Illinois Valley Community College's Educational Fitness Center

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Fitness is for everyone

Illinois Valley Community College's Educational Fitness Center provides a safe and effective exercise environment where you can achieve total conditioning; including improved strength, endurance, and flexibility. Your workout program will be individually prescribed based on your fitness level and your individual goals.

The Educational Fitness Center was the focus of an article in the October 2004 edition of Fitness Management. 

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Hours of Operation

Monday and Wednesday  6:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday  7:00am-7:00pm
Friday  6:00am-6:00pm
Saturday  8:00am-Noon
Hours are subject to change. Please check for special hours and closings.


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Educational Fitness Center

The Illinois Valley Community College Educational Fitness Center is dedicated to providing health enhancement services to students, district residents, and businesses.  The Fitness Center's mission is to help all members achieve their strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, nutrition and body composition goals.


Exercise Facilities

The Fitness Center is equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment.

  • treadmills
  • cross-trainers
  • stair-steppers
  • recumbent and upright bikes

In addition to cardiovascular equipment, the center is equipped with a complete weight training system, including an aerobic circuit to accompany any user's needs.



Fitness Evaluations

The Center's staff will start your membership by assessing your current fitness level.  This enables us to determine your present fitness needs.  By utilizing this data, our American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainers can design a complete exercise program that will enable you to achieve your fitness goals.  The assessment procedure includes:

  • a lifestyle questionnaire
  • blood pressure
  • heart rate
  • body composition
  • cardiovascular fitness
  • strength
  • flexibility

Your confidential personal results will be shared with you within days.  After your initial testing, you may begin using the facility.  Our qualified staff will then demonstrate the proper use of all the equipment in the center.


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Professional Consultations

Our certified, professional staff are aware of the latest health and fitness information and techniques.  They can design a safe, effective exercise program that allows you to achieve the greatest results.  In fact, we will even work with your physician to develop a program tailored to your health and wellness needs.

Fitness Center Staff

The Fitness Center is staffed with ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainers with experience in exercise testing and prescription.  They will cater to your wellness needs.  All instructors are also certified in First Aid and CPR.


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Men's and women's showers, convenient parking, and college credits are just a few of the benefits offered through Illinois Valley Community College's Educational Fitness Center.  Wellness counseling, nutritional seminars, and additional programs are also available to participants.



The Fitness Center is open to adults 16 or older. 

The cost is equivalent to one credit hour of instruction, plus lab and set-up fees.

College Credit

Register for Physical Fitness 1 (1 credit hour) in IVCC's Admissions Office.  Once enrolled, you will need to contact Fitness Center staff to set an appointment for your fitness evaluation.

You are welcome to visit the center for a free tour.  

Grading System

Fitness center grades are based upon the number of visits the student makes to the center.  Contact the Center for more details.

Contact Us

Call the Fitness Center at (815) 224-0333 or stop in. We are located in the Gym building on the main floor.  You may also email the director, Tony Ruda, at tony_ruda@ivcc.edu Remember, now is the time to start improving your physical fitness. Enroll today!