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Recreation and Wellness Center
University of Nebraska
Recreation & Wellness Center
1717 N. 35th Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0841

What's Inside

* 52 cardio machines, arranged on two levels; treadmills, ellipticals, trainers, cycles, rowers, stair climbers

* Restrooms, water fountains, and free day-use lockers located on all three levels.

* Centrally-located elevator connects all levels. 

Level 1 (Ground Level)

  • Member Services desk & gear checkout
  • Main strength training area: free weights, machine weights, lifting platforms & racks, kettle bells, med balls
  • Synergy 360 Blue Sky functional training courtyard
  • Personal training assessment room
  • Injury Prevention & Care
  • Massage Therapy
  • Locker Rooms
    • Women’s w/ showers & sauna
    • Men’s w/ showers & sauna 
    • Gender Neutral/Family w/ shower
  • Golf simulator room
  • Coffee & smoothie corner
  • TV lounge
  • The Wellness Kitchen
  • Conference room
  • Campus Rec administrative offices

Level 2

  • Cardio machines
  • (2) Group Exercise Studios
  • MAC Gym: indoor soccer, floor hockey, basketball, dodgeball
  • West Gym: basketball, volleyball, badminton
  • Stretching area
  • Fit Deck
  • Rooftop Plaza

Level 3

  • Cardio machines
  • FreeMotion Strength Training
  • Stretching area
  • 2-lane walk/jog track: 10 laps/1 mile (inside lane)

Exterior (Ground Level)

  • MegaRock bouldering structure
  • Entry plaza
  • South picnic plaza

The Wellness Kitchen

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Sports Equipment and Check-out have all the sports equipment you need to enjoy yourself at the Campus Recreation Center. And most of it costs you NOTHING to check-Out. Available for one day check-Out (indoor equipment) and three day check-out (outdoor equipment) at no cost to our members. We also have rental equipment available for both members and non-members. However, members do receive a discounted rate.

Equipment Checkout is conveniently located in the Campus Rec Center and offers a variety of sports-related retail, rental, and checkout items to enhance the recreational experiences of patrons. Students and members are required to present their NCard to checkout/rent equipment.

One Day Check-Out (#) (indoor equipment):

  • basketballs
  • volleyballs
  • wallyball sets
  • soccer balls (indoor)
  • weight lifting belts
  • table tennis paddles
  • lap counters
  • jump ropes

Three Day Check-Out (*,#) (outdoor equipment):

  • footballs
  • basketballs
  • softball stuff (balls, gloves, bats & bases)
  • frisbees
  • stopwatches
  • flip scorers
  • soccer balls (outdoor)
  • water polo balls

Rental Equipment Cost

Daily Fee with Tax
Racquetball Racquet
Tennis Racquet
Badminton Racquet
Squash Racquet

*For use in Campus Recreation facilities only.
#Rental fee of $5.00 per item/per day will be charged for any item not returned by the designated time. Replacement fee will be charged for excessively damaged, broken, or lost equipment.


Questions or comments-contact Sherri Tompkins and Richard Cochnar

The Injury Prevention and Care (IPC) Program of Campus Recreation serves those who are injured in Campus Recreation programs and facilities. In addition, IPC serves as a valuable resource to those recovering from injuries by providing education and answers to questions and concerns.

The IPC program is staffed by two full-time Certified Athletic Trainers and over 25 student employees who are trained in first aid and injury care.


The following IPC services are offered FREE to all Campus Recreation members:

  • Evaluation and treatment of injuries
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Prevention of athletic injuries
  • Taping (patrons must provide tape)
  • Stretching Techniques
  • Professional referrals

Educational Handouts

ankle injury
The following handouts are provided for general informational purposes and may not apply to specific individuals or specific injuries. They are not intended to replace the medical advice of a a physician.


Elbow Injuries

Knee Injuries

Ankle and Foot Injuries


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Ask-IPC is a question and answer service located on the web site. Individuals can ask for information about sports injuries and treatments by submitting their questions via the web site and the IPC staff will answer with a personal response. It is simple to get professional advice!

Campus Recreation members are always welcome to visit the IPC centers at the Campus Recreation Center and East Campus Activities Building to talk personally with a staff member.


