University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA


The department is committed to embracing and supporting all of the Penn Community in pursuing a healthy lifestyle through fitness, wellness and sport activities by offering exceptional recreational programs, services and facilities.


David Pottruck Health & Fitness Center with Gimbel Gymnasium:

  • 160,0000-square-foot recreation facility.
  • 8,000-square-foot weight room equipped with Olympic lifting platforms.
  • Multi-purpose room that features a turf area for functional training.
  • 3 basketball courts.
  • Pilates studio, Spin studio, and 3 group exercise classrooms.
  • 50m swimming pool used for rec swim, swim lessons, aquatic programs, club sports, and the intercollegiate swimming and diving team.
  • Sauna.
  • 40-foot indoor climbing wall.
  • Golf Simulator.
  • Wellness Suite used for fitness assessments and massage therapy.
  • Energy Zone (juice bar).

Fox Fitness inside the concourse of historic Franklin Field:

  • Additional 8,000 square feet of workout space.
  • Outdoor track at Franklin Field.

Penn Park:

  • 2 multi-use turf fields.

Ringe Squash Courts:

  • 10 squash courts.
  • 2 table tennis tables.

Hecht and Hamlin Tennis Centers:

  • 8 indoor tennis courts.
  • 12 outdoor tennis courts.


Intramural Teams:

  • Variety of programs, including: flag football, basketball, 4×4 volleyball, dodgeball, kickball, 8v8 soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee and more.
  • Approximately 3,500 unique participants per year.

Sport Clubs:

  • 36 student run sport clubs that serve nearly 1,500 participants. Most clubs participate at local, regional and national levels.

Special Events:

  • Adaptive Recreation Day, Golf Simulator Skill Challenges, Annual Penn Park 5K, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, Wellness week.


  • 23 different types of classes offered.
  • Over 72 classes per week.
  • 12,800 group class participations (fall 2017).


  • Swim lessons for children and adults.
  • Scuba certifications.
  • Aqua fitness.
  • Lifeguard certifications.

Outdoor Adventures:

  • Outdoor Climbing (rock climbing, ice climbing).
  • Hiking & Backpacking (day hikes, full moon night hikes, snowshoeing).
  • Paddle Sports (canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting).
  • Biking.
  • Snow Sports (downhill skiing & snowboarding, cross country skiing).
  • Extended Trips.
  • Wilderness First Aid Courses.

Climbing (Indoor):

  • Open climbing (bouldering, top rope climbing, lead climbing).
  • Climbing 101 courses.
  • Bouldering basics.
  • Belay lessons.
  • Private instruction.


  • Gimbel Gymnasium was built in 1967. It is 95,000 square feet and includes the swimming pool, basketball courts, and current Multi-Purpose Room. The David Pottruck Health & Fitness Center was added next to the Gimbel Gymnasium in 2002. The two buildings share a curved glass ceiling and a spacious atrium that connects the facilities. This atrium houses the 40-foot climbing wall.
  • Over 400 pieces of cardio and strength equipment.
  • Over 285,000 total miles logged on equipment at Pottruck (Fall 2017).
  • Rec facilities see an average of 2,500 unique users per day.
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