About Us

The mission of Duke Recreation & Physical Education is to provide exceptional and diverse opportunities that promote healthy active lifestyles in a safe, inclusive environment.

Our core values: Communication, Integrity, Teamwork, Healthy Lifestyles, Fun, Safety, and Inclusiveness.

Duke Recreation and Physical Education encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Nathan McKinnis in advance of your participation or visit.

What We Offer

Get Course Credit

Did you know that we offer physical education courses for class credit? Spice up your course schedule by taking one of our many physical education classes. From fly fishing, to golf, to triathlon training and more, we offer lots of fun opportunities!

Stay Active

One of the best ways to stay physically active is to make it a life-long habit. Set yourself up to succeed right from the start by seeking to make exercise a regular part of your day. Come visit us at Wilson or Brodie Recreation Centers or participate in one of our many programs to get moving!

Get Adventurous

Our Outdoor Adventures Program provides many opportunities for the adventure seeker. From outdoor trips such as whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and paddle boarding, to climbing at our indoor rock wall, we offer fun adventures for both students and faculty/staff. No experience is necessary.

Improve Quality of Life

Exercise is like spinach – everybody knows it’s good for you; yet many people still avoid it, forgoing its potential health benefits. Studies show that exercise improves quality of life in all areas – agility, energy, overall health, mental health, emotional well-being and functioning in social situations.

Experience Team Building

Form and build valuable bonds with your peers through playing on an Intramural Team, by joining a Sport Club or through participation in our Outdoor Adventures Leadership Development Program. All are great way to learn valuable leadership skills such as group management, decision making, self-awareness and situational assessment.

Work on Campus

Interested in working for the most fun student employer on campus? Duke Rec is one of the largest campus employers, employing students in such positions as Intramural officials, Rec Center employees, Aquatic Center lifeguards, Outdoor program and Fitness employees and fitness instructors.

Relieve Stress

You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and stress. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you're not an athlete or even if you're out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting a regular exercise routine is vital to maintaining the health of your muscles, bones and bodily organs. The merits of exercise include a variety of health benefits ranging from weight loss and improved sleep to the prevention and management of chronic health conditions. Individuals looking to access the multiple benefits of exercise can break down their workouts into three categories: aerobic exercises, strength training exercises and flexibility training.

Get Outside

Duke Recreation offers lots of ways to get out in the sunshine, whether it's through our Outdoor Adventures program, playing a club or intramural sport, or relaxing at our Central Campus Outdoor Pool.

Play a Sport

Round up a group of friends, classmates, organization members or neighbors and start an intramural team! With several different sports and leagues to choose from, we have something for everyone!

Join a Team

With 36 clubs to choose from, Sport Clubs are student-run organizations for those who have a passion for a particular sport or who want to learn a new sport. The Sport Club program emphasizes leadership, education and service through the sport it offers.

Get Personal Attention

Looking for a way to change up your workout? Grab a partner or let us pair you up for small group, semi-private or one on one personal training. Accountably, affordability, and fun all in one! We also offer private and partner Pilates Training!

Do Your Own Thing

Pop your head phones in and hop on our cardio equipment; shoot some hoops;  go for a swim; grab a smoothie from Quenchers; or simply hangout and study in one of our many lounge areas.

Workout with Friends

Grab a friend, or two, and get together with one of our trainers for some fun workouts with our TRX bands! These workouts will challenge your core, build strength and flexibility throughout your body and can complement any training program.

Meet New People

Whether you participate in a group fitness class, take a PE class, play intramurals, go on a trip with our Outdoor Adventures Program, join a Sport Club, or simply come workout on your own, our facilities and programs are a great way to meet new people!