How to Get Started

Getting started is easy.  Follow these steps and be on your way to a healthier and fitter lifestyle! If you are unsure on what trainer to choose or which package fits your goals, contact the Campus Recreation office and one of our personal traines will be happy to assist you.

Step 1: Choose your training options

We have a number of different services available. Take the time to look through them and find the one that best fits your needs.

Step 2: Purchase your training options

Register for services at the Campus Recreation Office, TRAC 1008. A valid UIS i-card and payment are required at time of registration.

Step 3: Complete paperwork provided at registration

You will be given paperwork to complete at time of registration.

Your paperwork will be evaluated by the Assistant Director – Fitness and Wellness and a trainer will be assigned to you based on your needs and personal preference.

Step 4: Scheduling your training sessions

You will be contacted by a Campus Rec trainer within 2 business days. We will do our best to contact you sooner if possible!

Personal Training Information

One-on-one assistance in designing and implementing an optimal exercise program tailored to meet fitness goals of the individual. These sessions are designed to motivate, maximize exercise benefits, prevent potential overuse injuries, and to promote lifelong healthy behavior changes.

Number of SessionsPricePrice/hourGroup of 3Price per personGroup of 5Price per person
1x one hour session$22$22$24$8$30$6
6x one hour session$126$21$138$46$150$30
12x one hour session$240$20$264$88$240$48

*Prices are valid for students paying the General Fee for the current term and Rec Members

*Online Students/Faculty/Staff prices are offered in conjunction with the purchase of a Multi-Use Pass or Single-Use Pass

Free Orientations

Equipment/weight room instruction- 30 minute
session FREE

This thirty minute orientation is a FREE service to Rec Members. TRAC personal trainers will educate you on the proper use of the most popular strength, cardio and flexibility equipment TRAC has to offer.

A personal trainer will also review fitness center etiquette to ensure that the fitness area is a friendly and neat environment for all.

To register for a FREE Fitness Equipment Orientation, please contact Rec Sports or 217-206-7103 and a personal trainer will contact you and work with you one-on-one to learn how to use our fitness equipment.

FREE Fitness Assessments

Body composition – 15 minute session

A fitness assessment technician uses a skin-fold caliper to measure 3 or 7 predetermined anatomical sites. From the measurements obtained, your body composition can be calculated. Body composition is usually expressed as percent body adipose tissue (body fat) to lean body mass percent (muscle).

Complete Fitness Assessment – 1 hour session

Free fitness assessments are held by appointment only; contact the Assistant Director of fitness and wellness at to schedule your appointment today!

A fitness assessment technician will perform multiple assessments including; resting heart rate and resting blood pressure, body composition, cardiovascular endurance (step test), muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Once your results are calculated, you will receive a detailed educational report that will be explained to you by your fitness assessment technician.

Interested in getting your baseline health and wellness measurements?  Every Thursday from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Campus Recreation offers free fitness assessments!

Your Fitness Assessment includes:

  • Resting Heart Rate
  • Resting Blood Pressure
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Muscular Strength
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Flexibility

After completing your Fitness Assessment, you will discuss the results, discuss your goals, and answer any questions you have about nutrition.  Please allow up to ONE hour for testing and discussion.

Bring any questions about nutrition, health and wellness that you have!  We want to fully prepare you for your goals and individual needs.

Fitness Consultation

Consultation – 30 minute session $5

A consultation is available for any individual who is unsure of what he/she needs regarding exercise, fitness, or nutrition. This consultation aids in goal setting and in developing a fundamental understanding of general fitness and nutrition concepts. This session may also be used as a follow up to exercise prescription or to update and make changes to current exercise programs.