Exterior of renovated Aztec Recreation Center (ARC)

If you want to stay in shape by working out in a state-of-the-art fitness center located on campus, then the Aztec Recreation Center – affectionately known as the ARC – is a great option.

Thousands of SDSU students use the ARC each month, and after a recent renovation expanded and improved the ARC’s offerings of workout equipment and classes, the facility is an even better option for Aztecs who are looking to burn off some school stress.

Global Campus students enrolled in for-credit, degree-bearing programs can purchase a membership to visit the ARC at the SDSU student membership rate of $35 per month. It’s easy to take advantage of this world-class facility that is located on the west end of campus near Viejas Arena and was recently expanded to provide even more health and wellness services to the SDSU community. 

The ARC is open seven days a week when classes are in session with the hours varying daily. If you’re planning to visit, it’s best to check the ARC website for hours of operation, a schedule of in-person group fitness classes like rock climbing, boxing fitness, and heated power yoga, and other details. 

Updated Facilities

The ARC underwent an extensive renovation that was completed in 2022 and expanded the center to a total of 134,000 square feet. Here is a list of new facility features that the ARC now offers:

  • 25,000 square feet of weight and cardio equipment space
  • Multi-use courts to support intramural sports leagues, adaptive athletics, club sports, and drop-in recreation activities such as basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, fitness classes, special events, and student club and organization activities
  • 5 fitness studios for classes such as yoga, pilates, meditation, group cycling, dance, boot camp, and self-defense
  • Wellness space
  • Social and study spaces
  • Healthy eatery
  • Gender-neutral locker, shower, and restroom spaces
  • Climbing and bouldering walls
  • Indoor running track
  • Office and meeting room space

Aquaplex and Tennis Courts

The ARC membership includes the Aztec Aquaplex, a modern facility equipped with two large outdoor pools, a 20-person spa, and two full-service locker rooms. The recreation pool offers lap swim availability. Membership also includes access to the SDSU tennis center located adjacent to the Aquaplex and available for open play hours on evenings and weekends.

Videos and Virtual Workout Resources 

If you are unable to make it to campus to work out at the ARC, there are options for working out virtually online. The ARC has a YouTube channel with hours of free instructional videos and other health and wellness resources that can be done at home or anywhere.

The ARC also offers easy healthy eating recipes that can be viewed online and made at home to help support a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about ARC membership benefits, watch this video.