Fitness Classes

Students taking part in Fitness Class.

The Fitness Center offers a variety of classes, including yoga, fitness 101, cardio dance and more. Best of all: Classes are FREE.

To share your thoughts on current and future classes offered at the Detroit Mercy Fitness Center or apply to instruct a class contact Matt Chesley.

Class Descriptions

Yoga — Using breath, posture, and movement, there is an opportunity to explore our bodies and minds using that deeper breath as a guide. Practice in this environment is full of playfulness, and even laughter, but it also affords a time for quiet inner reflection.

Wake Up Call — Light cardio, core strength, and stretching give you the perfect warm up to start the day.

Titan Xtreme — 60-minutes of challenging, high-intensity interval training that will deliver both strength and cardio results

HIIT — High Intensity Interval Training involving clinically studied exercise methods. See what's on the HIIT list every Friday.

Bootcamp — Built for all levels. Improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle endurance.

Fitness 101 — One hour of an introduction to fitness. Low to moderate intensity, designed for those new to fitness!

Cardio Dance — A mixture of barre and zumba-like dancing. Mix it up on Tuesdays!

Barre Strength — 45 minutes of lean muscle development for a toned body.

Butts & Guts — 30 minutes of gut busting, leg and booty sculpting work.

Winter 2020 Schedule

Winter 2020 Schedule

Meet our Instructors

Matt Chesley

Matt Chesley

HIIT Instructor – I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Fitness Nutrition, as well as the founder of the Detroit Mercy Biggest Loser. From January 2013 to June 2015, I lost 70 pounds and kept it off. I love teaching others about fitness and introducing new exercises to break the monotony of exercising the same way every week. I sing and play guitar and have played Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall and the Pike Room at The Crofoot. I have shared the stage with Everclear, Fall Out Boy and Chiodos. I am a graduate of Central Michigan University, class of 2009. I have a daughter born in July 2014 and a son born August 2016.

Crystal Payter

Crystal Payter

Cardio Dance/Barre Strength Instructor – I have a B.F.A in Dance and Associate’s in Fitness Leadership, and my M.S. in Exercise Science. I have worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for six years. I have taught classes in Zumba, senior fitness, spinning, kickboxing, total body strength, barre and yoga. I work in cardiac rehab as an exercise physiologist for Henry Ford Health System and in my spare time I enjoy running 5Ks, 10Ks, obstacle races like Tough Mudder and the occasional half marathon. This year I am signed up for my first full marathon.

Jim Stout

Jim Stout

Yoga Instructor – Jim joined Detroit Mercy in 1994 and also teaches at two yoga studios: Everyday Yoga in Royal Oak/Clawson, and Yoga Now in West Bloomfield. Jim is an avid runner and cyclist, having participated in marathons, long distance road cycling and mountain biking. Jim has the 200-hour certification as recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified spinning instructor.

Barraka Baber

Barraka Baber

Bootcamp/Fitness 101 Instructor – I've been working for the university for about 4 years. Undergrad degree in cybersecurity. All around awesome guy.

Karlee Lambert

Karlee Lambert

Wake Up Call Instructor – All through high school I was involved in 3 sports. Once college started I was no longer active in any sports. However, I wanted to stay active and healthy so I decided to start focusing on my fitness and have been very involved and active in fitness ever since. I am pursuing a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering. Other than working out and being active I enjoy spending time with my family and my friends, I also enjoy reading and playing with my dog Koda. 

Conicka Toney

Conicka Toney

Titan Xtreme Instructor – I am a Graduate student in the Physician Assistant and President of the class of 2021! Beyond that, I am athlete to my core. I have always been into sports and fitness. During undergrad, I participated in NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball and Tennis. These days, I'm a busy graduate student with a crazy class and study schedule that wanted to be sure to maintain a good balance between school and my personal needs, as well as find a way to get my classmates involved so I began instructing a class here at the fitness center that I am excited to share with everyone. Outside of school, I am married to my husband, Keith and we have 2 children, our son, Kameron and our daughter, Kyndal. After giving birth to Kyndal in 2017, I gained quite a bit of weight and getting back in the gym has helped me focus on finding my way back to a healthier way of life.