Department of Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation offers plenty of recreational opportunities to help you stay active and have fun during your time on campus. Get involved in one of our many intramural sports teams or head to a class at our student fitness centers. Take a weekend and explore the great outdoors with the GCU Outdoor Recreation program. There is plenty to help you stay in shape while also getting to know other Lopes!

For more details on our recreational offerings, check out the 2022-23 Campus Recreation brochure.

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Campus Recreation Office
[email protected] | 602-639-7559
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Located on the east side of Building 41

Matt Lamb | Campus recreation director
[email protected] | 602-639-8167

Outdoor Recreation
[email protected] | 602-639-8241

Chad Schlundt | Outdoor recreation manager

Adventure Programs
Cole Hanson | Adventure programs coordinator
ni[email protected] | 602-639-8151

Climbing Programs
Morgan McIntire | Climbing programs coordinator
[email protected] | 502-640-0619

Intramural Sports
Zach Erdmann | Intramural manager
[email protected] | 602-639-8241

Mike Fox | Intramural coordinator
[email protected] | 602-639-6769

Fitness Centers
Noemi Howard | Fitness center manager
[email protected] | 602-639-7410

Fitness Programs
Kayla Hartson | Fitness programs coordinator
[email protected] | 602-639-8864

Canyon Activity Center and Lopes Performance Center
Kris Kuchler | CAC manager
[email protected] | 602-639-8582

Joshua Lightfoot | CAC coordinator
[email protected] | 602-639-6972

John Callis | LPC coordinator
[email protected] | 602-639-8656

Our Mission

The Department of Campus Recreation is here to empower students in creating community that encourages a healthy lifestyle by staying active in a variety of program offerings with intramural sports, outdoor recreation and student fitness.

Our Vision

  • We will foster healthy relationships through recreational activities.
  • We will engage students in leadership growth opportunities.
  • We will promote physical health and wellness opportunities on campus.

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Intramural Sports

GCU intramural sports strive to build and operate a program that promotes community on campus and brings glory to God. Students may join an intramural sports team at any point throughout the season and are welcome to participate in one single gender as well as one coed team at a time. Build great relationships, make memories outside the classroom and play the sport you love!

For more information on game times, registration deadlines and season dates, check out our website and click on the intramurals tab.

Sports Offered

  • Flag football
  • Indoor volleyball
  • Battleship
  • Pickleball
  • Outdoor soccer
  • 3-on-3 basketball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Cornhole
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • 4-on-4 flag football
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Spikeball
  • Softball
  • Futsal
  • Kickball
  • Dodgeball


GCU Outdoor Recreation Program

GCU’s outdoor recreation program is comprised of four unique areas: adventure programs, climbing wall, campus garden and base camp. We exist to serve GCU students by providing outlets of outdoor recreation that engage both individuals and groups in adventure, fellowship, environmental stewardship, leadership development and outdoor education. Through these outlets, we will advance relationships and challenge students physically, spiritually and mentally. We will also strive to provide a positive experience for students while fueling off the endless adventures that occur in God’s creation.

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Virtual Recreation Tour

Visit GCU’s premier athletic facilities and activity center from wherever you are – on or off campus. These virtual tours provide a 360-degree view and information to help you choose where to have your next workout or some friendly competition with other GCU students.

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Fitness Programs

GCU fitness is an on-campus program that aims to create an inclusive and enjoyable community for GCU students, staff and guests by providing creative and educational fitness opportunities. Students can participate in weekly fitness classes and events led by student fitness instructors. No prior fitness experience is required to attend. You can follow GCU fitness on Instagram at @gcu.sfc for updates on our program and how to get involved. Sign up for classes and events here.

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Class Descriptions

Join us for a relaxing yoga flow that focuses on breathing techniques, flexibility and core strength to reduce stress and improve mobility.

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Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class that uses an aerobic fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits.

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Barre is a combination of Pilates, dance and functional fitness training. Barre incorporates small, isolated movement to fatigue the muscles and combines upper and lower body movements for a total body workout.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) consists of 100% effort through quick intense bursts of exercise followed by short recovery periods. Keep your heart rate high and get an intense workout in a short amount of time.

These classes are designed to help perfect exercise techniques and build strong muscles. Whether you are new to the gym or an experienced lifter, this class is for you. Come learn how to properly squat, deadlift, chest press and more.

