Group Fitness


Join a group fitness class and get fit. Our group fitness instructors will teach you safe and effective workouts that produce results. Classes are set in a fun, social and friendly environment. Get a pass and join the fun! Classes are on a drop-in, first-come, first-serve basis.

#FITFAM – 35 Class Challenge

Become part of #FITFAM by attending 35 Group Fitness classes during a semester. Anyone completing the challenge receives a free t-shirt! Be sure to check in at Pass Checker desk before each class!

Upcoming Events

Fall Group Fitness Schedule

Recreation Center - open to all students and members

Time Class Room
Monday 7:30-8 a.m. Circuit Training Rec A
4-4:30 p.m. Lower Body and Core Rec A
4:30-5:30 p.m. Baila Rec B
5-5:50 p.m. Upper Body Boot Camp Rec A
5:30-6 p.m. Cycling Rec B
6-7 p.m. Cardio Pilates Rec A
7-8 p.m. High Intensity Interval Training Rec A
Tuesday 7-7:45 a.m. Mobility, Flexibility and Balance Rec B
4-4:45 p.m. Body Tone Rec A
4-4:45 p.m. Cardio Kickboxing Rec B
5-5:50 p.m. Circuit Fitness Rec A
5-5:30 p.m. Total Body Burnout Rec B
5:30-6:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga Rec B
6-6:30 p.m. Core Rec A
7-8 p.m. Club FITz Rec A
Wednesday 7:30-8 a.m. Circuit Training Rec A
4-4:50 p.m. Cardio Step Rec A
4:30-5:20 p.m. Barre Rec B
5-5:50 p.m. Lower Body Boot Camp Rec A
5:30-6 p.m. Cycling Rec B
6-6:30 Core Rec B
6-7 p.m. Total Body Toning Rec A
7-8 p.m. High Intensity Interval Training Rec A
Thursday 7-7:45 a.m. Mobility, Flexibility and Balance Rec B
4-4:45 p.m. Cardio Kickboxing Rec B
4-5 p.m. Zumba Rec A
5-5:30 p.m. Core Rec B
5-6 p.m. Total Body Toning Rec A
5:30-6:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga Rec B
6-7 p.m. Boot Camp Rec A
Friday 4 p.m. Free Fitness Friday

*Free Fitness Fridays

Date Class Studio
Sept. 13 Zumba A
Sept. 20 Vinyasa Yoga B
Oct. 4 Zumba A
Oct.11 Circuit Training A
Oct. 18 Zumba A
Nov. 8 Pilates Reformer B
Nov.15 Yoga ft. Ariana Grande B
Nov.22 Circuit Training A
Dec. 6 Boot Camp A

Anderson Hall - only open to Faculty, Staff and Community Members

Time Class Room
Monday 12:15-12:45 p.m. Water Fitness AN Pool
Tuesday 12-12:45 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga AN 130
4:45-5:15 p.m. Core and Balance AN 130
Wednesday 12:15-12:45 p.m. Water Fitness AN Pool
Thursday 12-12:45 p.m. Tabata AN 130
4:45-5:15 p.m. HIIT Total Body AN 130

Class Descriptions

The HIIT series include high intensity exercises in a short time. Each class is 30-45 minutes long.

  • Indoor Cycling- 30-minute cycle workout to increase your endurance, speed and coordination on an indoor stationary bike.
  • Core - This intense 30-minute workout focuses on the core and lower back to build midline stability and strength.
  • Total Body - A high-energy, HIIT style workout that will target the lower body, upper body, and core through a variety of weighted and body weight exercises.

  • Baila - Enjoy your workout while taking a musical trip about the world. Combining international dance rhythms with fitness variations, you'll get a great cardiovascular workout while learning new dance styles.
  • Cardio Pilates - This new class features a blend of cardio and toning moves to both burn calories, work the major muscle groups, and improve flexibility! Using body weight only, workouts will incorporate HIIT, Pilates, and Tabata to achieve the maximum results possible!
  • Club FITz - Dance fitness format that uses mostly hip hop music along with some Top 40 and Latin (search Club FITz on YouTube for examples) where we get a fun but KILLER workout while getting in touch with the inner dancer that inside of us all! No dance experience needed to take this class that boasts a JUDGE FREE ZONE 100% of the time!
  • Cycling - Indoor cycling on a stationary bike to build endurance. This class takes place under black lights!
  • Zumba™ - An exciting fusion of Latin dance and fitness taught by certified Zumba™ instructors.

