UCalgary Fitness Centre

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IMPORTANT - Read before you visit: Active Living COVID-19 FAQs

The Fitness Centre is BACK!

The Active Living Fitness Centre and the NEW Gold Fitness Alcove are open. Before accessing the facilities, please carefully review the following information and requirements.

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Safety guidelines


Fitness Centre Hours

T: 403.220.5185


  • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 8a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours

  • May 23: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • July 1: CLOSED
  • August 1:  CLOSED
  • Sept. 5: 10  a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

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Fitness Centre safety measures

While we are excited to be reopening with minimal restrictions, safety remains a priority due to the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we have incorporated the following measures:

You must book to visit

  • We have implemented a booking system to manage the capacity of the Fitness Centre and Gold Fitness Alcove.
  • Visits to the Fitness Centre and the Gold Fitness Alcove must be booked separately.
  • The Fitness Centre offers 80 bookings per hour, with no limit on length of stay
  • The Gold Fitness Alcove offers 5 bookings per hour, limited to the hour of your booking
  • Users may check in 5 minutes before and up to 30 minutes after their scheduled booking

Masking rules

  • Masks will no longer be required on UCalgary campuses. Masks are still strongly recommended for use on campus, and everyone should feel comfortable continuing to wear a mask.
  • You are also required to follow all other University of Calgary safety measures.

UCalgary Covid-19 response


  • Users are expected to clean their fitness equipment BEFORE and AFTER each use
  • Personal use towels and spray bottles of disinfectant are available to clean the equipment
    • Spray disinfectant into the cleaning towel (15-20 sprays) and wipe equipment
  • All equipment and high touch areas will be electrostatic sprayed daily at closure

Personal hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facilities
  • Wash/sanitize hands frequently and before and after using the gym
  • Exhibit good respiratory etiquette (i.e: sneezing or coughing into the crook of the elbow, no spitting, no clearing of nasal passages, or coughing or sneezing into a tissue).
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face while in the gym

How to book your visit

Steps to book your visit to the Fitness Centre or Gold Fitness Alcove.

How to make a booking

  • Go to the booking page 
  • Login with your UCalgary username and password
  • From the side menu, choose the facility you would like to book
  • Read the pre-requirements carefully
  • Search booking using the search tools on the bottom right
  • Click on your desired time to book
  • All upcoming booked sessions will be displayed in the outstanding bookings section
    • To cancel a booking, click on the red square next to your booking. You may cancel up to 1 hour in advance.
      • Review our no-show policy
  • You may make one booking per day and up to seven bookings per week
  • Bookings are available up to 7 days in advance

The day of your visit

  • Assess your own health to ensure you are well enough to attend
    • If you are showing any symptoms of illness, please do not visit the Fitness Centre. Remember to cancel your booking to avoid a no-show penalty
  • Show up to your booking up to 5 minutes before and 30 minutes after your scheduled start time
    • If your booking is for the Fitness Centre, go to the Fitness Centre with your ID card and scan at the gates
      • Note – if this is the first time using the Fitness Centre, you will need to activate your card at the Client Services or Fitness Centre front desk
    • If your booking is for the Gold Fitness Alcove, go to the Client Services front desk (KNA 104) to get a wristband
  • Once checked into the Fitness Centre, you may stay as long as you like. 
  • Due to event scheduling in the adjacent Gold Gym, users are expected to leave the Gold Fitness Alcove promptly at the end of their booked time.

No-show policy & booking allowance

  • Bookings can be cancelled up to 1 hour in advance by logging into your Active Living account. For assistance, please call the Fitness Centre at 403.220.5185
  • Failure to check-in or cancel a booking will result in a no-show. After three no-shows, you cannot book a spot until the penalty fee (day pass fee) is paid
  • While you can only make one booking at each facility per day, you may make bookings at more than one facility per day (eg: you can book a time-slot at both the Fitness Centre and Gold Fitness Alcove within a day)

Staffing availability

  • Spotting services are no longer provided by staff
  • Users are encouraged to form small cohorts if lifting heavy
    • Masking of both exerciser and spotter is strongly recommended
  • Staff are continually circulating, educating members on our new guidelines
  • If you are educated by one of our staff members, please remember that we are working to keep everyone safe

Available equipment and amenities

Most of our equipment and space is available. 

  • Running track, small equipment (tubing, bands, etc), rowers
  • Water fountains and bottle filling stations 
  • Locker rooms (KNA) 

What you need for your visit at a glance

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1. Make a booking.

2. Complete a self-assessment the day of your booking.

For your visit:

3. Change into your workout attire in the locker rooms before you enter the Fitness Centre or Gold Fitness Alcove.

4. Store your stuff. Large bags are not permitted inside the facility — you may bring a small, drawstring bag.


5. Your UCID card.

6. A mask – if you choose.  Masks will no longer be required on UCalgary campuses. Masks are still strongly recommended for use on campus, and everyone should feel comfortable continuing to wear a mask.


The University of Calgary Fitness Centre offers many programs and services designed to encourage healthy participation in a variety of activities. The goal for the Fitness Centre is to provide an opportunity for participants to improve or maintain their health and vitality through activities and programs.

Access to the Fitness Centre is included in both the All-Access membership (students are All-Access members) and Fitness membership options.

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Our space

With over 3750mof space, the Fitness Centre has something for everyone, including:

University of Calgary Fitness Centre weights and cardio


A wide range of cardio equipment, weight machines and free weight equipment

Running track

6 lane, 240m running track

Wheelchair access

A variety of wheelchair accessible equipment, with an elevator to the second floor

Fitness Programs

In addition, the Fitness Centre has several programs: personal and small group training, rehabilitation fitness classes, and other favourites such as yoga and spin classes. Our friendly staff are always available to answer questions or help make your Fitness Centre experience the best it can be.

Personal Training

Our friendly certified trainers are ready to help build a fitness plan that fits you. 

Discounted rates for UCalgary students and Active Living members.

Group Fitness

Find a class to suit what moves you. We offer group fitness, yoga, fitness rehabilitation, weight management programs and more.

Programs are open to the public.

Running Track

The upper level running track is periodically closed for special events, such as convocation ceremonies held in the Jack Simpson gymnasium.

What to bring to the Fitness Centre

Appropriate footwear

Please bring clean, close-toed indoor shoes.

Drawstring bags are permitted

You can bring a small, drawstring bag to keep with you. Large bags will not be permitted.

UCID card

Scan your University of Calgary ID card at the Fitness Centre entrance to gain access.


Masks are not required while participating in a physical fitness activity. However, they are strongly recommended for use. 

Stretching in the UCalgary Fitness Centre

UCalgary Fitness Centre Gym Orientation
UCalgary Fitness Centre Cardio Area

FREE Gym Orientations

Never been to the Fitness Centre but want to see what it’s all about? Thinking about beginning an exercise program but don’t know where to start? Kick the year off with confidence by attending one of our FREE gym orientations.

During the orientations, our team will introduce you to the Fitness Centre basics and answer any questions you may have. Get a guided tour of all the equipment and programs we have to offer and learn tips, tricks and etiquette on how to become gym-savvy.

Appropriately distanced gym orientations are available on-demand, for any Fitness Centre user with a current booking. Please see any Fitness Centre staff member for details.  *Please note that a mask is required to be worn during the orientation*.