Campus Rec & Wellness

ESU’s Campus Rec & Wellness department provides a safe, rewarding and educational environment designed to promote holistic lifestyles through physical fitness activity, formal and informal competition, leadership development, academic partnerships and opportunities for professional, social and career growth. Guided by Core Values, innovative and diverse programming, and state of the art facilities, the Center’s spirited and committed staff pride themselves in fostering an atmosphere of empowerment that leads to the healthy development of the whole person.

In addition to programming, the department employs over 75 students who are directly responsible for the operation of the facilities and programs.

Facilities: The Campus Rec & Wellness department operates two student recreation facilities on campus. Completed in August 2003, the Mattioli Recreation Center is a 58,000 square foot facility on the south side of campus. The building features a four-court arena for basketball, volleyball, and tennis; a fitness center with cardio, selectorized and free weight equipment; a multipurpose studio; elevated track; locker and shower facilities; an alternative fitness area that includes indoor rowers, Jacobs Ladder, and a boxing zone that features a speed bag and heavy bag; and racquetball courts. The second facility, RecB, is located in the lower level of Hawthorn Suites. The facility is open to all of campus and has a separate entrance from the main residence hall. The 15,000-square-foot fitness center was opened in February 2012 and features cardiovascular, selectorized and free weight equipment, functional training zone, multipurpose studio, indoor cycling studio, locker and shower facilities and a offices for personal training and wellness.

Group Fitness: Group Fitness Program is designed for Campus Rec & Wellness members who are looking for an organized workout. General classes are free of charge to members and on a first come first serve basis. The Center’s premier class, Warrior Cycling, is offered at a nominal fee. Every class is led by student instructors who have qualified to teach. A new group fitness schedule is published at the beginning and middle of each semester.

Special Events: Special events are designed for students to enjoy unique programs in a fun and social setting. Many of the special events are one-night tournaments that expose students to new and exciting sports as well as educational events to support healthy lifestyle choices. Some of the programs include racquetball, Late Night at the REC, wallyball, tennis, badminton, cornhole,  Rec-Ex 5K, gaga ball and wiffleball.

Personal Training: A personal fitness service run by qualified fitness staff that will help you to identify priorities and achieve your health and fitness goals. A range of personal fitness services are offered at a nominal fee.

Wellbeing: This program serves as a resource to support individuals in their pursuit of optimal health and wellbeing.  Through programs, events and presentation, the health and wellness needs of students, faculty and staff are proactively addressed.

Sports Activities: Please see the Athletics section.

For more information on programs, services, hours of operation, policies and procedures, visit or call the Mattioli Recreation Center's Service Desk at 570-422-2970.