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There are many ways you can choose to get healthy and have fun at Penn State. Our staff, comprised of both students and professions will lead, inspire, and motivate you to find your best YOU!

A current membership or guest pass is required to register and participate in the following.

Drop-In Group Exercise

We have more than 100 weekly drop-in classes that are free with your Campus Recreation membership, including Full Body Workout, Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Zumba©, and Ab-solute Core. Classes run from early morning until late at night, seven days a week.

Instructional Classes

For those who like the group atmosphere but want a little more coaching and additional benefits, Campus Recreation Fitness and Wellness offers instructional programs that are progressive in nature and provide personal enrichment and skill building. For an additional fee, Campus Recreation members can benefit from lower instructor to student ratios, a reserved spot in a class, progressive results, personal attention, and familiar classmates. The instructors of these classes are certified within their discipline and experienced at training all levels and abilities. Following a two-week trial period at the beginning of the semester, these classes require advanced registration and an additional fee. Space is limited.

Martial Arts Instructional

Students registered in martial arts classes will gain a well-rounded understanding of the art from a trained, credentialed Instructor. Students will learn etiquette, hand and foot techniques, forms, and physical training within the rules of the respective disciplines.  

No previous experience is necessary. The first two weeks of the semester are offered as a free trial to any Penn State students and any Campus Recreation members. Following the trial period there is a fee to participate in the 12-week session however there are no additional association or membership fees required.

These classes are instructional in nature and will progress from week to week.

While belt testing, up to blue, is available in instructional classes on campus, it is not required. (in some martial arts the purchase of a uniform or gi is required if you want to test for a belt) Penn State Campus Recreation will occasionally hold events for the opportunity to test for higher belts.

Martial arts classes are open to Penn State students and to Campus Recreation members. A one-time per semester guest visit for non-members is permitted. Guest fees apply.

Small Group

Small group classes are designed to give a maximum workout in a private group setting. These classes are progressive in nature, therefore regular attendance is highly encouraged. These classes have increased instruction and skill-based elements so there is a nominal registration fee at sign-up.

Current membership is required to attend Small Group Training. 

Custom Fitness Classes

Do you want to bring a group together or need some stress relief? Campus Recreation Fitness and Wellness are here to help. We offer a wide variety of custom classes that will fit your group's needs. Sessions will be led by a Penn State Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer.

Scheduling a Custom Fitness Class: To request a private fitness class, please complete the custom fitness class request from at least 2 weeks in advance of your event. All entries will be addressed as soon as possible.

Policies: Class options are subject to availability of instructors and space. Custom Fitness Classes come at a fee and must be paid in full prior to a session. A minimum of 24 hours advanced notice is required for cancellation and re-scheduling, otherwise a loss of fee will occur.

Wellness Workshops

Wellness Workshops are opportunities for Campus Recreation members to increase their health and fitness knowledge and improve training techniques. These workshops, provided by student fitness leaders are special offerings designed to teach new skills. Often these workshops are in collaboration with other units across the University such as Health Promotions, Counseling Services, and student clubs. Past workshops have included stress management, women's weightlifting, healthy food choices, and holiday highlight classes.

Social media and the Campus Recreation registration site are the best ways to learn about these special opportunities.

Personal Training

Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or you are looking to change your routine, Campus Recreation personal trainers are ready to serve you.

Current membership is required to attend Small Group Training. 

Personal Training: Beginning a new fitness training program can be an intimidating process. Our certified trainers can guide you through a training program specifically designed and tailored to your goals and your busy schedule. After your initial enrollment, you will be paired with a personal trainer who has common availability. Together your trainer you will complete an initial fitness assessment. This assessment will be used to show progress throughout your training. Collectively you will establish goals, expectations, and develop a progressive training plan. Our personal trainers will guide, motivate, and educate you to find your best you.

Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers

Our student fitness instructors and personal trainers are committed to health and fitness. They hold a national certification and have successfully completed a 16-week, 3-credit training course (Kines 93). Through this course, they gain leadership skills, fitness knowledge, and motivational tools to help fellow students become fit, healthy contributors to the Penn State community.

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