This class delivers the perfect balance of both strength and cardio based movements, targeting all major muscle groups in the body.

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A workout on the bike with great music, sprints, hills and occasionally dumbbells for upper body work. Get your heart rate up and leave feeling more motivated and energized than ever before.

Proper muscle recovery is just as important as a workout. Come practice muscle recovery techniques such as stretching, foam rolling and trigger point techniques.

Click here to view the weekly fitness class schedule.

Fitness Centers

GCU provides an environment where students can stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. Five fully equipped fitness centers are available on campus in the following residential locations. Students have access to strength equipment, free weights, cardio machines, fun fitness activities and classes like Zumba, yoga and more.

  • Antelope Apartments | Building 52: 602-639-7976
    • Rack area
    • Cardio area
    • Core area
  • Chaparral Hall | Building 45: 602-639-7451
    • Rack area
    • Cardio area
  • Juniper Hall | Building 84: 602-639-7823
    • Spin/core room
    • Rack room
    • Cardio area
  • Papago Apartments South | Building 48, Second Floor: 602-639-8413
    • Sanctuary/fitness room
    • Rack area
    • Cardio area
  • Verde River Apartments | Building 78: 602-639-8584
    • Spin/core room
    • Rack room
    • Cardio area


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Monday – Friday: 6 am – 11:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 9:30 pm

Canyon Activity Center (CAC)

The Canyon Activity Center is the home for student recreation at GCU, giving students the opportunity to play, workout and relax with friends in a spacious environment. This 136,000-square-foot facility houses basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts, cardio equipment, a climbing wall, a DEK roller hockey rink and outdoor fields. You’ll also find table tennis, a full-service Lopes Mart and a lounge area with TVs, couches and Wi-Fi. The center is located on Missouri Avenue between 29th Ave. and 30th Drive.

Due to the popularity of current activities at the center, we recommend calling the front desk to check availability.

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CAC Contact


CAC Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 9:30 pm

Lopes Performance Center (LPC)

Our beautiful 55,000-square-foot recreation center features three full-size basketball courts as the centerpiece of this multipurpose facility. The Performance Athletic Center (PAC) on the ground level is used for training student-athletes. The second floor of the LPC is dedicated for student fitness space where you can use a variety of free weights, weight machines, cardio and core equipment. Looking for a workout plan? We have you covered with a variety of offerings and resources to help get you on the right fitness track.

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LPC Contact


LPC Hours

Monday – Friday: 6 am – 11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 9:30 pm

Campus Pools

There are five resort-style pools located on the main campus that are spread out in a variety of locations. Please see the campus map for exact locations. The pools located on the map at 20C and 20F have lap lanes that can be used for lap swimming as well as competitions for our club sports aquatics programs. All pools have deck chairs and plenty of space for gathering and socializing with friends while enjoying a dip in the water to beat the heat. Pools are also heated and open year-round.

  • Pool hours are 10 am – 10 pm daily.
  • Operating hours are subject to change around approved events scheduled in the pool space.
  • Please obey all safety procedures posted at each pool area.
  • No lifeguards will be on duty at the pool – swim at your own risk.
  • Please practice good hygiene before using the pools.
  • Please only wear appropriate swimwear in the pool.
  • Do not dive off the pool deck.
  • Children are not allowed to use the pools without adult supervision.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • No animals allowed in the pool area except service animals.
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs are allowed in the pool areas.
  • Unauthorized guests are subject for removal from the pool area.
  • Anyone accessing pools outside of approved operating hours or events will be subject for removal.
  • Glass containers are prohibited from the pool areas.
  • Food and drink must stay at least four to six feet away from the edge of the pools.
  • Anyone with recent and current health issues that could be contagious or cause a contaminate should refrain from using the pools until symptoms have receded. Any issues with discharge from the eyes, nose or wounds anywhere on the body from illness or injury should result in not getting in the pools. Anyone with recent issues with vomiting or diarrhea from illness in the last two weeks should not use the pools. 
  • Spitting, urinating or blowing your nose is strictly prohibited in the pools.
  • Please be respectful of others using the pool area.
  • Don’t leave behind any litter; please clean up your belongings after use.
  • Amplified music is prohibited in the pool areas unless approved for special events.

GCU reserves the right to refuse admittance or eject from the pool premises, any person failing to comply with any pool or health and safety policy.


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