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Recreation and Fitness

At Holy Cross, you’re constantly exercising your mind. But from skiing to Ultimate Frisbee, 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 sailing, ballroom dancing, and horseback riding, 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).

Recreational Facilities

The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex forms the central hub of our athletic facilities. It contains a basketball arena, ice rink, six-lane swimming pool with separate diving area, rowing practice tanks and locker rooms. The Field House serves campus recreational needs, and features a cardio and weight equipment area, an aerobics/dance studio for exercise classes, an intramural and club practice area and game space, and track lanes. The Loyola Fitness Studio features 2,800 square feet of space dedicated to cardiovascular and strength training. The space features dozens of exercise machines and plentiful space for stretching before and after working out.

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