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Low impact, extremely effective water workouts.

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Aqua Classes at CAC

Swimming is one of the best total body workouts that produces the least amount of impact on joints and bones. Aqua programming is available at 5 of our locations.  Pools are now available for Lap Swim and lanes can be booked on our new mobile app up to 24 hours in advance. The dimension of our different pools are as follows:

Evanston Athletic Club – 20 yards, 4 lanes
Lincoln Square Athletic Club – 25 yards, 5 lanes
Lakeview Athletic Club – 20 yards, 3 lanes
Lincoln Park Athletic Club – 20 yards, 4 lanes
West Loop Athletic Club – 25 meters, 5 lanes

Class Types

Aqua Barre

Aqua Barre • Ready to dive into the hottest up-and-coming trend? Using the pool edge or a noodle as a ballet barre for stability, use ballet-inspired movements and gentle resistance to strengthen arms, legs and especially core. Experience isometric movements that will tone every muscle in the body. Explore long lever movements to lengthen, strengthen and improve range of motion. Appropriate for all levels of fitness. An All Club Access Class.

Aqua Yoga

Aqua Yoga • Aqua Yoga is a gentle and very low impact aquatic activity where the instructor takes the principles and movements of Yoga and adapts them to the water environment. With the release of gravity, the body is able to find the optimum stretch. By using the rhythm of the breath an inner sense of relaxation can be achieved. Appropriate for all levels of fitness. An All Club Access Class.

Aqua Zumba®

Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during the Zumba “pool party”. Traditional aqua fitness principles are blended with the Zumba formula for a safe, challenging workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and, most of all, exhilarating beyond belief!

Swim Training

This class focuses on increasing stroke efficiency and endurance. It helps optimize speed for triathlon training or simply for faster lap swimming times. Instructors coach with a structured workout, including interval training and technique tips. Must be able to swim a minimum of 1500 yards in one hour.

Aqua: TBT

Aqua: TBT • Total Body Training in the pool! This is the ultimate cardio and strength interval training class designed to work your entire body and maximize your post workout calorie burn, using a variety of water equipment or just your own bodyweight. Focus on resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and determination and you will see a new you. An All Club Access Class.

Aqua: Movement

Movements performed in water allow for increased range of motion and flexibility in a safe, suspended environment. These energizing patterns are designed to burn fat and increase cardio strength while building a stronger core. These water activities are optimal for muscle toning and conditioning, helping to strengthen joints to avoid injury. An All Club Access Class.

Aqua: Athletic

A more demanding water class designed with higher intensity moves for members with an established cardio base. This class uses equipment including kick boards, water weights, resistance bands and more, with little to no impact on the joints. HIIT, Tabata and plyometric drills challenge speed, power and strength, build endurance, stamina and improve athletic performance. An All Club Access Class.

Get the most out of your workout

  • Please note all aqua sessions require reservations. Book your spot on our new mobile app up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive on time for the warm-up and stay through the entire class.
  • Please inform instructors of any special considerations (pregnancy, diabetes, recent surgery, etc.). CAC recommends a physical examination before undertaking any exercise program.
  • Instructors will be substituted from time-to-time. Any substitutions, deletions or additions to the printed schedules will be posted at the front desk.

More serious about swimming?

Specialized swim training for the truly aquatic.

Swim LessonsMasters SwimTriathlon Club

Aqua Class Schedules

The schedules below may not include all times reserved for Adult Swim Lessons, Kids Swim Lessons or private events. Some or all pool lanes may be reserved for swim lessons at times not listed on this schedule.
For full listings please view the full schedule or Pool Schdule PDF for your home club on our Schedules page.