Ask Benny

What programs and services does the Pottruck Center offer?

Dear Benny,
This year I’m gonna do it! No more talking, I’m gonna get in shape and lose these 20 pounds I’ve been lugging around. That’s not a resolution; it’s a 2015 guarantee. I work at Penn and would like to take advantage of the University’s exercise facilities. I’m a member of the Pottruck Center but (I’m almost embarrassed to admit) I’ve never worked out there before. Can you tell me what sorts of services and programs the Pottruck Center offers?
- New Colossus 

Dear New Colossus:
If you’re looking to get in shape, the Pottruck Center is the perfect place to begin. The 120,000-square-foot facility opens early, usually 6 a.m., closes late, usually 11:30 p.m., and includes four fitness centers with exercise bikes, elliptical machines, and treadmills, a sprawling weight room, an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball courts, a climbing wall, and fitness and Pilates studios.

The type of membership you have determines what services and programs you can access. A Penn Rec membership gives you access to the Pottruck Center, Sheerr Pool, the Fox Fitness Center (near the Palestra), and the Ringe Squash Courts. An All Inclusive membership gives unlimited access to the group exercise classes, such as spinning, BODYPUMP, ZUMBA, and BODYCOMBAT, plus informal climbing wall access.

You can use the weight room, pool, basketball courts, and fitness centers whenever they are available, but if you do not have an All Inclusive membership, you must purchase a Group Exercise Pass to take part in group exercise classes. Passes are not available online; you must purchase one at Membership Services in the Pottruck Center.

The unlimited pass does not include access to instructional courses such as yoga, Pilates, golf, martial arts, and dance. Penn Rec members are eligible to receive a discount on these courses.

For a complete list of exercise classes, visit the Penn Rec website.