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Options for Getting and Staying Fit

The Simon Recreation Center has reopened.

Facilities and amenities will be reduced to keep everyone safe, so please review the list below of what will be open vs. what will be closed during this initial reopening period.

Facilities/Amenities Open:

  • Upper and lower level fitness spaces* 
  • Indoor pool (limited hours)
  • Hot tub
  • Main and lower level locker rooms (restrooms, lockers, and showers)
  • Indoor track
  • MPR1 and Mind Body Room (limited capacity)
  • Day-use lockers (must provide your own lock) and rentable lockers
  • Towel service (we will have towels available, but it is still recommended that you provide your own if possible)
    *Treadmills will not be available based on the St. Louis City Guidelines. As guidelines change, we will update our members

Facilities/Amenities Closed:

  • Main level gym courts closed to pick up games (the courts are currently only open to scheduled activities such as group fitness classes or scheduled club sport practices)
  • Main level racquetball, handball/squash courts
  • Saunas
  • Equipment check-out
  • SLUruba outdoor pools & sand volleyball court
  • Multipurpose rooms/studios (MPR2, Spinning Room, Main Level Classroom and Upper Level Dance Studio)
  • Bouldering wall
  • Lounge areas throughout the facility
  • Drinking fountains (only water bottle fillers will be available)
  • No Guest Passes at this time
  • No facility reservations at this time

Current Simon Rec Center Hours

 August 16, 2020: Begin Fall Semester Hours 


How we're creating a safe environment for our staff and members:

Staff will wear masks at all times & gloves while cleaning
Heighten cleaning & disinfecting on touch points/surfaces
Maintaining a minimum 6' of physical distance between everyone
Spacing cardio/strength equipment out
Extra hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility
Extra Gym-Wipe containers throughout the facility
Plexiglass at service desks
South entrance doors are now member access only; you must tap your SLU ID to unlock the doors.

What we expect from our members:

Stay home if you're not feeling well
Wash hands frequently
Wear your masks at all times (aside from swimming/showering)
Do not touch your face
Maintain 6' of physical distance
Sanitize hands immediately before and after using any pull-up equipment
Wipe down/disinfect equipment before AND after use
Bring your own water bottle/yoga mat/lock/towel
Come in your workout attire to limit time spent in locker rooms
Limit the amount of personal belongings you bring with you

Please check back here or follow our social media accounts (@SLUrecandwellness) for the latest updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are face masks required while working out at the Simon Rec Center?

Yes. Following St. Louis City and University Health Guidelines, all individuals are required to wear a mask at all times (excluding swimming and showering or those unable to wear a mask for medical reasons). For more details on these policies, please visit the follow sites:


I’m a non-student member and not ready to return at this time. Can I keep my membership “frozen” until I feel more comfortable?

Yes. Please reach out to our Member Services Coordinator, Samantha McLeod ( directly so she can assure your membership account is handled correctly and kept frozen until you choose to return.

All memberships have been extended for the duration of the closure. 

For SLU Faculty and Staff Members utilizing Payroll Deduction, all deductions were stopped in March, but will resume in September unless a request to cancel is given. Please refer to membership email sent out by our Member Services Coordinator or reach out to her directly to discuss all options/ensure cancellation.

Will Group Fitness Classes be happening this Fall?

Yes! We will be offering a mix of in-person and virtual options. Please visit to see available options & to register. All classes will be free of charge.

What if I purchased Personal Training sessions?

All unused personal training sessions were frozen. Once operations resume, our personal trainers will begin working with clients again if the client/trainer is comfortable coming back.

Will Intramurals be happening this Fall?

Decisions on Intramural Sports are still being discussed. We will be looking into options for competition that can be done safely and within health official guidelines. More information will be posted soon.

Can I reserve space in the Simon Rec Center/outdoor fields for the Fall semester (dance practices, etc)?

We are not currently accepting facility scheduling requests at this time. For specific questions regarding Club Sport practices, please reach out to

I had a locker rental in the Spring 2020 semester. Will any credit be pushed forward?
Yes. All locker rentals have been extended by two semesters. If your locker was set to expire this past Spring (April 30, 2020) it will now expire December 31, 2020. If your locker was set to expire this Summer (August 31, 2020) it will now expire April 30, 2021.
I had a locker rental but do not plan to restart my membership OR no longer plan to use my rented locker at this time. May I receive a prorated refund for the unused rental?
Yes. Please reach out to our Member Services Coordinator ( directly to process a prorated refund for any used locker rentals (we do not keep credit information on file and will need to get this information again to process the refund).
What other safeguards are the University putting in place for the reopening of campus?

Please visit the link below for the most up to date information on SLU’s Fall safeguards.


Our Jesuit tradition calls for us to develop the whole person – mind, spirit and body.

So swim laps at Simon Recreation Center. Jog the full-size outdoor track at the Medical Center. Or toss a disc with the Ultimate Frisbee club. There are plenty of opportunities to keep active at Saint Louis University.

From club sports to spinning classes, SLU provides quality recreational opportunities that aid and encourage a healthy lifestyle, and contribute to your overall well-being. Participation in these activities can:

  • Develop team-building and leadership skills
  • Improve happiness and self-confidence
  • Build character and community
  • Reduce stress

SLU Recreation By the Numbers


Club sports


Group fitness classes each week


Visits to the Simon Rec Center in 2017


Indoor pool lap lanes

Fitness Centers and Recreation Facilities

The Simon Recreation Center — in the heart of campus — offers drop-in recreational opportunities, as well as scheduled programs and events. It’s 120,000 square feet of activity, featuring six indoor basketball courts, four racquetball/handball courts, a bouldering wall, fitness center, spinning studio and indoor pool. Additional facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are available throughout our campus.

  • Simon Recreation Center
  • SLU Medical Center Recreation Complex
  • Hermann Stadium Track
  • Outdoor Sports Fields

Club Sports and Intramurals

From swimming to squash, sword fighting to soccer, it seems there’s a club sport for everything. Hike outdoors with the Wilderness Adventure Club, play a round with the Golf Club or paddle the Ozarks’ pristine whitewater streams with the Kayak Club.

Club sports provide an opportunity for students to participate in fun, competitive sports. They offer opportunities for all levels of experience — from leisure pursuits to competitive matches with other universities.

Intramurals offer students a fun opportunity to compete against other students right on campus. Participants can choose from a wide variety of sports — such as basketball, volleyball, flag football and even dodgeball, among many others — for all skill levels. Teams can represent residence halls, fraternities, sororities and more.

Club Sports


Student Employment

The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness employs over 150 student employees in a wide variety of part time roles and opportunities. Positions include lifeguards, operations assistant, intramural officials, and working in building maintenance. 

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