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Enjoy a safe return to fitness at AU!

RecFit Reopening Guide

UPDATE: Starting May 10, AU Faculty & Staff may resume using the Cassell Fitness Center. You must reactivate your membership before reserving a workout time. To start the process, please contact Akeem Pridgen at Please do not visit the fitness center without activiting your membership. All activiations must be done virtually.

RecFit is excited to welcome students, faculty & staff back to the Cassell Fitness Center. As we reopen, the health & safety of everyone remains our top priority. To help ensure a safe return to fitness, we have updated our Policies & Procedures. Please take some time to read and understand the updated Policies on this page before your first visit.
Access to Cassell is by appointment only! Walk-ups are not allowed.

Cassell Fitness Center Reopening Guide

Facility hours through May 2:
Monday 8am-8pm
Tuesday 8am-8pm
Wednesday 8am-8pm
Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-8pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Sunday 9am-2pm
*Hours are subject to change. View specific hours and availability in IMLeagues.

Cassell Fitness Center will close at 6pm May 3 - 7.

Everyone: Make sure you have an active IMLeagues account with American University. This is required in order for you to reserve your workout time.

New students (freshman or transfer): You might need to complete your “New Member Registration.” If you have used any campus fitness center in the past, you should not need to do this again. But, if you are a new student and not sure if you completed this over the summer, we recommend submitting a new registration. If we do not have this on file, you will need to complete this before you can start your first workout.

Access to Cassell is by reservation only. To reserve a timeslot, register your account with IM Leagues using your American University e-mail address. UPDATE: Students can now make "general access" reservations, giving you access to both the strength and cardio floors. Reservations open at noon, 7 days in advance.

All reservations are for 45-minute timeslots. You may arrive any time during the 45 minute timeslot, but all reservations end promptly at the end of your reservation so that we can prepare for the next group.

Pro Tip: Make your reservation easier with the RecFit app!
Apple: American Rec Fit on the App Store
Android: American Rec Fit on Google Play

Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the start of your reservation. Students will be checked into the facility one at a time. We ask everyone to wait outside and physically distanced until the person ahead of you is checked in. You MUST have a reservation in IMLeagues AND MUST have your AUID with you to enter the facility. You must also have completed your daily screening prior to coming to campus

A proper face covering is required while on campus. This applies to everyone in the Fitness Center and while waiting to get into the Fitness Center. Masks must be worn in a way that covers your nose and mouth. Masks can be removed to drink water but must be worn during all other activity in the Fitness Center.

Food and other beverages continue to be prohibited in the Fitness Center.

When reserving a timeslot, individuals can select a piece of cardio equipment OR select a strength workout. At this time, we request that individuals stick to only the equipment they signed up for.
Cardio: All cardio equipment is spaced out to ensure participants maintain 10’ from other participants.
Strength: The strength area is now divided into zones. Only one person may be in each zone at a time. Each person should wipe down any equipment the used in their zone before moving to a new zone.

Please wipe your equipment down with the provided disinfectant after each use. RecFit staff will also be regularly cleaning equipment, but we ask all participants to help keep the equipment clean.

The locker rooms are CLOSED to showering and changing. They will remain open for toilet and sink access. Please arrive dressed to work out because there will be nowhere to change on site.

Track and Outdoor Courts Reopening Guide

The Track and Outdoor Basketball and Tennis Courts are open for student drop-in use on an occasional basis. Please check the calendar below before arriving, as the schedule may change. The Track and Court use is limited to AU students only. Please be prepared to show your AUID if asked. Mask use is required at all times.

Viewing on a mobile device? Please click here to open in Google calendar. Please note that the hours change from day to day. We recommend checking the calendar before each use.

Recreational Sports and Fitness Facilities

See below for general information about Recreational Sports and Fitness facilities. Please note that some of these facilities will remain closed for now. Continue to check our website for updates to facilities and hours. 

Jacobs Fitness Center

Front of 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

Reeves 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.

Duber 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 a personal training & program space during the academic year and a small fitness center during the summer semester. Learn more about Duber 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.

Due to the multiple uses of Bender Arena, open court times vary daily. Members are encouraged to check the online calendar for hours.

Outdoor Facilities

Outdoor Rec 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.

Six unlit outdoor tennis courts and two outdoor basketball courts. 

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

Each of these areas are shared with Athletics, academic classes, and rental groups/organizations, so open recreation time varies. Reeves Athletic Complex is off-limits for open recreation time. For all outdoor facilities and for all group/organization reservations, please contact the Athletic Department at 202-885-3001.

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.