Your campus fitness guide for autumn 2021 | Health and wellness services


* Insider tip: Make sure to download the CU Boulder Rec FusionGo app to sign up for courses or programs, gain access to facilities even if you forgot your Buff OneCard, or check the facility count to see how many people train in specific areas at The Rec.

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Find a training partner

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

  • Group fitness courses: Buy a Be Fit Pass to access over 60 group fitness classes each week, including yoga, cycling, cardio, strength, and more! Classes are free from Monday, August 16 to Sunday, August 29. View the full schedule online.
  • Lawn fit: Enjoy a fun workout in the indoor lawn gym with kettlebells, dumbbells, agility ladders, hurdles, plyo boxes, and more! Turf Fit will be available Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. starting August 23.
  • Small group training: Take part in a small group workout to improve your strength, cardio, or flexibility with personalized guidance from a certified personal trainer. You can meet new people every week and train with the same group! All necessary equipment is included.

Go out

Living in Boulder means you have access to some of Colorado’s most beautiful natural areas, right in your own backyard! If you are interested in leaving this semester, the Rec Center can help you get started or move on.

  • Excursions and courses: There are a number of excursions and courses available so you can take part in a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, fly fishing, diving, hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and more.
  • Wilderness workshops: Take advantage of the free wilderness workshops to learn basic outdoor skills like creating your own custom maps, diving basics, and planning excursions.
  • Outdoor rental: Are you planning your own outdoor adventure? You can rent a variety of outdoor equipment and bring it with you! The Outdoor Equipment Rental Center offers students, staff and faculty the rental of camping, climbing, water and winter equipment.
  • Equipment check: Try out equipment, including badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, spikeball, outdoor volleyball and more, at Guest Services for free!
  • Adventure Resource Center: The Outdoor Program’s Adventure Resource Center has resources and staff to help you plan your next big trip. Whether you want to go rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, or camping, this is a great place to get started. The staff will give recommendations and help you prepare for your trip.
  • Outdoor fitness area: Would you like to change your routine? Located on the east side of the Main Student Recreation Center, the Outdoor Fitness Court is an outdoor bodyweight circuit training center for adults of all ages and abilities and is fully accessible. The fitness court is public and no membership is required.

do sports

Exercising can be a fun way to stay active and make new friends. Here are a few ways you can do sports at CU Boulder:

  • Intramural (IM) sports leagues: The Rec Center offers multiple sessions of intramural sports leagues during the semester. Registration for the leagues of Session I is possible from Wednesday, September 8th to Wednesday, September 15th. 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 skill levels are welcome.
  • Intramural (IM) sports tournaments: If you want to take part or play in competitions without a long-term commitment, you can also take part in one-day events, the so-called IM tournaments. Tournaments this semester include 4 square volleyball, archery, bowling, and the glow-in-the-dark Ultimate Frisbee. No previous knowledge is required for the competition and all skill levels are welcome.
  • Sports clubs: Participate in competitive sports against other colleges and universities through the Sports Club program. CU Boulder currently offers 30 different men’s, women’s and coed teams. Organizational meetings take place from Monday, August 23rd to Wednesday, September 1st. Some teams may also need trial training sessions. Learn more about sports clubs.

Try something new

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

  • Including Rec: Inclusive Rec hosts a series of free events throughout the semester to promote allies, personal development, and connection.
  • Free Power Hour on Friday: Would you like to take a group fitness course but don’t have a Be Fit Pass? The Rec is offering 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 leisure: The adaptive sports and leisure program CU Boulder supports students with physical disabilities by offering sports and other leisure activities for all levels. Students are encouraged to try something new, have fun, and participate in competitions.

Achieve your goals

Want to start a new exercise routine but don’t know where to start? How to get more personal support and achieve your goals:

  • Personal training: Achieve your fitness goals this year with the help of a certified personal trainer. You can work with a personal trainer individually or with a friend. Fitness assessments are also available through Training Services.
  • Physical therapy: Whether you are recovering from an injury or wanting to prevent an injury, the physical therapy and integrative care of the medical service can work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation program that will help you achieve your goals. Most of the services are covered by the CU Boulder Gold Student Health Insurance Plan and BuffCare. Private insurance is also accepted.
  • Accident clinic: The Recreation Injury Care Center (RICC) is open to members and guests with pass users in the Rec Center. The RICC consists of a certified sports trainer and student interns who are trained in first aid and injury management.

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