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The Crystal Lake Park District offers a variety of health and fitness programs throughout the year. Disciplines include Body Power, Pilates on the Mat, Bodytoning, Cardio/Circuit Boot Camp, MixxedFit(C) & Core, Zumba® and Zumba® Gold.

The Park District also features fitness classes geared just for seniors, such as Fit at 55 & Beyond Punch Pass and Super Senior Fitness.

Browse Group Fitness in activity guide

fitness descriptions


Unleash the power to change your body with endurance weight lifting. Classes are choreographed to music which makes the class fly by. Bars with a variety of weighted plates along with free weights are used to work major muscle groups. Warm up, core strength and cool down are included in this results-driven class. Suitable for all fitness levels.


Experience Vinyasa Yoga choreographed to music with Maureen who has been guiding students toward renewed energy, flexibility, strength and balance for 15 years. Any level of fitness can begin the path to holistic well-being. Our ancient poses and breathing techniques are designed to create unity of mind, body and spirit. Improve core strength, posture and range of motion while experiencing serenity and deep relaxation. A great way to wind down after a long day! See what benefits this ancient practice holds!


MixxedFit ® is the hottest new dance craze sweeping the nation! In MixxedFit ®, we work out to our favorite songs on the radio, then we spice things up by adding boot-camp inspired exercises to make your workout more effective and challenging. Our choreography is simple, repetitive and easy to follow, which means you can naturally increase your level of intensity during your workout. You can focus on getting lost in the music rather than having to follow complicated dance steps. Whether you are fourteen or young at heart, the next Beyonce or have been wanting to dance for years, MixxedFit ® is the place for you!


You can hear the beat of the energetic Latin music pulse through your body! Zumba is a style of intense aerobic dance workout with invigorating Latin and International music. Zumba combines high energy and motivating music, along with unique moves and combinations to provide an overall workout.

zumba® Gold

Is your body just not moving like it used to? This class is tailored to the active older participant and for those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Join this fitness class with its zesty Latin music with easy-to-follow moves that will help give you that great cardio workout in a party-like environment!


Looking to take your fitness routine to a new level? Join us for a morning workout incorporating both cardio and circuit fitness exercises to blast away the calories and tone your body quickly. This is a fast paced interval training overlooking our beautiful Main Beach.

Pilates on the Mat

Pilates aims to improve flexibility and stability be strengthening the muscles of the body, especially the muscles of the core. Through proper execution, you will improve overall function of the body including physical therapy techniques. Unique and effect methods will be used to get maximum results whatever your fitness goals may be. All movements can be modified for any body type and fitness level.

Fit at 55 & Beyond Punch Pass

Ages 55 +

We've got a great workout designed specifically for fantastic 50's, sizzling sixties, sensational seventies and up! During this hour long class, you will be stretching, strengthening and completing a light cardio workout while using exercise equipment, participating in fun activities and implementing various exercise techniques. To attend class, you must purchase the punch pass during regular business hours at the Administration Office or at class (payment by check only at class).

super senior fitness

Ages 55 +

Designed for those seniors with less stamina and mobility or those just getting started in their fitness program. This class will use light hand weights, balance exercise, core strengthening on chairs and fun cardio games. A great way to keep up with your mobility and cardio. This class meets for 30 minutes/2 times week.

For information about Super Senior Fitness Class and the Fit at 55 Fitness Punch Pass see page 77 in the digital activity guide.


Concerned you might miss a class and are afraid to commit? NO WORRIES! See your instructor following the missed class to receive a MISSED A CLASS pass. The pass is good from one month of date issued for any of our other fitness classes. Waiver form must be signed for the replacement class.

Fitness 10 Punch Pass

Our 10-Punch Fitness Pass allows you to choose your own fitness play according to your schedule. The pass can be used at any of the following classes: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Bodytoning, Bodypower, Cardio Circuit Boot Camp, Pilates on the Mat and MixxedFit & Core. Please register for the RAINOUTLINE (rainoutline.com) to get class updates on last minute changes or cancellations of fitness classes. (One day workshops and one day special events are not included with the punch pass. fitness passes may only be purchased at our Administration Office and used within 6 months of purchase. No refunds or transfers. Please check website two days prior to first day to confirm class status.

