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Not afraid to break a sweat? Good. At VCU, you’ll find countless recreational sports, fitness programs and outdoor adventures.

Recreational sports


If you want to stay fit, VCU’s two recreation facilities offer your choice of exercise outlets. Our Cary Street Gym was named one of 2012’s National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association’s outstanding sports facilities. There you’ll find an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, two indoor pools, a 38-foot rock-climbing wall and much more.

Cary Street Gym interior

The MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center provides space for basketball, volleyball, racquetball and other sports. A 25-meter, six-lane pool is available for lap swimming, water basketball and volleyball.

If you’re the outdoors type, you’ll be pleased to discover more than 550 acres of park systems — just steps from campus — along the James River. Our Outing Rental Center can supply you with the equipment you need — everything from backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and canoes — at a price you can afford.

Fitness, intramurals and sport clubs

VCU Recreational Sports offers something for everyone. Our fitness program focuses on helping students and members reach their health and fitness potential. Try out one of the 100 group exercise classes offered every semester, or sign up for a few personal training sessions to get you on the right track. Intramurals and sport clubs allow students to join with others who share a common desire to compete in a favorite sport or recreational activity.

Outdoor Adventure Program

Need more adventure? Go on a hike or take a skiing or whitewater rafting trip with the Outdoor Adventure Program, which offers a full schedule of outdoor day trips and weekend excursions. Take advantage of the OAP Bike Shop, which offers bike repair workshops as well as one-on-one instruction in maintaining and repairing your own bike — all free of charge.

Students playing squash