Find a workout partner
Having a workout partner can help keep you motivated. If you’re looking for a fun way to workout with others, check out these options:
- Group fitness classes: Purchase a Be Fit Pass to access over 60 group fitness classes each week, including yoga, cycle, cardio, strength and more! Classes are free from Monday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 29. View the full schedule of classes online.
- Turf fit: Enjoy a fun workout at the indoor turf gym with kettlebells, dumbbells, agility ladders, hurdles, plyo boxes and more! Turf fit will be available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm at the Turf Gym.
- Small group training: Join a small group training class to improve your strength, cardio or flexibility with personalized guidance from a certified personal trainer. You’ll be able to meet new people and workout with the same group each week! All required equipment is included.
Living in Boulder means you have access to some of the most scenic natural areas in Colorado, right in your own backyard! If you’re interested in getting outside this semester, the Rec Center can help you get started or keep going.
- Trips and courses: There are a number of trips and courses available so you can participate in a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, fly fishing, scuba diving, hiking and backpacking, climbing, avalanche safety and more.
- Wilderness Workshops: Take advantage of Wilderness Workshops to learn basic outdoor skills, like backcountry cooking, navigation techniques, winter camping, ski and snowboard tuning and more.
- Outdoor rentals: Planning your own outdoor adventure? You can rent a variety of outdoor equipment to bring with you! The Outdoor Equipment Rental Center provides camping, climbing, water and winter equipment rentals to students, staff and faculty.
- Equipment checkout: Check out indoor equipment for free from Guest Services, including basketballs, rackets and tennis balls. Outdoor equipment is also available for rental, including corn hole, horse shoes, spikeball, outdoor volleyball and more!
- Adventure Resource Center: The Outdoor Program’s Adventure Resource Center has resources and staff available to help you plan your next big trip. Whether you’re interested in rafting, climbing, backpacking or camping, this is a great place to get started. Staff can provide recommendations and help you prepare for your trip.
- Outdoor Fitness Court: Looking to change up your routine? The Outdoor Fitness Court, located on the east side of the Main Student Recreation Center, is an outdoor body weight circuit training center designed for adults of all ages and abilities and is fully accessible. The Fitness Court is open to the public and no membership is required.
Sports can be a fun way to stay active and meet new friends. Here are a couple of ways you can get involved in sports at CU Boulder:
- Intramural (IM) Sports leagues: The Rec Center offers multiple sessions of Intramural Sports leagues throughout the semester. Registration for Session I leagues is available Wednesday, Jan. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 26. You can sign up as a team or join a team as a free agent to play basketball, badminton, indoor soccer, volleyball, innertube water polo and more! No experience is required to play, and all skill levels are welcome.
- Sport Clubs: Participate in competitive sports against other colleges and universities through the Sport Clubs program. CU Boulder currently offers 30 different men’s, women’s and co-ed teams. Organizational meetings will be held in January and February. Please note that some teams may also require tryouts.
Try something new
Trying something new can be intimidating, and it can also help us find new passions or interests. The Rec Center offers free inclusive events and supportive communities to help you get started.
- Including Rec: Inclusive Rec hosts a number of free events throughout the semester to promote allyship, personal development and connection.
- Free Friday Power Hour: Want to join a group fitness class but don’t have a Be Fit Pass? The Rec offers a free class every Friday as part of Free Friday Power Hour! This is a great way to explore different types of fitness and try something new.
- Adaptive Sports and Recreation: The new Adaptive Sports and Recreation program supports CU Boulder students with physical disabilities by offering sports and other recreational activities for all levels. Students are encouraged to try something new, have fun and participate in competition.
Meet your goals
Want to start a new workout routine but don’t know where to start? Here’s one way to get more personalized support and meet your goals:
- Personal training: Meet your fitness goals this year with the help of a certified personal trainer. You can work with a personal trainer one-on-one or with a friend. Fitness assessments are also available through Training Services.
- Physical therapy: Whether you’re recovering from an injury or hoping to prevent one, Physical Therapy and Integrative Care at Medical Services can work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation program that can help you meet your goals. Most services are covered by the CU Boulder Gold Student Health Insurance Plan and BuffCare. Private insurance is also accepted
- Injury Care Center: The Recreation Injury Care Center (RICC) is open to members and guests pass users at the Rec Center. RICC is staffed by a certified athletic trainer and student interns who are trained in first aid and injury care.
- Nutrition Resource Clinic: CU Boulder students can meet with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for a free consultation to address a number of nutrition-related concerns. The Nutrition Resource Clinic (NRC) is available throughout the academic year.