About the Helen M. Galvin Health and Fitness Center
Part of Northwestern University's Chicago campus, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's (RIC) Galvin Health and Fitness Center is located in Abbott Hall, one block east of RIC's main facility.
Opened in 1996, the Galvin Center for Health and Fitness was made possible by a private donation from the Helen M. Galvin Charitable Trust and is supported annually by a grant from the Chicago Blackhawk Charities. The Galvin Center for Health and Fitness is a 4,000 square foot facility specifically created for people with physical disabilities. Its purpose is to provide an arena for individuals of all ages, backgrounds and levels of disability to develop their physical potential.
Guidance and Support
From routine exercise programs to competitive opportunities, the Galvin Health and Fitness Center is fully equipped to prepare members for the benefits of long-term wellness.
Personal exercise programs are specially designed for each participant during their first visit. Members benefit from our experienced fitness staff who are on-hand to answer questions and help provide the skills and knowledge to achieve one's goals.
Additionally, staff are available each day during Assisted Hours for members requiring help with exercise equipment.
All equipment was selected for its universal use by people with and without physical disabilities. This unique system of fitness equipment, which covers a complete range of strength and cardiovascular exercise options, includes:
- 3 MotoMeds® (passive motion ergometers)
- 4 Ergometers
- 6 Treadmills
- 2 StairMasters®
- 3 Stationary cycles
- 3 NuSteps®
- 2 Elliptical trainers (1 is recumbant)
- Spacious aerobic area
- Variety of free weights
- 12 upper extremity machines
- 3 lower extremity machines
- Adaptive equipment: cables, thera-bands, therapy balls, adaptive gloves, wrist cuffs, fit tubes, power webs, fit loops, and balance equipment.
Fitness Center Services and and Classes
The Fitness Center offers a variety of individualized services. To learn more, visit the Fitness Services and Classes section.