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Options for Getting and Staying Fit

The Simon Recreation Center has reopened.

Facilities and amenities have been reduced to keep everyone safe. Please review the list below of what is open vs. what will be closed throughout the Simon Rec Center.

Open Facilities/Amenities 

  • Upper and lower level fitness spaces
  • Indoor pool (limited hours)
  • Hot tub
  • Main and lower level locker rooms (restrooms, lockers, and showers)
  • Indoor track
  • Gym courts (limited participation and activities are permitted. Visit our online portal to see a list of approved activities and/or to reserve court space; limited to two people per half court)
  • Racquetball/handball courts (limited to one person per court)
  • Squash Court (limited to one person per court)
  • MPR1, MPR 2, Main Level Classroom and Mind Body Room (limited capacity)
  • Bouldering wall
  • 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)

Closed Facilities/Amenities 

  • Saunas
  • Equipment check-out (limited sporting equipment is available to borrow out on the courts; please disinfect before and after use)
  • SLUruba outdoor pools and sand volleyball court
  • Spinning room and upper level dance studio
  • 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

Spring 2021 Hours

How We're Creating a Safe Environment for our Staff and Members

  • Staff will wear masks at all times and gloves while cleaning
  • Heighten cleaning and 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

  • Complete #CampusClear symptom check before entering the Simon Rec Center
  • 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 2020, but resumed in September 2020 unless a request to cancel was 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.

Are group fitness classes be happening?

Yes! For the spring '21 semester we are offering in-person classes with limited capacity. Please visit to see available options and to register. All classes will be free of charge, but you must pre-register to reserve your spot since space is limited.

Is personal training available?

Yes! Personal training sessions are back; stop by the service desk at our north entrance to sign up for a personal training package.

All unused personal training sessions were frozen during our closure in 2020. Our personal trainers will begin working with clients again if/when the client/trainer is comfortable coming back. For specific questions related to personal training, please reach out to .

Will intramurals be happening?

Yes! Intramurals are back for the spring '21 semester. Visit  and click on "Intramurals" to view all the available sports throughout the semester.

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

For specific questions regarding club sport practices and reservation spaces, please reach out to

Are locker rentals available?

Yes. To purchase a locker, please stop by the North Entry Service Desk.

All locker rentals that were frozen in 2020 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.

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 COVID-19 safeguards. 


About Campus Recreation and Wellness

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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