Naperville offers a plethora of opportunities for residents and local employees to stay fit, active and healthy. All you need to do is explore the options.
Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center
Open since August 2016, the Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center at 20 Fort Hill Dr. is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a an 8800-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center, a suspended indoor track, a child care facility with indoor playground, multi-purpose rental areas, a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and badminton. The facility also offers a variety of group exercise classes, dance, and a dedicated gymnastics space.
The $24 million facility is the Naperville Park District’s largest project to date. It was also the District’s response to frequent public calls for more places to be active indoors during harsh Chicago area winters.
Fort Hill caters to Naperville residents of all ages. The Fort child care and indoor playground area cares for children as young as 12 weeks old to school-age children in youth leagues, dance and gymnastics classes, to millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers all engaging in a variety of healthy options from fitness and group exercise classes to open gym.
Those interested in joining the fitness center may choose from a variety of options including a membership that includes fitness, group exercise, open gyms and use of the indoor track, said Susan Nance, superintendent of facilities. Residents also may register for and participate in sports or opt for daily group exercise class, open gym, fitness or walk the track.
Fort Hill is the Naperville Park District’s primary recreational facility of its type and is also used for special events like the Earth Week Fair and shredding event in April and – for the past two years – the USA Boccia National Tournament, an indoor, adapted bocce tournament for athletes from across the nation with physical disabilities.
Edward Health & Fitness Center
Edward-Elmhurst Health has one of its two health and fitness centers located in Naperville – at 775 Brom Dr. The other fitness center is located in Woodridge at 6600 Route 53. The purchase of a membership allows access to both facilities.
The 30-year-old, 60,000-square-foot Naperville facility features an indoor track, racquetball courts, gymnasium, cardio equipment, free weights, spinning room, group exercise studios (for yoga, Zumba, boxing, Pilates, etc.), massage rooms and an aquatics area that includes a lap pool, warm therapy pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room.
The Seven Bridges facility in Woodridge features all of those same amenities, as well as a day spa for adults and a children’s fitness gym and pool that includes facilities for birthday party rentals.
“We offer 148 ‘land’ classes and over 50 ‘water’ classes that are included in a membership,” said Lara Aprati, membership/spa manager. “For an additional fee, both members and non-members can participate in over 100 additional land and water classes, including special population classes geared towards those with specific challenges. We also offer personal training, partner training and small group training. Massages and spa services (at Seven Bridges) are also available with members receiving a 10 percent discount.”
Both facilities are popular with members of the community, employees of the Edward Healthcare System and their families, and patients who have been referred there by their physicians,” Aprati said.
All staff members are CPR certified and the facilities are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekdays, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Those interested in exploring opportunities may contact the member services office for a “complimentary workout” pass.
Club Pilates North and South
Pilates aficionados like to be able to take a class whenever their schedules permit.
Club Pilates South Naperville, at 2695 Forgue Dr., #109, and Club Pilates North Naperville, 1284 E. Chicago Ave., owned by Eric and Ellen Smith, each offer up to 70 classes per week, making the popular fitness classes available virtually anytime someone wants to take one.
The Smiths, longtime Naperville residents, launched the South Naperville studio during summer 2017 and experienced such a positive response that they opened a second location this fall. Eric had previously worked in corporate finance and decided to launch his own business following a path set by both his father and father-in-law.
“I was familiar with Pilates because my wife had enjoyed it and understood the benefits including establishing core strength after the birth of our children. We had also been hearing about the growth of reformer-based Pilates studios that were designed to be more accessible to people who could benefit from it. We felt that Naperville, being such a fitness-oriented suburb, would be a great place to introduce this Pilates concept,” Eric said.
Both studios are open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to lunchtime and then from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fifty-minute classes of various levels and focuses are offered and centered around the Pilates reformer. Everyone has easy access to all the standard Pilates equipment in addition to the Ballet Barre, TRX, Trigger Point and weights that are incorporated into fusion classes that complement a Pilates workout.
“We offer classes for different ability levels so that no one feels intimidated – ranging from beginners to high performance athletes like our local Olympic-hopeful ice dancers,” he said. “And we never cancel a class because of low turnout. If a teacher is available and we have at least one student, we run the class. We also offer plenty of parking at each location.”
Pilates offers serious, but low-impact full body exercise at all ability levels and increases strength and flexibility – even for those who have recently been released from physical therapy, Smith said.
Monthly memberships are chosen based on the number of classes desired. Members can then book their classes each week either online or using a phone app.