Fitness and Wellness


The Urbana Park District is committed to improving the quality of life of its citizens and promoting the overall health of the community. Fitness and Wellness programs include a variety of affordable opportunities for ages 15 and up to try workout programs geared to their fitness level. You can improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, and rhythm. Unlike what you might find in a traditional fitness center, our classes are welcoming to all, whether you are new to fitness or pursuing more advanced goals.

Class offerings include Aerobics, Boot Camp, Hard Core, Circuit and Interval Training, Strength and Conditioning, Tai Chi, Water Aerobics, Yoga--including chair yoga, and Zumba. Visit or call the Phillips Recreation Center at 217-367-1544, or register online. See the at-a-glance class schedule here.

When exercising at the Phillips Recreation Center, please bring a clean pair of tennis shoes to exercise in to keep the wood floors in good condition. 


Select Fridays, 5:30-6:45pm
Phillips Recreation Center
Age 15 and Up - under 15 with attending adult
Trade out the traditional ‘happy hour’ and let yoga kick-off your weekend! Join Kristina Reese one Friday a month for an opportunity to learn new skills applicable on and off the mat. Register for each class individually. Must register in advance to participate. No walk-ins. Flexi passes not accepted.

Partner Yoga for Peace and Presence
Friday, Sep 15, 5:30-6:45pm - Happy Hour Yoga Workshop
Phillips Recreation Center
$25R/NR | Code: 5974
Physical connection helps build positivity and compassion for others and ourselves. In this light and friendly yoga class we will explore yoga poses to do with other individuals and as a larger group. Invite a friend or family member or come alone to connect with someone new! No previous yoga experience required.

Take the "Scare" out of Crow Pose!
Friday, Oct 13, 5:30-6:45pm - Happy Hour Yoga Workshop
Phillips Recreation Center
$25R/NR | Code: 5975
Want to take flight? Learn techniques, drills, step-by-step instructions and how to use props to get closer to lifting up (and staying up) in Bakasana (crow pose) and other related arm balance poses. Arm balancing isn’t simply about being physically strong and using your arms to support you, but rather to learn to make the body feel lighter and supported through core stability, counterbalance, and a release of ego and expectations. Some previous yoga experience recommended, but not required.

Yoga for Better Sleep
Friday, Nov 17, 5:30-6:45pm - Happy Hour Yoga Workshop
Phillips Recreation Center
$25R/NR | Code: 5973 
A restless body or racing mind can make it difficult to find a good night’s sleep. This class will introduce a few, slow moving poses, coupled with deep breathing to help calm the mind and release physical tension to prepare the body for rest. Followed by a body scan relaxation technique to help you fall asleep quicker and wake up feeling more refreshed. No previous yoga experience required.

Mala Making & Merriment
Friday, Dec 8, 5:30-7:30pm - Happy Hour Yoga Workshop
Phillips Recreation Center
$40R/NR - includes supplies to create one mala necklace or four mala bracelets | Code: 5977
A mala is a strand of beads that can be used for meditation, prayer or just to wear! Come create your own mala necklace or bracelets and learn ways to use it for meditation and intention setting. Malas make meaningful and useful gifts too!


Flexible Fitness Punch Cards

If your schedule fluctuates or you find it difficult to attend an entire session of fitness classes, purchase a 10-class Flexible Fitness Punch Card. Attend any class that accommodates your schedule. Fitness punch cards may be used for all fitness classes in their category. Preregistered participants get priority of class space. Passes are not interchangeable across categories. Before each class you attend, present the card upon arrival and you will be admitted to the class. Punch cards are valid from one session to the next. You may purchase cards at the Phillips Recreation Center. There are three categories of passes: Land Fitness, Yoga/Pilates and Water Exercise.


Free Fitness Weeks

Three times each year we invite you to try out any fitness classes at the Phillips Recreation Center, the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, or Brookens Gym absolutely free. It’s one way that we can thank our continuing participants and welcome our new participants. Try a class at any park district workout facility and let us know what you think. (Please Note: Tai Chi and Yoga Hikes classes are not included.)