Athletic Training Basics Class (Non-credit)

The IPC staff offers a non-credit Athletic Training Basics class each Spring semester. The class covers basic athletic training topics such as the HOPS system; injury evaluation of the ankle, knee, shoulder, head, and neck; taping and stretching techniques; medical emergencies (including diabetic emergencies, asthma attacks, and allergic reactions); and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

This class is recommended for those interesting in sports, recreation, or coaching; wanting more knowledge and confidence in dealing with injuries; or wishing to become an IPC staff member.

National Athletic Trainer's Association



A limited number of men's and women's lockers are available for rent or upgrade on a first come, first served basis. Recently expired locker rentals must be renewed prior to any change or upgrade. Campus Recreation will provide locks for lockers in the locker rooms. The charges for lockers vary according to the size of the locker. Keep in mind that you must be a current member to rent a locker, except for at the Outdoor Adventures Center.

Recreation & Wellness Center
Locker Size Cost / Month
Premium 12" x 18" x 72" $6.50
Standard 12" x 18" x 36" $3.00

A $10.00 refundable lock ($20.00 Bike Locker) and towel deposit is required when renting a locker at any location. Lockers may be rented on a annual year (September -August), academic year (September - May), or for the semester only (Fall, Spring or Summer). If you are a UNL employee using payroll deduction for your locker payment then you must have the annual locker option.

The renewal deadline for annual lockers is August 31 and the renewal deadline for academic year lockers in May 31 of each year. If you rented only for the fall semester the renewal deadline is December 31.

Lockers are cleared immediately after the renewal deadlines and the contents are held for an additional 30 days.

If you decide not to renew your locker, please clear your locker and return your lock and towel to Campus Recreation Center Member Services or the Recreation & Wellness Center office.

Towel Checkout

If you're serious about working out in the Rec Center, then you're going to sweat. Take advantage of our FREE Towel Check-out service. Just bring your UNL Student ID, and you can use a towel while you are in the Rec Center.

Towel service is provided as part of the locker rental charge. If you are not a locker renter, you can check out a shower towel with your NU photo ID.

In addition, free workout towel service is offered and may be used throughout the building. They should be returned prior to leaving. You may also receive a towel at Campus Rec Member Services or the Towel Check-out counter, across from the Fitness room. One towel is issued per individual, however, a soiled towel may be exchanged for a clean one as often as needed.

Multipurpose Courts


The University of Nebraska Recreation & Wellness Center has 2 multi-purpose courts for our members to enjoy.

Open recreation times are posted at each court. Campus Recreation reserves the right to change court availability when needed or when special programs are being held.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding court availability please contact Sally Pfeiffer.

Members may reserve courts beginning at 10:00am prior to the day of play by phoning 472-4776 or in person at the Equipment Check Out window. Racquets are available for rent and balls are available to purchase at the Equipment Check Out window as well.

Eye guards are strongly recommended and available for FREE check-out through Equipment Check Out of the Recreation & Wellness Center.

To ensure the longevity and quality of our court surfaces, we do ask that you only wear court shoes while playing. We also ask that you wear only shoes that are dedicated to playing indoors. By wearing shoes that have been worn outside, you may bring in dirt and rocks that destroys the finish on our floors.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact: Sherri Tompkins and Richard Cochnar


The Strength Training and Conditioning Room is open to all members of Campus Recreation during regular facility hours. All users are expected to read and abide by the Strength Training and Conditioning Room Policies.

Select weight training and free weight equipment, mostly consisting of Nautilus, is available for use. There is also a large variety of cardiovascular equipment, which includes Stationary Bikes, Precor EFX Elliptical Trainers, Stair Master Cross-aerobic machines, and Concept II Rowing Ergometer.

Benefits of Resistance Training

  • Improves personal appearance through increases in muscle tone or muscle size, thereby improving posture and strength.
  • Increases Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) - the amount of energy your body uses to maintain life at rest. Muscle mass is metabolically active tissue during exercise AND at rest, so it uses energy throughout the day even when you're resting. Increasing muscle mass through resistance training could increase your RMR which raises the overall calorie utilization.
  • Benefits attitude. This is often the result of the feeling of accomplishment many people feel after resistance weight training sessions. The increased blood flow clears the mind, enables better sleep sessions, and contributes to an energized feeling.
  • May reduce injury risk by strengthening the muscles and connective tissue around the joint. Example: ankle, knee, shoulder
  • Strengthens the lower back and abdominal muscles, improving posture and possibly relieving lower back pain
  • Helps maintain or improve physical working capacity at any age, meaning you can do more of the activities you enjoy throughout your life.
  • Aids in prevention of osteoporosis (a bone wasting disease, bone mineral density loss) by increasing bone mineral density in response to the increased load on the skeletal system.


