• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Fitness classes, climbing and ice skating at the Student Recreation Center on campus are free during the first week of classes.

  • Colorado Daily file photo

    CPR, first aid, lifeguard and scuba diving training are all on the menu at the wellness center.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    The buffalo-shaped pool at the Student Rec Center has a hot tub in the hind legs.



Considering it is situated in the middle of one of the fittest cities in America, it comes as no surprise that the University of Colorado’s student recreation centers have something for everyone.

Whether you are looking to avoid the freshman 15, want to relieve some stress before a big test or want to try a new sport, the rec center is where it’s at.

CU has two different indoor rec centers, the Student Recreation Center on campus and the Bear Creek Rec Center for students in Williams Village.

Full-fee-paying students have access to both facilities, although some features, like the climbing gym, cost extra.

The Student Recreation Center — which was recently renovated — spans more than 300,000 square feet, complete with multiple basketball and tennis courts, an ice rink, three artificial turf and four grass fields, four pools, and a 7,000-square-foot climbing gym.

The campus recreation center is also home to CU’s famous buffalo-shaped pool, which isn’t great for swimming laps but is perfect for lounging and has a hot tub in the buffalo’s rear legs.

All group fitness classes, ice skating and bouldering in the climbing gym are free the first week of classes. The center offers more than 100 fitness classes every week, from barre to Zumba to Pilates to TRX.

The center also offers a free class called Intro To Fitness Equipment, in which students learn how to use the equipment in the gym.

The wellness center offers free nutrition consultation, a Musculoskeletal Injury Clinic to screen for minor muscle and joint injuries, flu shots and massage.

The recreation center hosts CPR, first aid, lifeguard and scuba diving training. It also houses CU’s intramural program, and students can pay a flat $16.50 to play as many different intramural sports as they want for the entire semester.

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