Group X-ercise

Group X-ercise

CMU Fit  

FREE Group X classes for undergraduate and graduate students. See the class schedule below.

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.

Class Schedule - pdf           Instructor Bios
Class Descriptions           Google Calendar
Classes On Demand          

Indoor Cycling - Spivi

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How FitBucks Work

  • FitBucks are the currency that Group X uses as a form of payment.
  • FitBucks have replaced the punch cards that had been used in the past for Group X classes, personal training sessions, and swim lessons.
  • All tuition-paying CMU undergraduate and graduate students may take an unlimited number of Group X classes for free therefore FitBucks are NOT required for students to attend Group X classes. FitBucks will still be required for Personal Training and Swim Lessons.

Purchasing FitBucks

  • FitBucks are purchased at a 1:1 ratio. Each FitBuck costs $1.00.
  • For convenience, we also offer three purchasing bundles. These bundles come with bonus FitBucks and are a great way to save money.
  • FitBucks are loaded onto your CMU ID card and they never expire as long as you have a valid CMU ID.
  • FitBucks are used to pay for Group X classes, personal training sessions, golf and swim lessons.

Cost of Bundle

FitBucks Purchased Bonus FitBucks Added Total FitBucks You Get Savings
$50 50 5 55 9% Savings!
$100 100 15 115 13% Savings!
$200 200 45 245 18% Savings








Using FitBucks

  • To pay for a Group X class, personal training session, golf or swim lesson with FitBucks, you simply bring your CMU ID with you and pay instantly and electronically at the start of the class or session.
  • For fitness classes, pay with Fitbucks at the fitness or equipment desk for your class, take receipt to the instructor the day of class.
  • Your FitBucks are tied to your CMU account, so if you lose or replace your CMU ID card your FitBucks will still be there.
Activity FitBucks Required
Group X 5
Personal Training 35
Swim Lesson 30
Golf Lesson 40





For additional information about FitBucks, please click here.

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).