types of Yoga. Have a look below to see which one suits you best.

Ashtanga Yoga


This is a powerful form of Yoga and is recommended for people who are relatively fit, and have previously practiced yoga and who want to improve their strength, flexibility and muscle tone. Please note Ashtange is one of the more advanced Yogas and is not for everyone. Wear comfortable moveable clothing eg. leggings, shorts, and a t-shirt. No shoes required.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 17:00 – 18:00 | Wellbeing AR | Book
  • Thursday 17:15 – 18:45 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Hatha Yoga

Focus the mind and increase the flexibility of the body by using classical yoga and breathing techniques in a precise way to enhance the posture. Ideal yoga for the complete beginner. Wear comfortable moveable clothing eg. leggings, shorts, and a t-shirt. No shoes required.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 13:00 – 13:55 | Wellbeing AR | Book
  • Wednesday 12:00 – 12:50 | Sackville H11 | Book
  • Wednesday 18:10 – 19:10 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Iyengar Yoga Beginners

This is a slower Iyengar yoga class suitable for beginners, those who want a gentle introduction to yoga practice, and those seeking help to recover from routine injuries or problems such as lower back pain, frozen shoulder, other joint problems, sciatica, insomnia or anxiety. John is a scientist as well as a longstanding practitioner and teacher who enjoys working with students with a wide variety of experience.

Time & Place

  • Friday 16:30 – 17:30 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Iyengar Yoga


Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment and precision in the asanas (postures).We practice standing postures, forward bends, twists, backbends, inverted postures and pranayama (yogic breathing exercises). You will feel calmer, energized and more alert in your body and mind after the class. This class suitable for everybody, regardless of age and fitness levels. Beginners are welcome. This form of yoga holds the postures longer thus improving flexibility, strength and sensitivity in mind, body and spirit. Wear comfortable moveable clothing eg. leggings, shorts, and a T-shirt. No shoes required.

Time & Place

  • Monday 17:00 – 18:30 | Wellbeing AR | Book
  • Wednesday 18.05 - 19.15 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Power Yoga


Power Yoga is a dynamic class that is fun as well as physically and mentally beneficial, it builds strength, flexibility and balance through a series of sequenced postures. During the course you will learn inversion poses such as, head and hand stands. This class is recommended for people who are fairly fit and have done a little yoga before.

Time & Place

  • Monday 18:10 – 19:40 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Beginners (♥♥)

  • Thursday 12:45 – 13:45 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga provides a nurturing, nourishing space for expectant mothers to enjoy their changing bodies. Connection with the baby is deepened through breathing and visualisation techniques. Wonderful for relaxation, Pregnancy Yoga can relieve stress, anxiety, ailments, and boost energy. Women can find techniques learned helpful during labour, childbirth, and beyond. This practice synchronises movement with the breath, and is suitable for all levels including beginners. Appropriate from 13 weeks of pregnancy onwards.

Did you know?

Pregnancy Yoga counts as part of your antenatal care, meaning you are likely to be entitled to attend this during working hours without having to make the time back. Most GPs an midwives will recommend pregnancy yoga, and you can ask them about it at your next appointment (via phone/in person).

Pregnant employees’ right, GOV.UK: “Antenatal care isn’t just medical appointments - it can also include antenatal or parenting classes if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife”.

Vin & Yin Yoga

This class is split into ½ Vinyasa Flow of Sun Salutations infused with standing poses and twist. The other ½ of the class is Yin Yoga in which floor-based postures are held for 3-5 minutes, this allows the body to slowly unwind and relax into the postures and stretching deep into the connective tissue.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 18:30 – 20:00 | Wellbeing DU | Book

Women’s Yoga

This class is based on Hatha Yoga, a gentle flowing Yoga, suitable for beginners.

Time & Place

  • Thursday 18:00 – 19:00 | Wellbeing LGR | Book

Yoga Flow & Relaxation

Part Ashtanga. Part Jivamukti. Part Desikachar. Always with Mindfulness. This class is based around flowing into and between yoga postures on the breath then leads to a restorative relaxation period. The class is perfectly developed to release the tensions of the week and induce a sense of calm,including variations of many different styles of yoga and always with Mindfulness. This class is based around flowing into and between yoga postures on the breath then leads to a restorative relaxation period which often includes Yoga Nidra. The class is perfectly developed to release the tensions of the week and induce a sense of calm to take you into your well - deserved weekend.

Time & Place

  • Friday 17:15 – 18:15 | Sackville H11 | Book



This course is a combination of Yoga and Pilates, giving you an all-round class of deep yoga stretches combined with Pilate’s core exercises. Overall this class will strengthen muscles, stretch tight areas and improve balance and co-ordination. All levels welcome.

Time & Place

  • Tuesday 12:00 – 12:55 | Wellbeing AR | Book

Yin Yoga


Beginners yin based yoga to restore and revive

Relax into your body as you let your thoughts drift away in this 90 minute yoga session suitable for beginners and those who need some recovery after excercise. With the use of props, a gentle pace to explore the poses and guided meditation, you will release any tension in the body and mind. Great for cyclists, runners, desk workers and essay writers alike and of course anyone who wants to start off the weekend feeling revitalised.

Time & Place

  • Friday 16:45 – 18:15 | Wellbeing DU | Book

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