MizzouRec offers plenty for staying healthy

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
The MU Student Recreation Complex, at 300,000 square feet of space, offers plenty of exercise opportunities to students and faculty. It was ranked No. 1 campus recreation facility in America by Sports Illustrated.

COLUMBIA — Avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15” and relieve stress the healthy way by frequenting MizzouRec.

The Mizzou Student Recreation Complex is located across the street from the MU Student Center at Rollins and Hitt streets. At nearly 300,000 square feet, it ranks among the top 10 largest college facilities in the nation.              

Fall/Spring hours

Monday - Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday: Noon to 11 p.m.


Inside, the complex has an 50-meter indoor pool with a Lazy River and waterfalls, 35.5-foot climbing tower, racquetball and squash courts, martial arts studio, weight training facilities and an extensive cardiovascular fitness center called the Jungle Gym. 

The gym alone has 100 pieces of cardio equipment, 17 flat-screen televisions and a snack bar. The Pump Room holds more than 60 pieces of strength training equipment. For powerlifters, it offers platform weightlifting, squat racks and 14,000 pounds of free weights.

Outdoors there is a tennis park, a bicycle/pedestrian trail and space for flag football, softball and soccer games.

More than 100 classes are offered each week under trained instructors. A season pass for all TigerX studio classes is $49 per semester for unlimited entry. A one-class pass is available for $7. 

MizzouRec membership dues are included in student fees, and swiping a student ID gains access to the facility.

Here are other options to get you started.


In a free, hour-long orientation, a MizzouRec staff member will demonstrate the center's fitness equipment and personalize adjustments on the machines. Sign up at or call 882-7842.

Guest passes

Students are allowed to invite one guest per month free of charge. Guests must be 18 or older and must bring a photo ID. Arrangements must be made at least one day in advance by registering online. Parents are welcome by letting the membership desk know at least a day in advance.

Rec sports leagues

MizzouRec coordinates men’s, women’s and coed teams for many sports, including flag football, basketball and volleyball. The Mizzou Club Sport Program offers an even larger variety, from archery, crew and paintball to taekwondo, scuba, triathlon and water polo — 45 sports in all.

Some teams are subject to tryouts while others are open. The wheelchair basketball team represents MU in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and recently opened a new private fitness room.

Swim sessions

The complex has the complete American Red Cross learn-to-swim program for children as young as 12 months through adults. Registration deadlines are +the Thursday prior to the start of each session.

A masters swim program provides a structured lap program. Practice session starts Aug. 30 and ends Dec. 10 at a cost of $75. 


ZouLIFE is new personal services program with a day-spa atmosphere. It offers fitness assessment, private training, manicures, pedicures, facials and massage.

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