Instructed exercise classes in Kuopio
“The City of Kuopio provides versatile opportunities for instructed exercise. Are you looking to start a new hobby or need help including more physical activity to your daily life? See the course selection and find the right way for you to enjoy physical activity!
This page includes mostly sports and exercise services provided by the city’s sports instructors. The courses also include water aerobics classes and a link to the exercise course selection available at Kuopio Community College.
Sports instructors provide physical activity services to children and young people, people of working age with a sedentary lifestyle, older people, people with a long-term illness, and special groups. See below for the course selection and currently available exercise groups. See the bottom of this page for the contact information of the sports instructors.
The community college offers in-person exercise courses
“Kuopio Community College offers versatile exercise courses for people of all ages. The course selection includes activities for both beginners and those looking for high-intensity workouts and challenges, as the courses range from body maintenance to kettlebell exercises. The courses are available in a large area covering the Kuopio and Northeast Savo regions, including outside urban areas.
Find out what we offer and browse the courses at the community college website by clicking on the links below!”
Instructed exercise classes available for all
Open water aerobics classes in Kuntolaakso
“Water aerobics classes available for all at the Kuntolaakso swimming pool
No need for registration. Price € 2.50 + entrance fee to swimming pool. Classes start on week 36.
Saturdays at 13.00-13.30
The pool is closed on 23–25 October 2020 due to the Masters swimming race. No water aerobics classes during this period .
See other activities offered in Kuntolaakso
Children and young people
Wellbeing wristband for children and young people
All Kuopio residents under the age of 20 are entitled to the wellbeing wristband for children and young people.
Get the wristband from the customer service desks at Kuopio Hall and Kuntolaakso swimming pool for 6 or 12 months. The period of validity starts on the date of purchase.
The price of the wristband is € 40/6 months and € 70/12 months. You must also purchase the wristband on which the benefit is downloaded at the price of € 7.90. The wristband is for personal use only, and you must wear it whenever you are using the services. You must also be able to verify your access rights (your identity, age).
The wristband provides you with access to the Kuntolaakso and Lippumäki swimming pools and their gyms, and the Kuopio Hall gym and running tracks.
NB! You must be at least 15 years old to use the city’s gyms. Those younger than that must be accompanied by a parent or coach. For safety reasons, children under 13 are not allowed in the gyms.
Niirala traffic park (closed during autumn and winter season 2020-2021)
Traffic park opening hours:
The traffic park is closed during the autumn and winter season 2020-2021. See you next spring!
Using the traffic park is free of charge. Instructors are present at the park, giving play cars to children, advising them about the rules of the traffic park and informing them about traffic laws. Children must wear helmets when operating the vehicles. Take your own bike helmet with you if possible. The instructors can also provide you with a helmet (currently not available due to the coronavirus outbreak). Parents are responsible for the children at the traffic park. During busy hours, children can use the cars for max. 10 minutes; at other times, the children can use the vehicles as long as they want.
The Niirala traffic park is located behind the old Niirala school, near the Valkeisenlampi pond. The address is Huuhankatu 2.
Information about the traffic park activities is also available at the Liikuntapolku Facebook page.|
Sports card for children
Intended for children aged 7–12.
The aim is to provide children with an opportunity to try a variety of sports and find a physically active hobby they find interesting.
The sports card for children (Sporttikortti) entitles children to participate in the activities of the sports clubs included in the campaign 12 times during a season free of charge (max. three times in the same club).
Two seasons, spring and autumn.
The clubs practice in Kuopio and Siilinjärvi regions: see the training calendar at www.lastensporttikortti.com
Get your own sports card at the first training place. Remember to always carry the card with you when you participate in the clubs!
People of working age
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Who is it for?
Kuopio residents aged between 30 and 64 with a sedentary lifestyle.
How is it done?
Proficient sports instructors employed by the city provide you with advice. At the start of the sessions, the instructors chart your physical activity and health habits. In addition to exercise, attention is paid to how you eat and your life management. The aim of the advice is to introduce more physical activity as a permanent part of your everyday life. You must be committed to the advice sessions for six months.
