About
Cardio

Your heart is a muscle, and it needs daily exercise. The best way to exercise it is with cardio. Short for cardiovascular exercise, cardio is any movement that increases your heart rate and boosts blood circulation in your body. And it is the cornerstone of any successful fitness plan.

Performing cardio exercises like running or swimming regularly helps you burn calories and fat and even improves other aspects of your life. When you do cardio, you are conditioning your body to utilize its oxygen better, providing extra energy you can use throughout the day. 

All are welcome at the Y to experience our warm community devoted to developing a healthier spirit, mind, and body. Come to the Y to try out one of our facilities by purchasing a visitor’s day pass, or sign up to become a member and commit to your long-term personal fitness goals. 

Beaverton YMCA Group Exercise Schedule

Clark County YMCA Group Exercise Schedule

Sherwood YMCA Group Exercise Schedule

CARDIO CLASSES

BOXMASTER CIRCUIT

A small group exercise class that combines the aerobic benefits of boxing and shadowboxing using Boxmaster towers and the Hoist Motion Cage. You'll engage in various circuits incorporating Boxmaster towers, calisthenics, and muscle-strengthening exercises. **Don't forget to come prepared with your hands wrapped and your boxing gloves. Bring a towel and water because you're in for a sweat-inducing session!

CYCLE

Experience indoor cycling with music and a motivating instructor guiding you through various terrains. The class includes sprints, recovery intervals, and high-intensity racing, suitable for all experience levels. Arrive 10 minutes early if you're new to spin bikes. Bring a beverage and a towel for this calorie-burning, cardiovascular workout!

CYCLE AND CORE

Indulge in a blend of indoor stationary cycling and core-strengthening moves for a comprehensive workout. Cycle through simulated terrains like flat countryside, hills, valleys, and mountains for 30 minutes, followed by a 5-minute cool-down. The class includes sprints, high-intensity intervals, and recovery periods. Your instructor will wrap up with a 10-minute combination of standing and floor-based core-strengthening exercises.

CYCLE AND STRENGTH

Fuse cardiovascular and strength training for a full-body workout in this cycle-strength class. Your instructor will lead you through a dynamic 45-minute session, alternating between cycling and strength training.

DANCE FITNESS

Feel the dance vibes, no dancing expertise required! Elevate your mood, torch calories, engage new muscles, and boost rhythm and coordination with Dance Fitness. It's a lively dance party where you can have a blast and burn calories to diverse music. No dance experience needed—just feel the beat!

REFIT® | Dance Fitness

Energizing moves, upbeat music – this dance class delivers cardio, toning, flexibility, balance, and stretching. The easy-to-follow workout formula challenges fitness enthusiasts and welcomes beginners alike.

TABATA

Achieve the ideal blend of cardio and resistance training with intervals of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. This will elevate your metabolism and heart rate, providing a super-efficient fat-burning workout.

ZUMBA® | Dance Fitness

Zumba® features interval training sessions that blend fast and slow rhythms, sculpting and toning the body while burning fat. Add the fun of Latin music to the mix for an enjoyable Zumba® class.

ZUMBA® GOLD | Dance Fitness

Join a dance-fitness class set to lively Latin music, including salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and other global rhythms.

Activity Information

  • Come to class dressed and ready to move your body
  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing made of breathable material to allow air flow
  • Water
class doing lunges

Cardio is a great stress reliever!

I always feel so much better mentally and physically after a workout.

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