Fitness & Wellness

The goal of the Rice Recreation Fitness and Wellness Program is to help the campus community along the path to a vibrant, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. We want to create integrated programs for all walks of life, and provide resources to foster a culture of health and wellness. We invite you to explore our offerings by clicking on the below links to learn more. If you have questions about a particular offering, please contact us at healthy@rice.edu!

Group Exercise Classes
Our group exercise program offers a variety of fitness and mind/body classes to help you move in all the ways you desire throughout the week! Our current class schedule offers cardio, strength-based and yoga classes to help you maintain or improve your personal fitness, meet friends and have a good time! And the best part is, classes are FREE for Rec Center members!

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Personal Training
The Personal Training program strives to help you reach your goals and get results, all while improving quality of life! Our trainers will create safe and effective programs to empower you with knowledge and skills you need to begin or continue towards improvement. All personal training sessions and packages must be purchased online, and are open to members and non-members of the facility.

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Pilates Reformer and Gyrotonic Equipment: Private and Duet Sessions
If you're interested in fine tuning athletic skills, have musculoskeletal pains that come along with staying active or working out, or are not getting the desired physique through traditional workouts, private training in Pilates and Gyrotonic can effectively help address these issues to meet goals. All sessions are open to members and non-members of the facility.

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Specialty Classes
We offer a variety of special classes which run between four and six weeks. These classes are by registration only due to the progressive structure of the class. All programs listed take place at the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center unless noted otherwise, and are open to members and non-members of the facility.

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Fitness Testing
If you are interested in your body composition and overall fitness, our personal trainers will take you through a test to gauge your cardio, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. These tests are scheduled to meet your needs. Fitness tests must be purchased online. Once purchased, you will be contacted by our Fitness team to schedule your assessment.

Questions regarding the Fitness Program? Feel free to email us at healthy@rice.edu.

Mindfulness Classes and Workshops
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. It engages all of our senses as we open to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, emotions, thoughts, and the external environment. It is a natural and an intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real, and alive.

Mindfulness is a state of being which is accessible to every one of us, and a skill that can be developed. The Recreation Center offers several classes and workshops throughout the year dedicated to the practice of mindfulness. If you are interested in learning the fundamentals, building a community of support and connection, or hoping to deepen your current practice, please check us out!

Do you find yourself wondering how to transform your diet so that you can become a healthier you? If you are like most people, you likely have all kinds of questions about your nutritional health. Whether you are trying to adopt more healthful eating habits, manage a medical condition, improve athletic performance, or achieve your specific health goals, our registered dietitian can assist you!