Health & Recreation Complex

About the Facility


The Health & Recreation Complex (HRC) offers many services to students, faculty, staff, Butler alums, and the Indianapolis community. In addition to being the main stomping ground for Butler's Department of Recreation, the HRC also houses Counseling and Consultation Services, Health Education and Health Services, making it a true wellness center on campus. Approximately 1,000 students come through our doors daily!  Click the items below to learn more!

HRC Features - Show

HRC Interior 31The facility offers the following:

  • Two-court gymnasium that can accommodate basketball, volleyball, and badminton
  • Six lane lap-swimming pool
  • Leisure pool for water basketball, volleyball, bubble benches, or lazy river
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Men's, women's, and family locker rooms
  • Two multipurpose rooms for use with group exercise classes or club sport practices
  • Free-weight room with Hammer Strength equipment
  • Cardio and selectorized weight machine area that includes Precor, Matrix, and Cybex pieces (over 60 pieces in all)
  • 1/10 mile jogging track
  • Fitness assessment & massage therapy room
  • Conference room that seats approximately 30-40
  • Student lounge (aka "Living Room) with study areas, large tv, pool table, and table tennis
  • Fuel juice bar serving healthy foods and smoothie drinks

Aquatic Center - Show

With a 6 lane, 25 yard competition pool, leisure pool with bubble benches, current channel, water basketball and volleyball, plus a hot tub, and sauna, the Aquatic Center has something for everyone!

Need a workout to stay motivated while swimming laps? Check out the workout box on the table by the entrance to the pool. Workouts range from 1000 yards to 4000 yards.

Swim lessons are available for those that need to get better at swimming or for those that never had the opportunity to learn. All abilities and ages welcome.

Just want to splash around? Ask a lifeguard to set up either the basketball hoop or volleyball net.

A little intimidated to be in a swim suit when others are around? Then the best times to use the pool are Monday-Friday from 6:00am-8:30am and 11:00am-1:00pm. The pool is not too busy at those times.

The Aquatics staff is working on developing more programs to suit your needs.

Contact Terese McAninch Assistant Director of Recreation ~ Aquatics, at for information on the Aquatic Center and aquatic programs.

Fitness Equipment - Show

Whatever your fitness needs we have the equipment to help you reach your goals! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help answer questions you may have regarding the variety of equipment available to you.

Cardiovascular Equipment

  • 5 Matrix T7Xe Commercial Treadmills
  • 5 Precor C956i Commercial Treadmills
  • 5 Precor TRM855 Commercial Treadmills
  • 10 Precor 576i Commercial Ellipticals (total body)
  • 5 Precor EFX835 Commercial Ellipticals (total body)
  • 5 Precor 546i Commercial Ellipticals (lower body)
  • 5 Precor RBK835 Commercial Recumbent Cycles
  • 5 Precor UBK835 Commercial Upright Cycles
  • 18 Keiser M3 Indoor Cycles
  • 3 Cybex Total Body Arc Trainers
  • 2 Concept 2D Rowing Machines (ERGS)
  • 2 Precor AMTs
  • 2 StarTrac eSpinner Indoor Cycles
  • 1 StarTrac Stepmill
  • 1 Octane Lateral X LX800
  • 1 SciFit Pro1 Hand Cycle


Strength Equipment

  • 16 - Cybex Eagle/VR3 selectorized
  • 19 - Hammer Strength free weight/plate loaded
  • 1 - TAG: 10-105 lbs.
  • 2 - TAG: 5-35 lbs.
  • Hampton Fusion urethane grip weight plates: 2.5lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs, 25lbs and 45lbs


Various Small Equipment

  • 1 Title Boxing Bag
  • 1 Title Speed Bag
  • Foam Rollers
  • Stability Balls
  • BOSUs
  • Loop Bands
  • Handled Bands
  • Jump Ropes
  • Medicine Balls
  • Kettlebells
  • Weighted bars
  • Mats

Read the HRC Policies - Show

HRC Facility Policies

Violators of the below policies will be subject to disciplinary procedures and asked to leave the facility immediately. Violators that cause any damage to the facility will be billed.