The Strength Training and Conditioning Room (STCR) Orientation has been developed to help all patrons use the STCR comfortably, confidently, and safely.

  • Goal: To provide information and about policies and rules in the STCR, and to help patrons become more familiar with the cardiovascular and resistance machines.
  • Included in this orientation:
    • Demonstration of essential Nautilus machine exercises
    • Cardiovascular machines
    • Discussion of policies and etiquette in the STCR
  • Orientations are highly recommended, but it is not mandatory.
  • Appointments are not required.
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Strength Training equipment that is accessible to wheelchairs or by use of optional wheeled seats, and can be used by four people simultaneously due to it's modular design. Four weight stacks provide over 20 different exercise patterns to work every upper body muscle group.

Safety Policies

  • The following items/activities are not allowed: food, gum, tobacco products, drug use, alcoholic beverages, spitting, dangerous weapons (as defined by the University's Student Code of Conduct), and personal items, e.g. backpacks, cell phones. All personal items should be checked in at the Towel Exchange or stored in a locker room.
  • Water, in a re-sealable container, is allowed in the cardio area of the Strength & Conditioning Room (& other cardio areas). No other beverages allowed.
  • Appropriate athletics footwear is required to be worn. Sandals, open toed shoes, boots, and hard-soled shoes are prohibited.
  • Appropriate workout apparel is recommended. Street clothing is prohibited.
  • Use exercise machines and equipment for the intended use only
  • 30-minute time limit on cardiovascular training equipment (i.e. stair stepper, rowing machines, cycles, etc.). Please be courteous and think of others.
  • Collars are required to be used with all free weight bars.
  • Spitting is permitted in cuspidors only.
  • Spotters are strongly recommended when lifting all free weights. No scats can be done outside the rack. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance or for a spotter from any authorized supervisor on duty.
  • Return and re-rack weights and bars to their holders after use
  • Perform Olympic lifts in the platform area only with rubber bumper plates
  • Chalk up over the chalk bowl only.
  • Leaning equipment against walls and/or mirrors or removing equipment from this room is prohibited.
  • Authorized supervisors only are allowed access to control desk and to operate the stereo, clock, phone, video, TV, and computer equipment.
  • Youth age 13 years and younger are not permitted access to the Strength Training and Conditioning Room. Youth, in all cases, must be at least 4'10" tall (this is the minimum height for safe use recommended by the equipment manufacturers). Youth age 14-15 years must attend a free orientation before using equipment and must be accompanied and directly supervised by parent/guardian. Direct supervision means the parent/guardian must be sharing the same machine/apparatus or be on the machine/apparatus next to their child. Pre registration is required and can be made at the Recreation & Wellness Center Front Desk.
  • Personal training of patrons, either individually or in a group, is only allowed with a designated employee of the Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Failure to abide by these policies and regulations, those printed in Recreation & Wellness Center General Policies or requests made by any Recreation & Wellness Center employee can result in ejection or suspension of building and program privileges

Please ask supervisor if you have any questions regarding use of the equipment. They are trained to answer your questions and to assist you in utilizing the equipment for a safe and enjoyable workout.


If you have any questions regarding the policies of the Strength Training and Conditioning Room, please e-mail Campus Recreation

If a participant or spectator in a Campus Recreation program or facility is ejected or suspended from any facility (indoor or outdoor), program, contest, or activity, he/she is immediately ineligible for the further access or competition in any Campus Recreation program or facility until he/she is cleared by the Assistant Director (or his/her designee) responsible for the program in which the misconduct and/or ejection occurred. Further, any participant or spectator who violates University of Nebraska-Lincoln and/or Campus Recreation policies or procedures may also be suspended until he/she is cleared by the Assistant Director (or his/her designee) responsible for the program in which the misconduct occurs. A non-exhaustive list of programs, activities, and individuals covered under the policy includes:

Challenge Course, Climbing Wall, Conference Users, Contract Groups, Facility Renters, Family & Youth Program, Fitness & Wellness Services, Indoor Cycling, Informal Recreation, Injury Prevention & Care, Instructional Programs , Intramural Sports, Message Therapy, Members & Employees, Outdoor Recreation, Personal Training, Programs for Students with disabilities, Guests, Special Events , Spectators, Sports Clubs , and Visitors & Tours.

