Photo of Chip the Buffalo posing with his arms stretched out in front of the Outdoor Fitness Court at the Main Student Rec Center.

Whether you’re looking to be active, meet new people or explore new hobbies, the Rec Center is a great place to get started. Here are some ways to get involved if you want to...

Visit the Rec Center

As of Friday, Aug. 13 CU Boulder will require masks in all public university spaces regardless of vaccine status. In order to comply with university policies and protect the health and safety of our members, both campus recreation centers have updated mask requirements.

Masks will be required indoors any time individuals are not actively engaging in sports, fitness or other recreational activities.

Learn more about Rec Center mask requirements

Both Rec Center locations on campus are open to all full-fee paying students and those with memberships. You can visit the Main Student Recreation Center or the Williams Village Recreation Center by using your Buff OneCard. You’ll have access to a variety of high quality facilities, including:

Main Rec Center

  • Weightlifting
  • Functional fitness
  • Cardio equipment
  • Rooftop tennis courts
  • Indoor ice rink
  • Lap, diving and outdoor pools
  • Basketball courts

Will Vill Rec Center

  • Weightlifting
  • Functional fitness
  • Cardio equipment

*Insider tip: Be sure to download the CU Boulder Rec FusionGo app to sign up for classes or programs, get facility access even if you forget your Buff OneCard or check facility counts to see how many people are working out in specific areas at The Rec.

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Find a workout partner

Having a workout partner can help keep you motivated. If you’re looking for a fun way to workout with others, check out these options:

  • Group fitness classes: Purchase a Be Fit Pass to access over 60 group fitness classes each week, including yoga, cycle, cardio, strength and more! Classes are free from Monday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 29. View a full schedule of classes online.
  • Turf fit: Enjoy a fun workout at the indoor turf gym with kettlebells, dumbbells, agility ladders, hurdles, plyo boxes and more! Turf fit will be available Monday through Friday from 1 to 2:45 p.m. starting Aug. 23.
  • Small group training: Join a small group training class to improve your strength, cardio or flexibility with personalized guidance from a certified personal trainer. You’ll be able to meet new people and workout with the same group each week! All required equipment is included.

Get outside

Living in Boulder means you have access to some of the most scenic natural areas in Colorado, right in your own backyard! If you’re interested in getting outside this semester, the Rec Center can help you get started or keep going.

  • Trips and courses: There are a number of trips and courses available so you can participate in a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, fly fishing, scuba diving, hiking and backpacking, climbing, avalanche safety and more. 
  • Wilderness workshops: Take advantage of free Wilderness Workshops to learn basic outdoor skills, like making your own custom maps, scuba basics and trip planning.
  • Outdoor rentals: Planning your own outdoor adventure? You can rent a variety of outdoor equipment to bring with you! The Outdoor Equipment Rental Center provides camping, climbing, water and winter equipment rentals to students, staff and faculty.
  • Equipment checkout: Check out equipment for free from Guest Services, including badminton, corn hole, horse shoes, spikeball, outdoor volleyball and more!
  • Adventure Resource Center: The Outdoor Program’s Adventure Resource Center has resources and staff available to help you plan your next big trip. Whether you're interested in rafting, climbing, backpacking or camping, this is a great place to get started. Staff can provide recommendations and help you prepare for your trip.
  • Outdoor Fitness Court: Looking to change up your routine? The Outdoor Fitness Court, located on the east side of the Main Student Recreation Center, is an outdoor body weight circuit training center designed for adults of all ages and abilities and is fully accessible. The Fitness Court is open to the public and no membership is required.

Play sports

Sports can be a fun way to stay active and meet new friends. Here are a couple of ways you can get involved in sports at CU Boulder:

  • Intramural (IM) Sport leagues: The Rec Center offers multiple sessions of Intramural Sports leagues throughout the semester. Registration for Session I leagues is available Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Wednesday, Sept. 15. You can sign up as a team or join a team as a free agent to play backyard games, dodgeball, esports, flag football and more. No experience is required to play, and all ability levels are welcome.
  • Intramural (IM) Sports tournaments: If you’re looking to compete or play without a long-term commitment, you can also participate in one-day events, known as IM tournaments. Tournaments this semester include 4 square volleyball, archery tag, bowling and glow-in-the-dark ultimate frisbee. No experience is required to compete, and all ability levels are welcome.
  • Sport Clubs: Participate in competitive sports against other colleges and universities through the Sport Clubs program. CU Boulder currently offers 30 different mens, womens and co-ed teams. Organizational meetings will be held Monday, Aug. 23 through Wednesday, Sept. 1. Some teams may also require tryouts. Learn more about Sport Clubs.

Try something new

Trying something new can be intimidating, and it can also help us find new passions or interests. The Rec Center offers free inclusive events and supportive communities to help you get started.

  • Inclusive Rec: Inclusive Rec hosts a number of free events throughout the semester to promote allyship, personal development and connection.
  • Free Friday Power Hour: Want to join a group fitness class but don’t have a Be Fit Pass? The Rec offers a free class every Friday as part of their Free Friday Power Hour! This is a great way to explore different types of fitness and try something new.
  • Adaptive Sports and Recreation: The Adaptive Sports and Recreation program supports CU Boulder students with physical disabilities by offering sports and other recreational activities for all levels. Students are encouraged to try something new, have fun and participate in competition.

Meet your goals

Want to start a new workout routine but don't know where to start? Here's one way to get more personalized support and meet your goals:

  • Personal training: Meet your fitness goals this year with the help of a certified personal trainer. You can work with a personal trainer one-on-one or with a friend. Fitness assessments are also available through Training Services.
  • Physical therapy: Whether you’re recovering from an injury or hoping to prevent one, Physical Therapy and Integrative Care at Medical Services can work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation program that can help you meet your goals. Most services are covered by the CU Boulder Gold Student Health Insurance Plan and BuffCare. Private insurance is also accepted.
  • Injury Care Clinic: The Recreation Injury Care Center (RICC) is open to members and guests pass users at the Rec Center. RICC is staffed by a certified athletic trainer and student interns who are trained in first aid and injury care.

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