George Mason University

Fitness and Recreation

The treadwall climbing system is a new addition to Skyline Fitness at George Mason University

Getting fit on campus doesn't have to be boring. The recreation and sports facilities at Mason feature some of the more innovative techniques and equipment available today.

Wellness Within Reach

You’ll find a variety of valuable wellness resources at Mason’s many recreation and fitness facilities. We make it a point to maintain pleasant, safe, and clean grounds and buildings for people to enjoy.

Time to Get Moving

It’s hard to find an excuse for not working out with Mason’s central locations.

In Fairfax, the Recreation and Athletic Complex features gyms, racquetball and squash courts, and a fitness gallery, while water lovers can enjoy a recreation pool, whirlpool, cedar sauna, and Olympic-size competition pool at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. Fairfax campus memberships include parking accommodations in nearby lots, or you can take public transportation to walkable, well-lit CUE and Mason Shuttle stops, and convenient parking is also available for the aquatic center.

At the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus in Manassas, you'll find ample, free parking, convenient hours and even programs suited to fit into the workdays of the many professional offices in the nearby business parks.

Many of our facilities feature extended hours with some staying open as early as 6 a.m. and closing as late as midnight. 


Certified trainers instruct fitness classes at George Mason University

A variety of group fitness and personal training options are available at our recreation facilities.

Work it Out on the Floor

With a membership at with one of our recreation programs, you might want to get in shape in a high-energy aerobics class or wind down and find your center with some tai chi or yoga. You can also challenge your strength and fitness in our fully outfitted weight rooms and cardio suites. Our workout spaces feature natural light, ergonomic flooring, and ample equipment such as free weights, balance and strength-training, and cardio machines. Memberships with great benefits are available to the public at reasonable rates.

In Fairfax

At the RAC

Encompassing 120,000 square feet, the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) boasts three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, squash courts, and a two-story fitness gallery.


Weight training/strength gallery     

2 squash courts**

Cardio gallery

Equipment checkout

Martial arts/dance room

Men’s and Women’s Locker rooms

Yoga/Pilates room

Freshens smoothie bar

6 basketball/8 volleyball courts


2 racquetball/wallyball courts**

1,500-seat multipurpose venue for men’s and women’s
varsity volleyball and wrestling


At the Aquatic & Fitness Center

The AFC supports a wide range of activities for the University community.  Members have access to a variety of fitness and wellness programs and services, cardio and strength equipment, and aquatic amenities and programs.


Weight training/strength gallery     


Cardio gallery


Cycle studio

Extensive group exercise program

Multipurpose room

Dedicated room for stretching and light weight use

Olympic size pool

Men’s and women’s locker rooms

Recreational pool

Family changing room

Skyline Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus has a variety of cardio, weight-training, and strength equipment, as well as a basketball court.

Fairfax Campus Recreation Membership Details 

In Manassas

If you’re looking for a place to get your heart pumping and your muscles flexing in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment, the Freedom Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus in Prince William County is where you will find it. The sprawling 110,000 square-foot facility houses a wide variety of cardio and strength training equipment, group fitness programming including cross training and athletic conditioning, and personal training.

Weight training/strength gallery


Cardio gallery

Elevated indoor track

Cycle studio

Exercise studio

Multipurpose room

Full gymnasium

Olympic size pool

Men’s and women’s locker rooms

Recreational pool with zero depth entry

Family locker room


SMART Lab Sports Assessment from GMU


Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center Membership Details



Child enjoys swimming lessons at the Aquatic Recreation Facility at George Mason University.

Learning to swim at Mason is fun for all ages.

Just Keep Swimming

You’re never too young, or, ahem, seasoned to learn to swim. Mason endeavors to build water-safe families by offering multi-level swimming lessons at our pools in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

We also offer classes in other aquatic activities such as master’s competitive swimming, water walking, aerobics, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, SCUBA, and American Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor certifications.


