• Senior Active living centre members perform low planks while participating in a group Aging actively fitness class.

    Aging Actively

    Our Aging Actively programs are aimed at older adults and focus on a variety of activities that will develop balance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and social relationships. 

    Aging Actively classes are now included in your membership.

    We encourage members to register to guarantee their spot in the class. Non-members may also register. Drop-in participants will be accepted as space allows.

    Aging Actively programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.

  • An adult swimmer swims laps while practicing the breaststroke.

    Adult swim lessons

    It's never too late to learn how to swim! Our adult aquatics programs allow for progression from class to class. Classes focus on stroke development and swimming techniques. These low-impact classes are an excellent form of exercise as they develop strength, endurance and cardio.

  • A group of adult swimmers in the pool following their group fitness instructors instructions.

    Aquatic programs

    In addition to our adult swim lesson series, we also offer a variety of unique aquatics programs that meet our diverse audiences' needs. All aquatic programs are included with membership.

    Aquatics programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.

  • A man expertly scales the Active Living Centre climbing wall.

    Adult climbing

    The Active Living Centre features a 35-foot climbing wall with varying levels of difficulty and four auto-belays. Recreation Services offers climbing classes that allow for skill progression – teaching both fundamentals and advanced techniques.

    Climbing wall opens April 26

  • A room of people practicing dance with a partner.


    These high-energy classes will teach you how to have fun and impress on any dance floor, whether you are a novice or advanced dancer. Classes cater to both partner and individual dances to improve body awareness and coordination, cardiovascular endurance and confidence on the dance floor.

    Dance programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.


  • Three recreation services employees stand at the fitness floor desk.

    Fitness floor basics

    These short information sessions introduce you to various components on the fitness floor and how to safely and effectively use equipment such as machines, free weights and other portable equipment. 

    Check the Recreation Services Mobile App or ask at the Fitness Attendant desk for these sessions' dates and times. These sessions can also be for small groups upon request. Sessions will be 30 minutes or less.

  • During a group fitness class members actively practice throwing jabs.

    Group fitness

    Free classes with your membership! Group fitness classes are offered to our membership and day-pass users at no additional charge. Registration for classes is not required, and all ability levels are welcome.

    Classes run all year long and vary in content and intensity, including low to high, muscle to cardio; interval to continuous; flexibility to strength; and combinations of each.

    Learn more about Group fitness

    Group fitness class descriptions and schedules:

    • We will update our schedules once we re-open. Please check back regularly.
    • An instructor leads a martial arts class.

      Martial arts

      Our martial arts programs are designed to promote progression and development for both beginners and experienced participants. Participants will learn takedowns, throws, strikes, self-defence, and joint locks. The programs focus on muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, concentration, and cardio and are available for all skill levels.

      Not sure which style of martial arts is best for you? Use this style chart to determine your options.

      Watch Martial Arts Training Academy video

      Martial arts style chart

      Martial arts programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.

    • An instructor leads a mind body group fitness class through an upward facing dog yoga pose.


      These classes are designed to rejuvenate the body and mind through various types of yoga and Pilates workouts.  Connecting the mind and body, core and breath, and movement and balance are the focus and challenge of these workouts.

      Mind-Body programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.

    • A close up of hands painting on a canvas with various colours of paint.


      Recreation programs include various classes geared to those who want to learn a new activity or develop their existing skills for life activities and sports. Classes are designed to accommodate various levels of participants, from beginner to advanced.

      Recreation programs are offered at our Fort Garry campus only.

    Training and certifications

    We offer fitness leadership development courses recognized by the Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC), First aid and CPR as well as National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certifications.

    • CPR and First aid courses

      All CPR courses are Heart & Stroke, or Red Cross certified and are taught with a maximum of 12 participants to one instructor. Participation in learning practical skills is required. All courses are taught with one mannequin per student. All materials are provided and included in the price of the course.

      A majority of our courses are held between the spring and fall term. To set up a special course of 6 or more participants, contact Kerri at kerri.chase@umanitoba.ca for more information.

    • NLS Certifications

      NLS is the nationally recognized lifeguard certification and is the final step to becoming a lifeguard. This course includes three certifications: Standard First Aid, CPR level C and NLS, all necessary certifications for employment as a lifeguard.

      Unfortunately, this course is not running at this time. Please check back for updates.

    • Manitoba Fitness Council

      Course instructors are certified MFC Fitness Leader Trainers, and content meets the NFLA (National Fitness Leadership Alliance) Performance Standards for Fitness Leaders. For information on the path to becoming a fitness leader: manitobafitnesscouncil.ca.

      Unfortunately, this course is not running at this time. Please check back for updates.

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