Faculty, Staff and Community

FitWell Membership

FitWell is a collaboration between the College of Education's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE) and Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) that allows you to work out in a variety of locations and includes many perks.

Participation Agreement

Membership Type

Summer membership available for sale May 8, effective beginning May 14

RecWell Facilities


(Requires OneCard for access)

KNPE Facilities

KNPE facilitis require membership card for access

  • Gabel Fitness Center (GA 143)
  • Anderson Fitness Center (AN 126)
  • Anderson Pool (AN 113) 

View KNPE facilities and hours schedule.

Group Fitness Classes

Anderson Hall and Gabel Hall FitWell programs and services are only for current FitWell members (faculty, staff, dependents age 18 and older, alumni, retirees and community members).

  • A free locker (dependent on availability) in the Student Recreation Center, Anderson Hall or the Chick Evans Field House
  • Free towel service - your towel card is also your access card to Anderson Hall and Gabel Hall

Personal Sessions

Free personal sessions with an expert. Just send an email to request:

  • One  personal training assessment - contact the RecWell coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at lkulchawik@niu.edu 
  • physical fitness assessment - contact the KNPE FitWell coordinator at vbooks@niu.edu 
  • One nutrition assessment - Fille out the nutrition coach request form
  • equipment orientation at the Student Recreation Center - contact RecWell coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at lkulchawik@niu.edu 
  • Equipment orientation at Anderson or Gabel weight room -contact the KNPE FitWell coordinator at vbooks@niu.edu 

Except for metered parking, permits are required to park on campus from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

The parking lots in front of the Student Recreation Center and Chick Evans Field House require a blue or yellow parking permit. 

FitWell members can get a discounted parking permit. Get the parking form at the Student Recreation Center service counter and submit it to Parking Services prior to purchasing a parking pass.

Metered parking spaces at the Student Recreation Center are designated by large white signs. Anyone can park in the metered parking spots. Fees for metered spots are $.25 per 15 minutes for up to two hours. The metered spaces are located to the left of the front doors of the Student Recreation Center.

Parking along Stadium Drive East is for blue, yellow and brown permit parking. Lot K, located south of Stadium Drive, is for yellow, brown and orange permit parking. See campus map.

Are group fitness instructors certified?

All RecWell group fitness instructors are CPR/AED certified and many hold nationally recognized group fitness certifications. Our instructors have previous group fitness leadership experience prior to hiring, or have completed the Campus Recreation in-house Instructor Training Program.

Can I purchase a membership for my family, spouse/significant other?

Yes. Memberships are available for spouses, partners in a civil union, domestic partners and dependents of members.

I attended NIU previously but I didn't graduate. Can I get an alumni membership?

No. Alumni memberships are available for graduates of NIU only.

What are my payment options?

  • Online with a credit card
  • In person at the Membership Services counter with cash, check or credit card
  • Payroll deduction - come to the Membership Services counter for the payroll deduction form. After submitting, RecWell staff will process.

I'm an NIU employee and I'm taking a class. Can I get a student membership?

No. Faculty and staff taking classes on NIU campuses are not eligible for student privileges.

If I cancel my membership can I get a refund?

To qualify for a refund, submit a request in writing to fit@niu.edu. Refunds are permitted for the following reasons:

  • medical
  • military service
  • moving away from the region

Documentation verifying the reason must be provided. Membership refunds will be pro-rated. If the refund is approved by FitWell, your payment will be reimbursed using the same method of payment (i.e., check, credit card or payroll deduction).

If you used payroll deduction, once FitWell has confirmed your refund, complete the Stop/Start Payroll Deduction form. Notify Recreation and Wellness when you have completed and submitted the form.

What if I'm having trouble logging in to registration?

If you are a faculty, staff or student member, use your NIU email to log in to registration. The password for the Outreach registration system is not linked to your email password. If this is your first time using the system, click "Click Here" next to "Forgot Your Password?" You will receive an email from Outreach which will guide you through the process of setting up a password.