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

Summer Group Fitness will begin June 18, 2018

Class Descriptions

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

  • HIIT Series: Boxing Fusion – Combines elements of non-contact kickboxing, resistance training, and plyometrics into a 30-minute High Intensity Boxing Circuit. This class can help increase your speed, agility, power, and endurance. It is a great workout both mentally and physically.
  • HIIT Series: Core - This intense 30-minute workout focuses on the core and lower back to build midline stability and strength.
  • HIIT Series: Tabata - Tabata is a form of interval training alternating with 20 seconds of maximum effort with 10 seconds of rest, each round lasting 4 minutes.  You will burn fat, increase aerobic and anaerobic endurance, and improve your overall cardiovascular fitness performance.  
  • HIIT Series: 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.

  • Cardio Kickboxing - High energy, full-body workout combining martial arts and boxing moves with music. Be prepared to kick stress in the gut, knockout calories, and have some fun! This is a non-contact workout and gloves or prior experience are not required.
  • 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.

  • AGT - Tone and strengthen with a focus on abdominals, glutes, and thighs.  This quick class will improve core and lower body strength!
  • 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 - 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.
  • Body Tone - 20 minutes of lower body, 20 minutes of upper body and 10 minutes of core work. This 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, leaving the class feeling stronger and more reinvigorated than ever before!
  • Butts & Guts – 30-minutes of strength and resistance training for a rock solid core and lower body.
  • Strength & Stretch - Use different equipment and your own body weight each week to strength train. Class will conclude with full body stretching.

  • 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 Express - 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.
  • 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 Flow 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!
  • 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.

Aaron Carlson
HIIT Series: Core, Zumba

Aspen Wheeler

Cara Cazier
Spin, Mobility & Mindfulness

Chavonis Black

Cher Ladford
Restorative Yoga

Dawon Browley
HIIT Series: Total Body

Jennifer McAdams
Boot Camp, Tabata

Leanne Kulchawik
Butts & Guts, HIIT Series: Boxing Fusion

Luke Wilczak

Lynn Herrmann
Zumba, Barre Plus, Pilates Reformers

Mary Beth Henning
Strength & Stretch, AGT

Mary Kate Welch
POP Pilates, Spin, Cardio Kickboxing

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



Contact the Assistant Director for Fitness at to sign up.

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 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.