At Holy Cross, you’re constantly exercising your mind. But from skiing to Ultimate Frisbee, we also offer outstanding opportunities to exercise your body.
The mission of the Office of Campus Recreation is based in the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis (Care of Self & Spirit & Others - Mind, Body, Spirit). We specifically support students in the exploration of recreational interests. The office strives to support a wide range of recreational activities through competitive, instructional, informal, and recreational leadership opportunities. Activities include club sports, intramurals, and group exercise classes; focusing on strength, cardio and mind/body.
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 exam, 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 Campus Recreation. Recreation is an important part of each person’s individual wellness and at Holy Cross we strive to offer opportunities for you to get involved in a wide array of activities outside of Division I athletics.
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. Campus Recreation 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).
Holy Cross offers our students, faculty, and staff members a variety of options on campus to maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting in a workout, taking a spin or yoga class, or swimming a few laps in the pool. The Office of Campus Recreation oversees the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center and the Loyola Fitness Studio, while Holy Cross Athletics oversees the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.
The Jo, which opened in 2021, contains sports courts, jogging track, weight rooms, locker rooms; and rooms for yoga, spinning, and other fitness classes. The center is home for all club and intramural sports, as well as recreation, fitness, and wellness programming for students, faculty, and staff.
The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex provides the College’s more than 700 student-athletes with space for practice, competition, training, recovery and wellness.
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.