Tennis ~ Fitness Center ~ Personal Training ~ Group Fitness ~ Aquatics
October 2020
Managed by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with Community Unit School District 303

Staying Physically Active Through the Changing Seasons
From Ande Masoncup,
Asst. Superintendent of Rec 
The arrival of fall and the change of seasons can bring about changes in our daily routine. This can include changing from an outside to an inside exercise program or changing from an unstructured daily routine to a more structured one. 

Let's take a moment to reflect on why you have a membership to Norris Recreation Center. Your membership provides a multitude of options that can help facilitate change in your physical activity routine. NRC offers over 30 group fitness classes per week, the ability to play tennis throughout the day, several pieces of cardiovascular and strength equipment and a lap pool. With many physical activity offerings, NRC can help guide you to improved health. And we all know, physical activity is KEY to improving your overall health, both physical and mental. Here are some of the health benefits from physical activity:
  1. Prevention of chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, stroke)
  2. Weight control
  3. Stronger muscles, bones and joints
  4. Improve sleep
  5. Decrease the potential of becoming depressed
And these are just a few of the benefits! There is really no downside to being physically active!
Over the past few months there have been changes to the daily routine at NRC and we appreciate everyone's cooperation with the changes. NRC is beginning to enter a busier season, please remember there will be delays upon arrival for checking in and at Guest Services. 

Reminders regarding NRC Phase 4 protocol:
  1. A face covering is required to enter and move about NRC. At this time, the face covering may be removed ONLY when exercising.
  2. Wipe off equipment before AND after use.
  3. Registration is required for Group Fitness Classes and Lap Swim.
  4. Maintain 6ft. physical distancing when exercising.
  5. Follow the traffic pattern for entrance and exit of the fitness center, tennis courts, cycle studio and minigym.
    a. Enter these spaces from the main level hallway.
     b. After exiting these spaces, use the lower hallway to return to the main entrance.
Guidelines have been developed for each specific space and/or program area and must be reviewed prior to your first visit and ongoing. You may view these guidelines at

All annual memberships and monthly renewal memberships were returned to active status on July 6.

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For a complete Group Fitness schedule click here.
Vibrational Sound Healing
Ages 12+
Tuesdays  |   8:45-9:45pm
Oct 13  (#6114)
Nov 10  (#6117)
Dec 8  (#6118)
MEM $10/NM $15 per class

Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the gong tuned to the planet Uranus and healing the Sacral Chakra, balancing emotions. Based on ancient wisdom, the gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body allowing the body to heal itself. The gong balances the central nervous system and aids in deep meditation. Singing crystal and Tibetan bowls will also be added to raise the vibration and heighten the experience.
Outdoor Bootcamp
Ages 18+
Tu    Oct 20-Dec 15  |  10:30-11:25am
MEM $90/NM $135  (#6119)

Boot camp mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. This program pushes the participants harder than they'd push themselves.

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New Healthy Dinner Ideas! 
Anyone who tries this recipe will receive a FREE Guest Pass.
A picture of the recipe along with a rating (1-10, 10 being best) and
  your name must be emailed to
Juicy Grilled

Prep: 15 mins Cook Time: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4  
  • Canola oil or nonstick grilling cooking spray, for oiling the grates
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup 
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 4 whole wheat English muffins, split
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, cored and cut into 4 thick slices
  • 1 pound 90-percent lean ground beef 
  • 2 ounces 50-percent reduced-fat sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • Pickles, for serving, optional

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high direct heat and lightly oil the grates using a paper towel soaked in canola oil or nonstick grilling cooking spray. 
  2. Spread a 16-inch-long piece of nonstick aluminum foil on a cutting board (or mist a piece of regular aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray). Top with the onions, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon water. Bring two sides of the foil together, fold over twice to create a seal and then seal the remaining two ends. Put on the grill and cook for 12 minutes, flipping once. The onions should be tender with only a bit of charring. Carefully open the top of the foil to let all the steam out and continue to cook the onions, tossing, until browned and lightly charred, 3 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. 
  3. While the onions cook, mix the ketchup and mustard together in a small bowl. Season with pepper and set aside. 
  4. Lightly toast the English muffins on the grill and place one top and bottom on each of 4 plates. Spread some of the ketchup sauce on the bottom half of each muffin and top with a slice of tomato. 
  5. Divide the beef into 4 patties about 4 inches in diameter and just under 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle with a total of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the burgers on the grill. Cook until the edges of the burgers are browning, 3 to 5 minutes, and then flip. Brush the burgers with the remaining ketchup sauce and evenly top with the shredded cheese. Cover the burgers with the grill lid or a large heatproof bowl and continue to cook until the cheese has melted and the burgers are still a bit pink on the inside, about 3 minutes more. 
  6. Put one burger on top of the assembled muffin bottom and top with some of the grilled onions and the top of the muffin. Serve with pickles if desired.
Recipe courtesy of The Food Network Kitchen.
For more healthy ground beef recipes, click here.
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Norris Recreation Center
Managed by the St. Charles Park District
Located on St. Charles East High School's Campus
1050 Dunham Road  |  St. Charles, IL  60174
630-377-1405  | 

All programs held at Norris Recreation Center unless otherwise noted.

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A resident (RES) is defined as anyone living within the geographical boundaries of St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. A non-resident (NR) is someone who lives outside the geographical boundaries. A member (M) belongs to the Norris Recreation Center to receive additional benefits, services and discounts. Norris Recreation Center reserves the right to request proof of residency. Final determination of residency will be made when processed by the St. Charles Park District, not at the time of purchase.
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