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

All in-person Group Fitness classes are canceled until Recreation and Wellness returns to normal operation. Please contact Leanne Kulchawik at with questions or concerns.

We are also gathering additional resources to help you stay active and well, so stay tuned to our website and our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for more information.

Class Descriptions

  • 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 Kickboxing - combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout challenges both the beginner and elite athlete.
  • 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 Hip Hop Dance Fitness - dance fitness format that uses mostly hip hop music along with some Top 40 and Latin 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!
  • Kickboxing Express – all the benefits of Cardio Kickboxing but in a shorter amount of time!
  • Zumba™ - An exciting fusion of Latin dance and fitness taught by certified Zumba™ instructors.
  • Mobility, Flexibility and Balance - increase mobility, flexibility and balance using various stretching techniques, body weight exercises, and stability exercises.
  • Restorative Stretch - Move through a variety of postures and stretches to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
  • Yoga - This class may vary from flow to restorative and balancing. Connect your mind and body with yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing and relaxation.
  • 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!
  • Butts and Guts - Strength and resistance training focused on developing a rock solid core and lower body.
  • Circuit Fitness - Puts the 'group' back in 'group fitness' with participants working together on different exercises--at the same time. The exercises get more difficult as a class goes by as the time spent on each exercises decreases.
  • Core - This 30-minute workout focuses on the core and lower back to build midline stability and strength.
  • Core and Balance – focuses on exercises to improve core strength and stability as well as overall balance
  • HIIT 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.
  • Lower Body Strength - Don't skip leg day! This class will target the quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. Focus will be on strengthening the lower body using weight and body weight resistance.
  • Power Pump - Strength exercises using barbells, dumbbells and weight plates. This full body workout will sculpt and harden your entire body!
  • Sculpt and Tone - This class is designed to define, shape and tone your body while strengthening all major muscle groups.
  • Strength and Stretch – Strengthen and lengthen your entire body to improve the weak muscles and stretch the tight muscles!
  • 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 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 exercises to target and tone the entire body!
  • Upper Body Strength - 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 mood and leave you feeling strong!

Water Fitness - Strengthen and tone your body with no impact to your joints. This workout is a swimming blend of cardio and resistance training.


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 $50 
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.