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.
40-foot indoor climbing wall.
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.
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.
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.
36 student run sport clubs that serve nearly 1,500 participants. Most clubs participate at local, regional and national levels.
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.
Outdoor Climbing (rock climbing, ice climbing).
Hiking & Backpacking (day hikes, full moon night hikes, snowshoeing).
Paddle Sports (canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting).
Snow Sports (downhill skiing & snowboarding, cross country skiing).
Wilderness First Aid Courses.
Open climbing (bouldering, top rope climbing, lead climbing).
Climbing 101 courses.
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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