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 - Ambulatory

Restore Fitness - Ambulatory

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

$110/11-week session*


$10 Single class drop-in rate

Fitness Level: This program is good for ambulatory people of all fitness levels

Restore Fitness, dynamic 45-minute group class, led by a fitness specialist, will incorporate seated and standing exercises into an inclusive class to allow participants to maximize their functional capabilities.

The class will involve bursts of cardio exercises designed to mimic the activities of your daily life to boost confidence, improve functional strength and daily activity performance.

Each class will be designed to train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, such as:

  • Get on and off the floor
  • Walk and climb stairs
  • Lower down to and rise up from a chair, and
  • Lift or pick up low-lying objects

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.