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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

Group Fitness Class Summer Schedule - beginning June 19, 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4:00-5:00 PM

HIIT Series: Spin
7:00-7:30 AM

HIIT Series: Total Body
7:00-7:30 AM

HIIT Series: Spin
7:00-7:30 AM

Pilates Reformer
5:00-5:45 PM

Butts & Guts
4:00-4:30 PM
Barre Plus
4:00-4:50 PM
POP Pilates
4:00-4:30 PM
5:00-6:00 PM
5:00-6:00 PM

Class Descriptions

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

  • HIIT Series: Spin - 30-minute cycle workout to increase your endurance, speed and coordination on an indoor stationary bike.
  • HIIT Series: Core - This intense 30-minute workout focuses on the core and lower back to build midline stability and strength.
  • HIIT Series: Tabata - 30-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!
  • HIIT Series: Kickboxing – Kick and punch your way through this high intensity workout! This class includes aerobic and anaerobic training to strengthen your cardiovascular system.

  • Spin - High intensity cycling 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 Plus- 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. Plus, we'll complete Pilates mat work in every class. This high intensity but low impact workout will strengthen your core, arms, and legs all in one workout!
  • Boot Camp - 30 minutes of a mixture of strength, cardio and plyometrics! This class will keep you moving and work your entire body.
  • Power Pump - Choreographed strength exercises using barbells and weight plates. This full body workout will sculpt and harden your entire body!
  • Butts and Guts – 30-minutes of strength and resistance training for a rock solid core and lower body.
  • Total Body BOSU - Full body cardio using an inflatable dome on a solid platform. Increase your balance, coordination, agility, and strength with this great tool.

  • Pilates Reformer - Reformers are Pilates machines that use springs and pulleys to provide variable resistance to assist and challenge the body. You’ll develop core strength by working from the inside out, helping you build strength, flexibility, endurance and improving your posture.
  • POP Pilates - incredible fusion of ab-chiseling and total body defining moves choreographed to your favorite songs. This intense, mat-based workout challenges you to rhythmically flow from one exercise to the next, developing a rock solid core while leaving no muscle untouched. This format takes classical Pilates to the next level like you’ve never seen before.
  • Pilates – A mat-based class intended to lengthen and strengthen the body with focus on the core. You will develop balance, posture, coordination, strength and flexibility.
  • Range of Motion & Mobility - Feeling tight? Not sure how to take your body back from your desk and daily life? Come loosen up and find improved range of motion throughout the day!
  • Yoga – This class may vary from flow to restorative and balancing. Connect your mind and body with yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing, and relaxation.
  • Yogalates - Our unique combination of Yoga and Pilates.


All Campus Recreation 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 Campus Recreation in-house Instructor Training Program before instructing.

Aspen Wheeler

Cara Cazier
Spin, HIIT Series: Tabata

Christine Lagattolla

Destiny McDonald
HIIT Series: Kickboxing

Jailon Berry


Liz McKee

Lynn Herrmann
Zumba, Barre Plus, Pilates Reformers

Marisa Pieroni

Mary Beth Henning
Spin, Total Body BOSU, HIIT Series: Core

Mary Kate Welch
Pilates, Butts & Guts, POP Pilates, HIIT Series: Core

Meg Montgomery


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 Campus Recreation. Successful completion of the program provides an opportunity to interview and audition for a Campus Recreation 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


Informational Meeting - February 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Contact the Coordinator for Fitness to sign up or call 815-753-9421

Space is limited! Advanced registration encouraged

Fit Pass

Fit Passes must be purchased in advance online prior to attending first class.

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

One time Fit Pass (available only at the SRC kiosk) $8 (kiosk only)
Unlimited Spring Semester Fit Pass (includes summer classes) $50 
Unlimited Annual Fit Pass (includes summer classes) $75 (available Fall only)
Unlimited Summer Fit Pass $20
Fitness & Nutrition Bundle (includes Semester Fit Pass and Nutrition Coaching) $69

** 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 Campus Recreation 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 Campus Recreation staff. Refund prices will be determined on the number of classes attended.