It is the participant's responsibility to schedule an appointment with the appropriate Assistant Director to review his/her behavior and subsequent eligibility to participate in any Campus Recreation program or to utilize facilities. Participant suspensions are effective after the meeting with the Assistant Director or his/her designee (i.e., self-imposed penalties are not considered). Assistant Director decisions may be appealed to the appropriate Associate Director; however, suspensions remain in force during the appeal process. Appeal beyond the Associate Director may be made to the Director, and finally to the Campus Recreation Advisory Council.

Anyone who commits, incites, or aids others in committing any of the following acts of un sportsmanlike or misconduct shall be subjected to disciplinary procedures.

  1. Hitting, striking, or pushing a Campus Recreation employee (student or professional).
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from Campus Recreation programs and/or facilities. Petition for reinstatement will be considered by the appropriate Associate Director after a minimum of one calendar year.
  2. Hitting, striking, or pushing another participant, spectator, user, member, or guest.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from Campus Recreation programs and/or facilities. Petition for reinstatement will be considered by the appropriate Associate Director after a minimum of one calendar year.
  3. Threatening physical harm towards a Recreation & Wellness Center employee (student or professional), participant, user, member, guest, or spectator.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from all Campus Recreation facilities
    and/or programs for a minimum of one month.
  4. Verbally abusing a Recreation & Wellness Center employee (student or professional), participant, user, guest, or member.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from Campus Recreation programs
    and/or facilities for a minimum of one week.
  5. Acting in a way which would cause equipment or facility damage (including
    spitting, snorting), and/or injury to a person.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from all Campus Recreation programs
    and/or facilities for a minimum of one week.
  6. Failing to cooperate and respond honestly to injuries or requests for assistance in identifying individuals who may be involved in incidents.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from all Campus Recreation programs
    and/or facilities for the individual and/or their team, club, or organization.
  7. Entering, using, or accessing any facility or program illegally such as using an assumed name or a University I. D. Card illegally/inappropriately.
    Disciplinary Action: Indefinite suspension from all Campus Recreation programs
    and/or facilities for at least 7 days.
  8. Personal conduct situations that are not covered by other provisions not stated in the above items #1-7 will be dealt with in an appropriate manner by the Assistant or Associate Director. Any incident of un sportsmanlike or inappropriate behavior will be forwarded to Judicial Affairs and/or University Police for appropriate action.
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Inclement Weather Policy

In the event the University closes due to inclement (bad) weather, Recreation & Wellness Center will have the following course of action:

If UNL Classes are CANCELED & UNL Offices are CLOSED prior to facility's opening time:

  • All Campus Rec classes, events, and activities are CANCELED.
  • Campus Rec Center will open at 10:00 a.m. - Monday-Friday and at regular hours on the weekends.
  • Recreation & Wellness Center will open at 10:00 a.m. - Monday-Friday and closed on the weekends.
  • Outdoor Adventures Center will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. any day of the week.

If UNL Office are OPEN but classes are CANCELED prior to facility's opening time:

  • All Campus Rec classes, events, and activities are CANCELED.
  • Campus Rec Center will open at 8:00 a.m. - Monday-Friday and at regular hours on the weekends.
  • Recreation & Wellness Center will open at 8:00 a.m. - Monday-Friday and at regular hours on the weekends.
  • Outdoor Adventures Center will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. any day of the week.
If UNL Classes are CANCELED after facility's daily opening time:
  • All Campus Rec classes, events, and activities are CANCELED.
  • Campus Rec Center will keep regular hours.
  • Recreation & Wellness Center will keep regular hours.


When University Holiday Hours are in effect Campus Recreation will follow the holiday hours established for Campus Rec Facilities.

The hours are subject to change if Campus Rec decides the winter weather is severe. Please call Member Services at 402-472-3467 for the latest updates.

Mission Statement:

Campus Recreation is committed to enriching the educational experience by promoting lifelong healthy living. We are dedicated to celebrating differences, providing active and innovative recreational opportunities, cultivating a community of supportive relationships, and developing global leaders.