Warm Water Exercise Program - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Assisted Hours

Staff members are available to help participants with equipment during these hours: 

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Contact the RIC
Adaptive Sports and
Fitness Program

312-238-5001

312-238-5017 (Fax)

sports@ric.org

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


Office Hours

Monday–Friday
6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Warm-Water Exercise Programs

Exercising in warm water offers individuals a number of unique benefits such as safety - the buoyancy of the water minimizes the fear of falling and the warm water helps warm the muscles and increase blood flow improving flexibility.

The Basics

  • All classes are held at the RIC 12th Floor Warm Water Therapy Pool
  • All participants are encouraged to consult with their physician before beginning this or any new exercise program.
  • All participants must have a completed medical form and waiver on file with the RIC Fitness Center.
  • Registration is required, space is very limited.
  • Participants are required to bring their own swimsuit for the warm water classes. Towels, dressing and changing areas are provided and showers are available for a quick rinse after the class.
  • Contact: For more information and to register, contact Aleks Gebska or call 312-238-5003.

The Classes

Warm Water Exercise

When:

Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Tuesdays: 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Thursdays: 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost:

$165 for 11-week session

RIC Fitness Membership Required? No
Fitness Level: These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.

This class is designed to teach water exercises that will help improve flexibility, muscular strength, posture, core stability, and balance. Exercises may be modified for all ability levels from slow and gentle to dynamic in movement. The goal of this class is to increase muscular strength and stability in a pain-free enabling environment.

Peyow Aqua Pilates

When:

Mondays, 4:15 - 5:00 PM

Mondays, 5:30 - 6:15 PM

Cost: $165/11-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required? No
Fitness Level: These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.

This class is designed to teach warm water exercise that will help improve flexibility, muscular strength, posture, core stability, and balance. Exercises may be modified for all ability levels from slow and gentle to dynamic in movement.

This class utilizes Pilates principles and adapts them for the water. All classes are led by a certified Peyow Aqua Pilates instructor.

Aqua Fit

When:

Fridays, 3:30 - 4: 45 PM

Fridays, 4:45 - 5:30 PM

Cost: $165/11-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required? No
Fitness Level: These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.

The goals of this 45-minute warm water exercise class are to increase participants’ aerobic capacity and muscular strength, to improve flexibility, balance, coordination and body awareness, and to develop better core stabilization – all through the comfortable resistance of water. Because water buoyancy supports the body and reduces strain on joints, Aqua Fit is suitable for all ability levels and does not require one to be able to swim. The format of this class incorporates cardiovascular interval training, muscular strengthening and balance circuits and stretching cool-downs.

Parkinson's Warm Water Exercise

When:

Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Cost: $150/6-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required? No
Fitness Level: These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.

This warm water exercise workshop for people with Parkinson’s is a dynamic exercise program that targets the common motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Warm water therapy and exercise has been shown to improve flexibility, active range of motion, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance. These are common areas affected in a person with Parkinson’s but exercise has been shown to counterbalance the progression of the disease. The water is an ideal place for participants to challenge themselves without the fear of falling.

This semi-private class will emphasize these types of exercises in a three part exercise program: Active range of motion, Dynamic Cardiovascular Conditioning, Functional Power Circuit Exercises