Community Wellness - Fitness Center and Community Fitness Classes

Finlandia University is proud to provide the space and resources needed for the fitness of residents of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula with a state-of-the-art fitness center and array of community fitness classes! Below you will find information on Finlandia Community Wellness memberships, fitness courses, course instructors and of course the latest news and events coming from Finlandia Community Wellness.


Fitness Center Hours

Day of WeekAcademic Year
Sunday10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Membership Benefits and Pricing

Fitness Center Lifting Weights


General Public
Daily: $5
Monthly: $35 per month
10 Daily Passes/Classes: $45
Annual: $325 (Equivalent of $27 per month)

Senior Citizens (55 and up)
Monthly: $30 per month
Annual: $300 (Equivalent of $25 per month)

Finlandia University Students & Employees


  • Access to state-of-the-art strength center built in 2015
  • The areas largest publicly available free weight selection
  • Plethora of treadmills and more conditioning-focused machines
  • Access to the gymnasium*
  • Access to batting cage / hockey shooting area*
  • Modern locker room facilities that include access to sauna

*When not being used by varsity athletics

Strength and Fitness Center Rules

  • Use equipment at your own risk
  • Management assumes no responsibility for any injury that may occur
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times
  • Users must have a change of shoes (no flip flops or sandals) prior to entering the Strength Center
  • No food, alcohol, glass containers, smoking, swearing, or horseplay is permitted in this facility
  • No pets are allowed
  • Children under the age of the 16 must be accompanied by an accompanied by an adult
  • Please be watchful of your belongings, management assumes no responsibility for belongings
  • Please report faulty or damaged equipment to a staff member immediately.
  • Waiver – Anyone using the facility, including faculty, staff, and the students must have a waiver for completed and on file prior to using the facilities
  • Memberships are non-refundable

Paavo Nurmi Center Map

Directions and Parking

The address is 535 Summit Street; Hancock, MI 49930.

Driving directions from south: After crossing the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, remain on U.S. 41 North (Quincy Street) through downtown Hancock. Get into the right hand lane and remain on Quincy Street for 3/4 of a mile. Turn right on Scott Street. Follow Scott Street approximately two blocks and turn right on Summit Street. The Paavo Nurmi Center Gymnasium will be the last building on the left. Click on the map (left) to enlarge.

Free parking is available from the Summit Street entrance as well as from below the Paavo Nurmi Center.


Fitness Class Schedule

Class TitleDay(s)TimeInstructor(s)Location
Zumba with OliviaMonday & Wednesday5:30 - 6:30 p.m.OliviaJutila Center Community Room (323)
Women's Strength TrainingSaturday10:15 - 11 a.m.Paavo Nurmi Center
KidFitSaturday9 - 9:45 a.m.Paavo Nurmi Center
Finnish Strong: Training to Conquer Your Next RunMonday & Wednesday6:30 a.m.Various
Finnish Strong: Training to Conquer Your Next RunSaturday10 a.m.Various


Our staff takes pride in helping customers, and maintaining a high quality and welcoming atmosphere for all of the fitness center’s users. Please feel free to reach out to them with any concerns.

paavo@finlandia  •  906-487-7575

Bridget DurocherAssistant Athletic Director/ SWA/ Head Cross-Country CoachFinlandia Universitybridget.durocher@finlandia.edu906-487-7264
Curtis WittenbergDirector of AthleticsFinlandia Universitycurtis.wittenberg@finlandia.edu906-487-7214




  • Finlandia Community Wellness Class schedule finalized for fall

    Zumba, women’s strength training, KidFit and running group on slate

    Finlandia Community Wellness is proud to announce the fall slate of community wellness classes, which includes Zumba, a strength training group for women, KidFit and a running group.

    Zumba with Olivia When: Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Where: Jutila Center Community Room (Room 323) Cost: $5 for general public and $3 for Finlandia students Women’s Strength Training When: Saturday from 10:15-11 a.m. Dates: September 23 – October 28 Where: Paavo Nurmi Strength and Conditioning Center Cost: $50 for [...]

  • Zumba in full swing this summer on campus

    A photo of the Zumba crew after a session at the Chapel of Saint Matthew. Zumba is offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the chapel. 

    Finlandia Community Wellness is offering a fun-filled Zumba this summer through July 27.

    Zumba with Olivia is a fun-filled high energy class that incorporates dance moves into an aerobic routine. Olivia will lead you step by step through some of the hottest dance music and moves. A great way to sneak in a workout while having [...]

  • Expert ultra-endurance athlete coming to Keweenaw

    Finlandia University Community Wellness, Michigan Tech Wellness and the Outdoor Adventure Program at Michigan Tech have teamed up to bring ultra-endurance athlete Heather Anderson to town for a Trail Tune-Up event on Saturday, April 15. Anderson is a Michigan native that has held the record for FKT (fastest known time) on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.

    The day will begin with an afternoon trail run led by FinnU Cross Country coach Bridget Durocher and the Cross Country team. The runners will [...]

  • Bridget Durocher runs through Finlandia fitness

    Finlandia Fridays gets fit this week with Bridget Durocher, Finlandia’s cross country coach, senior women administrator in athletics, and strength and conditioning center coordinator.

    Durocher joined Finlandia University nearly one year ago and has never looked back. “It’s phenomenal, it is a place of opportunity where if you put forth the effort, you are going to be given ample opportunities,” said Durocher. Starting off as Finlandia’s head cross country coach, she immediately found success and started to build her team. [...]

  • Finlandia Community Wellness Open House at Paavo Nurmi Center set for Feb. 20

    Tour facility, meet staff and enjoy NCAA Division III basketball for free on Monday, February 20

    Finlandia Community Wellness welcomes the public to an open house at the Paavo Nurmi Center on Monday, February 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to explore the facility, learn about the programs offered and interact with the staff.

    RSVP to the event on Facebook

    On-site fitness professionals will include Bridget Durocher, Joan Kero, Beth Ryynanen and [...]



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