There are plenty of great places to work out around campus and Columbus. Here’s a sampling of what is available to all kinds of athletes.


For swimmers

From a six-lane lap pool to a kid-friendly bubble bench, Ohio State’s Recreational Natatorium is open to anyone with a recsports membership. Complete with a basketball hoop, whirl pool spa, and two dry saunas, the facility also hosts swim lessons. To swim where the pros have been, including Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian in history, dive into the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion during recreational swim hours. The City of Columbus has plenty of pools to offer as well.


For runners

Lace up your kicks for a run along the Olentangy Trail, a 13.75-mile path that hugs the Olentangy River and wanders through campus and numerous parks. Looking for a competitive edge? Weave through the streets of downtown alongside thousands of other entrants in the Capital City Half Marathon in the spring or Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon in the fall.


For ballers

Ohio State accommodates all forms of “ballers.” One can shoot hoops at nearly any recreational facility on campus and access Lincoln Tower Field for a pick-up game of soccer or football. For those racket-sportsters, squash racquetball courts are stet in the RPAC, and tennis courts can be found outside of the facility or at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center. Also, look into the indoor and outdoor facility offerings about the city or get on the roster of an intramural team.


For golfers

Take to the green at either of Ohio State’s 18-hole golf courses, appropriately named Scarlet and Gray. (A daily greens fee applies to all golfers.) The City of Columbus and surrounding areas also offer a selection of courses to tee off at, public and private. Be sure to swing by Muirfield Village Golf Club, home to the annual Memorial Tournament that attracts as slew of professionals, such as Tiger Woods and Bubba Watkins.


For climbers

Scale the largest outdoor climbing wall in the country at the Scioto Audubon. Spanning 6,100 square feet and towering at 35 feet, the climbing wall is free to the public, but climbers must bring their own equipment. For a climb closer to campus, visit the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center, located in the Outdoor Adventure Center on west campus. The 4,000 square feet of climbing space and its 50 different routes is free to recsports members.


For cyclers

Pedal along one of the Central Ohio Greenways, such as the Olentangy Trail which wraps through the center of Ohio State’s campus or the Scioto Trail that goes through heart of downtown Columbus. Looking to ride for a cause? Sign up for Pelotonia, a 25- to 180-mile ride against cancer – all donations raised by riders directly benefit the cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.


For yogis

Unroll your yoga mat for a group fitness class at the RPAC or on the Oval, depending on weather conditions. Free to recsports members, the university offers vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, and traditional yoga classes. For a more intimate setting, look into joining a yoga club at Ohio State or one of the studios in the city, such as Yoga on High.


For class-seekers

Whether you prefer to break a sweat by kickboxing, cycling, or, perhaps, aqua zumba, Ohio State offers a slew of group fitness classes free to students and with all equipment provided. Another free option yet in an outdoor, downtown setting is the weekly fitness class at Columbus Commons.