MizzouRec is an amazing resource for MU students. Across the street from the Student Center, the MU rec complex is easily accessible from any point on campus.

As a student taking more than seven credit hours, MU charges you a Recreation Activity and Facility Fee as a part of your bill for the semester. This gets you access to weight rooms, lap pool, steam showers, sauna, recreation pools, cardio rooms, basketball courts, racket ball rooms, and indoor track. Basketballs and volleyballs are available to be checked out at the desk. With racquetball and badminton, you must bring your own equipment.

Not included in the fee is the use of the Tiger Lair, the boxing gym, rock climbing wall and most fitness classes. All of these can be purchased on a semester basis. Some of these will host open gym days throughout the beginning of the semester for either free or reduced price to try out.

Most days the MU rec complex is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. but hours on the weekends vary and on football game days it is closed entirely. The pools all have different times they are open, and times can change from day to day, so be sure to check if they are open before you pack up and leave for a closed pool.

“The Rec,” as it’s commonly known, has 10 multi-sport courts, five racquetball courts, three exercise classrooms, two weight rooms, two indoor pools, an outdoor pool, an indoor and outdoor track, a boxing room, a rock-climbing wall, a sand volleyball court, a lazy river and more..

With so many different areas to explore, the MU rec complex can feel overwhelming at first. That’s why we broke it all down for you.


First floor

  • 50-meter pool:
    • The 50-meter pool is used by various groups in the Columbia area. However, it’s still available for students to use every day for lap swim. MU rec complex provides equipment like kickboards, pull-buoys and jogging belts, but make sure to bring your own goggles. There’s also a diving well next to the pool. The platforms and springboards are used for training only, but all members can use the eight, 25-yard lap lanes that lie below. Check
    • the MU Rec Complex
    • website for available open swim times each week.
    • Multi-sport courts:
      • These courts are usually used for basketball, volleyball and badminton. You can check out volleyballs and basketballs at Brewer Station, also located on floor one.
      • Racquetball and Squash courts: These are exactly what they sound like. All five courts are available for reservation a day in advance, but you have to bring your own equipment.
    • The Pump Room:
      • It’s got dumbbells up to 150 pounds, barbells up to 110 pounds, benches, squat racks and (almost always) a lot of students pumping iron. If you’re interested in weightlifting, this is the place to be.
      • Scroggs Peak: Scroggs Peak is an indoor climbing wall that reaches 35.5 feet high. For access to it, you can buy a semester-long pass for $19. However, you must take a Climbing 101 class before purchasing a pass.
    • Clark’s Boxing Gym: Clark’s houses the BoxMaster boxing systems by Star Trac. The BoxMasters are basically large, padded contraptions used to mimic a boxing partner. The room is only accessible to members, who can attend classes or practice on their own during open gym times. You can purchase a semester-long membership for $39 at the zouLIFE office on floor one.
    • Stalcup’s Garage: Stalcup’s Garage contains equipment like the TRX training system, kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands and battle ropes. You can access the Garage during open gym times or by taking the Functional Fitness TigerX class.
    • zouLIFE:
      • zouLIFE offers a number of different services, including massages, skin care, nail care and personal training. This is also where you can buy a TigerX pass or Clark’s Boxing membership.
      • Brewer Station:
        • With your student ID, you can rent towels, volleyballs, basketballs and a variety of exercise equipment here. This is also where you’ll find the Lost and Found.

        Second floor

      • The Cardio Gallery: This area is one of the most popular. In it, you’ll find all types of cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers and spin bikes. Almost every piece of equipment comes with a personal screen, where you can either watch TV or track your workout. You’ll also find free lockers here, which anyone can use to safely store their things. The Cardio Gallery gets more and more packed throughout the day, so try to get there early to snag a machine.
    • The MizzouRec Fitness Showcase: The Fitness Showcase sits between the Cardio Gallery and the Jungle Gym. It’s painted bright red, so you can’t miss it. This is where the MU rec complex puts all of the new and experimental cardio equipment for students to test.
    • The Jungle Gym: This area is to the right of the Fitness Showcase. It’s a huge room with different weight machines. There is a machine for pretty much any muscle you want to work, so feel free to explore and try them out.
    • The Jungle Annex: The Jungle Annex is one of two weight rooms in the Rec. It provides a quieter, more friendly atmosphere than the Pump Room, which is located on the first floor. It has dumbbells up to 50 pounds, barbells up to 110 pounds, a few benches and weight machines. If you’re a beginner, this is a great place to start. If you want more heavy-duty equipment, head down to the Pump Room.

    Third floor

  • Fitness studios:
    • The complex has three fitness studios on the top floor. All are used for TigerX classes. Studios A and C are used mostly for dance and cardio classes, while Studio B is used for Reformer pilates classes. You can buy a semester-long TigerX pass for $53, which grants you access to as many classes as you please during that semester. If you’re not sure whether you want to buy a pass, one-class passes are available for $9 each. TigerX also hosts a week of free classes at the beginning of each semester for those who want to try out any classes.
    • Indoor track:
      • The indoor track is one-sixth of a mile long and has a view of the sports courts below. There is also equipment around the edge of the track, including ab mats, kettlebells, medicine balls, a rowing machine and some different weight machines. If you’re walking, make sure to stay in the inside lanes. If you’re running, keep to the outer lanes.


    • Stankowski Field:
      • If you’re feeling an outdoor workout, head to Stankowski. It features a one-third mile track surrounding a turf field. If you’re not feeling like a workout, it’s also a great place to lay out and tan (when the various sports teams aren’t practicing on the field, of course). The area is lit until midnight every night.
    • Sand volleyball courts:
      • Right next to Stankowski, the sand volleyball courts are a great way to have some fun in the sun. The four courts are available to everyone during the season and are lit up until midnight every day. The courts close in November, but they reopen in March. You can also join the RecSports sand volleyball league for more organized games.
    • Truman’s Pond: If you’re yearning for a place to chill out and get a tan, look no further. Truman’s Pond is located right outside of Tiger Grotto. The outdoor pool features floating lounge chairs, couches and bumping music. Check the MU rec complex website for weekly hours.

    For more information visit mizzourec.com

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