Get Fit


No Payne, no gain

Staying fit? Getting into shape? Trying to keep your game sharp?

Don’t sweat the details – just work up a good sweat with the Payne Center and the Department of Recreational Sports.

Named one of the nation’s finest facilities by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Administration, the Payne Center includes:

  • An indoor swimming pool
  • Weight-training, resistance and aerobic/cardio training stations such as Stairmasters, elliptical trainers, treadmills and cycling
  • Free weights
  • Group exercise classes – step, yoga, abs, Pilates, boot camp and more
  • Racquetball and squash courts
  • Gym with six badminton, four volleyball and four basketball courts
  • 1/8-mile indoor track

Additional resources are a fitness assessment and, for a charge, personal fitness instruction and nutritional counseling by a dietitian.

Outdoor facilities include the following:

  • A fitness and wellness trail, adjacent to the Payne Center, winds through some of the scenic parts of campus and is open for walking, jogging, cycling and in-line skating. Two-and-a-half laps around the figure-eight trail equal a mile, or you can try the short individual loops.
  • There are four lighted fields for flag football, softball and soccer.

On the north edge of campus, a short walk from the Payne Center, is the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile stretch of reclaimed railroad track that serves as a walking, jogging, biking and equestrian trail.

Intramural sports include traditional favorites like flag football, basketball and softball, as well as soccer, sand volleyball, co-ed bowling, pair’s billiards, inner tube water polo, table tennis and a bench press competition.

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