• Cliff Grassmick / Colorado Daily

    Students can even sunbathe at the Rec Center pool.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Colorado Daily

    The rock climbing wall was a new addition last year to the University of Colorado's Rec Center.



Facilities at CU

•CU-Boulder has two indoor recreation facilities, 3 artificial turf fields, 4 natural grass fields, 4 outdoor basketball courts, 3 tennis courts and a challenge ropes course

•The Recreation Center offers more than 300,000 square feet of recreation activity space, including 6 basketball courts, 5 fitness studios, ice arena, 3 tennis courts, 4 pools, 4 racquetball courts, indoor turf gym, climbing wall and a wellness suite.


‘I love this Job,” said Lane Faison, 29, a math major and staff member at the CU Rec Center since 2004.

“Yeah me too,” said john Nguyen, 20, a CU accounting major and Rec Center staff member.

The CU-Boulder campus boasts a state-of-the-art Recreation Center right on campus. Aside from fitness classes, basketball courts and an ice rink, the Center just installed a brand new Ralphie-shaped swimming pool that’s complete with a basketball hoop, volleyball net and a sunbathing area.

After you getting your fill of holiday sweets and treats, you may need to hit the gym. Never fear, if you’re a CU student taking classes, you can go to the rec for free.

Faison, who regularly uses the campus’ main gym, said he plans to stick with positive habits this year: “Get fitter, better and bigger,” he said.

CU student Nolan McCoy also frequents the Rec Center, where he lifts weights using a new routine he’s developed.

“I split up the muscle groups with a push day, a pull day, a shoulder day and a rest day,” McCoy said. “A lot of people do have the New Year’s resolution of, ‘I’m going to work out and get fit,’ but I’ve always liked doing it. I ran cross country for four years, and I’ve learned how to do it without hurting myself.”

The Rec Center offers a free Musculoskeletal Injury Clinic on a walk-in basis when classes are in session during the year, in addition to the many other opportunities to connect with others through fitness classes, lessons and instructions.

One big draw for CU students is the center’s Outdoor Program, where assistant director of the program and avid kayaker, Levi Dexel, can often be found on the river leading classes.

Dexel said kayaking will kick off the second week of classes (with a trip in late April), along with elite climbing, anchor building and various outdoor climbing trips. The program also hosts a backpacking trip, a Florida spring break trip, hikes to the Flatirons and some short hut trips this spring.

“We’re trying to get the Adventure Planning Center utilized and more active,” said Dexel. “It’s been pretty successful. We had a few people come use it to plan their fall break and trips on their own. We rent out avalanche equipment, -20 degree sleeping bags and winter supplies.”

Dexel said there are winter-oriented Wednesday workshops and the center just finished construction on an indoor climbing gym.

If students are interested in any of the trips, Dexel recommends planning months ahead.

“The sooner you sign up, the better,” he said. “There will be an official meeting a month prior to spring break for the Florida trip as well as three weekly meetings prior to all the trips.”

Whether students are looking to get in shape, or just want to explore Colorado’s great outdoors, the Rec Center is a great resource to utilize.

“This is probably one of the best rec centers I’m ever going to go to,” said McCoy.

It should be noted that the activities offered by the outdoor program are physically demanding.

“They’re not for everybody but they’re definitely fun experiences,” said Dexel.

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