Where Can a Pirate Workout During the Summer?

Arrrgh you a part of the pirate family looking for a new workout spot to explore? You may not realize you have access to multiple walking/running trails, a 10,000 square-foot weight and fitness area, an outdoor beach, and that East Carolina University’s very own Student Recreation Center was a winner of the prestigious “Facility of Merit” Award from Athletic Business Magazine!


Students may have busy schedules, but it is important for them to stay active and make time for both mental and physical health. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s proven to reduce the risk of multiple diseases and illnesses, strengthen your muscles and bones, help control your weight, improve your mood and mental health, and increase your overall chances of living longer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).


Whether it is taking your workout outside to enjoy the warm weather or staying cool indoors, East Carolina University Campus Recreation & Wellness provides a place for every pirate to exercise. The summer is a great time to take advantage of all of the CRW locations available and various activities each one provides, from the Student Recreation Center, Jones Fitness Pointe, to the North Recreational Complex.


The Student Recreation Center is open to any student, faculty, or staff member with a valid One Card, and is located on the west end of ECU’s campus towards Cotanche Street. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It offers a place for everyone who wants to be active, with three fitness studios, six racquetball courts, six multipurpose courts, and a 27 ft. climbing wall. It also has a weight room, indoor track, and a separate room with ellipticals and row machines, as well as a cardio deck equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, row machines, and plenty of space to stretch after a workout.  The 150,277 square-foot facility also provides a place for students to swim, in either its indoor or outdoor pools, and provides locker rooms and shower facilities for the convenience of its members.


Jones Fitness Pointe, located on College Hill Drive in the basement of Jones Residence Hall, is also open to faculty, students, and staff with a valid One Card, but may be more convenient for students staying on, or close to College Hill. During the summer it is open Mon.-Fri. from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., and closed on Sat. and Sun. This is a smaller fitness spot, but still provides students access to various strength training equipment like treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, step trainers and dumbbells.


For the pirate itching to take their workout outside, ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness also has the North Recreational Complex located on Highway 264 East. The complex is only 10 minutes from campus and offers an 18-hole disc golf course open from 9 a.m. to dusk, and a boat house open Mon.- Fri. 2-9p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 12 – 9p.m. This great outdoor space is open to anyone, but if renting equipment a One Card is required. Students and CRW members can rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes from the boat house to explore the 6 acres of water on site. The NRC also has six walking/jogging trails, a 5K running trail, eight multipurpose fields, sand volleyball courts, and a place for horseshoes and corn hole. If you are feeling adventurous, the NRC has an Odyssey High Challenge Course, which stands 40 ft. tall and 120 ft. long. There are 8 elements to the course and two 300 ft. zip lines are offered to sweep you to the end of the course.  For further information on any of the CRW facilities check out our web page at or call 328-6387.


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