In Fairfax

The Jim McKay Natatorium at the Aquatic and Recreation Facility on Mason's Fairfax campus has been home to numerous record-breaking swimmers, including Michael Phelps, Kate Ziegler, Tom Dolan, and Ed Moses. If you're a serious swimmer endeavoring to add your name to this impressive leaderboard, or are looking for a healthy low-impact workout for better health, you will notice a difference in your performance when you take a dip in these waters.

The pool has a number of unique engineered design features that minimize the turbulence in the swim lanes, making the most out of each stroke and kick. The competition pool is 25-by-50 meters and is surrounded by an all tile deck. The new wireless pace clocks make training a breeze, and the state-of-the-art automated filtration system uses ultraviolet light and easier on the eyes and tougher on germs than traditional chlorine. 

The competition pool is the primary training facility for Mason's varsity swimming and diving teams, various local USS and scholastic swim clubs, and master's swimming. Be sure to check the lane schedule before you suit up. 

The Recreation Pool is the perfect spot for aquatic fitness for the entire family. The zero-depth entry design provides modified access for wheelchairs and mobility challenges as well as providing a "toes on the beach" feeling of security for our youngest patrons. The six 25 meter lap-lanes are ideal for adding an aquatic regime to your fitness routine. This is also the location of our water aerobics classes, and private swimming lessons.  Swimmers and visitors can also enjoy the whirlpool while letting water jets relax their muscles, or they may visit the sauna to release stress and end workouts feeling refreshed. 

In Manassas

Enjoy year-round aquatics programs in the largest indoor natatorium in Northern Virginia.   From group water exercise classes to lap swimming to water safety and swim lessons, we have the facility for you.  Whether you are new to the water, or an advanced swimmer looking to fine-tune specific strokes, or simply focused on getting conditioned, the Freedom Center will help you reach your goals! 

The pool is home to several area swim teams, including scholastic, master's swimming, and private competitive clubs. You can also work on your conditioning or get ready for that bucket-list triathalon by participating in the SMART Lab, which will examine every aspect of your performance and build a customized plan to get you to the finish line.

If you want to feel the beat without feeling it in your joints, hop in to one of the center's acquatic aerobics classes. Zumba, water walking, and more are offered on a rotating schedule. 


The Green Machine at the EDGE

Take Your Teamwork to New Heights

Energize - Develop - Grow - Excel

Learn together, laugh together, grow as a team. Schedule a positive and powerful experiential learning experience for your team of colleagues or volunteers. The EDGE at Mason on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas will empower your group to excel through physically and mentally challenging activities such as high and low ropes courses, scavenger hunts, and other collaborative decision-making tasks led by expert facilitators.


Kids having a great time at summer day camp at the Freedom Center in Manassas

Mason summer camps are a blast!

A Camping You Can Go

Mason's campuses and the Potomac Arts Academy are home to a host of summer conditioning and enrichment camps focusing on the arts, STEM, humanities, and sports.

Enjoy a summer of engaged, inspired, and quite possibly exhausted-at-bedtime kids!


In Fairfax

Recreation Camps -  Mason's goal is to keep campers moving while exposing them to a variety of recreational activities while building a passion for lifelong learning and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Sport-specific Camps - Mason partners with a variety of organizations to offer a full docket of sport-specific camps for young athletes. 

Academic Enrichment Camps - Your child will enjoy learning new concepts, keeping skills sharp, and thinking outside the classroom in fun and interactive camps at George Mason University.

Visual and Performing Arts Camps - Music, dance, painting, video game design are just some of the offerings available on campus in Mason's arts camps. 

Potomac Arts Academy - George Mason's dedicated community arts academy is proud to present a broad menu of camps and workshops for the creative young people in your life. 

In Manassas

The Freedom Center presents a full catalog of summer camps to suit virtually every interest. Your child can plan on a summer full of fun with unique camp themes such as fishing, kayaking, martial arts, cooking, swimming, sports, dance, leadership, and more.