M-Sa, 5/6-8/10

Punch Pass Fee: $90 Resident Discount Punch Pass Fee: $80

Summer 2019 Fitness Punch Pass Code: #331020-01

Fitness & Yoga All Inclusive 10 Punch Pass

Utilize the NEW All Inclusive Punch Pass to get your full body workout in! This pass is good for all fitness and yoga classes. Take your fitness routine to a whole new level.

M-Sa, 5/1-8/3

Punch Pass Fee: $105 Resident Discount Punch Pass Fee: $95

Summer 2019 Fitness & Yoga All Inclusive Punch Pass Code: #331030-01

Yoga descriptions

Our certified yoga instructors will guide you on proper form and technique as you challenge your body to experience strength, balance and flexibility through various forms of Yoga. Yoga classes offered include: Kids Yoga, Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Qi Gong.

Current Yoga Classes

Kids Yoga

Yoga is a great way for a child to improve impulsiveness, help control emotions and ease stress. In a relaxed, fun and playful setting overlooking Crystal Lake's Main Beach, students will learn tools to deal with stress and aid in concentration. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle to class.


Enjoy a serene class overlooking beautiful Crystal Lake! Through yoga poses, students will develop greater flexibility, strength, body awareness and balance. This practice blends yoga styles and will include meditation, breathing practice and relaxation techniques! Bring a yoga mat and water bottle to class.


Meditation is like a shower for your mind. Take time to still your thoughts and relax as you study various meditation techniques. Through breath, smell, sound and movement you decide which style of meditation resonates with you. Bring blanket or cushion, yoga mat, water bottle and towel to class.

Kundalini Yoga

Take your yoga to the next level. This class will take you on a journey to find joy and peace within yourself. Use breath, mantra and movement to bring yourself to a state of balance. Practicing in a group amplifies the experience. Each class will include meditation and occasional Gong Relaxation. Bring a cushion to sit on and a yoga mat.

Monday Morning Chanting

Chanting is a practice that can bring you to a state of internal peace when you use your voice in unison with others to raise your vibration and everyone in the room. It can work to move stuck energy and bring you joy and happiness. Come open to you, chant and leave smiling.

Qi Gong

The origins of Tai Chi, this class is an ancient form of exercise which focuses on the mind with healing techniques and gentle moving standing poses to connect our body and mind energy as one. Through this practice, we can heal not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Class will be held on the beach weather permitting and inside if the weather is not cooperating. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle to class.

new! Outdoor Walking Club

Meeting locations will be emailed to the group 1-2 days prior to the walk

1st Wednesday of each month from 5-6 pm from April-October

For summer 2019 location and schedule, contact Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680 X1219, jpeterson@crystallakeparks.org

Indoor Walking Club at The Racket Club


You asked and we responded! Due to many requests for indoor walking options for active adults in the area, the Crystal Lake Park District is offering Indoor Walking at the Racket Club, located at 9101 S. Route 31, Algonquin. This program is free and membership at The Racket Club is not required to participate. The 1/6 mile walking area around the court perimeter will be available November-April, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-8:30 am. For more information contact Jaime Coplon at 847-658-5688, jcoplon@crystallakeparks.org

Group Fitness and Yoga Instructors



AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor

My journey to becoming a fitness instructor unknowingly began at four years of age taking dance lessons in Hawaiian Hula, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Adagio, Point, Acrobatics, and Ballroom and Latin dance styles. Over the years I have garnered the USA Pro-Am Championships in International Standard and Latin and American Smooth with my professional partner and also Elite Dancesport Champions in American Smooth with my husband. After retiring from Dancesport competition, I've shared my love of dance by teaching ballroom and Latin dancing, organizing the Chicago DanceSport Challenge a National Qualifying Event for the USA Dance Championships, and began teaching Cardio Ballroom, a fitness program I created for the DTPD.

