Pump your way to a healthy heart, mind and body through our wide variety of group exercise classes! Palos Heights Parks & Recreation offers dozens of group exercise classes each week, all designed with a variety of fitness enthusiasts in mind. Class times/days are found in the Parks & Recreation Brochure as well as clicking on the link below.
Group Exercise Schedule May 1-August 19
Aquatic group exercise classes are designed to give you a great, low impact work out and challenge your body in ways you just can’t on land.
Deep Water Exercise(June-August Only)
By replicating weight-bearing exercise in the non-weight bearing environment of deep water, we may realize all the benefits of, increased training loads to improve performance, unloading to avoid injury, maintaining training loads and performance while recovering from injury.
These classes are a hybrid of heart rate rising movements combined with various weight and resistance work to increase strength.
20 x 3
This is a class that does it all! Get your heart pumping using our indoor cycles. Tone and strengthen your muscles using a variety of equipment. Finish your workout with core/ab work including balance and flexibility work and a nicerelaxing stretch.
4 O’Clock Fitness
Who says there is no time for fitness? This afternoon class will energize you all the way into the night. Think of this as a whole body work out.
The more you move, the more you are able to move, so what are you waiting for? Build bones, work cardiovascular systems, balance, and strength in a friendly environment.
Class combines cardio with strength training and rigorous abdominal toning. Free weights and step used every class. Resistance bands, tubes, medicine ball, big ball exercise, disks alternated weekly.
This program strings together circuits of intense exercises, which you do for about 30 to 60 seconds each, pausing for only a few seconds between exercises. The idea is to build strength and endurance.
Ride – Resist – RelaxGet your whole workout in with this hour of cardio/strength! We will use tabata training on the bikes for the first half of class. Work to strengthen arms and abs for 15 minutes. We will use the last 15 minutes for yoga based stretching.
Get energized for the weekend. Step and weights used in combination with resistance bands, tubes and balls. Always focus on abdominal toning.
Indoor cycling is a great way to increase lower body fitness, endurance, energy and strength. It’s hard to keep up a year round cycling regimen in the Midwest, so we have brought your ride indoors!
Indoor Cycling is a great way to train year round. Instructors use intervals to get your heart pumping and to challenge your comfort zone. Cycling classes can help you tone your legs, arms and abdominals.
Dance is the world’s first workout! Choose one of these classes to enjoy a dance inspired workout that will keep you motivated through music and fun steps.
Combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training, dance fitness party.
Like the original Zumba Fitness Party, Zumba Gold includes zesty Latin music easy-to-follow dance moves and an invigorating party-like atmosphere. With Zumba Gold, however, the moves are designed for active older adults looking for a low-impact workout.
POUND is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. This, easy to follow, workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometric and Isometric poses.
Strength training is a great way to tone your muscles, improve your appearance and fight age-related muscle loss.
Strengthen and firm up muscles from head to toe…concentration on abs, glutes and arms. Add to the warm up and cool down stretches, a touch of cardio to burn calories.
Total Body Blast
Ready to get strong? This class will work all the major muscle groups with various equipment paying special attention to the core. Weights, bands, medicine balls and more will get you fit for life!
Yoga/Pilates classes are designed to engage the mind and body and helps improve flexibility, range of motion, balance, posture and may help with stress, fatigue and other chronic ailments.
Fit and Active Yoga
This class will provide a safe and peaceful environment for beginning and experienced students. We will practice basic yoga postures to improve our stability, flexibility, and balance while relaxing our whole body.
A blend of stretches, openers, postures, balance poses and yoga flow to actively encourage flexibility throughout the body. We will be working in a warm room.
This yoga class is designed to help students slowly stretch tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. It is ideal for anyone wanting to work on stress-release, flexibility and balance both gradually and comfortably.
Hatha Level 1-2
This class is for students who have a basic understanding of the fundamental poses and breath work. Hatha prepares you for deeper physical and mental work by spending additional time on standing postures, backbends, balance, hip openers and prep work for inversions. Expect to practice classic yoga postures, building on strength, flexibility and balance.
Pilates matwork takes core strength and stability to new levels. Experience a classical approach to mind-body movement emphasizing spine and pelvic alignment in relationship to stability, strength, and mobility.
Yoga at Lake Katherine
Beginners or Pros can enjoy this class created so that any adult of any level of flexibility or fitness can begin to experience the many benefits of Yoga. Yoga nurtures a positive and balanced self-image, promotes mental and physical calm and aids in concentration.
Lake Katherine Yoga with Qi
Qi, welcomes all levels of yoga from beginners to pros. Build your yoga practice from the ground up. Standing postures, hip and shoulder openers, wall assists, balance, seated, deep stretches and meditation will be part of our 90 minute program.
Tai Chi is a weight-bearing form of exercise and will use all your major muscle groups, improving strength and endurance. Its movements also enhance balance, agility, coordination, and flexibility. Benefits also include heart and respiratory health.
This is an ancient form of slow and continuous movement. We’ll begin with Ch Kung; a series of exercises that enhance breathing and mental focus. Then we will experience Qigong, which increases your coordination, strength, flexibility and endurance.
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention
We start with gentle warm-ups, including stationary exercises to improve breathing and physical energy. The form has 12 continuous flowing movements that have shown to improve the conditions associated with arthritis and imbalance. This evidence-based program has been endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation for its safety and results.