10 Amazing College Rec Centers

on May 25, 2016

Class, work, clubs – who actually has time to squeeze in a trip to the rec center? And with Netflix waiting back in your dorm, it’s pretty hard to find the motivation to exercise. Well, these schools have gone above and beyond in finding fun and innovative ways to draw students to their fitness centers. After a trip to one of these facilities, you’ll never choose to binge-watch Orange is the New Black over working out again. In no particular order, here are ten of our favorite campus recreation centers.

1. University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Rec center perks:

  • Purchase a “Tiger X” pass and choose from a number of fitness classes to attend
  • Float along the lazy river, located in the indoor beach
  • Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure or massage at the spa

2. University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ

Rec center perks:

  • Sign up for outdoor excursions, such as canoeing the Colorado River and backpacking in Yosemite National Park
  • Browse an on-site iMac for fitness research
  • Swim in an Olympic-sized pool

3. The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH

Rec center perks:

  • Enjoy a pool with a bubble bench and slide
  • Choose from one of five gyms on campus
  • Tackle the rock climbing wall

4. Auburn University –  Auburn, AL

Rec center perks:

  • Run on an indoor track, elevated in different areas to give you a challenge
  • Play a round or two in the golf simulator
  • Visit the elevator shaft that houses live plants

5. University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, IL

Rec center perks:

  • Make use of the instructional kitchen
  • Enjoy a show in the 150-seat auditorium
  • Grab a bite to eat at the cafe

6. Wabash College – Crawfordsville, IN

Rec center perks:

  • Take advantage of the wellness incentive program by logging every workout and earning rewards
  • Use the wrestling-dedicated facility
  • Try a CrossFit class

7. New York University – New York, NY

Rec center perks:

  • Explore the facility’s five levels, each themed with a different workout technique
  • Draw your sabre at the fencing facility
  • Participate in a ballet class

8. University of Maine – Orono, ME

Rec center perks:

  • Soak in a 20-person hot tub
  • Pick up a game of hockey at the full-sized, indoor rink
  • Rent skis and snowshoes for the DeMerritt Forest trails

9. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO

Rec center perks:

  • Utilize the largest strength training facility in Colorado
  • Climb in a facility with 55 linear feet of bouldering, two free standing climbing ropes and an indoor swimming pool boulder
  • View up-to-date “rec cams” to check out how busy the rec center currently is

10. University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA

Rec center perks:

  • Work out alongside famous athletes like Kobe Bryant
  • Take sailing lessons and compete in Newport Harbor races
  • Earn your scuba certification

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