Fitness Class Descriptions

Aerobics
This class includes fat burning cardiovascular aerobics. Low impact is designed to reduce stress on back and joints while using all major muscle groups. 
 
Cardio  Dance 
This activity takes line dancing to a whole new level. Get a cardiovascular workout and learn a variety of moves and experience many genres of music.
 
Circuit Training
Challenge your cardio workouts and strength systems in this high energy, total body conditioning class. Circuit training is a total body challenge that is designed to combine resistance training and aerobics that will target strength building, and improve agility
and muscular endurance through various stations.
 
Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Boot Camp
Fitness Boot Camp and Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Boot Camp classes are part of the Park Families Wellness Initiative, which is supported by a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Our team of trained military veterans and/or certified fitness instructors will lead you through a mix of traditional calisthenics and body weight exercises using interval, resistance and strength training designed to give you a full body workout in less time boot camp style. The program incorporates safe and effective exercises, stressing proper form and technique.
 
Cross Training
This conditioning class focuses on various fitness components including cardiovascular, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and core stability.Tubing, physioballs, and/or hand-held weights may be incorporated.
 
Fitness Arcade                              
Get moving at a Chicago Park District Fitness Arcades.The fitness arcades are designed to get youth moving through interactive gaming and non-typical gym equipment. Video game-style game bikes, dance pads and interactive computerized sports walls may be used, as well as other exciting equipment. 
 
Fitness and Nutrition
This class focuses on low impact exercise and chairs exercises resistance to minimize bone loss. Focuses on minimizing stiffness of pain in your lower back, hips, knees, ankles or feet for an older adult. Nutrition topics such as eating on a budget and grocery shopping is discussed. 
 
Fun with Food
Fun with Food is a FUN hands on nutrition education program designed for Park Kids participants in an after school setting, focusing on incorporating all the wonderful nutrition ideas for snacks that can be included in daily life. The objectives of this 
curriculum are based on My PLATE and My Pyramid, giving children a structure for eating the appropriate amounts from each food group.
 
Global Grooves 
This activity teaches movement to music as a creative way to express oneself and a fun way to be physically active. Every class is a new learning experience, experimenting with different rhythms and dance movements from a variety of cultures.
 
Hip Hop
This activity is designed to offer a cardiovascular workout through hip hop inspired movements and upbeat music.
 
Kickboxing
Kickboxing unites the fusion of aerobics, karate and boxing for a great fat-burning and strengthening workout. This activity is designed to increase strength of the upper and lower body by simulated kickboxing drills, punches and kicks without contact. Focus is on speed, agility and balance, providing a great challenge for core and abdominal muscles and an overall cardiovascular challenge.
 
KidsZenergy/Yoga
This non-competitive activity is designed to introduce kids to yoga. Children will learn playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques. Yoga will also be incorporated in storytelling, music activities, and other 
games to keep it fun. 
 
Mighty Fit Kids
In this fun, creative and constantly changing class participants will get a high-energy workout that will keep them coming back for more. Kids will discover the many benefits of joining Mighty Fit Kids including increased energy, endurance, and improvement in 
muscle tone, strength and flexibility.
 
Mighty Fit Family
Families can work out and play together focusing on all the fitness components including warm up, cardio, resistance & strength training, flexibility & stretching in a fun themed activity. Recommended ages: Youth 3+ years accompanied by an adult ages 
18+ years.
 
Mom, Pop & Tot Fitness Boot Camp
Gives parents the opportunity to be physically active while bonding with their toddler. Our team of trained former military personnel and/or certified fitness instructors will lead you through a mix of traditional calisthenics and body weight exercises using interval, resistance and strength training designed to give you a full body workout in less time boot camp style. The program incorporates safe and effective exercises, stressing proper form and technique.
 
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga will focus on the beginning poses of yoga with little ones. The remainder of the class will be designed for free play to help encourage social independence. Class work involves children working on developmental and coordination 
skills with Mommy.
 
Music and Movement      
Move creatively to different types of music. Discover the fun and joy of playing to  music.
 
Nutrition
This activity is designed to increase participants' awareness of the importance of proper nutrition with a focus on balancing calories and exercise. This includes basic knowledge and definition of total calories needed, minerals and a breakdown of carbohydrate, proteins and fats as it relates to a healthy diet and a more active lifestyle.
 
Park Cardio Cycling
In this indoor stationary cycle class, you'll work out your entire body while burning calories and increasing your heart rate. This workout is designed to enable all individuals to participate in a group exercise class with emphasis on individual performance.
 
Pilates
Based on the teaching of Joseph Pilates, this mat workout focuses on the powerhouse muscles, incorporating movement to improve core strength and support flexibility. Learn the fundamentals and proper technique in this basic level Pilates for fitness 
class. Discover the many benefits including body awareness, increased energy and improvement in muscle tone.
 
Power Training
Power Training offers the benefits of personal training at a fraction of the price. Sessions are led by a certified fitness instructor and include custom designed workouts tailored to your fitness level and goals. Groups have to work as a team creating an 
environment that includes accountability, motivation, support and success.
 
Small Group Personal Training 
Follow custom designed workouts that combine the expertise of one-on-one personal fitness training with the motivation and familiarity of exercising in a group with others just like you. The small group setting allows for more personal attention between you and your fitness instructor to focus on correct technique, motivation and measuring progress to reach your fitness goals.
 
This class offers the benefits of personal training at a fraction of the price. Sessions are led by a certified fitness instructor and include custom designed workouts tailored to your fitness levels and goals. Groups are limited to 5 participants per instructor, creating an environment that includes accountability, motivation, support and success.
 
Senior Fitness & Nutrition
This class focuses on low impact exercise and chairs exercises resistance to minimize bone loss. Focuses on minimizing stiffness of pain in your lower back, hips, knees, ankles or feet for an older adult. Nutrition topics such as eating on a budget and grocery 
shopping is discussed.
 
Sports Conditioning
Looking to gain that competitive edge? Want to increase your speed, agility and stamina? Making the decision to begin a sports training program is the first step towards athletic success. The class focuses on various fitness components including cardiovascular, muscle strength and endurance. Many of the exercises introduced are considered to be the backbone of every conditioning program regardless of the sport.
 
Step Aerobics
This class features high energy aerobic conditioning utilizing a step platform. Stepping up and down, over and around in this 45-minute class, is a fun, up-beat, fast paced, high energy, step aerobics class for anyone looking to get a high energy workout.  
Various step heights are determined by participant’s fitness level ranging from the beginner to the advanced. We will also incorporate the stability ball and gym stick.
 
Strength & Conditioning 
The class focuses on various fitness components including both cardiovascular and muscle strength and endurance.  It increases gains in core strength, endurance, and flexibility. This class often incorporates exercises traditionally seen in the weight room setting, mixed in with various aerobic exercises. Some classes may involve tubing, physio-balls, and/or hand held weights. 
 
Stretching 
This activity is for participants looking to increase flexibility of joint and muscles and circulation through various limbering, lengthening and relaxation techniques rather than weight-bearing exercise.
 
Yoga
This class works to lengthen, strengthen and stretch the body while clearing the mind. Reduce stress while improving strength and flexibility through visualization, focused breathing, and yoga postures with modifications for all levels.  
 
Yoga & Pilates               
This class will increase the awareness of your mind, body and spirit, as well as your overall physical fitness in this yoga program. Please bring your mats and wear comfortable, loose-fitting attire.
 
Zumba®
The Zumba® activity fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness activity that will blow you away. Classes are taught by a certified Zumba® instructor.