Fitness Programs

The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is now offering fitness programs at its new location at the Van Emmon Activity Center (102 E Van Emmon Rd, Yorkville). Classes will be offered during the week in the mornings and evenings and on Saturday mornings. A full list of fitness classes and descriptions are featured below. For more information please call the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357 or send them a message. For more information on class times please download the current catalog or visit yorkville.il.us/register.

Fall Fitness Schedule (2017)

Hatha Yoga

Benefit the body and mind through Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of Yoga in America. Through breath, posture, and meditation participants will reduce anxiety as well as achieve physical goals. Create muscle tone and increase flexibility during poses that align the body. Participants should bring a Yoga mat, towel, and water bottle to class. Preregistration is required. Registration is availableonline or by calling 630-553-4357.

Restorative Yoga

This Hatha class is an enjoyable, yet functional fitness fitness approach that caters to all abilities by allowing participants to stand with a mat or use a chair for stability. Improve your flexibility, strength, and range of motion while reversing the effects of aging through slow, deliberate movements and breath control. Participants should bring Yoga mat, towel and water bottle to class. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online or by calling 630-553-4357. 

Boot Camp

Get ready to get into shape with this boot camp style group exercise class that mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight exersice with interval and strength training! This camp is designed to resemble military style boot camp that will push participants harder than they'd push themselves to achieve maximum results. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online or by calling 630-553-4357.

Core De Force

This mixed martial arts inspired workout will keep you moving and sweating for the entire class while slashing inches off your waist, blasting belly fat, as well as sculpting the entire body without the use of equipment! All fitness levels are welcome as moves can be modified while still achieving results. Participants should bring a towel and a water bottle to class. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online or by calling 630-553-4357.

Zumba

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting workout that is based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO". The routines feature aerobic and fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online or by calling 630-553-4357.


Meet the Instructors

Crystal Cryder

Crystal is a certified heath coach and Core de Force instructor. She grew up being an athlete but in the last few years started pursuing her passion of helping others get healthy and loving their bodies. She fell in love with Core de Force not only because she saw great results but how fun and easy it was to follow along. She is very excited to get out in the community and teach people about the benefits of moving their bodies in a fun way that won't seem like you’re working out!!
Crystal grew up in Sugar Grove and has lived in Yorkville for 3 years now. She has a husband named Jed and 2 kids, Johanna 10 and Cohen 8, who keep her very busy with their active lifestyle.

Classes – Core de Force

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Michelle O’Hara

After several years of participating in Yoga classes and seeing the benefits, Michele became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor in May of 2016. She chose Hatha because of its focus on the combination of meditation and its slow, flowing style that makes a solid connection between mind and body.
Her personal use of Yoga has helped her overcome stress, improved issues with asthma and flat feet, and put her on a path to better total health. Her experience with personal healing is what has driven her to get certified in order to bring this healing to others. Michele was raised in Plano and came back in 2000 due to its small town country setting. The desire for a simple and natural life drives her approach to sharing Yoga with her students.

Classes – Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga

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Julie Azarcon

Julie started her fitness journey with workout DVDs and weight lifting in her home gym. Her love for fitness brought her to a place in life where she had the opportunity to become a Group Fitness Instructor with the goal of empowering others to fall in love with exercise by making it fun. She decided to become a licensed Zumba instructor because she loved dancing and really enjoyed the classes. One day she tried a boot camp class and was hooked! Julie decided to teach boot camp style classes because she loved the intensity and the feeling of empowerment it gave her! When she is not teaching classes and practicing routines, her world revolves around her family; she is married and has 2 children that she adores. She is passionate about giving Group Fitness participants a fun, effective workout and looks forward to seeing you in class!

Classes – Boot Camp and Zumba

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