Department of Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation

Getting Started

If getting started toward a healthier lifestyle is one of your biggest challenges, we recommend a visit.

Come and tour our Fitness Center and its state-of-the-art equipment, learn about the programs led by professionals that are designed for people at every level of fitness. Don't worry about being new or unfamiliar with gyms.

Getting Started: Vital 11 Orientation

Personal Trainers

Walking & Biking Trails

Our Vital 11 Orientation

If you want to get started with a fitness routine but feel overwhelmed at the gym, email or call 320-308-3613 to arrange one of our free "Vital 11" training sessions in our Fitness Center at the Student Recreation Center.

We'll cover schedules, personal training benefits, fees and policies.

We'll show you how to properly use our equipment and perform our total-body workout plan for noticeable results.

Workouts and Equipment


  • Warm up-Mobility
  • Back #1
  • Back #2
  • Chest
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Shoulders
  • Legs
  • Abs
  • Cardio
  • Flexibility


  • Linear Weight Lines
  • Stationary Exercise Bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Cross Trainers
  • Stairmasters
  • Rowing Machine
  • Upper body ergo meter
  • Step Mill
  • Stretching Area
  • Free weight lifting area
  • Cardio Theater

Prefer a Personal Trainer?

Our certified personal trainers know how to set up safe, effective and individualized programs in weight loss, weight gain and overall fitness. They offer sport-specific training and small-group sessions.

During your free 1/2-hour personal training consultation you will:

  • Discuss what you would like to achieve.
  • Review goals.
  • Conduct a baseline fitness test.
  • Set up a timeline.

Our personal training staff will answer questions and make appointments.


1/2-1 hour consultation Free

Students 1/2-hour
   1 session $12.50
   2 sessions/week/month $100
   3 sessions/week/month $150

Students 1-hour
   1 session $25
   5 sessions $110
   10 sessions $200

Faculty/Staff/Alumni 1/2-hour
   1 session $15
   2 sessions/week/month $120
   3 sessions/week/month $180

Faculty/Staff/Alumni 1-hour
   1 session $30
   5 sessions $115
   10 sessions $205

Small Group
   2-4 people $15/person/session
   5-6 people $10/person/session


  • Sessions will be prepaid and will be due at the time of the initial appointment, not the consult.
  • Check, cash or credit card is accepted. Please make checks payable to Saint Cloud State University.
  • A sales tax will be added to the session(s) fee.
  • Paying a Personal Trainer directly is strictly prohibited; all membership privileges to the Recreation Center will be terminated immediately.
  • Session payments are non-refundable.
  • Single and 5-session packages are good for 60 days from the original date of purchase.
  • Half-hour session packages are good for 90 days from the original date of purchase.
  • Packages of 10 are also available and are good for 120 days from the original date of purchase.

Forms and Policies


Please read and complete these forms before your first appointment.


  • Sessions are on a 30-60 minute time frame.
  • Please be on time for your appointments.
  • If you are late for a session, it will end at the scheduled time.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for a session, it will be considered a no show and you will be charged for the session.
  • You must give the personal trainer 24 hours of notice to be considered for rescheduling a session.
  • Clients must be cleared of any risk factors associated with physical activity before services can be offered.
  • If risks are identified, the client will be required to provide the trainer with an official physician's referral document stating that the client has been cleared to engage in physical activity program.

Personal Trainer: Carly M.

"I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. Currently, I am attending St. Cloud State University for my Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Development. In my years between graduation and moving to St. Cloud, I worked as a personal trainer in central Florida before deciding to move out west to Colorado in search of a state that was above sea level! Being healthy and staying active are such an important part of who we all are and they have an impact on everything from academics to sleeping to a positive mentality to keeping both our minds and bodies in to shape! Being able to be a personal trainer allows me to pass information, knowledge, and confidence on to others in the hopes of helping them lead healthier and happier lives. The biggest roadblock that I have seen during my time as a trainer is a lack of comfort within a fitness center; and I hope that through personal training, I can help my clients become more comfortable with their surroundings so that with time they will be able to train themselves!"

Personal Trainer: Jakob R.

I am a personal trainer at the SCSU Fitness Center. My favorite part of being a personal trainer is teaching people the benefits of exercise not only for the body, but also the mind! My other job is working in the Minnesota National Guard. The major I’m working towards is in Philosophy and minor in Mass-Communications. In my free time I train in mixed martial arts, play video games, and listen to heavy metal.

Personal Trainer: Katherine M.

My name is Katherine and I am one of the Certified Personal trainers at SCSU! I got into fitness my first year of college when I went to a Zumba class and loved it. I then hired a personal trainer because I wanted to feel healthy and learn more about fitness. Since then I have gotten my NETA PT certification because I wanted to help guide people through their fitness journey and support them in  becoming their best self!

Walking and Biking Trails

4 That Start at St. Cloud State

Walking and biking trails as short as 0.6 miles and as long as almost 7 miles will give your muscles a workout.

Four start from the St. Cloud State campus and provide scenic walking and biking opportunities; others begin nearby.

This St Cloud Area "Get Moving" River Map shows a number of spots in the area that are perfect for combining outdoor exercise and fun.