  • Proper identification (valid Butler Student ID, Faculty/Staff ID, Alumni HRC ID, and Additional Household HRC ID) must be shown when entering through the control desk area. The Recreation staff reserve the right to ask for additional forms of identification at any time. Members who have forgotten their ID will be charged for a day pass.
  • Food and drink (other than water) are restricted to the living room and juice bar areas of the facility and are not permitted in any of the recreational areas of the building. Glass containers are not permitted in the recreation areas of the building.
  • Smoking and smokeless tobacco are not permitted anywhere in the facility, including within 20 ft outside of the facility.
  • Alcohol and drug use is strictly prohibited in the HRC or its programs. Violators will be subject to Butler University disciplinary procedures.
  • No pets other than service animals are allowed inside the HRC.
  • Proper recreational attire must be worn at all times. No pants or shirts with zippers or catches will be permitted on any fitness equipment. On areas with wood floors, close attention is paid to footwear. Street shoes or any shoes suspected of marking the floors will not be permitted.
  • Profanity and abusive language will not be tolerated.
  • Abuse of property will not be tolerated.
  • Sexual or ethnic harassment of patrons and/or employees will handled through the Butler University disciplinary and legal systems.
  • Martial arts weapons are prohibited in the HRC. Contact sparring may occur only during approved activities.
  • Use of the HRC for personal or monetary gain is not permitted.
  • The Department of Recreation and university are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave valuables home or be sure to lock them securely.
  • Use of the HRC is considered a privilege. Individuals not complying with the established departmental policies and procedures may be asked to leave the facility and/or subject to departmental and/or university disciplinary procedures.
  • Any group that wants to use a specific area of the HRC that consists of 5 or more must request to be scheduled through the Recreation Office. This policy is in place to protect the mission and philosophy of the HRC which is to remain an open recreation facility.
  • Due to liability and safety reasons personal trainers not employed through Butler University's Department of Recreation are prohibited from conducting personal training in the HRC. There are no exceptions.

Dependent Child Policies

During permitted posted family times (Friday 5p thru Sunday 5p and during academic breaks) or specific program times, a parent or legal guardian must enter the HRC with their children under 16 years old and must accompany them at all times in the HRC.

  • Children under 16-years-old: May not use the spa, sauna, weight room, cardio areas or take fitness classes.
  • Children under 8-years-old: should be within an arm's length of their parent or guardian in the same area of the facility.
  • Children 8 - 15-years-old: must be supervised by a parent or guardian in the same activity area
  • Parents or guardians are expected to be in a position to provide adequate supervision at all times.
  • Unsafe or inappropriate behavior will result in the child being asked to leave the activity area.

Fitness Area Policies

  • Due to liability and safety reasons personal trainers not employed through Butler University's Department of Recreation are prohibited from conducting personal training in the HRC. There are no exceptions.
  • Patrons are required to wear closed-toe athletic footwear at all times.
  • For hygienic reasons shirts must be worn in fitness rooms at all times. In order to limit the spread of skin transmitted diseases sports bras, halter tops and T-shirts without backs are not permitted.
  • It is highly recommended that patrons use barbell clips and a spotter for all overhead presses.
  • Please disinfect equipment when you are done using it.
  • Patrons of the fitness area are expected to comply with any instructions given by fitness staff. Failure to comply with instructions or regulations may result in disciplinary actions.
  • Any group consisting of 5 or more persons, wanting to use the fitness area, must request to be scheduled via a Facilities Request Form for either Multi-Purpose room usage or weight training and cardio areas. This policy is in place to protect the philosophy and mission of the HRC which is to remain as an open recreation facility to its users.

Open Recreation Policies

Violators of the below policies will be subject to disciplinary procedures and asked to leave the facility immediately. Violators that cause any damage to the facility will be billed.

