Loop Campus Fitness Center

Exercise downtown

Loop Campus Fitness Center

Maybe you were out and active during the warm summer months, but now it’s time to get back to the school year and perhaps a more demanding schedule. Soon, the weather will be changing. All of these factors can make it harder to stay active and keep focused on health and wellness.

DePaul University offers many ways to help keep you active and healthy. In addition to a variety of health and wellness programs and resources, it’s now more convenient than ever for DePaul faculty and staff to exercise in the Loop.

This month, the university unveiled an expanded fitness space in the basement of the Loop's CDM building. Campus Recreation will offer orientations and discounts on class fees for faculty and staff throughout the fall.

The new space, known as the Fitness Center, features several equipment pieces designed for cross-training and cardiovascular exercise, core-strengthening machines and stations, as well as kettlebells, medicine balls and resistance bands. The Fitness Studio will be used for drop-in fitness and stretching, as well as classes and workshops.

"Our goal is to build a community of health and wellness," says Courtney Griffin, assistant director of Fitness and Wellness for Campus Recreation. "We are excited to be able to offer DePaul faculty, staff and enrolled students a larger space and new opportunities to keep them engaged, connected and active on the Loop Campus."

The new Fitness Center is approximately 2,100 square feet and features more than 30 pieces of equipment. The previous exercise room, known as the Fitness Studio, is now approximately 720 square feet. Both spaces are free for faculty, staff and students, and opened to the university community on Sept. 1.

To kick off the new facility, Campus Recreation will offer two types of orientations throughout the fall. General orientations are free and will introduce participants to the new spaces and equipment. Discounts on introductory classes for specific equipment, such as BOSU balls, resistance bands, foam rollers and medicine balls, begin in October. Class size is limited, so register early online or through The Ray at DePaul app.


General orientations will be held on:

Thursday, Sept. 8
4 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Noon - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
4 - 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19
Noon - 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8
4 - 6 p.m.

Feel free to drop in any time during these two-hour sessions and learn about the new equipment.

$5 introductory classes for specific equipment will be held on:

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Foam Rollers and Stability Balls
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Exercise Bands and BOSUs
12:30-1 p.m.

Bodyweight Exercise and Medicine Balls
5-5:30 p.m.

Foam Rollers and Stability Balls
5:30-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Bodyweight Exercise and Medicine Balls
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Foam Rollers and Stability Balls
12:30-1 p.m.

Exercise Bands and BOSUs
5-5:30 p.m.

Bodyweight Exercise and Medicine Balls
5:30-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Exercise Bands and BOSUs
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Bodyweight Exercise and Medicine Balls
12:30-1 p.m.

Foam Rollers and Stability Balls
5-5:30 p.m.

Exercise Bands and BOSUs
5:30-6 p.m.


For additional information about equipment orientations, personal training, or small group training, contact Courtney Griffin at 773-325-4562 or cgriff31@depaul.edu.

Human Resources soon will announce new discounts at additional fitness centers throughout the Chicagoland area.

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