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New Fitness Center is open in Campus Center

Mar 1, 2018
Heidi Auer does some leg presses.
IUPUI student Heidi Auer completes some leg presses in the new Fitness Center in the Campus Center. The 10,000-square-foot facility is located underneath Barnes and Noble.Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

IUPUI will look to collectively shed its winter coat with the long-awaited opening of the Fitness Center within the Campus Center.

The 10,000-square-foot facility opened at 7 a.m. It’s located underneath Barnes & Noble on the theater level; the main entrance is next to the bookstore. The space used to be part of Barnes & Noble but has been transformed to hold dozens of pieces of workout equipment, exercise class studios, locker rooms, showers and offices. The space has a high level of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, with equipment able to fit wheelchair use.

On-campus residents have been able to use The Fitness Center since Feb. 12. Hundreds have worked out and returned. Matt Jones, IUPUI’s assistant director of competitive sports, said the reaction to the new space has been positive.

“They love it,” he said. “It’s something they wanted and something they’ve always needed and have been yearning for. Now they have it.”

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Video transcript

Inside IUPUI Feature: IUPUI Fitness Center video 

[Video: The IUPUI logo appears.] 

[Words appear: A brand-new fitness center has opened at IUPUI.]

[Video: Scenes of fitness center including treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines.]

[Words appear: Located in the lower level of the Campus Center, the main entrance is next to the bookstore.]

[Video: Entrance to fitness center appears.]

[Video: Fitness center visitor checks in at front desk.]

[Words appear: Membership costs $15 for students during the spring semester and is TBD for faculty and staff.]

[Video: Student is exercising in gym; shown doing leg exercises, running on the treadmill and lifting weights.] 

[Words appear: The gym offers 10 treadmills,]

[Video: Views of the new treadmills.] 

[Words appear: eight ellipticals,]

[Video: Views of the new ellipticals.]

[Words appear: 24 bikes for spin classes,]

[Video: Views of new bikes.]

[Words appear: dumbbells ranging from 5 to 10 pounds,]

[Video: Views of exercise machines and weights.] 

[Words appear: and much more,]

[Video: Views of exercise machines and weights.]

[Words appear: The fitness center’s hours are 7a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.]

[Video: Student is running on treadmill.]

[Video: The Indiana University trident appears]

[Words appear: IUPUI]

[Words appear: Fulfilling the Promise]

[Words appear:]

[End of transcript]

The Fitness Center’s hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

By the numbers

  • 10 treadmills

  • 8 ellipticals

  • 2 recumbent bikes

  • 2 upright bikes

  • 2 ClimbMills

  • 24 bikes for spin classes

  • 12 pin-select weightlifting machines

  • 20 weightlifters can fit in the free weight area

  • 5 to 100 pounds – the range of dumbbells available

  • 8 users at a time can utilize the MX4 studio, a program similar to CrossFit that combines strength, cardio, endurance and power small-group training. The space features slam balls, kettlebells, jump ropes, battle ropes, rowers, self-propelled treadmills and more.

  • 80 lockers – 40 in men’s room, 40 in women’s room

  • 5 large televisions


According to Jones, an IUPUI campus fitness center has been in talks for 20 years, but space was limited. When this lower-level area in the Campus Center became available, designs and plans were initiated in 2016 before construction began in July 2017. 

How much

Exercise bikes for spinning classes
Studio 1 in the Fitness Center is dedicated to spinning classes. The 24 bikes have smart technology that changes levels at just a touch.Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications
  • Spring session (March 1 to April 30) – $85 for faculty and staff, $15 for students
  • Summer session (May 1 to July 31) – $75 for faculty and staff, $50 for students
  • Fall session (Aug. 1 to Dec. 31) – $100 for faculty and staff, $50 for students
  • Spring 2019 session (Jan. 1 to April 30) – $100 for faculty and staff, $50 for students

Fitness classes sign-ups can be made online. To sign-up for a membership, vist the membership service desk in the Fitness Center.

Grand opening

A celebration of The Fitness Center is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 29. The event will feature remarks from Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and prizes.

IUPUI student Heidi Auer pumps iron.
IUPUI student Heidi Auer runs on a treadmill.
Photos by Liz Kaye, IU Communications


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Tim Brouk

Internal Communications Specialist, IUPUI

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