  • Dunking, grabbing, hanging on rims or nets, or hand in the "cylinder" is not permitted.
  • Kicking or throwing of a basketball and/or other equipment towards the ceiling and/or track is not permitted.
  • Abuse of property will not be tolerated.
  • Clothing and equipment must be stored in the cubbies or locked up and is not to be placed under the basketball goals. Items placed on the floors will be taken to the Control Desk lost and found for reclaiming. The Department of Recreation is NOT responsible for any lost or stolen personal items.
  • Do not spit on the floor.
  • Only non-marking gym shoes will be allowed unless you are a spectator.

Track Policies

  • The track direction changes daily. Follow the signs for the appropriate direction.
  • Inside lane is for Walking. Middle lane is for Jogging. Outside lane is for running.
  • The courtesy rule of passing is recommended. Joggers/Runners should alert others before making a pass.
  • Stretching and warm-up exercises are to occur in the stretching area.
  • Due to potential safety hazards, do not stand on the track to watch other recreational activities. No one is allowed to stand or block any lanes of the track.
  • Children under 16 years of age are NOT permitted on the track level even if accompanied by an adult. Exception: During permitted posted family times or specific program times, children under 16 years of age can be on the track if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Strollers are NOT permitted.

Pool Policies

  • No one may enter the Aquatic Facility unless supervised by a Department of Recreation Lifeguard.
  • Showers are required before entering the pool area. If a patron is using the sauna they must shower before entering the pool or spa.
  • Appropriate swimsuits are required for all swimmers. Street clothes, street shoes, thongs and see-through swimwear and diapers are prohibited.
  • Participants are not permitted in the pool area with open sores, ear, eye, or nose infections or with bandages or adhesive tape. Lifeguards reserve the right to inspect and refuse admittance for health concerns.
  • Individuals who have had diarrhea in the last two weeks are asked not to use the pool.
  • Dispose of gum, food or drink before entering the Aquatics facility.
  • No running, diving, dunking, pushing, pulling or horseplay. Also, playing on or around ladders, railings and drains are prohibited.
  • The use of starting blocks is prohibited, except for competitive programs.
  • Sitting or swimming over and through the lane lines is not permitted.
  • The use of radios, tape or CD players is restricted to devices with headphones only.
  • Personal items are to be stored safely in the locker rooms. Personal items and strollers will not be permitted on the pool deck.
  • Lifeguards have the responsibility to enforce rules and regulations and have the authority to remove anyone for unsafe or inappropriate behavior.

Lap Swim Policies

  • Swimmers must enter the lap pool from the ends only.
  • Maximum number of swimmers in each lane is six.
  • All swimmers must "circle swim" if there are 2 or more swimmers in a lane. Slower swimmers should stop at the wall and allow faster swimmers to pass.
  • Please select the appropriate lane for your ability. Lifeguards reserve the right to ask swimmers to move to another lane if their speed is not similar to those in the lap lane.
  • Sitting, hanging, and swimming through lap lanes is prohibited.

Policies for Swimmers Under 16 Years of Age

  • All children 7 years old and younger or children considered to be a non-swimmer must be accompanied by a parent/guardian 18 years or older. Adults must stay with in arms distance at all times.
  • All children between the ages of 8-15 years old must have a parent/guardian 18 years or older on the pool deck at all times.
  • Infants and toddlers are required to wear leak-proof pants or swim diapers.

Spa Policies

  • Youth under the age of 16 are prohibited from using the spa.
  • Swimmers are required to shower before entering the spa.
  • Spa usage is not recommended immediately after intense physical activity or after sauna use. Before using the spa, cool down for at least 5 minutes after exercising.
  • Exercising in the spa is prohibited.
  • Enter and exit the spa slowly and cautiously.
  • Women who are pregnant, patrons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, seizures, epilepsy, circulatory or respiratory problems, or high or low blood pressure should not enter the spa without their doctor's permission.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the spa.
  • Underwater submersion is prohibited.
  • Limit use to 10 minutes.
  • Do not use the spa if the temperature is greater than 104 degrees.

Photo/Video Policy

  • Anyone that wishes to take Photos or Videos in the HRC must receive permission and written approval from the Associate Director of the HRC. Please contact at


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