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Lou Higgins Recreation Center


136 E. Bagley Rd.
(440) 826-2286

Hours of Operation

Current building hours and pool hours are available in Jacket Connect.

About the Facility

Lou Higgins Recreation Center is the campus recreation center and is also the centerpiece of BW's athletic facilities. The 170,000 square-foot complex houses the Ursprung Gymnasium, Harrison Dillard Track, Natatorium, dance studio, racquetball courts, gym modules, a smoothie bar, updated workout spaces, a state-of-the-art athletic training facility, classroom space and offices for coaches and faculty. Faculty offices and classrooms for the Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness are also located in the Center.

If you are looking to improve your physical fitness, stay well and enjoy leisure time, this is the place for you! Other services provided by BW Campus Recreation include recreational equipment loans, outdoor recreational programming, and non-credit recreational workshops and clinics. Come take a tour and see what BW's recreation center has to offer.


  • Fitness center
  • Dance studio
  • Volleyball
  • Racquetball courts
  • Indoor batting cage
  • Weight room
  • Basketball courts
  • Badminton courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Computer lab

Open recreation is available in the racquetball courts, weight room and fitness center. Racquetball courts can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance by calling the Scheduling Desk at (440) 826-2285.

Personal Training

BW Campus Recreation, in conjunction with LifeSpan Fitness Group, provides personal training for students, faculty and staff of all skill levels. LifeSpan Fitness Group is a student organization designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Personal training participants receive a personalized fitness routine and three one-hour personal training sessions per semester. Contact the director of the personal training program at to schedule an appointment.

Fitness and Leisure Education Programs

BW Campus Recreation offers non-credit group fitness and aerobic classes. The classes are designed to help improve and maintain the physical fitness of students, faculty, staff and their spouses. Class schedules are published each semester and are taught by qualified instructors.


Pilates combines strengthening and toning positions that are held for set amounts of time. It's a great workout that involves a lot of floor work. Participants should bring a yoga/pilates mat and wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. The class is designed for beginners to advanced and the instructor does a fabulous job of providing feedback to improve posture and body position and optimize class experience.


Insanity is a 60-day workout program that is offered two days per week with a focus on strenuous stamina training. Developed by Shaun T., the Insanity program emphasizes "max interval training," a method of exercising during which one works out strenuously for three-to-four minutes and then rests or "cools down" for approximately 30 seconds before starting the process again. The Insanity workouts are highly intense and designed for people who are already in good shape.


Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included.


Yoga provides a great mind-body workout. Learn positions to help strengthen your body and leave the class feeling refreshed. Yoga has a lot of floor work so bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. The instructor will lead you on your way to increased strength, flexibility and low stress. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is done in the pool and no swimming background is needed. The first half of the class is done in chest deep water for a great cardio workout without raising the heart rate as high as you would on land. The second half of the class is done in the deep end with the aid of water jogging belts. The deep water workout concentrates on toning and targeting the core. Water aerobics is a great way to accomplish some cross training while being kind to the joints.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a high impact class that includes several toning, strengthening and cardio exercises to give you a terrific workout. The instructor is motivating and will not let you give up. Be prepared to burn calories in this class while improving your strength and endurance. The class is suitable for all levels, but not recommended for those with joint injuries.


Try this ultimate class for a great workout. Bags, focus mitts and gloves are provided. You show up and work hard. The class offers great cross training to spice up your traditional workout. The instructor is like a personal trainer offering motivation, tips and a great workout with toning, cardio and interval sets all packed into 60 minutes. It's well worth the effort.

Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling is done on stationary bikes in the weight room. An instructor leads the class through several levels while providing feedback and assistance. This great cardio workout is an alternative to your typical cardio regimen. Biking is also a beneficial way to tone and burn calories. A limited number of bikes are available, so come early to secure your spot.

Meeting Areas

The Tressel Lounge and four classrooms/meeting rooms are available for group meetings and studying. To reserve a meeting area, call the Scheduling Desk at (440) 826-2285.

Other Campus Sport/Recreation Facilities

  • Collins Tennis Courts
  • Fairgrounds Softball Field
  • George Finnie Stadium
  • Packard Athletic Center
  • Fisher Field
  • Lou Higgins Center
  • Harrison Dillard Track
  • Ursprung Gymnasium
  • Natatorium