Specialized Fitness Classes - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Contact the RIC
Adaptive Sports and
Fitness Program


312-238-5017 (Fax)


RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness
541 North Fairbanks
Mezzanine Level
Chicago, IL 60611 

Office Hours

6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Specialized Fitness Classes

Addressing the specific concerns associated with conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and cancer, the RIC Fitness Center offers the following programs.

The Basics

  • All classes are held at the RIC Fitness Center
  • All participants are encouraged to consult with their physician before beginning this or any new exercise program.
  • All participants must be current RIC Fitness Center members
  • Registration is required, space is limited.
  • Contact: 312-238-5001 or email sports@ric.org for more information or to register for a class.

The Classes

Restore Fitness Cancer Program

Restore Fitness Cancer Program

When: Fridays, 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Where: RIC Fitness Center

$145/11-week session*


$10 Single class drop-in rate

*The 11-week session cost includes the mandatory assessment and RIC Fitness Center membership initiation fee

Fitness Level: This program is good for all fitness levels

Open to any individual who has/had cancer, this program serves to help individuals return to pre-diagnosis and pre-treatment levels of functional ability.

Also available are Restore Fitness Cancer Personal Training Sessions for individuals who prefer to work one-on-one.

Stroke Lifetime Wellness Program

When: Mondays, 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Where: RIC Fitness Center

$110/11-week session


$10 Single class drop-in rate

Fitness Level:

This class is good for people who can stand independently or with the aid of an assistive device and who is able to perform self assessments.

Stroke Lifetime Wellness Program is an inclusive class that assesses quality of life and tailors the activities to the everyday challenges of its participants. Using the SS-QOL scale as well as multiple other patient reported challenges, this class strives to help maintain or improve quality of life for individuals who have survived a stroke.

Moving to Manage Your Diabetes

When: Tuesdays, 1:45 - 2:30 PM
Where: RIC Fitness Center

$110/11-week session

Fitness Level:

This class is good for all fitness levels

Moving to Mange Your Diabetes teaches the principles of proper exercise to take control over one’s own health. Sessions consist of 10-15 minutes of education and a supervised 40-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, strengthening and stretching modified to fit every ability level.

A customized independent exercise program is developed through the Fitness Center Orientation appointment.

Each participant is encouraged to complete 1-2 days outside of the regularly scheduled class.

This is an open enrollment class, which accepts participants from RIC and Northwestern.

Participants must bring their own blood glucose monitor and glucose tablets.

Functional Integrated Circuit for Wheelchair Users

When: TBA - Contact Scott Schafer if interested in getting a group together for a great fitness challenge!
Where: RIC Fitness Center

$10/per class – must have a minimum of 4 people signed up to run the class.

Fitness Level:

Advanced: Participants must be able to transfer to/from their wheelchair to the floor independently or with minimal assistance. This program is appropriate for individuals with paraplegia and leg amputations and other primary wheelchair users.

This 45-minute program features a high-intensity circuit training format utilizing kettle bells, dynaballs, battle ropes, barbells, slastix, in dynamic multi-planar functional exercises. Each circuit will consist of multiple challenging stations designed to increase strength, muscular endurance, and boost metabolism.