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About Us

Mission Statement
Recreational Services promotes healthy lifestyles through exceptional recreational programs, services and facilities.

Vision Statement
Recreational Services will be the leader in recreational programs among urban universities serving a diverse student body.

History
Recreational Services was formed in 1973 with the task of developing recreational programs and overseeing the operations of the newly built Physical Education Building (what is now called the Sports Arena). The building shared offices and program space with the health, physical education, recreation and dance academic departments and the Athletic Department. Outdoor intramural sports were hosted at Piedmont Park until the state of Georgia offered property at Panthersville in the late 1970’s. Frank B. Jernigan served as the department’s first director of Recreational Services.

The Indian Creek Recreation Area was purchased by the university in 1938. Recreational Services took responsibility for the swimming pool in 1974 and for the rest of the 15.5 acres, including the tennis courts and Indian Creek Lodge, in 1991. The first Challenge Program ropes course was added in 1985. A new ropes course and outpost was built in 2014.

In the spring of 1994, former university president, Carl V. Patton, appointed a task force to investigate the feasibility of building a dedicated recreation center at Georgia State University. The faculty, students and staff members of the task force spent the spring and summer soliciting information from other universities about the impact, magnitude, costs and contents of such centers. The group focused on urban university comparisons. They collected floor plans, photos, statistics and fee information. The combination of their hard work and dedication played a significant role in planning this facility and establishing its policies. Student employees serve in a variety of capacities. A full-time professional staff supervises the Student Recreation Center’s daily activities and administers a variety of non-credit instructional programs.

Daily Events

Sep
29
Thu
12:00 pm Cycle @ Studio B
Cycle @ Studio B
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. A non-impact, calorie-blasting class that combines a foundation of cycling movements with motivational coaching and musical guidance. You set the intensity in this awesome class.
12:00 pm Step @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Step @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Use steps and risers to develop toned legs and improve your cardiovascular endurance. Take one of our most popular classes that continues to deliver outstanding workouts each and every time!
1:00 pm Panther Pump @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Panther Pump @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Grab your weights and get ready to squat and curl your way to a sleek, toned you! This sculpting class uses bands and weights to define your arms and sculpt your legs.
4:00 pm Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. A perfect combination of cardiovascular work and sculpting moves that will keep you coming back for more. This class uses different cardio formats each week to keep your heart pumping!
5:00 pm Ab Blast @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Ab Blast @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 5:20 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Develop a chiseled core with this twenty minute, intense abdominal workout.
5:30 pm Boot Camp @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Boot Camp @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. This class has it all! Use bands, balls, dumbbells and your own body weight to develop a strong core, toned muscles, and lean frame in this intense class designed to challenge you.… more »
5:30 pm Cycle @ Studio B
Cycle @ Studio B
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. A non-impact, calorie-blasting class that combines a foundation of cycling movements with motivational coaching and musical guidance. You set the intensity in this awesome class.
7:00 pm Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Ditch the workout and join the party! Learn the latest Latin steps while creating an exciting and fun aerobic workout.
Sep
30
Fri
9:00 am Pilates @ Studio B
Pilates @ Studio B
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:50 am
FREE! Drop-in class. A challenging class that uses mind/body exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Pilates focuses on the powerhouse/abs, and works the rest of the body through the core connection. All levels are… more »
12:00 pm Kickbox @ Martial Arts Studio
Kickbox @ Martial Arts Studio
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. This class is a combination of cardio, boxing and marital arts providing a total body workout which aims to improve strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.
Oct
1
Sat
all-day Farm Harvesting Workshop
Farm Harvesting Workshop
Oct 1 all-day
Take a hands-on tour of farming in Georgia. During harvest season we and the farmer will expect you to work as a bonafide hand on the farm. At the end of the day you’ll have… more »
all-day Whitewater Kayak School River Trip
Whitewater Kayak School River Trip
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day
The course begins with four sessions in still water and will be completed with a progressive two-day optional river trip. Please plan to attend all sessions and river trip to be a graduate of the… more »
11:00 am Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:50 am
FREE! Drop-in class. A perfect combination of cardiovascular work and sculpting moves that will keep you coming back for more. This class uses different cardio formats each week to keep your heart pumping!
12:00 pm Ab Blast @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Ab Blast @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Develop a chiseled core with this twenty minute, intense abdominal workout.
12:30 pm Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Oct 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Ditch the workout and join the party! Learn the latest Latin steps while creating an exciting and fun aerobic workout
Oct
2
Sun
all-day Rock Climbing 101
Rock Climbing 101
Oct 2 all-day
We’ll take you to a popular rock climbing destination and stir up some awesome climbs. Test your outdoor climbing ability and learn new skills. No experience necessary. Includes transportation, climbing equipment and shoes, instruction and… more »
Oct
3
Mon
7:15 am Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic Dance Studio
Cardio Sculpt @ Aerobic Dance Studio
Oct 3 @ 7:15 am – 8:05 am
FREE! Drop-in class. A perfect combination of cardiovascular work and sculpting moves that will keep you coming back for more. This class uses different cardio formats each week to keep your heart pumping!
12:00 pm Kickbox @ Martial Arts Studio
Kickbox @ Martial Arts Studio
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. This class is a combination of cardio, boxing and marital arts providing a total body workout which aims to improve strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.
12:00 pm Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Zumba @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. Ditch the workout and join the party! Learn the latest Latin steps while creating an exciting and fun aerobic workout.
2:00 pm Boot Camp @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Boot Camp @ Aerobic/Dance Studio
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
FREE! Drop-in class. This class has it all! Use bands, balls, dumbbells and your own body weight to develop a strong core, toned muscles, and lean frame in this intense class designed to challenge you.… more »

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