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Specialty Programs

This is your chance to take your workout to the next level or just add some variety. These fee-based classes provide individualized attention, unique challenges, and a community atmosphere. Check out class descriptions and registration dates below or register here!

Winter Quarter Registration
Registration is open online and in-person for members and non-members

Spring Quarter Registration Dates
  • Member registration opens online and in-person at noon on Wednesday, March 11
  • Non-member registration opens online and in-person at noon on Wednesday, March 18
Winter Quarter Classes

Thursdays; 6:15 -7:15 am
January 9 - March 26
Too cold and snowy to get your track workouts in? Take your running workouts indoors to The Ray track, a 200 meter banked track with beautiful Chicago skyline views. Coached by Heartbreak Running Hill Company coach Lucas Larson, workouts will take place on the two outside lanes.

Each class is drop-in; register up to 24 hours before the workout
$8 DePaul students
$12 members
$15 nonmembers

Hurry! Space is limited to 15 people!
Class is designed to include lessons on equipment, resistance training methods, and effective fitness goal setting while allowing participants to create and begin their own resistance training program. The majority of the course will take place in the weight room! Beginners and experienced weightlifters welcome!

Tuesday, Noon - 1 pm

Five weeks per session
Session II: February 25 - March 24
Students: $50 / Members: $65 / Non-members: $90
Tuesdays/Thursdays, Jan. 7 - March 18; 6:30 - 7:30 am (11 weeks)
With Coach Todd Smith, you will build an aerobic base and functional strength along with working on your technique in the swim, bike, and run arenas. Workouts will help you get ready for your next or your first ultra, tri, century ride, marathon, swimming event or just stay in top shape.  Push your comfort zone and be rewarded with the camaraderie that comes with suffering with fellow athletes. This class is for any athlete looking for an edge or looking just to maintain fitness.  Racing is not a required but swimming 50 yds straight is. Class will be held in the pool, track, outdoors, and cycle room.  

About Todd: Expansion is at the very root of Todd Smith’s concept of training.  He prefers to work with athletes who are on the continuous hunt for physical and emotional expansion.  The concepts he incorporates into his athletes training include a healthy dose of mobility, ground movement, grounding, cold therapy/immersion, awareness and plyo. By giving athletes this well rounded arsenal of movements and techniques, the athlete becomes an informed and weaponized specimen capable of conquering any endurance event of their choosing.  

Todd's Accolades and Accomplishments
- Overall Age Group Title New York City Triathlon - 2012
- Hawaii Ironman Finisher - 2007
- 1st ever American team to finish the Rockman Swimrun in Norway
- Guided blind triathlete 7x World Champion, Aaron Schiedes, to his 11th USA National Championship
- Created and is current Race Director for The Chicago Swimrun.  The first ever Swimrun hosted in the USA. 

We look forward to having you join the training group! 
Registration Cost
Members:$175; Non-members: $230
Let's take cross-fit to the water! We will train to the extreme using calisthenics and weight equipment designed for water, running, jumping and emphasizing decreasing stress on the joints. Simplicity, intensity, and that everything is measurable are some of a variety of reasons to why you should give it a try!
Fridays, 9 - 10 am
Session II: February 14- March 20
Members $55 / NonMembers $95 per session
Drop-in $15 per class
Are you looking to support your physical workout with some mental exercise or find more focus within your day? Become mindful, meditate and develop your tools for a life of peaceful existence and ability to find joy. This class is an 8-week exploration of a research-based Mindfulness approach for incorporation into and enhancement of your lifestyle.

Loop Fitness classes are open to current DePaul students, faculty and staff! While you're downtown, take some time during your lunch to move and join us in the new Fitness Studio for low impact fitness classes! With these classes, you have the ability to sign up for 2 days a week, unlimited access to all the classes or drop in as your schedule permits. 

For additional information, contact Danielle Arens
Are you interested in the development of the mind/body connection while strengthening and toning? Then it's time to to take it to a new level in our Yoga and Pilates classes. Visit our Yoga and Pilates page to find out about course offerings! 
Do you want to help your young basketball or soccer player elevate their skills? Our specialized sports training provides individualized attention by an experienced coach. Players will run through drills and learn techniques to improve their play. 
We offer individualized training for most sports as well as group training for some. Contact Danielle Arens for details. 
Looking to learn and/or fine tune your weightlifting technique? Our Weightlifting Training will provide the fundamentals and step-by-step instruction on the snatch and clean and jerk OR help the intermediate to advanced lifter enhance their workout.
Personal Trainers provide private or buddy sessions that will be tailored to your individual needs. Sign up for this services through Personal Training and in the registration materials, indicate your interest in setting up a training session in Olympic Weightlifting.
The SPIKEY™ is a self-defense tool that can be used quickly and efficiently by anyone. The SPIKEY™ technique is a self-defense technique and “real life” proven methods to on how to perceive dangerous situations and how to react effectively under stress.

Wednesday, January 29; 6 - 8pm 

For pricing and registration contact Deb O'Malley at 773-497-8543 or by email at

Best Body Countdown 

Everyone is unique and there is no perfect body type, but being physically healthy and fit is a key part to overall wellness. How can you make your body the best body to work for you? The nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle challenges of this 52-day Best Body Countdown are strategically designed to help you reach Your Best Body, regardless of your starting fitness level. The interactive Success Journal will guide you step-by-step to Your Best Body over 52 days, providing you with daily strategies, resources, and accountability, so that you can feel and see results along the way.

The Best Body Cookbook & Menu Plan gives you menus and recipes to follow during the Countdown. The meal measure and infuser water bottle are tools to get you started from the very first day of the Countdown with proper portions of food and drink. You’ll have all the tools and accountability you need to be successful.

Not only will you wrap up the Best Body Countdown having reached Your Best Body, but you will have built the foundation to maintain the new you forever – without looking back!

This program includes:  

Attentive Eating Success Journal Smart Goal Setting
Make it Count Movement Best Body Cookbook Accountability
Self Assessment Infused Water Bottle Support
  Click here to see a video about this program! 


Tuesday, January 21 - Thursday, March 12 
  • Kick off session: Once you're registered, you will receive an email to sign up for an initial goal-setting session with our staff. 


Student: $150 / Member/Faculty/Staff: $200/ Non-member: $325

Ready to register, click here!

Register at the Ray Membership Services desk, online or through the Ray at DePaul App. Have questions about classes? Contact Danielle Arens .