Book an appointment
Kuopio tel. +358 (0)44 718 2510 or +358 (0)44 748 2363
Karttula, Vehmersalmi and Riistavesi tel. +358 (0)44 718 4932
Maaninka, Nilsiä and Juankoski tel. 044 748 8228
Start-up course on gym basics
Get started with training at a gym – a start-up course for 18-64-year-olds at the Kuntolaakso swimming pool gym
Familiarise yourself with gym training with the guidance of a sports instructor from the City of Kuopio. The course includes three guided training sessions. At the sessions, you will learn upper and lower body exercises performed with gym equipment. The course price is € 29, in addition to which you have to pay a single entrance fee to the gym (€ 8.60). 4 people are admitted to each course.
Select the group suitable for you from the below alternatives (for autumn 2020) and sign up for the course:
Course 1 (FULL!)
Mondays 19 October, 26 October and 2 November at 16.30-18.00
Fridays 13 November, 20 November, 27 November at 8.30-10.00
Thursdays 19 November, 26 November and 3 December at 16.30-18.00
More information and registration:
Sports instructor at the City of Kuopio
+357 (0)44 718 2510
Beginners gym courses for older people and people with chronic illness
The beginners course at Kuopio Hall and Kuntolaakso gym is aimed at older people (64 years and above) and people with a chronic illness.
The course includes a gym workout plan and five sessions with a personal trainer. During the course, participants learn to use gym equipment independently and the instructors prepare a personal gym programme for each participant.
The course price is € 18, in addition to which you have to pay a single entrance fee to the gym (€ 5.20 for pensioners). If you own a wellbeing wristband, you will not have to pay the entrance fee.
at 12.00-14.00 beginners gym course, Kuntolaakso swimming pool
at 12.00-14.00 beginners gym course, Kuntolaakso swimming pool
at 14.00-16.00 beginners gym course, Kuntolaakso swimming pool
at 9.00¬-11.00 beginners gym course, Kuopio Hall
City of Kuopio’s sports instructors provide instruction in the course.
Sign up to the course by telephone at +358 (0)44 718 4932, +358 (0)44 718 2501, +358 (0)44 718 2509 or +358 (0)44 748 2363.
Peer-guided exercise groups
Would you like to exercise and also promote physical activity among your peers?
Kuopio has peer-guided exercise groups open for all. These are exercise groups open for everyone. No membership is required in any association or club. The activities are intended for older people living in Kuopio. The groups do not have season’s or member fees. The participants in pool exercise classes are charged a pool entrance fee of € 4/person/session. The fee is paid to the place where the exercise takes place.
The peer instructors are individuals interested in instructing exercise groups and volunteering. Currently, around 120 peer instructors participate in leading the open exercise groups. We are currently looking for new instructors. You do not have to have previous experience in instructing exercise groups – all you need is enthusiasm and interest in volunteering related to physical activity. The activities are coordinated by a sports instructor employed by Kuopio’s area of responsibility of older people.
Interested? Contact us:
+358 (0)44 718 2509
Wellbeing wristband for gym and swimming
- The wellbeing card for pensioners is intended for all persons who have received a pension decision (incl. recipients of old-age, unemployment and disability pension) and anyone aged 65 and older. The wristband entitles pensioneers to unlimited use of swimming and gym services maintained by the City of Kuopio and the running tracks at the Kuopio Hall. The wristbands can be purchased at the cash registers at the sports facilities.
You must present your pension decision or card for national pension recipients when purchasing the wellbeing wristband.
Price: € 37.40 /6 months, € 65.70 /12 months. The access right is downloaded to the Liikkuva Kuopio (Kuopio in Motion) wristband, which costs € 7.90 the first time you activate it. The wristband is valid since the date of purchase. You must change your old Healthy Kuopio card to the new wristband at the price of € 7.90.
Group exercise activities for older people
Information about groups and registration
NB! The water aerobics groups by the City of Kuopio are not currently organized in the city’s sports venues. We will inform you if the situation changes!
The City of Kuopio’s group exercise classes are aimed at older people and those with chronic illness. We offer water aerobics, and chair exercise, strength balance and gym exercise classes. The group activities take place around the city.
The City of Kuopio’s sports instructors guide the group activities.
There are two ways to sign up for the classes starting on 11 June 2020 at 9.00 o’clock:
1. Electronically www.kuntapalvelut.fi/kuopio
2. By calling our sports instructors at the following numbers: +358 (0)44 718 2501, +358 (0)44 718 2509, +358 (0)44 718 4932 or +358 (0)44 748 2363
You can also ask the instructors for available slot in the classes during the season. Everyone participating in the city’s sports groups engages in the activities at their own risk. We recommend that all participants take out an accident insurance. Our exercise groups are open for all, no membership of an association or club is required.
