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We believe physical activity and exercise are vital to the well-being of every person. Here in Campus Recreation, we are actively working on virtual opportunities which will allow our #ActiveILLINI to access the resources they need to thrive in the classroom and in life. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have thoughts on how to help the Campus Rec community stay connected or ideas for resources we can provide during this time.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Campus Rec Re-Opening August 17

The work of rebuilding our staff while adding new policies, practices, and expectations is requiring a lot more work and effort than originally anticipated. With that being said, we will be pushing back our original opening date of August 10 to August 17. Thank you for your continued patience. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at dcr-memberservices@illinois.edu.

COVID-19 Precautions

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our top priority, and we have implemented health and safety guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the University of Illinois. Many of our services, amenities, and activities will be available in stages, and some of our spaces will have new capacity limits based on the guidelines and out of an abundance of caution. Please check out our FAQ page for all questions you may have about our reopening and stages.

Facility Reopening Schedule

At this time, the ARC will be the only Campus Rec fitness facility open. CRCE will be CLOSED and will only be used as a COVID-19 testing location throughout the Fall Semester.

Other Campus Rec facilities will reopen with limited services, amenities, and activities as well as modified spaces and capacity constraints as follows:

Stage 1 – August 17 through August 24

  • 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; CLOSED Weekends
  • Cardio & strength equipment, including track

Stage 2 – August 24 through Semester End

  • M-F: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; SAT/SUN: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Areas to open during this stage will be announced at a later date.

*Scheduled barring any unexpected issues that would prevent us from opening in a safe and effective manner.

Come Join Us for Illini Frenzy 2.0!

Illini Frenzy 2.0 will be held Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at various Campus Recreation locations where students will participate in a photo Scavenger Hunt with a unique virtual experience at each check point. Participants must make sure they complete the whole Scavenger Hunt in order to receive a FREE Illini Frenzy 2.0 t-shirt and other swag items as well as be featured on our Fall 2020 event mural, displayed at the ARC!

Participants must wear a face covering at each location, remain six feet apart while waiting in line and make their way to the next photo booth location. 

Photo Booth Locations:

Check Point 1: Campus Bike Center – 58 W. Gregory

Check Point 2: Campus Rec South Turf Field (West of Ikenberry Commons)

Check Point 3: Grange Grove (In front of Memorial Stadium)

Check Point 4: ARC West Side Parking Lot 

Check Point 5: ARC Main Entrance (201 E. Peabody Drive)

We can't wait for you to experience Illini Frenzy 2.0! Don't wait, register TODAY! 


We asked our #ActiveIllini how you hoped to ‘Find Your Fit’ this fall. We heard you, and as a result we will be offering a variety of options to accommodate your fitness needs, including:

  • In-person group fitness classes with small group sizes (10-12 participants in the MP Studios at the ARC)
  • Les Mills scheduled virtual classes to accommodate those displaced by our capacity limits, and to allow patrons to try new formats
  • Outdoor classes at the ODC basketball courts (51 East Gregory Drive)
  • Virtual classes offered via Zoom (live, password-protected classes)

Additional precautions we will be taking include:

  • Class participation by reservation only (website or CSI app); No drop-in class participation.
  • Cleaning by staff before and after each class
  • Set-up and return of equipment by Campus Recreation staff only
  • 6’ x 6’ quadrants taped off on studio floors to ensure physical distancing
  • Requiring patrons to wear masks (removal during exercise optional)
  • Single entrance and exit doors that will be propped to minimize contact

You can find the answers to frequently asked questions about Campus Recreation’s re-opening plan here. If you have questions or concerns about these options and precautions, please let us know.


Much attention has been paid to the physiological benefits of meditation and they are numerous. And these physiological benefits of meditation quite naturally have corresponding benefits at the psychological level, including stress and anxiety reduction. A methodical review of nearly 150 studies showed that practicing meditation was distinctly more effective at diminishing anxiety than other techniques.

This fall, check out the NEW Reflection Space at the ARC (located on the concourse level) and let us provide a space and place for you to develop your skills in mindfulness and meditation.

Watch this short video to learn about additional meditation and mindfulness resources available at the University of Illinois (and get a sneak peak of our new reflection space)!


In order to prepare our staff for the fall programmatic offering of group fitness classes, there will be no virtual group fitness classes between August 10 and August 23. We look forward to connecting with you in-person and virtually when we resume instruction at the start of the Fall semester.

If you’re looking for a way to stay motivated, make a virtual workout date with a friend or family member, using the weekly workout plan below as a guide!


The Mayo Clinic recommends incorporating the following five elements into your regular exercise routine: aerobic activity, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility/stretching. The workout plan included below incorporates a variety of formats that will allow you to meet these goals. Just pick the combination of workouts that work for you!

View this week’s workout plan


A growing body of evidence suggests that listening to music while exercising can improve the quality of your workout. Boost your next lifting session with this week’s Pump it Up playlist!

Pump it up Workout Playlist


Living in Central Illinois definitely gives you a great appreciation for sweet corn. It’s affordable, it’s local, and it’s delicious! Corn is also a great source of dietary fiber, as well as Vitamin C, magnesium, and antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein. Take a trip to the Urbana Farmers Market and get some to try!

The simple preparations suggested below are sure to highlight the natural sweetness of this delicious vegetable.

Sweet Corn 5 Ways:

  1. Steamed Corn
  2. Boiled Corn on the Cob
  3. Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob
  4. Grilled Corn on the Cob
  5. 5-Ingredient Silky Sweet Corn Soup