What is Black Bear Fit?

Black Bear Fit is a comprehensive 12-week team-based small group training program.  Teams of 4-6 people meet twice a week with a personal trainer and progress towards fitness goals. Each team will get a superior workout experience while building relationships that help to increase personal accountability. Participants have the option of purchasing an unlimited semester FitPass for a reduced rate of $30.  By far the best package deal we have to offer! Individuals are welcome to join already established groups.

What to Expect

Show up ready for a great workout! A 60-minute session includes a warm-up, a variety of strength and cardio exercises and a cool down/stretching period. The trainers like to keep everyone interested by using a variety of equipment and training techniques. Circuit training is one of our favorites! The focus of each group may differ slightly depending on what the group is interested in doing, from running to building strength with free-weights and machines. Our goal is to see each individual improve in ways that are meaningful to them.

You do not need a membership to attend the program sessions or fitness classes, but if you don’t have a membership you can’t use the Recreation Center outside of the program and fitness classes.

Register as a team or as an individual, online or in person at the front desk of the Rec Center.

Black Bear Fit – Summer 2024

Summer 2024: May 9 – August 16
Registration Period: April 29 – May 9
Member: $156; Non-Member: $184
No Training On: May 27, June 19, July 4 & 5

Holiday Maintain No Gain (during Winter Break only)

Maintain, don’t gain this holiday season In between Black Bear Fit seasons we want to encourage you to continue your fitness program and beat the holiday weight gain. Meet with a trainer twice a week for 1 hour with a group of 4-12 people. You will also have access to all free group exercise classes to help keep you active. 

*If you have a group of 4 or more you can create your own group! Email joshua.b.bridges@maine.edu with your group request.

I never thought the gym was for me. I could ride my bike and walk and work in the yard at no cost. But, I never got around to doing it, and at over 60, I got desperate and signed up for one semester with a trainer and group. I am hooked! It is more fun with friends, and the trainers have the workouts all planned to work all muscle groups! Gloria
Participating in BBF provides you with this sense of mental dedication that spills over into other areas of your life. I knew if I could get through a challenging workout, I could conquer a lot of other things (even simple things like household chores or writing a paper). You become strong, not just physically, but also mentally. Michelle
A happy BBF group with their Trainer!
I have been truly blessed with wonderful trainers and supportive colleagues who have helped me overcome fear and try many new exercises I never thought I would be able to do. I am always supported and encouraged to request adaptation when and exercise is too risky, and over time I have become stronger and more resilient. I am more fit today at 57 than at any point since my accident and I am only getting stronger. I have a terrific time with my new friends while doing the work to improve my health, I am so grateful for this program! Tamara