Click a link below to find out about the schedule of exciting offerings, view an entire events calendar, read class descriptions and view some videos or find out more about our staff of instructors.
Pre-Registering for Group X-ercise classes in IM Leagues
Online Registration for Group X-ercise Classes
If you'd like to participate in Group X-ercise classes and are a member of the CMU community with a valid CMU ID card, you must create an account on IMLeagues.com. Note: IMLeagues offers a live support button in the top right corner of all pages. Please use this button if you encounter any difficulties.
Please follow the instructions below.
To Create an IMLeagues Account
2. Enter your information, using your school Andrew email (@andrew.cmu.edu) and a different password for IM Leagues, then hit submit
3. You will be sent an activation email, click the link in the email to login and activate your IMLeagues account
4. You should be automatically joined to your school - If not you can search schools by clicking the "Schools" link
Signing-Up for a Group X-ercise Class
1. Log in to your IMLeagues.com account using your @andrew and your IMLeagues password
2. Click the Allow button once you are logged in
3. Click onto the Group X-ercise Registration tab at the top left
4. The current Group X-ercise class schedule will be displayed on the calendar, click on the GX class you want to join or use the filters to find the GX class for you.
5. Click onto the individual session you want to sign up for, and then click the green “sign up” button on that page. NOTE: All classes in Kenner and Keeler have a Zoom on-line option. Registration opens 3 days prior to each class at 7 AM EST.
6. You can also invite your friends to GX classes by typing in their andrew email address (or their name if they already have an IMLeagues account) in the white bar area above the announcements section.
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No Cost Group X FAQ’s
- Who qualifies for no cost Group-X class?
- No cost Group X applies to current CMU faculty, students, and staff. Present your valid CMU ID to the desk attendant and they will check you in for the class. Please take the receipt to the class and present to the instructor.
- My friend is visiting and wants to exercise. How can he or she use the facilities and take a Group-X class?
- Guest passes to utilize the facilities are $10. A guest can pay to take a class of their choice during their visit. Please pay for the class at one of the desks and take receipt to the class and present to the instructor.
- My partner has a CMU sponsored ID. Is he or she eligible for the free classes?
- Individuals with sponsored IDs are not eligible for Group-X classes. They will be able to purchase individual classes and participate in the Group-X program. Individual classes can be purchased with credit card at the fitness desks.
- Is there a limit to how many classes I can take?
- There is not a limit on free classes.
- What happens after I show my ID at the check-in desk?
- The student worker will provide you with a receipt that you should hand to your instructor upon entry into the exercise studio.
Group-X: How it all began at Carnegie Mellon
Aerobics is a fairly new form of exercise… well at least as far back as 1968. It was Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, an exercise physiologist for the San Antonio Texas Air Force Hospital who coined the term 'aerobics' to describe the system of exercise that he devised to help prevent coronary artery disease. Later he determined that this form of exercise was good for the general public and since then has been part of the general lexicon. Putting this form of exercise to music was how, according to the Jazzercise website, jazz dancer, Judy Sheppard Missett, created “Jazzercise” in 1969, thus starting the Aerobics Dance craze.
Carnegie Mellon soon followed in the 1970s with its first class that incorporated Dr. Cooper’s guidelines. It was called Dance and Gymnastics and was a semester-long offering by the Physical Education department of Athletics. Half the semester was devoted to skills in gymnastics and the other half was dance, more formal forms of dancing at first, and then dance for exercise and fun.
The University started out with just three classes per week of this new exercise format, Aerobic Dance. After a short time, the interest was so high, that evening classes began popping up in the gyms and dorms as more and more of the campus enjoyed how this form of exercise made them feel even after just one class! They may not have realized that the benefits like stress reduction, stronger hearts and lungs, and a healthier well being resulted as they simply just danced to music and had fun. Initially these classes were taught by student-athletes from the women’s basketball and swimming teams and the athletics staff. After a short time, male students joined the team of instructors.
As this style of exercise grew, so did the demand and need for more instructors. The instructors had options to draw upon other forms of programmed chorography like Jazzercise or routines from celebrities like Jane Fonda. Props were soon added such as “The Step”, weights, balls, and bands. The gymnastic skills portion was eventually dropped.
One of the most popular classes was held in Thistle Hall of Skibo Gym at noon. As many as 75 participants comprised of faculty, staff, and students consistently attended this lunchtime class.
Over the years the program grew and developed into Group Exercise, which is now called Group-X. The current schedule offers 30 to 35 weekly classes in fitness (e.g., Zumba, kettlebell, HIIT (high intensity interval training), strength training, indoor cycling, yoga, combination strength and cardio classes, kickboxing, and multiple dance and other forms of fitness classes).