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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. If you have questions or concerns about Campus Recreation re-opening procedures, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Group fitness classes are back! This fall, Campus Rec will be offering four ways for pass holders to ‘Find Your Fit’, including:

  • In-person indoor classes (held at the ARC)
  • In-person outdoor classes (held at the ODC basketball courts, weather permitting)
  • Live-streamed Les Mills classes (held at the ARC)
  • Virtual classes (held via Zoom)

You can learn more about these options and how to register to participate here.

We understand that you may have questions and concerns about participating in group fitness at this time, and we encourage all of our participants to familiarize themselves with our group fitness re-opening policies and procedures and participate in whatever way you feel most comfortable. You can find the broader Campus Rec re-opening policies here. As we move ahead with our fall group fitness programming, we are working to make Campus Recreation a welcoming and safe space for everyone, and we welcome your feedback about how to better achieve that goal.

Our Fall 2020 group fitness schedule kicks off next week with Free Week! Unlike previous Free Weeks, participants will be required to register for classes prior to attending (learn how to do that here), but will not be required to purchase a group fitness pass to participate. Group Fitness passes will be required for all group fitness classes, in-person and virtual, after Sunday, August 30.

If you are interested in participating in virtual group fitness classes during Free Week, the schedule and Zoom links can be found here. After August 30, all virtual classes will require the same registration process as in-person classes.

View this week's Free Week schedule




  • Click on the Register link above.
  • Select the ‘Forgot Password/Create Login? Click Here’ option. Do not select Become a Guest!
  • Enter your account number “UIN”. Your UIN is found on your i-card.
  • You will receive an email from campusrec@illinois.edu with your temporary online credentials.  Once you login with your temporary credentials, you will be prompted to update your password and username.
  • Once you have a user login and password you may reserve a spot in Group Fitness Classes online and schedule your Sessions with a Personal Trainer. You will also be able to view your account information and transactions.

If you are unable to login and need additional assistance, please contact Member Services, at dcr-memberservices@illinois.edu.

Refund Policy

Refunds are only issued for group fitness and personal training sessions if the program is canceled due to low enrollment or for a doctor documented illness or injury.  The programs are non-transferrable and are not pro-rated.

Group Fitness Class Reservation

  1. Reserve your spot in Group Fitness Classes

How to Get Started with Personal Training

  1. Pay for your session package at the ARC member services desk
  2. You will be contacted by the Program Assistant for Personal Training and asked to complete a PAR-Q and Self-Administered Health History Form to be submitted to apharri2@illinois.edu.
  3. After the paperwork is received and reviewed the Personal Training Program Assistant will reach out to you via email to schedule your first session. Please come dressed for physical activity in comfortable workout clothing and athletic footwear.
  4. Subsequent sessions can be scheduled via CSI

Late/Cancelation Policy

When a client is late, they forfeit the time lost.

We require 24-hour notice to cancel your appointment. If you fail to do so then you forfeit one personal training session.


Getting into the back-to-school groove can be a bumpy ride, and this year, more than ever, it may be difficult to know what to expect from the season ahead. One key is this: routine, routine, routine. Creating a routine for yourself can provide a sense of normalcy as you begin the new school year and can also help you cope with any additional stress you may be feeling right now.

5 Tips for Establishing a Healthy Routine

  1. Ease into the new routine and do a few dry runs to determine what is going to work best for you. That may mean trying out a few different wake-up or work-out times until you find that winning combination of habits.
  2. Don’t forget to incorporate self-care and other daily tasks into your routine. It’s important to set aside time for working out, grocery shopping, meditating, or anything else you need to do to take care of yourself! If you’re looking for some advice about incorporating exercise into your day, check out this Campus Rec resource.
  3. Use checklists or charts to keep yourself on track. This could be as simple as a paper checklist, or a more sophisticated tracker app on your phone, but having a way to hold yourself accountable can be a great way to stick to your routine once you’ve established it.
  4. Set up your living space to support your routine. As you create a routine with a healthy balance between work, studying, and relaxing, set up your living space accordingly, carving out separate spaces for working and relaxing, if possible. If space is an issue, you could use lighting changes or temporal boundaries to separate work time and downtime. Check out this article for more information about avoiding work-from-home burnout.
  5. Leave room for some flexibility. Maybe you didn’t get out of bed when the alarm went off this morning. That’s ok! Think about the parts of your routine that are your highest priorities and, if possible, rearrange your routine for the day to accomplish the most important tasks.

To learn more about the science behind behavioral change and how to make healthy habits stick, check out this recent University of Illinois webinar!


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. As you’re establishing your new fall routine, having an energizing playlist cued up can help you jump out of bed ready to take on the day. Make a playlist of your favorite tunes, or try this week’s “Up and at ‘em” playlist for a little extra morning motivation!

Up And At ‘Em Workout Playlist


Eating a nutritious breakfast is a great way to set yourself up for a successful day, and incorporating some healthy fats into your breakfast can help promote good health. Fat is an essential macronutrient that, among other functions, aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K. The essential fatty acids in fats also play a role in brain development, blood clotting and managing inflammation.


Avocado toast is more than a trendy brunch food – avocadoes are a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. There’s evidence that consuming these fats can lower LDL cholesterol levels while maintaining HDL (“good”) cholesterol blood levels, and may support blood vessel health. Try


Try these 11 easy ways to fancy up your avocado toast!