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Low impact, extremely effective water workouts.

Pool Classes at CAC

Swimming is one of the best total body workouts that produces the least amount of impact on joints and bones.  Our group fitness pool classes and swimming classes provide a structured and focused workout for all levels of swimming ability.  

Pool programs are available at 5 of our locations.  In addition to group fitness classes, pools are available for Lap Swim.  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 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.

Water Workout: Movement

Movements performed in water allow for increased range of motion and flexibility in safe, suspended environment. These energizing patterns are designed to burn fat and increase cardio strength while building a stronger core. With the use of specific water equipment, these water activities become optimal for muscle toning and conditioning, helping to strengthen joints to avoid injury. It challenges all levels from recovery to athlete. An All-Club-Access class.

Water Workout: Advanced

A more demanding water class designed with higher intensity moves for members with an established cardio base. Get ready for a challenging and effective full body workout that will get your heart rate up to achieve maximum fitness. Experience improved endurance, muscle toning and breathing control with a variety of intense workouts. An All-Club-Access class.

Water Workout: Cross Training

Intervals of cardio, resistance training and core movements in the pool improve endurance, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. Burn fat and build strong, lean muscle mass with low to no joint impact. Exercises and intensity can be modified and adapted for participants of all levels: from those just beginning a fitness routine, to those recovering from an injury, to elite athletes on a rest/recovery day. An All-Club-Access class.

Water Workout: HIIT

This is high intensity interval training in the pool. Utilizing the natural resistance properties of the water plus equipment, it is both endurance and strength building with the benefits of decreased impact on joints. Tabata and plyometric drills challenge speed, power and strength, providing a complete and challenging workout in the water, which increases performance, flexibility and agility. All fitness levels are welcome. An All-Club-Access class.

Get the most out of your workout

  • Please note some classes require advance sign up at the Customer Service Desk to reserve a spot.
  • 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

Pool 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.