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Recreation and Fitness

At Holy Cross, you’re constantly exercising your mind. But from taekwondo to cross country, we also offer outstanding opportunities to exercise your body. In these and other recreational activities, students not only practice healthy habits and build friendships across disciplines, but also learn important life skills that include teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.

Connecting Health and Happiness

Physical fitness and emotional well-being often go hand in hand. Sleep and healthy eating can help sharpen your mind before a big test, while working out can help burn off some of that excess stress (and maybe even a pound or two). We encourage all our students to maintain active, healthy lifestyles that support their success.

Fitness For Everyone

Many student organizations are part of the Office of Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports. These activities help build strength and dexterity while burning calories, and include options like racquetball, dance and skiing in addition to more typical offerings such as soccer and volleyball. Intramurals and club sports are a great way to stay active, make friends, exercise your competitive side and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

While organized athletics are probably the most popular fitness activities on campus, they are by no means the only option. Wellness Programming also facilitates fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, spinning and Zumba that are often taught by certified students. Other muscle-building opportunities include participating in off-campus outings, joining performance groups such as Dance Ensemble and getting involved with service organizations (for example, Habitat for Humanity).

Smith Wellness Center
At an impressive 15,000 square feet, The Carol and Park B. Smith Wellness Center houses enough state-of-the-art fitness equipment to serve all members of the Holy Cross community. The first floor of the center focuses on strength and conditioning, while the second floor contains designated areas for aerobic and cardiovascular training. With a diverse selection of exercise machines and equipment, the Smith Wellness Center has something for everyone, no matter their fitness level or experience.

Recreational Facilities
The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex forms the central hub of our athletic facilities, and hosts the majority of our indoor intramurals and club sports. It contains a basketball arena, ice rink, six-lane swimming pool with separate diving area, racquetball courts, rowing practice tanks and locker rooms, as well as the Smith Wellness Center.

The recently renovated Loyola Fitness Studio features 2,800 square feet of space dedicated to cardiovascular and strength training. With dozens of exercise machines and plentiful space for stretching before and after working out, it serves as an alternative to the Smith Wellness Center.