Season’s fee €29 / person / group, includes 13 instruction sessions. The water aerobics classes also have a pool entrance fee of € 4, paid to the sports facility where the class is organised. The City of Kuopio reserves the right to change the prices of its course selection.
The class levels indicate how vigorous the class is and who it is suitable for.
Very light activity: This is the least vigorous/easiest level. Suitable for those with somewhat reduced functioning and mobility with a mild/moderate disability affecting mobility. Suitable for beginners. Activities follow a calm pace and take place in a standing position or while sitting on a chair. You can participate in the class with a special aid supporting your mobility.
Light activity: Activities follow a calm pace and are moderately light. Suitable for beginners and also those whose mobility is slightly restricted.
See below to find out what group exercise activities are available. The classes are listed based on weekdays
9.00-9.45 Gym exercise class, light activity, Mäntylä activity centre
10.00-10.45 Gym exercise class, very light activity, Mäntylä activity centre FULL
11.15-11.45 Water aerobics class mixed, Alava activity centre
11.30–12.15 Gym exercise class, light activity, Neulamäki youth centre
11.45-12.15 Water aerobics class mixed, Suokatu activity centre
12.00-12.45 Gym exercise class, very light activity, Airaksela village hall
12.30-13.00 Water aerobics class mixed, Fontanella, once every two weeks (starting on 21 September)
12.45-13.30 Strength and balance, very light activity, Puijonlaakso activity centre
13.30-14.15 Gym exercise class, very light activity, Haminalahti youth centre
13.30- 14.00 Water aerobics class, Tahko Spa, once every two weeks (starting on 21 September)
14.00-14.45 Gym, Suokatu activity centre FULL
8.30-9.00 Water aerobics class women, Suokatu activity centre
9.15-10.00 Gym exercise class, very light activity, Suokatu activity centre
10.15-11.00 Strength and balance, very light activity, Suokatu activity centre FULL
11.25-11.55 Water aerobics class mixed, Suokatu activity centre
11.30-12.15 Gym mixed, Suokatu activity centre
12.00-12.30 Water aerobics class mixed, Suokatu activity centre
12.35-13.05 Water aerobics class peer instructors vertaisohjaajat, Suokatu activity centre
8.30-9.00 Water aerobics class men, Suokatu activity centre
9.00–9.45 Gym exercise class, light activity, Mäntylä activity centre
10.00-10.45 Gym exercise class, light activity, Alava activity centre
10.00-10.45 Strength and balance, very light activity, Melankatu activity centre
10.30-11.15 Gym exercise class, light activity, Puijonlaakso activity centre
11.30-12.15 Gym exercise class, very light activity, Puijonlaakso activity centre
11.30–12.00 Water aerobics class women, Suokatu activity centre
12.15-13.00 Body maintenance, chair activity, very light activity, Suokatu activity centre FULL
12.30-13.00 Water aerobics class women, Puijonlaakso activity centre
14.15-14.45 Water exercise class mixed, Levänen activity centre
15.15-16.00 Gym exercise class, light activity, Levänen activity centre
8.45- 9.30 Chair exercise class, very light activity Tätilä Inkilänmäki
9.00- 9.45 Gym exercise class, light activity, Suokatu activity centre FULL
10.00-10.30 Water aerobics class mixed, Alava activity centre
10.10-10.55 Strength and balance, very light activity, Suokatu activity centre
11.00-12.00 Gym for people with developmental disabilities, Kuopio Hall
11.15-11.45 Water aerobics class women, Suokatu activity centre
12.30-13.30 Strength and agility group, light activity, Kuopio Hall, NEW
15.00 – 15.30 Water aerobics class mixed, Fontanella, once every two weeks(starting on 24 September)
8.30–9.00 Water aerobics class mixed, Suokatu activity centre
9.00- 9.45 Chair exercise class, very light activity Maaninkatalo Maaninka FULL
10.00-10.45 Chair exercise class, very light activity, Maaninkatalo Maaninka
9.45–10.30 Strength and balance, very light activity, Mäntylä activity centre
11.00-11.45 Gym mixed, Suokatu activity centre
12.00-12.45 Gym mixed, Suokatu activity centre FULL
Information about special group activities
Beginners gym courses are organised at the Kuntolaakso swimming pool and Kuopio Hall gyms. The beginners courses are aimed at people with chronic illnesses and older people. The course includes five sessions, which involve preparing a personal workout routine for the customer, taking into account the person’s health condition. The course price is € 18, in addition to which you have to pay a single entrance fee to the gym (€ 5.20 for pensioners). If you own a wellbeing wristband, you will not have to pay the entrance fee.
