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Fitness Center New Student Guide

New students (freshman or transfer): Before you visit the Fitness Center, you need to complete your “New Member Registration.” If we do not have this on file, you will need to complete this before you can start your first workout.

You must be enrolled in at least one credit hour to qualify for a student membership. 

You must have your AUID in order to access the facility. Our front desk staff will swipe your AUID to check you into the fitness center.

Please wipe your equipment down with the provided disinfectant after each use. RecFit staff also regularly clean equipment, but we ask all participants to do their part in keeping the equipment clean.

We have many options for lockers at the fitness centers.

Day use lockers with built-in combination locks are availble and free to use at both fitness centers.

Day use lockers are availble in the locker rooms at Jacobs and Cassell. You must bring (or purchase) your own combination lock for day use lockers in the locker room.

Belongings left overnight in the day-use lockers will be removed and discarded.

You may purchase a semester or annual locker rental if you would like to keep things in the locker room over night. The cost of a locker rental is $75 / semester OR $140 / year. Overnight locker rentals are only available at Jacobs Fitness Center.

Recreational Sports and Fitness Facilities

See below for general information about Recreational Sports and Fitness facilities. Please visit our Hours of Operation page for daily hours, including Open Court and Rec Swim times.

Jacobs Fitness Center

Jacobs Fitness Center

Located within the Sports Center, the Jacobs Fitness Center is the main fitness facility on campus. In addition to housing the Athletics Strength & Conditioning and Wrestling rooms, AU members and students can access a variety of cardio and weight training equipment as well as a group exercise studio. Learn more about Jacobs Fitness Center.

Reeves Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Located within the Sports Center, members can access the Reeves Aquatic Center via the Jacobs Fitness Center general locker rooms during recreational swim hours. Pools consist of an 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool and a 3-lane, 20-yard teaching pool. Learn more about the Reeves Aquatic Center.

Cassell Fitness Center

Cassell Fitness Center front desk

Located on the north side of main campus, Cassell Fitness Center is located in the Cassell Hall (separate entrance from residence hall). The facility houses both cardio and weight training equipment in addition to two fitness studios (with a divider that can be raised to create one large studio). Learn more about Cassell Fitness Center.

Congressional Fitness Center

Congressional Fitness Center Space

Located on East Campus within Duber Hall (separate entrance), Congressional Fitness Center is a multi-use facility that is primarily used for fitness classes and small group training. Learn more about Congressional Fitness Center.

Bender Arena

Arena shot of Special Olympics Volleyball Game

Located in the Sports Center, Bender Arena is host to a variety of events on campus including Commencement and athletic games. Members, who can access the arena through the Jacobs Fitness Center, have access to drop-in for basketball and other court activities during open court hours. Learn more about Bender Arena.

Open court times vary daily. Members are encouraged to check the online calendar for hours.

Outdoor Facilities

Greenberg Track and Reeves Athletic Complex: Premier soccer facility that features a six-lane track to accommodate AU track & field.

William I Jacobs Recreational Complex: An Astroturf surface, softball diamond, and two outdoor sand volleyball courts.

Massachusetts Ave. Field: Grass field primarily used for Intramurals and Athletic practices.

If you are a student group wanting to reserve outdoor space, please utilize EMS to make your request. Please note that if a space is unavailable in EMS, it will not be available for rental.

Campus Fitness Trail

In Fall 2016, AU launched our two mile, campus fitness trail. The trail showcases our campus and highlights unique achievements of our campus, faculty, students, and alumni. Follow the map, or blaze your own trail, as you explore and discover American University. 

View in Google Maps by clicking here.
View 1 mile alternate in Google Maps by clicking here.