  • Barre - Hold, pulse and stretch your muscles in this full body barre workout that focuses on strengthening and lengthening your body while focusing on posture and breath. This high-intensity but low-impact workout will strengthen your core, arms and legs all in one workout!
  • Body Tone - 20 minutes of lower body, 20 minutes of upper body and 10 minutes of core work. This holistic class will allow you to work at your own strength level using hand weights and body weight so that you can focus on quality over quantity and leave the class feeling stronger and more reinvigorated than ever before!
  • Boot Camp - full-body workout that is perfect for all levels of fitness! It challenges you to push towards new limits! Using body weight, dumbbells, and other equipment, you will tone your muscles, build cardiovascular endurance, and improve flexibility.
  • Circuit Fitness - An exciting blend of exercises, participants work in small groups to complete exercises that get more difficult (and shorter) as the session progresses, with each groups' teammates there to encourage one another along the way. Participants can expect to use any sort of exercise accessory in a given workout—Bosu Balls, jump ropes, medicine balls, Steps—anything but dumbbells.
  • Core and Balance – focuses on exercise to improve core strength and stability as well as overall balance
  • Lower Body Boot Camp - Don’t forget leg day! The weekly compliment to Upper Body Bootcamp, this class will target the Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, and Calves. Focus will be on strengthening the lower body using weight and body weight resistance.
  • Sculpt and Tone - This class is designed to define, shape and tone your body while strengthening all major muscle groups.
  • Tabata - 45-minute workout in cycles of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. This is a fast-paced, high-intensity interval training focusing on strength and cardio. No prior fitness experience necessary!
  • Total Body Burnout - Quick, effective total body workout that focuses on arms, legs, and core. We will be using a variety of equipment, including yoga mats, platforms, and weighted bars. Participants will learn safe techniques and perform almost 30 exercises in a positive atmosphere!
  • Total Body Toning - This new toning class will hit all the right muscles for the right amount of time! Workouts will feature a blend of HIIT, Tabata, kickboxing, bodyweight, and light dumbbell weight exercises to target and tone the entire body!
  • Upper Body Boot Camp - This upper body workout will target biceps, triceps, shoulder, back, and core. Using a combination of equipment and body weight exercises, you will get a total targeted workout that will up your modd and leave you feeling strong!

  • Mobility, Flexibility and Balance - increase mobility, flexibility and balance using various stretching techniques, body weight exercises, and stability exercises.
  • Restorative Yoga - A meditative practice focusing on breath work and relaxation. Movements through a variety of postures including standing balance, hip opening, and total back care will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
  • Vinyasa Yoga - Through a series of postures linked together, this dynamic class is often called a flow that is meant to get your heart pumping and fat burning. Moving through warrior and sun salutations is a key component. Come prepared to work through some deep stretching and experience a short relaxation period at the end of class!


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

Caroline Melsa
Sculpt and Tone

Cher Ladford
Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga

Deb Waldo
Mobility, Flexibility and Balance

Jennifer McAdams
Boot Camp, Tabata

Jessica Brady
Total Body Toning, Cardio Pilates, Core, Boot Camp

Karrigan Cowan
Cycling, Total Body Burnout

Lauren Fitzgerald
Club FITz

Leanne Kulchawik

Lynn Herrmann
Zumba, Barre, Pilates Reformers

Parker Meadows
Body Tone, Bootcamp, Total Body, Circuit Fitness

Sarah Kanda
Tabata, Core and Balance

Sonia Nevarez



Be an Instructor

Are you enthusiastic about group fitness? Then consider becoming a Group Fitness instructor! Teaching is fun and rewarding! Try our semester-long workshop to become an instructor. No teaching experience required, but participation in a variety of Group Fitness classes is recommended, and you must have a Fit Pass.

Instructor Training

Learn the basics of teaching Group Fitness classes (all formats and varieties) in a lecture/workshop and team teaching format. Upon program completion trained instructors will be prepared to teach and lead Group Fitness classes for NIU Recreation and Wellness. Successful completion of the program provides an opportunity to interview and audition for a Recreation and Wellness Group Fitness Instructor position. This program is only open to current NIU students.


  • 4 weeks lecture/practical sessions
  • 4 weeks shadowing a current Group Fitness instructor

Participants must also purchase a Fit Pass


Contact the Assistant Director for Fitness at to sign up.

Space is limited! Advanced registration encouraged.

Fit Pass

Group Fitness classes are included with all non-student memberships. Students must purchase a Fit Pass in order to attend classes.

Fit Passes or Memberships must be purchased prior to attending first class during non Free Weeks.

You must complete a PAR–Q Form before checking in for your first Fitness Class.

One day Fit Pass (available only at the Rec Center kiosk) $8 
Unlimited annual Fit Pass (available fall only) $75
Unlimited spring Fit Pass *early bird special $40* until 1/26
Unlimited summer Fit Pass $20
Fitness and nutrition bundle (includes semester Fit Pass and nutrition coaching) $69 (only available for fall/spring)

** If students register for a program or service and their credit card does not process properly, then their Bursar account will be charged.

**If non-student members register for a program or service and their credit card does not process properly, the non-student member will be contacted. The non-student member must resolve the problem within 3 business days. If the non-student member does not resolve the issue, then Recreation and Wellness will suspend access to the program or service until payment is resolved.

Completion of Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (Par Q-Form) must be filled out prior to attending first class.

Cancellation policy - Refunds are typically only granted to those with a physical impairment that will prevent them from participating in physical activity. All other reasons for a refund will be reviewed by Recreation and Wellness staff. Refund prices will be determined on the number of classes attended.