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Saint Louis University offers Simon Recreation Center members tools and resources to improve their health and fitness.

Visit to view current group fitness class offerings and register at no cost. Registration is required to hold your spot. Registration opens one week before each class.

Fitness Center Orientation

SLU students have the opportunity to become familiar with multiple fitness center spaces through complimentary fitness center orientations. Students can check in with the building supervisor or the fitness center attendant on duty and request an orientation. 

IRON-SLU Triathlon

The goal of this program is to accumulate "Ironman" distances over a five-week period. This includes:

  • 2.4 miles swimming (32 lengths per week/4.5 lengths per day)
  • 112 miles bicycling (22.4 miles per week/3.2 miles per day)
  • 26.2 miles running (5.24 miles per week/.75 miles per day)

Participants accumulate mileage on their own and self-report their totals each week. All participants who actively engage in the program will earn an IRON-SLU shirt and are eligible for raffle prizes. IronSLU is held each year in early spring.

Personal Training

Research has shown the best way to adhere to an exercise program is through personal attention and guidance from a fitness professional. Our certified personal trainers will help you implement an exercise program that fits your lifestyle.

Our trainers will help you:

  • Design and implement a fitness program
  • Learn proper form and execution of specific exercises
  • Monitor weekly progress of program successes
  • Provide motivation, adherence and education
  • Redesign an existing training program
  • Create a sport-specific or post-rehab training program

Register for a Personal Trainer (PDF)

All new clients must start with a $75 initial personal training package, which includes a fitness assessment and two 60-minute training sessions. Afterward, you may purchase any of the continuing personal packages: 

Package Number of sessions Cost
Individual session 1 $35
Get Me Going 3 $99
Dedication 6 $180
Marathon 10 $280
Partner Get Me Going 3 $59
Partner Dedication 6 $108
Partner Marathon 10 $168
Follow-up baseline assessment 1 $25

All services must be paid before participation. A copy of the receipt must be presented to the personal trainer.

All clients must be members of the Simon Recreation Center. All personal instruction within the Simon Recreation Center must be scheduled through the fitness coordinator. No outside personal trainers are allowed to train in the Simon Recreation Center.

Initial Fitness Assessment

The initial fitness assessment will consist of:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Body composition screening
  • Three-minute step test
  • Flexibility screening
  • Muscle strength screening

The initial fitness assessment will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Walking/Jogging Routes

Find suggested routes around campus or create your own route at, where you can create a profile to track your personal training and running logs. You can also check out the top runs others have created, and view upcoming running events and races.

Simon Recreation Center 5K run 

Try the Simon Recreation Center 5K run and enjoy the view of the north end of SLU’s campus. Since the starting and finishing points are both at the main entrance of the Simon Recreation Center, it is convenient and a great place to stretch out.

See the Simon Rec 5k Route (Google Map)

1.5 Mile Walking Tour

This route is perfect for exercise and gives you the chance to view some of Saint Louis University's attractions. The comfortable 1.5 mile walk leads you through the Billiken Sports Center, Laclede Park, and past Chaifetz Arena and the clock tower before heading back toward the Simon Rec Center. Note that this path includes crossing Grand Boulevard at two separate crosswalks.

See the 1.5 Mile Walking Tour Route (Google Maps)

Half-Mile Leisurely Walk

This simple loop will take you to the quad, Pius XII Memorial Library and the beautiful St. Francis Xavier College Church.

See the Half-Mile Leisurely Walk Route (Google Maps)