8 Things You Should Know About the Co-Rec

Welcome back to Purdue, Boilermakers! Hope everyone is ready for a great Spring 2014 semester ahead!

What are your plans to stay active in our biting winter cold? If you’ve never visited the Co-Rec before, what are you waiting for? Here are 8 things you should know about the Co-Rec.

Run in relative comfort on the unique indoor running tracks that weave through equipment areas and corridors!

1. Two indoor running tracks in the building

Even if there’s snow on the ground and it’s frosty outside, you can still get yourself moving without having to resort to a treadmill. The Co-Rec boasts two indoor running tracks, one on the third floor and another on the fourth. Expect to do about 10 laps/mile on either track, but having the option to actually move while running makes this compromise doable.

A student navigates our 3 story climbing wall
A student navigates our 3 story climbing wall

2. Get certified at the Co-Rec

The Co-Rec provides instruction for several different certifications year-round. Get a group of friends together for a class of 8. Their CPR courses are once a month at an affordable rate. See the different aquatics and CPR courses available here. In addition, you can also take belaying workshops on the climbing wall.

Your personal trainer can help you with your fitness goals and other equipment!

3. Personal Trainers are here to help

Want to start an exercise regime, but just have no idea where to start? The Co-Rec provides great personal training programs for students to reach any fitness goals. Too shy for one-on-one sessions? Grab a friend and sign up for a buddy-session instead! If you prefer to workout by yourself but just want some initial guidance, the Co-Rec also offers Jumpstart sessions where a personal trainer will give you a fitness assessment and an overview of a workout plan over two sessions. Have your new year’s resolution made? Rock Your Resolution is a new group fitness program coming this semester to help you meet your resolution goals!  There’s a small group session to meet your every need!


Friendly staff at member services will guide you through any registration processes!

4. Massage Therapy

Two words. Massage. Therapy. The Wellness Suite in the Co-Rec has certified massage therapists ready to give you a soothing massage in their spa after a long day. Appointment required. Now also available is the Light Therapy program, aimed at chasing away those winter blues caused by dark gloomy days.

Cooking demonstration – Fall 2013

5. Kitchen demonstrations

As we know, diet is a huge part of wellness and health. Join instructors at the demonstration kitchen all year round to get culinary skills, recipes and tips for healthy eating. Sessions range from recipes specialising in nutrition to easy, college-friendly meals, to international flavours. See what’s coming up for the semester.

Students, staff and faculty may also reserve the demonstration kitchen for functions or private cooking demonstrations for a small fee.


Why not try our indoor obstacle course for some great team bonding?

6. Boiler Challenge Course

Need a fun teambonding event for your student group? Grab your friends and sign up for the Boiler Challenge, a challenge course with activities just above the ground to up to forty feet high! Take the course outdoors or ask for the portable version to play indoors at a venue of your choice instead. The outdoor course is available year-round, but is still dependent on weather and requires appropriate clothing.

Relaxing at the hot tub in the rec pool.

7. A full-sized Aquatics Center

The Boilermaker Aquatics Centre is made up of three pools, the Competition Pool and the Dive Pool. Also available for students to use is the  Rec Pool where you can take various classes like Aqua Zumba and indulge in a spa hot tub. Who knows, you may even get a chance to see our very own Olympic Gold Medallist David Boudia making practice dives with the University Swim and Dive teams!

Why not try yoga at one of the co-rec classes?

8. Open Multipurpose Rooms

There’s something for everyone at the Co-Rec! Even if you aren’t interested in the gym equipment in the Co-Rec, there are plenty of other things to do at the Co-Rec including Zumba, Ballet and more. In fact, the Co-Rec has large open rooms and spaces that any student group can use, as long as there isn’t a prior reservation in place.

With all this and more, what are you waiting for? See you at the Co-Rec!

3 February 2014: This article had some errors in terminology before, they have since been updated in the article above.