Liberty University

Liberty University

 Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA


Liberty University Recreation Centers seeks to enhance the overall well-being of the university community through high quality facilities, programs and services. Our department oversees 4 unique facilities: Fitness and Recreation Center, a Bowling Alley, a Game Room, and an outdoor pool and theater facility. At each one we have an opportunity to offer facilities, programs and services that create community and lead to holistic wellness for students, faculty and staff. We love to see the lifelong relationships fostered and the healthy habits built through what we offer.


Our facilities are home to: over 13 academic classes, 6 Intramural Sports, 6 Club Sports, 6 Athletic Teams and over 6 different Student Led Clubs

LaHaye Rec and Fitness Facilities are over 160,000 sq. ft. and include 9 basketball courts, 7 volleyball courts, 4 racquetball courts, 2 indoor turf fields, 6 group fitness studios — Strength studio, Mind/Body Studio, Dance Studio, TRX Training Studio, Cycling Studio, Aerobic Studio —  an indoor pool with six lane and two spas, a 4 lane indoor track, a 4,000 sq foot rock wall featuring a 40 ft climbing tower and 13 ft bouldering wall, an 8 lane Bowling Alley,  and a game room.

The David’s Place Rec Center includes an outdoor pool, indoor theater and recreational space.

*All numbers associated are from Fall 2016.


The Liberty Recreation Centers are separate from the Intramural sports, club sports, outdoor recreation, and student activities departments. All exercise classes, workshops, and wellness series are FREE to students and faculty.


  • A variety of 24 different classes
  • 9,154 participants (fall 2016)
  • Crossfit
  •  Powerlifting
    1. 48 competitors
    2. Part of the Virginia Commonwealth Games
  • 10 Personal Trainers
  • 65 Group Exercise Classes a week
  • 6 Fitness Workshops
  • Competitions


  • 62 competitors
  • 6,594 participants used the Rock Wall (Fall 2016)
  • Bouldering Classes
  • Lead Climbing Classes
  • Top Rope Classes
  • Bouldering Competitions


  • American Red Cross Swim Lessons
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses
  • Battleship Events
  • L0g Rolling Events


  • 1,028 participants
  • Includes a blood drive and food trucks
  • 6 Wellness Series
  • Health Fair
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • Supports campus wide wellness initiative


  • We are campus partners in the Partnership for a Healthier America- Healthy Campus Initiative, we are in our first year and already have completed over half of the 23 guidelines
  • We have 11 full time staff, 25 part-time managers, and 100 student workers
  • We have a student development program that offers students the ability to develop professionally including:
    • Student Development Focus: Each semester a specific topic is chosen (Conflict Management, Communication) and the topic is woven into trainings held specifically for each group.
    • Leadership Opportunities: No matter the level, students are given the opportunity to exercise leadership and take initiative as they open and close the facilities, lead fitness classes, train clients, teach new climbers techniques, and maintain facilities. Manager in training and mentorship program opportunities are available to help students move toward management roles
  • Equipment within weight area
    • 315 units of cardio and strength equipment
    • Two Synrgy360 Systems which includes: punching bags, monkey bars, cable stations, trampolines, battle ropes, and box jump/dip options.
  • Students usage of a program during Fall 2016 — 15,096
  • Student usage of Recreation Centers during Fall 2016 —321,555
  • Miles completed on cardio equipment during Fall 2016 — 75,308
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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