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Fitness and Recreation

Waterloo Athletic Complex

Stay in shape while completing your studies at Laurier! The Athletic Complex (AC) is home to many of our sports and recreation facilities.

The facility provides a full towel service, equipment rentals and change rooms.

Fitness Centre

The fitness centre provides a wide selection of equipment, including:

  • Over 100 pieces of cardio training equipment including treadmills, elliptical and lateral machines, stair climbers, upright and recumbent bikes, an upper-body ergometer, a rope trainer and rowing machines.
  • Four complete cable machine circuits.
  • Extensive free weight section complete with six Hammer Strength Power Racks, rubberized dumbbells and plates, and over 15 free weight benches.
  • Full TRX suspension is available for individual use or group classes.

Women-Only Program Hours

The fitness centre includes a unique space on the second floor that is closed off during certain hours of the day to become a women-only program area. This space includes everything required for a full workout such as cardio equipment, circuit machines, incline and decline benches, free weights, accessories and floor space for stretching and training.


A valid Laurier OneCard serves as an Athletics and Recreation membership for all full- and part-time students. With a OneCard, you can sign out a lock for the day and use lockers each time you visit the facilities.

All fitness and recreational classes and instruction require an additional fee to assist with the instructional component to the class. Registration takes place early in the term through an online process.

For more details on memberships, locker rentals and towel service, visit the Laurier Athletics website.

Group Exercise

The Group Exercise pass gives you more variety of classes and more convenient class times. Available for $95 plus HST for the term, the pass includes classes such as Bootcamp, Cyclefit, Muscle Pump, Yoga, Pilates and more. If you are not planning on attending Group Exercise classes on a regular basis, a drop-in fee of $8.85 per class is available.

Alumni Field

Alumni field offers a full-sized, FIFA-certified, artificial surface for both intramurals and club teams. During the fall and winter terms, access is available only to students.

For guidelines and rental and booking information, visit the Laurier Athletics and Recreation website.

Dance and Aerobic Studios

The AC has four dance and aerobic studios. Built with quality hardwood and rubber flooring, surrounding mirrors, complete music systems and ballet bars (in select studios), the studios are used for over 50 instructional fitness and dance classes each week. Many different styles and levels are offered to suit a multitude of participants. It is a great way to try something new or enhance your abilities while receiving a great weekly workout.

Olympic-Size Pool

The pool is Olympic length (50m) and features six swimming lanes. A gallery is located on the second floor of the Athletic Complex to view the pool activity below.

Laurier’s pool is home to the Golden Hawk swimming team, the Region of Waterloo (ROW) Swim Club, the Laurier competitive lifeguarding team, prospective national team members and many previous Olympic swimmers.

The pool also provides over 30 hours of recreation programming every week, including lane swimming, intramurals, and aquatics programs.

Rock Climbing Wall

The AC houses a fun and challenging rock climbing wall featuring over 50 fibreglass panels mounted on steel framework, providing 15 routes that reach 25 feet in height.

The wall is designed to provide a personal level of challenge with movable hand and foot grips that can be changed depending on the user’s preference. Simulating natural contours and foot holds, it is specifically designed for teaching basic climbing and mountaineering skills. It is a great place for new climbers to start improving their upper-body strength or for experienced climbers to fit regular workouts into their week.

Squash Courts

Two international squash courts are located in the Athletic Complex. The courts are offered at no charge as part of the AC membership. Raquets and balls can be rented from the Hawk Desk for a nominal fee.

Laurier Brantford YMCA

The new Laurier Brantford YMCA is an innovative partnership between Laurier and the YMCA of Hamilton | Burlington | Brantford. The facility serves residents of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations, the postsecondary institutions in the community, including Laurier and Conestoga College, and other visitors.

The complex is located on the south side of Colborne Street opposite Harmony Square.

What’s Inside?

You can access a range of amenities to stay fit and keep active at this new building. The 120,000-square-foot facility includes:

  • An aquatics centre with two tank pool for lane swimming, swim lessons, aquatic fitness and therapy, plus an on-deck hot tub for teaching, fitness, therapy and leisure.
  • Five inclusive member change rooms, which include: family/universal access, adult general male and female, and adult-only male and female change rooms, plus four team change rooms for Laurier Athletics and other special events.
  • A child-minding area.
  • A youth zone for recreational, social and leadership development programs.
  • A double gym designed for sports and competition with retractable stadium seating for 860 people, plus taping and first aid room for event athletic therapists.
  • A single gym for drop-in sports and larger programs.
  • A fitness centre with state-of-the-art stretching, small group training, cable machines and cardio equipment with Wi-Fi capabilities for fitness programs and access to apps.
  • Health intake consultation rooms for specialized community-based health care programs in partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences and Brant Community Healthcare System.
  • Three studios for a large variety of group fitness classes, including Cycle Fit and dance.
  • Multipurpose spaces for social, educational and cultural programming.
  • A 3,498-square-foot strength area for strength equipment, pin loaded and free weights (2.5 to 100 lbs).
  • A student lounge for group work and socialization.


Your OneCard is all you need to get into the facility and gives you access to everything including the pool, cardio and weight rooms, classes and more (child minding services extra). Student memberships are covered through your student fees.

For information about programming, schedules, recreational sports and more, visit the Laurier Brantford YMCA website.