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While things may look a little different this semester, we’re glad to have so many of our #ActiveILLINI back on campus! Here in Campus Recreation, we remain committed to providing opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and community patrons to access the wellness resources they need to thrive. We appreciate the flexibility and patience of our wonderful participants and dedicated instructors as we work to maintain a safe group fitness environment for everyone.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have thoughts about how we at Campus Rec can continue to foster a sense of community or ideas for resources we can provide during this time. If you have questions or concerns about Campus Recreation re-opening procedures, be sure to consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.




Join us for a FREE LesMills BODYATTACK fitness class on Saturday, October 24 starting at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium! 

Face coverings must be worn and Safer Illinois access will be required.

Entrance to get in will be at the West Hall of Memorial Stadium. Please arrive at 10:45 a.m. The class will run from 11 - 11:45 a.m.

*Please note, there is a capacity of 100 participants, so be sure to get in line early! Free prizes and post event water and snack provided! 


Join CXWORX every Wednesday at 6:30pm, ARC MP1

Exercising muscles around the core, Les Mills CXWORX™ provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favorite sports - it’s the glue that holds everything together. It's ideal for improving functional strength and assisting in injury prevention.

All the moves in CXWORX have options, so you can continually challenge yourself, regardless of your own fitness level. During the 30-minute workout, you work with resistance tubes and weight plates, as well as body weight exercises.

This workout is great as a stand-alone resistance training workout, or paired with another class like BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT - or any of our other formats.

Reserve your space in the next CXWORX class today.


Campus Recreation’s “Fall Back Fitness” Challenge officially kicks off on October 18, and it’s not too late to join! The challenge will run from October 18 – 31 and details can be found below:

  • Participating in the challenge is FREE!
  • Register for and attend specified Les Mills Virtual Classes (view the schedule). These classes are streamed directly into ARC studios and feature the best Les Mills instructors from around the world! (Capacity in each class is 10 participants).
  • Pick up your Challenge BINGO card at the ARC member services desk and get it signed by the class host at each class to earn points for all the classes you attend.
  • Collect 20 points and return your BINGO card to the member services desk to enter the drawing for grand prizes!

Register for the “Fall Back Into Fitness” Challenge



As many people begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the CDC offers suggestions to consider as you plan ahead. We encourage our #ActiveIllini family to enjoy this time of year, to be creative about how you connect with friends and family, and to plan ahead to ensure that you are gathering in the safest possible manner.

  • When planning a gathering, consider the levels of COVID-19 in the area you are travelling from as well as the area you will be travelling to. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
  • If possible, consider gathering outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.
  • Consider the duration of the gathering. Shorter gatherings pose less risk than longer gatherings.
  • Limit the size of the gathering. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees, the risk of spread between attendees, and state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Consider your behavior leading up to the gathering (potential quarantine period and testing, if possible). Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.
  • Put preventative measures in place at the gathering (mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing, having hand sanitizer available). Gatherings with more preventive measures in place, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented.

Well-Being Resource: CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations


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 we move deeper into autumn, you may feel a natural inclination to slow things down a bit. If you find yourself feeling a bit more pensive these days, embrace that feeling with this week’s Slow Down (Slightly) Playlist. Filled with moderate intensity music, it’s sure to be a good fit for your next endurance workout (or as background music for your fall activities).

Slow Down (Slightly) Playlist



As the temperatures dip, many of us look for warm, delicious, crockpot recipes that remind us of home. This Three-Bean Chili from Whole and Heavenly Oven certainly fits the bill! Feel free to leave out the Lean ground beef and substitute the beef broth with vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (or substitute with ground protein of choice)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 14-oz can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup beef broth (or broth of choice)
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 15-oz can chickpeas
  • 15-oz can black beans
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Suggested toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced onions, chives, cilantro


  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat is no longer meat and onion is softened. While it cooks, use a wooden spoon to crumble the meat into small chunks.
  2. Add jalapeno, chili powder, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Cook for 1 minute, stirring to mix everything and toast the spices.
  3. Add diced tomato, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and beef broth. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If too thick, add a little more water or beef broth.
  4. Add beans and salt and pepper and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with desired toppings.

Yield: 4-6 servings