Gym families are like second families and that could not be more true than with the crew at Infinite CU. If you're looking for a gym that offers group fitness style classes with the full attention of a personal trainer, plus the ability to do one-on-one personal training and summer outdoor bootcamps all while feeling like you are working out with family, then you've got to check out Infinite CU! I spent the last week visiting for June's featured gym of the month and I feel like I have worked out there forever!
Keybeck Song, owner and lead trainer of Infinite CU, was super welcoming right from the start introducing me to fellow gym goers and making me feel like part of the family from the very first moment.
Infinite CU offers group training classes available six to seven days of the week. These are group fitness style classes with a strength focus three days of the week blended with two cardio/core conditioning classes and a total body conditioning/recovery/mobility workout offered on the weekend. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or our a veteran gym goer, the classes can be scaled to every fitness level. The group fitness schedule is updated on a monthly basis so you'll expect new twists on the workouts as the months change. As I experienced first hand, the workouts are challenging, but still fun with a ton of variety. Keybeck assisted where I needed modifications while pushing me to work harder on areas that I was more skilled.
Over the course of my week at Infinite CU, I was able to take a few of the group fitness classes plus try out the special summer outdoor bootcamp. Monday, Wednesday and Friday's classes were full body strength training sessions. Each class consisted of five stations including two to three different exercises. As a class we worked with the stations AMRAP (as many reps as possible) style for six minutes each before rotating on to the next. Even though the structure was the same for each class, the workouts varied completely.
When I saw that fifth exercise on Friday's board, I immediately tensed up. I have a fear of box jumps and hadn't attempted one since March when they showed up on a previous WOD. I started with step ups on the box because I told myself "NO WAY I can't do that." After a few step ups, Keybeck set up a small box for me to give a try. I did it and while working at the small box, he stacked some plates for me to move to next. After a few jumps on the plates, he added more plates. Inside I was freaking out, but I did it. I jumped on the plates AND I didn't fall! I appreciated that he took the time to work with me on overcoming this obstacle all while class was going on. When class ended, I decided to give the 20" box a shot. My nerves got the best of me but I did end up conquering the 18" box a couple of times. It was not an easy feat but with some coaching and encouragement from Keybeck and the rest of the class, I was able to do it!
On Tuesday I participated in the summer special outdoor bootcamp which was different than the indoor classes but equally difficult, especially given we used our bodies only (no equipment needed!).
Keybeck planned several cardio, agility and full body strength drills including hill runs in an interval format so we were constantly challenged and never bored. And, if you live in Champaign-Urbana and are familiar with the hill at Centennial Park, then I don't have to tell you how fun AND hard it was to run up that hill. Even if you arent familiar with that particular hill, hill runs are hard, just plain hard but somehow fun all at the same time.
There are a variety of group fitness membership options available based on how long you are looking to commit. Members can choose from a three, six or twelve month membership which gives you unlimited access to the group fitness classes available at the studio (*bootcamp an additional program fee*). If you're not ready to commit to a full membership but still want to take the occasional class at Infinite CU, no problem! Class passes are available in 10 or 20 packs. And, if you just want to pop in every so often to workout with the awesome people at Infinite CU, you can do that too! For a small fee ($10), you can visit and take any class, anytime!
Beyond, group fitness classes, Infinite CU also offers one-on-one personal training sessions with Coach Keybeck or Coach April. There are a variety of session packages available and they all begin with a free initial consultation to assess your current fitness level and understand your fitness goals. Specialized training is also available if you're working towards a particular event such as a 10k or half marathon race, basic fitness test, student athletics, obstacle/mud race or self defense/martial arts training.
Infinite CU also has the occasional FREE workout available to the community. The workouts are often themed or support a charity or benefit. They are an excellent way to get involved with the community, get in a great workout and try out what Infinite CU has to offer!! In fact, one of these fun workout events is coming up on June 29th and is a super hero themed Pub Fun run! Meet the Infinite CU crew at Pia's at 7pm for a run and a beer from a few neighborhood pubs! I'm planning to join. If you're local, you should too!
If you have any additional questions or would like to hear more about my experience, don't hesitate to reach out. You can also send any inquiries about the facility, classes, and membership options to Keybeck from the Infinite CU homepage.
Many thanks again to Keybeck and everyone that I met this past week. I was honored to be a part of your crew the last few days and had a great time visiting the facility!
In case you missed my previous month's featured gym posts, you can find them all here.