Where to Exercise Indoors in Champaign-Urbana
Resources and deals for healthy living in Champaign-Urbana
It’s hard to escape talk of New Year’s resolutions related to health, fitness, and weight loss. The truth is that any year, any time, is a great time to commit to health and wellness goals. We have compiled a list of resources for indoor exercise (as we are publishing this in winter, of course) where adults and teens (and sometimes younger children) can get their fitness needs addressed — or just get one foot in front of the other.
These options include some well-known local gyms and fitness centers, as well as yoga studios, walking tracks, and more.
Thankfully, here in Champaign-Urbana, as well as surrounding communities such as Savoy, Monticello, Rantoul and Mahomet, there are a variety of fitness options that cater to a variety of interests. Some of them have special offers, from free fitness weeks to free passes and more.
Most of this list is focused on INDOOR fitness options, centered on adults and teens. Is there a resource we should consider adding to this list? Email us – email@example.com.
Free opportunities in Champaign-Urbana and beyond
Urbana Park District – Free Fitness Week, Jan. 2-6
Where: Phillips Recreation Center or the Lake House at Crystal Lake Park, depending on class
What: Try out fitness classes at the Phillips Recreation Center or the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park absolutely free for this week, no strings attached. Get Fit Where You Sit Chair Yoga and Tai Chi classes are not included.
What: The Fieldhouse, which includes an indoor track, is currently open for walkers and joggers daily (on school days) from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.; some others times available depending on day. Students in junior high and younger must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or by another adult. Click here to check updated schedules.
Where: Champaign (Market Place Shopping Center) and Urbana (Lincoln Square Mall)
When: Mall hours
How much: Free
What: Both local indoor malls are very supportive of mall walkers. Some have special hours; hours may vary.
Stephens Family YMCA
Where: Southwest Champaign
What: An incredible round-up of group fitness programming on both land and water that meets a variety of schedules. Become a Y member and not only can you enjoy the fitness programming but you can utilize the childcare services and a long list of other member “perks” and discounts as part of the Y’s overall programming and vision.
Champaign Park District (Group Fitness Classes)
Where: Leonhard Recreation Center and Martens Center locations
What: Classes such as Yogalates, Boot Camp and more.
- Leonhard Recreation Center (Champaign Park District)
What: Walking track, fitness equipment, open gym and more. Read more of our thoughts on Leonhard Center here.
- Martens Center (Champaign Park District)
What: New facility in north Champaign that offers a walking track, fitness equipment, fitness classes, open gym and more. Memberships are available now. Read more of our thoughts on the Martens Center here.
Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center
What: Lap swimming is available mornings and around the lunch hour, generally 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Memberships available as well as punch cards. Lap swim times are for individuals age 15 and up who wish to swim for exercise. No public swim regularly on the schedule at this point.
U of I Armory and Track
What: Attention runners and walkers: this might be one of the best kept secrets in town. Membership at the U of I Armory and Track is now available to anyone, regardless of University of Illinois affiliation, and it’s very budget-friendly. It’s even open during most breaks, although hours may be limited or change. Individual and family memberships are available; children under the age of 18 (except University of Illinois students) must be accompanied an adult. Day passes ($5) are also available. One snag? Parking is a chore; if you can, take the MTD. More info HERE.
C-U Women’s Boxing
What: Consisting of technique training, bag drills, speed work, conditioning, and cardio, classes vary daily. Women of any and all fitness levels are welcome. Introductory Group Sessions are $5 (non-refundable/non-transferable) and last about 90 minutes long. All classes are currently for 18 years and older.
Where: Kirby Medical Center, Monticello
What: Described as “wellness programming,” there are a variety of services that can be tailored to your needs, including group wellness. Talk to your primary care provider to see if you can utilize services at no cost. Try out the one-mile “wellness trail” on your visit.
What: Equipment and group fitness classes.
Local Gyms With Free Trials Available Anytime
Where: Champaign/Savoy and Monticello locations
What: A gym exclusively for women with a variety of classes and training available. Free 30-minute trial sessions available.
Fitness Premier Champaign and Fitness Premier Mahomet
Where: Champaign and Mahomet
What: Group fitness classes, hydrotherapy massage, personal/team training (for an additional cost) and use of both the Champaign and Mahomet locations with your membership; try it out with a free day pass here as an introduction.
Orange Theory Fitness
Where: South Neil Street, Champaign
What: You really just have to try Orange Theory to experience what it is like for yourself. Try your first class for free. Reserve online ahead of time.
Also check out our guide to health and wellness in Champaign-Urbana.