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 2018 Yoga Special Events

Date Time Workshop Location
Sunday, 9/16 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Self-Care Yoga Rec Center, Studio B
Monday, 9/24 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Yoga in the Garden NIU Communiversity Gardens
Sunday, 10/7 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Flow and Glow Rec Center, Studio B
Sunday, 11/4 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Standup Paddleboard Yoga NIU Anderson Hall Pool
Sunday, 11/25 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy Rec Center, Studio B
Sunday, 11/2 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Standup Paddleboard Yoga NIU Anderson Hall Pool

Fall Group Fitness will begin August 27, 2018


Day Time Class Studio
MONDAY 12:00-12:45 PM Zumba B
4:00-4:50 PM Zumba B
5:00-5:45 PM Pilates Reformer B
6:30-7:30 PM Total Body Toning A
6:30-7:30 PM POP Pilates B
TUESDAY 7:30-8:00 AM HIIT Series: Spin B
4:00-4:30 PM Butts & Guts A
5:30-6:30 PM Restorative Yoga B
6:00-6:50 PM Zumba A
7:00-8:00 PM Pilates B
7:00-7:50 PM Body Tone A
8:00-8:30 PM HIIT Series: Core A
WEDNESDAY 4:00-4:50 PM Step Up to the Barre B
5:00-6:15 PM Yoga A
5:00-5:45 PM Spin B
6:30-7:15 PM Cardio Blast A
7:30-8:00 PM HIIT Series: Core A
THURSDAY 7:30-8:00 AM HIIT Series: Spin B
12:00-12:45 PM Vinyasa Flow Express B
5:30-6:30 PM Restorative Yoga B
6:00-6:50 PM On the Ball A
6:30-7:25 PM Zumba B
7:00-7:45 PM Bootcamp A
7:30-8:00 PM HIIT Series: Total Body B
Friday 4:00 PM FREE FITNESS FRIDAY* Varies

Free Fitness Fridays

Date Class Time Studio
7-Sep Cardio Burnout 4:00-4:45 B
14-Sep Zumba  4:00-5:00 A
21-Sep HIIT Series: Total Body 4:00-4:30 A
28-Sep Total Body 4:00-4:45 A
5-Oct Bootcamp 4:00-4:50 A
12-Oct Boxing Fusion 4:00-4:30 A
19-Oct Zumba  4:00-5:00 A
26-Oct Cardio Blast 4:00-4:45 A
2-Nov HIIT Series: Total Body 4:00-4:30 A
9-Nov Barre 4:00-4:50 B
16-Nov Bootcamp 4:00-4:50 A
23-Nov *No Class-Facility Closed*    
30-Nov HIIT Series: Core 4:00-4:30 B
7-Dec Barre 4:00-4:50 B

Class Descriptions

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

  • HIIT Series: Core - This intense 30-minute workout focuses on the core and lower back to build midline stability and strength.
  • HIIT Series: Cycle - 30-minute cycle workout to increase your endurance, speed and coordination on an indoor stationary bike.
  • 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 Blast - This 45-minute blast class will feature a blend of HIIT, Tabata, general cardio, and dynamic Pilates exercises to get your heartrate up!
  • Cycle - Indoor cycling on a stationary bike to build endurance. This class takes place under black lights!
  • Step Up to the Barre - Blending the cardiovascular benefits of step with the refined moves of barre, Step up to the Barre provides a total body workout that will get your heart rate up and your muscles strong. We will complete a warm up, followed by 20-25 minutes of step using the step bench, then finish with strength exercises and stretching using individual barres.
  • Zumba™ - An exciting fusion of Latin dance and fitness taught by certified Zumba™ instructors.

  • 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, leaving 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.
  • Butts & Guts - 30-minutes of strength and resistance training for a rock solid core and lower body
  • On the Ball - Strengthen and stretch your muscles in this full-body workout using stability balls.  Train your core and improve your balance while using weights or your own body weight.
  • Step Up to the Barre - Blending the cardiovascular benefits of step with the refined moves of barre, Step up to the Barre provides a total body workout that will get your heart rate up and your muscles strong. We will complete a warm up, followed by 20-25 minutes of step using the step bench, then finish with strength exercises and stretching using individual barres.
  •  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!

  • Pilates - A mat-based class intended to lengthen and strengthen the body with focus on the core. You'll develop balance, posture, coordination, strength and flexibility.
  • 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 while 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.
  • 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 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.

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

Freedom Sims

Jennifer McAdams
Boot Camp, Tabata

Jessica Brady
Total Body Toning, Cardio Blast, HIIT Series: Core

Leanne Kulchawik
Butts & Guts

Luke Wilczak

Lynn Herrmann
Zumba, Setp Up to the Barre, Pilates Reformers

Mary Beth Henning
Strength & Stretch, AGT

Mary Kate Welch
POP Pilates, Cycle

Meg Montgomery

Sonia Nevarez

Christine Lagattolla


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)
Early Bird Unlimited Annual Fit Pass *available until September 16 $60
Unlimited Fall Semester Fit Pass $50
Unlimited Summer Fit Pass $20
Fitness & 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 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.