City of Kuopio’s sports instructors provide instruction at the course.
Sign up for the course by telephone at +358 (0)44 718 4932, +358 (0)44 718 2501, +358 (0)44 718 2509 or +358 (0)44 748 2363.
City of Kuopio’s Sports and Outdoor Recreation Services organise activities for special groups also in strong cooperation with other agents. A sports instructor responsible for special groups coordinates the activities in the city.
Exercise groups for feeling good for children in need of support
Does your child need support or special arrangements to engage in physical activities?
Would your child benefit from engaging in physical activities in a small group?
Does your child have challenges in sensory regulation?
The City of Kuopio’s exercise groups are aimed at children with difficulties to participate in generally available exercise groups, such as those organised by clubs or Kuopio Community College, because of a disability, illness or other decline in functional capacity or due to the child’s social situation. The groups are also intended for children with motor delay or support needs related to mobility, social skills or concentration.
Children with more extensive problems in mobility and/or concentration, or inability to work independently, need a personal assistant. The assistant can participate in the activities free of charge. Below is more detailed information about the groups. The age groups are indicative, groups are selected on an individual basis.
The groups start on week 37 (Monday 7 September 2020). No instruction is provided during the autumn holiday week (42). School year fee € 29 / person / group, includes 13 instructed sessions. Prices may be subject to change.
If you are interested in a group:
1. register to the group
2. the child can try the activities twice free of charge
Autumn 2020 – Spring 2021
Descriptions of the groups in the bottom.
Leopardit exercise club
Monday at 17.00-17.45
Ala-Pyörön school, Kulmakatu 7
Age group: around 5-7-year-olds.
10 children / 2 instructors.
Rämäpäät exercise club
Monday at 18.00-18.45
Ala-Pyörö school, Kulmakatu 7. Recommended age group: 8–11-year-olds.
Töpöhännät exercise club
Wednesday at 17.00-17.45
Maljapuro day-care centre, Maaherrankatu 24
10 children / 2 instructors.
Ketun Loikka exercise club
Maljapuro day-care centre, Maaherrankatu 24
10 children / 2 instructors.
The versatile exercise clubs divided by age (Leopardit, Töpöhännät and Ketun Loikka) focus on training basic exercise skills through indoor play tracks, games and pair exercises. The activities particularly aim at developing motor skills, such as coordination, balance, body awareness, strength, concentration, and rhythm. At the same time, joyful physical activities support children in developing their social skills and concentration skills, and their ability to tolerate disappointments.
The Rämäpäät (“Daredevils”) group is aimed at energetic children who need versatile physical activities, including different ball games and playing tracks. The children may have challenges with concentration and regulating their activity level.
The Perheliikunta (Family exercise) club is an exercise opportunity aimed at the families with children in need of special support. The children participate in the group together with their parents. The families come up with ideas for activities and engage in them together. The club is free of charge. No instructor representing the City of Kuopio’s Sports and Outdoor Recreation Services is present at the activities.
Registration and more information
+358 (0)44 718 2501|
The VauhtiSankarit group
Wednesdays at 13.30-14.30
Martti Ahtisaari School
VauhtiSankarit (SpeedHeroes) is a hobby group for 7-12-year-old children in need of special support. The group meets after school days at the Martti Ahtisaari Primary School.
The group has a superhero theme, and different sports and cultural activities are arranged related to it.
Children can also participate in the group with an assistant / support person.
School year fee € 29 / person / group, includes 13 instructed sessions.
The group is organised in collaboration with the City of Kuopio, Vauhti! project, Sanataidekoulu Aapeli writing school for children and youths and Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Sporttiskerho sports club
Sporttiskerho sports club
Tuesday at 18.00-18.45
Club instructor, responsible instructor, 2-3 Savonia / Savo Consortium for Education students as support instructors.
