Upenn Recreation


Statement of Risk

Consulting a physician and receiving proper clearance prior to beginning an exercise regimen is strongly encouraged. Exercise may cause dizziness, exhaustion, or other symptoms that may put you at risk for injury. If you experience any physical abnormality immediately stop exercising and contact the facility staff on duty. All personal injuries must be reported immediately to the facility staff on duty.

Violation of any facility guideline may result in suspension of membership privileges.
  • ID Requirements 

    A valid PennCard is required for entrance into any PennRec facility. An exception can be made if a patron does not have his/her PennCard, but a government issued photo I.D. MUST be provided. Patrons who forget their PennCard more than twice in any given semester may be denied entry into any Recreation facility. Giving your PennCard/Rec Guest Card to another person to gain entry to any Department of Recreation facility is prohibited.

  • Age Requirements

    Members and guests must be 18 years of age or older to access fitness areas and weight rooms. Dependent members/guests under 18 years of age must enter the facility with an adult/guardian who must also remain in the facility while it is being used by the dependent. Individuals under 18 years of age are prohibited from weight rooms, fitness areas, classes, and sauna.

    Members/guests 15 years of age and under must be directly supervised by a adult/guardian at all times. Children 4 years of age and older are not permitted in opposite sex locker rooms. Family changing rooms are available in both facilities.

  • Facility Etiquette 

    -Members may not interfere with employee duties, use obscene language, or engage in verbal or physical abuse of employees or fellow members.

    -Outside Personal Trainers are not permitted inside any Penn Recreation Facility.

    -Water or sports drinks in a closed, resealable container are allowed.  All other drinks and glass containers are prohibited in “activity” areas.

    -Bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades are prohibited inside the facility.

    -Animals are not permitted inside the facility with the exception of guide/aid animals.

    -Loose chalk is not permitted in any fitness area. Rosin bags are acceptable.

  • Clothing Requirements 

    -Non-casual, closed toe athletic footwear, t-shirts, and athletic shorts/pants must be worn at all times. Non-marking athletic shoes are required on all wood floors, including the squash courts.

    -Boots, open toe footwear, pants with belts, cutoff pants, excessive jewelry, jeans, non-athletic pants/shorts, and revealing clothing are prohibited.

  • Olympic Lifting Policies

    -Olympic Style Lifts must be performed in the designated areas (platforms and power racks).

    -Bumper plates and safety collars must be used at all times.

    -45lb Urethane Troy Plates are not permitted on the platforms.

    Intentional dropping the weights from the knee is not permitted.

    -Sneakers or weightlifting shoes are required at all times.

    -Only one person is permitted on the platform.

    -Do not remove equipment from this area.

    -Loose chalk is not permitted. Rosin bags are acceptable.

  • Power Rack Lifting Policies

    -All Olympic style lifts must be performed in the designated areas. (Platforms and Power Racks ONLY)

    – Bars must be unloaded and plates must be re-racked when finished.

    Intentional dropping of the weights from the knee is not permitted.

    -All lifts must be performed in the rack with the use of safety collars.

    -Lifts performed outside the racks are not permitted – you must use the Olympic Lifting platforms.

    -Sneakers or weightlifting shoes are required at all times.

    -Loose chalk is not permitted. Rosin bags are acceptable.

  • Securing Your Belongings

    -Bags and personal belongings must be secured in a locker and are not permitted in fitness areas and weight rooms. Individuals will be required to stop their workout and secure their items in a locker. Locks can be purchased at the Energy Zone for five dollars.

    -Facility staff on duty are required to remove items left unattended or unsecured. Recovery fees and/or suspension of membership privileges will be levied against members/guests who violate this policy.


  • Lost & Found

    If you lose something at a Recreational facility please note that valuable items are handled differently than non-valuable items.

    Non-Valuables – Items such as clothing or books are held for a period of two weeks. To claim items please have photo identification and speak with an Operations Supervisor. After a period of two weeks unclaimed items are donated to a local charity.

    Valuables – Items such as wallets or cell phones are held in The Membership Services office at Pottruck. If the lost item includes any identifying information, staff from the Membership office will attempt to contact you directly. Normal hours of operation for the Membership Services office are Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 5:30pm, and 9:00am to 5:00pm. Items may be claimed in person during office hours and will require presentation of photo identification.

  • Locker Usage 

    -Coin operated lockers are available in the hallways on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Pottruck Health & Fitness Center.

    -Day use lockers are free and available at both facilities. Individuals are required to bring their own lock.

    -Members/guests are prohibited from placing items in a day use locker and leaving the facility. Likewise, members are required to clean out their day use locker prior to close. Anyone who violates this policy will have his or her items removed and charged a $40.00 recovery fee.

    For more information visit Lockers and Towels.
  • Requests to Film, Photograph, and Interview

    All requests to film, photograph, and interview must pre-approved by Recreation Management. Please contact us for more information.

Today’s Hours


  • Pottruck Center 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Membership Services 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Sheerr Pool & Sauna
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  • Fox Fitness & Squash 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Hecht Tennis Center 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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