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Recreation activities on the Indianapolis campus include swimming, tennis, weight lifting and other sports within the school's exercise facilities.

Personal Recreation

On campus facilities

A full spectrum of exercise opportunities including swimming, diving, weight lifting, and track are available on campus for the use of IU School of Medicine students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff.

Students exercise during a spinning class

Daly Center Workout Room

Available to all medical students, this small but convenient workout facility is located next to the lockers in the student lounge and includes private showers in the bathrooms.

IU Indianapolis Facilities

For $50 per semester, students can get access to the IU Natatorium (a world-class pool), a fully-stocked exercise facility, gymnasium, softball fields, volleyball pits, track, intramural sport leagues and more. All facilities are on the IU Indianapolis campus, which is connected to IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus.

IU Health

For a small fee, faculty, staff and students have access to many conveniently-located IU Health fitness centers — some of which are open 24/7.

  • University Hospital

    Two treadmills, one elliptical, one recumbent cycle, dumbbells, a curl bar, Smith Press, pull-up bar, sit-up mats/balls, medicine balls, water and towel service.

  • Methodist Hospital

    Three treadmills, two ellipticals, one recumbent cycle, one upright cycle, dumbbells, a curl bar, a Universal Machine, Smith Press, pull-up bar, sit-up mats/balls, medicine balls, water and towel service, showers and lockers.

  • Fairbanks Hall Fitness Center

    Eight treadmills, three Arc Trainers, two elliptical machines, two recumbent cycles, two upright cycles, one Rex machine, 13 Cybex strength training machines, Smith Press, Cable Crossover, dumbbells, sit-up board, back extension board, aerobics room, water and towel service, showers and lockers.

  • Goodman Hall

    Six treadmills, two elliptical machines, one Arc Trainer, eight Cybex strength training machines, sit-up board, three adjustable benches and dumbbells, water and towel service, showers and lockers.

  • IU Health Pathology Lab Fitness Center

    Available only to employees who have access to the IU Health Pathology Lab. Three treadmills, one elliptical, one Arc Trainer, one recumbent cycle, Hoist personal pulley system, dumbbells, a curl bar, sit-up board/ball, water and towel service.

Off campus facilities

For runners, a very popular trail is the canal downtown. This pedestrian-only path follows the scenic waterway through downtown Indianapolis and is a hot spot for rollerbladers, joggers, walkers (with and without dogs) — and ducks. End to end, this trail is 1.5 miles. Other running locations include the Eagle Creek Park trails, Northwest Way Park, White River Greenway, Whitewater State Park, the Monon Trail, Butler University Campus, and the outdoor track at the Natatorium.

For cyclists, popular biking trails include the Monon, which stretches through the city from 10th St. all the way up to Sheridan (nearly 30 miles), and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which connects cultural attractions and world class public spaces in downtown Indianapolis. A paved bike trail that follows the White River Greenway and passes through Riverside Park is also a great option.