In 2013, I became certified as a Primary Group Fitness Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Currently I am teaching fitness to seniors, adults, and children in several different types of cardio, strength, and weight lifting programs at three different park districts and dance studios in the area.



Past Certified IDEA, ACE, Body Training Instructor

Donna has been teaching fitness classes since the early days of aerobic dance, where she enjoyed many years of creating dance choreography for high energy classes. Donna has also lead step classes, helping people of all fitness levels get a challenging workout. Most recently, she thrives on encouraging people to change their bodies through endurance weight lifting. Over the years, Donna has been IDEA, ACE, Les Mills and Body Training System certified.

A long time resident of Crystal Lake and a person who regularly hikes Sterne's Woods, Donna really embraces the community and beauty of our town.



Group Fitness Instructor

Maureen is a group exercise fitness instructor certified by the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.) She began taking yoga as a method to reduce stress, increase her strength and improve her overall wellness. She fell in love with the way it made her feel - the one day a week became a daily reason to go to the fitness center. After attending yoga classes every day, she was then asked why "didn't she just become a yoga instructor?" Maureen has been teaching since 2002 when began her career at Healthbridge Fitness Center. Currently, Maureen teaches with Crystal Lake Park District and McHenry Parks Department.

Maureen is a certified as a Les Mills BodyFlow instructor and Tracy Mallet Booty Barre instructor.

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Jackie Hanshaw

Zumba Instructor

Jackie has been teaching fitness class for 4 years. She certified AFAA Group X instructor. Licensed in Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® kids, Aqua Zumba® and Pro Skills. Pro skills taught her the art of cueing the moves. Her classes have been said to be "easy to follow" and have "high energy" as you take a trip around the world with the different music and rhythms.


Rae Lynne Morvay

Zumba Gold and Pilates Instructor

Rae Lynne Morvay has been performing various types of dance since the age of 4. She studied under Prima Ballerina Patty Page at the Patty Paige Dance Academy in Columbus, OH. Rae Lynne was a member of both SHS Tempo, and ECC Eccentricity Swing Choirs, and was one of the original members of the Ominous Dance Company. Rae Lynne has also taught both Aerobics and Toning Classes in the past. After taking time off to be a wife and a mother, Rae Lynne's passion for fitness was reignited when she signed up for a yoga class at the Crystal Lake Park District. Rae Lynne is AFFA Certified and also has certifications in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Circuit training, Pilates, Core Fitness, CPR, AED, and is SCW Group Fitness Certified.



Zumba® Instructor

Theresa Miles is a group exercise fitness instructor certified by the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America). She has been a licensed Zumba instructor since 2009 and is also licensed to teach Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning and Zumba Kids. Her dance background includes American Tribal Style belly dance, latin ballroom and the latin club dancing (salsa, cumbia, merengue, etc).

"I love teaching Zumba fitness classes - it makes me happy when I see people smiling and having fun in my class."



Yoga Instructor

Lisa is a 500hr E-RYT Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor of Kundalini, Hatha Yoga and Children's Yoga. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher. With over 18 years of teaching experience she offers Women's Retreats around the globe. You can find her teaching at Yoga Festivals sharing her love of yoga and meditation. During her 13 years as a Wall Street Trader, she learned the importance of stress management. Yoga, meditation, breathwork/sound healing with "The Gong" are tools she uses for a healthy mind/body and happy life.


Donna Layne

Yoga Instructor

Donna is a registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has been teaching mindful breathing and awareness for 12 years. She has passion for teaching yoga to kids, adults, prenatal and senior yoga.

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Whole Body Circuit Training Instructor

Drenda is an ACE (American Council of Exercise) certified fitness instructor who has been involved with fitness her whole life and spearheaded a women's fitness program at her church in Cary. Drenda is licensed to teach REFIT® and Strong by Zumba® also trained as a holistic health coach and truly enjoys helping others experience fun in their fitness.

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MixxedFit(C) Instructor

Michele Silver is a group exercise fitness instructor certified by the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.) She is also a certified Mixxedfit Instructor since 2016. She has a passion for fitness. Michele has been involved in sports since she was a young child which has fueled her involvement with exercise and fitness for the past 30 years.