It’s a new school year, and if you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably vowed to eat a little healthier and workout a little more often. But if you’re new to the gym, or maybe you haven’t been in a while, it can feel intimidating. If this sounds like you, fear not: we’ve put together a guide that covers everything you need to know about joining The Rec.
CU Boulder offers two fitness center locations: The Rec and Williams Village Rec Center. Each center offers unique amenities on both sides of campus to help you find your fit, whether you’re interested in swimming, cardio, group classes, tennis, basketball, ice skating, rock climbing or strength training. Choose the facility that’s best for you, or make the most of what they both have to offer!
Both The Rec and Williams Village Rec Center offer flexible hours, so you can find a time that works with your schedule. Normal semester hours are listed below. Be sure to check online for holiday and break hours.
If you’re looking for a quiet time to go to the gym, we suggest going in the early morning (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) or later in the evening (after 7 p.m.) to avoid rush hour crowds. If you find yourself feeling gym-timindated during busy hours, there are a number of studios that may be available for more private workouts if there are no classes already scheduled.
Come prepared with your Buff OneCard, a reusable water bottle and proper workout attire. All patrons are expected to follow the dress code: shirts must be worn at all times except in locker rooms and pool areas, shorts must be an appropriate length and closed toe shoes are required.
Day-use lockers are available to store your personal belongings. Just remember to bring your own padlock or purchase one from Guest Services. If you plan on coming to The Rec more regularly, consider purchasing a semester-long locker (available starting Monday, August 26 while supplies last).
If you choose to participate in an activity that requires extra equipment, like racquetball or soccer, The Rec offers a variety of free equipment rentals to all Buff OneCard holders through Guest Services.
Headed to the pool? Don’t forget your suit! Rent a free towel Buff OneCard by visiting Guest Services. The outdoor Buff Pool is open seasonably and offers a variety of fun activities. Indoor lap pools are open year-round. They’re used for general recreation and team practices, so be sure to check out our pool hours online for open swim times.
The Rec offers a wide variety of courses and programs throughout the semester. Give them a try!
In addition to gym services, The Rec also offers general wellness services through the FitWell Suite.
The goal of Inclusive Rec is to create a safe and welcoming environment, while providing accessible and respectful opportunities for all.
Our facilities were built with inclusiveness in mind including ADA equipment, adaptive climbing, all gender locker rooms and ice and sled walkers. Inclusive Rec also puts on free events throughout the semester that are tailored to provide a more inclusive experience for our students.
Whether it’s your first time at the gym or your first time back, The Rec has something for everyone. Find your fit, meet new friends and join our community!