The Sporttiskerho sports club provides an opportunity for 10–18-year-old children/young people with special support needs to familiarise themselves with the sport activities available at local clubs for one month at a time. The group is aimed at children and young people with sensory, developmental and physical disabilities in the North Savo region. The group members may also have neurological disorders or challenges related to sensory regulation. This heterogeneity of the group members has been considered a special strength of the club.
The sports club provides a safe and supported environment for children with support needs to engage in activities provided by local clubs. Students from Savonia / Savo Consortium for Education serve asa support instructors who are always present during the club activities. An instructor from the City of Kuopio’s Sports and Outdoor Recreation Services who the children are familiar with is also always present.
The Sporttiskerho club is a group offered by the City of Kuopio’s Sports and Outdoor Recreation Services. The group is implemented together with the Mäntykangas Centre for Learning and Consulting, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the Savo Consortium for Education, Finnish Paralympic Committee, and the TATU association. For more information, videos and photos from the sports club, see Facebook / Kuopion Sporttiskerho.
Registration and more information:
044 718 2501|
Activity wristbands for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses
Vammaisten ja pitkäaikaissairaiden liikuntarannekkeen voivat hankkia Kelan eläkkeensaajan hoitotuen saajat sekä vammaistuen saajat. Rannekkeen hinta on 65,70 € ja se on voimassa yhden vuoden ostopäivästä lukien. Rannekkeita voi ostaa liikuntahallien kassoilta. Rannekkeella voi käyttää Kuntolaakson ja Lippumäen uimahalleja sekä niiden kuntosaleja ja Kuopio-hallin kuntosalia sekä juoksurata-aluetta.
Rannekkeen voi lunastaa Kelan päätöstä vastaan kaupunkiympäristön asiakaspalvelusta (vavi-talo), osoitteesta Suokatu 42, 70110 Kuopio. Rannekkeen voi lunastaa myös molempien uimahallien ja Kuopio-hallin kassoilta.
Wristband providing free access to sports halls
The exercise wristband for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses is available for recipients of Kela’s care allowance for pensioners and disability allowance. The price of the wristband is € 65.70 and it is valid for one year, starting on the date of purchase. The wristbands are available for purchase at the sports hall service desks. The wristband provides you with access to the Kuntolaakso and Lippumäki swimming pools and their gyms, and the Kuopio Hall gym and running tracks.
You must display your Kela decision to collect the wristband at the City of Kuopio’s customer services for Urban Environment (Council Office Building) in Suokatu 42, 70110 Kuopio. The wristband is also available at both of Kuopio’s swimming pools and the Kuopio Hall service desk.| In accordance with a decision by the local executive, groups entitled to using swimming services at swimming pools, gyms at all sports halls, and the sports track at Kuopio Hall free of charge based on a valid Kela decision are as follows;
- recipients of a disability allowance at the middle rate + person escorting them
- recipients of a disability allowance at the highest rate + person escorting them
- recipients of a pensioner’s care allowance at the highest rate + person escorting them
- recipients of special care allowance + person escorting them
- recipients of a care allowance for a child at the middle rate + person escorting them
- recipients of a special care allowance for a child + person escorting them
- veterans granted a front-line badge
You must display the Kela decision to collect the wristband at the Kuopio-hall service desk.
The Vauhti! project
Vauhti! involves recreational activities for children, young people aged under 16 and their family members regardless of diagnosis. The activities are organised in Kuopio, Siilinjärvi, Iisalmi and Varkaus.
The Vauhti! project organises various recreational activity groups for children and young people and the Perheily family events together with other organisers. This involves engaging in fun and versatile activities together, including going on excursions, playing games, making music, crafting and trying new sports. The activities are planned together with the participants!
Loan exercise equipment from libraries
Get exercise equipment with your library card
Did you know that you can loan sports and exercise equipment with your library card from the Kuopio main library, and the Puijonlaakso, Neulamäki, Pyörö, Karttula, Riistavesi, Vehmersalmi, Maaninka, Juankoski and Nilsiä libraries.
The loan period for the equipment is four weeks. You cannot reserve the equipment in advance or renew the loans. The equipment available for loan include resistance bands, heart rate monitors, kettlebells, gymsticks and balancing equipment.
Sports instructors’ contact information
Brochures and videos
“Videos (in Finnish)
See the News section for news and blog tests related to physical activity in Kuopio. The section includes information and tips on Kuopio’s sports venues and instructed exercise as well as other sports-related content.