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    Explore the 165,000 square feet of recreational space that includes three separate exercise areas filled with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment.

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    Over 200 students are staffed to operate the facility and support the variety of fitness and recreation programs that strive to promote lifelong healthy habits.


Exercise Areas

Exercise Rooms Policies

The Cal Poly Recreation Center consists of over 20,000 square feet of exercise space with a comprehensive mix of cardio and strength equipment to accommodate a wide-range of participants' needs.

Each of the three specific exercise areas features inclusive environments that include free weights, circuit training machines, cardio equipment, and warm-up/cool-down areas.

  • Upper Exercise Room: 9500 sq. ft.
  • Track Exercise Room: 3500 sq. ft.
  • Lower Exercise Room: 7500 sq. ft.

Featured Brands:

  1. Life Fitness
  2. CYBEX
  3. Hammer Strength
  4. Precor
  5. Woodway
  6. Stairmaster
  7. Schwinn
  8. Concept 2
  9. TRX
Aqua Fit


Gymnasium Policies

The Recreation Center consists of multiple venues for a variety of court sport-specific activities.

rec gym

Rec Gym

The primary informal/open gymnasium, located across from the main entrance, consists of two full-court basketball or three volleyball court configurations.

main gym

Main Gym

This large two-court gym, located on the west side of the first floor, consists of two full-court basketball courts or three volleyball courts. It can also be converted to a main spectator single court for basketball or volleyball. This is the primary gym for Intramural Sports and Kinesiology.

north gym

North Gym

Located on the north-west side of the second floor, this single court is configured for basketball or volleyball but can also be used for badminton, dodgeball, and futsal (soccer).

south gym

South Gym

Located on the south-west side of the second floor, this single court is configured for basketball or volleyball but can also be used for dodgeball, and futsal (soccer).

Indoor Track

Indoor Track Policies

The 3-lane indoor track is located on the second floor and loops around the Rec Gymnasium courts and exercise areas for warm-up/cool-down and circuit training. The track measures 1/8 of a mile per lap, and the inner lanes are for faster runners/joggers.

Direction of lanes switch on a daily basis:

  • Mon, Wed, Fri: Clockwise
  • Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun: Counter-Clockwise

Locker Rooms

The Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms provide private showers for Rec Center participants and small and large lockers for personal item storage. In addition to this, swimsuit dryers and hair dryers are available for use.

Locker rooms

Recreation Center Locker Rooms

Martial Arts Room

Martial Arts Room Policies

The Martial Arts Room provides a matted space for specialized fitness classes such as Shori Ryu Karate and TRX. This space is also utilized as a practice space for the Cal Poly Wrestling team.

Martial Arts Room

Shori Ryu Karate Class

Multi-Activity Center (MAC)

Multi-Activity Center Policies

The MAC is available for badminton, dodgeball, fitness classes and special events. The MAC can be configured for three badminton courts or three dodgeball courts.

The event format consists of a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and can be configured with a stage, conference tables, or as a general large meeting auditorium. The event seating capacity in the MAC ranges between 600 and 800 people.



Racquetball Courts

Six glass-walled racquetball courts, with one having the capability to be converted to a squash court, are located on the first floor across from the Lower Exercise Area.

Courts 1 through 5 can be converted to Wallyball. All racquetball court use requires a reservation through the Rec Center Pro Shop. Protective eyewear is strongly recommended. Please see schedule for availability.

Racquetball courts

Racquetball Courts


Three fitness/activity studios are located on the second floor adjacent to the upper exercise area:

  1. Studio #1: Dedicated cycling studio with a class capacity of 40 participants.
  2. Studio #2: Primary space for yoga, pilates, and ab workouts.
  3. Studio #3: Largest studio used for group exercise classes such as Body Pump and Zumba.


Rec & Leisure Pools

Aquatics Facility Policy

The Recreation Center has a 20 lap lane Olympic-sized pool ranging from 4' to 7'6" in depth and a zero depth entry leisure pool ranging from 3'6" to 4'6" in depth.

Accessible ramp and transfer bench, along with an accessibility ramp and transfer bench are available for both pools.

Sand Volleyball

Three sand volleyball courts are located adjacent to the Leisure Pool. Availability of use is based on a dusk-to-dawn timeline and are first come, first served. Outdoor volleyballs can be checked-out from the Pro Shop.

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball Courts

Climbing Park

Climbing Park FAQs

The Poly Escapes outdoor climbing park at the Recreation Center opened spring 2012. Come get a work out and enjoy the outdoors by rope climbing on the 42' climbing wall or free climbing on the 13' bouldering rock.

All skill levels are welcome whether you're a new climber or a seasoned climbing machine you can push your fitness level to new heights and meet new friends. Students and non-student Recreation Center members may climb for no additional cost.

Visit the Poly Escapes office to check-in before you climb.

Climbing Park

Climbing Park

Cal Poly Sports Complex

synthetic turf soccer fields

Upper Sports Complex

  1. Three fenced and lighted synthetic turf fields lined for NCAA soccer and flag football
  2. Five lighted outdoor basketball courts
  3. Bathroom facilities and drinking fountains
  4. Parking available (permit dispenser)
softball field

Lower Sports Complex

  1. Three skinned and lighted softball diamonds
  2. Four natural grass fields with capability for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and rugby configurations

In addition to the fields, the Cal Poly Sports Complex is also home to the Cal Poly NCAA Baseball and Softball teams.

Doerr Family Field

Doerr Family Field

Synthetic Turf Field

  1. Lined for flag football, NCAA football, and soccer
  2. Open to the Cal Poly community for frisbee, football, soccer, or fitness conditioning

Status of Courts and Fields

During Hours of Operation (See Facility Hours)

Upper Sports Complex Fields - Open

Lower Sports Complex Fields - Open

Outdoor Basketball - Open

Doerr Family Field - Open

Updated as of: April 2, 2018 2:01 pm

For detailed information, call (805) 756-5844

Facility Hours

Recreation Center Building Hours

Summer Quarter 2018

Building Hours

Mon.-Fri.  5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Membership Services

Mon.-Fri.  5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Rec Pool

Mon.-Fri.  5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Leisure Pool

Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Sand Volleyball Courts

Mon.-Sun.  8 a.m.-dusk

Poly Escapes & Climbing Park

Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sun.-Mon. Closed

Sports Complex

Mon.-Sun.  8 a.m.-Sunset

Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-Sunset

Doerr Family Field

Mon. - Fri. 3pm - 10pm

Sat. - Sun. Closed

Free Rec Fridays

June 22 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

June 29 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.