MCLA students kayaking

Fitness and Recreation

Fitness & Recreation - Move It!

MCLA has many ways for you to stay fit. The Campus Center houses a Fitness Center; gymnasium; a dance complex for activities including dance, boxing, Aikido, and aerobics; and locker rooms. 

Biking on the Ashuwillticook trailYou can reserve the sand volleyball court in front of Hoosac Hall through the Student Development Office (413.662.5252). 


Intramurals are a very popular, accessible way to get exercise, have fun, and make new friends. Sign up for one or more of our many intramural teams.

Hiker on the Appalachian trailBike

Bike into town or on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail with MCLA's free bike share.


Day-trip and picnic at The Cascades or Natural Bridge. Or challenge yourself to hike Mount Greylock or the Appalachian Trail. 


MCLA Ski ClubSwim, kayak, canoe or raft in the region's many lakes and rivers.


Did you say snow? Ski or snowboard at nearby Jiminy PeakMount Snow or Berkshire East, all less than an hour away. Or take a weekend trip up North Route 100, Skier's Highway, to Stratton, Bromley, Magic MountainOkemo, Killington and so many more! Yes, we have snow.

the new trailblazer fitness center!

trailblazer fitness centerAccess 

  • All users must complete the NEW Fitness Center Waiver via dynamic forms before using the facility. 
  • Users will scan in with their MCLA ID card when entering the facility and scan out again when leaving to maintain an accurate record for contact tracing. 
  • Due to the limited number of users that can be in the TFC at a time you are encouraged to sign up for a workout appointment which can be made through Microsoft Bookings. This will ensure that you can access the space. 
  • Users waiting to enter the facility will practice social distancing by standing on the 6-foot designated floor markers.
  • Workouts appointments will start on the hour and last 45 minutes.
  • A very limited number of walk-in spaces will be available, but you will also need to follow the hourly start times and 45-minute duration parameters. 
  • bench pressUsers may access only one piece of equipment at a time; circuit training or super sets with multiple pieces of equipment is not permitted.
  • Spotters are not allowed due to the need for social distancing 

Each time you scan into the Trailblazer Fitness Center, you agree to the following:  

  • I confirm I do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19.
  • If the above status changes, I agree not to visit the facility until symptoms are gone or I have been tested negative for COVID-19.
  • I agree to wear a face covering/mask, keep a minimum of 6 feet between myself and other users while in the Fitness Center or on the track,  and to adhere to any other proactive measures of safety implemented by the College.
  • I agree to disinfect all equipment before and after use. 
  • I agree not to use or enter closed off areas or equipment.  

Safety & Hygiene 

  • fly machineAll users and workers are required to wear a mask/face covering.  
  • Paper towels, wipes, cleaner, and hand sanitizer will be provided.  
  • Users are expected to clean machines after use.   
  • The facility will be deep cleaned daily by Facilities and throughout the day by fitness center staff.
  • Users should practice social distancing and always remain at least 6 feet from other users. 
  • After using dumbbells, free weights, and bars, users will bring items to the disinfectant table where a staff member will disinfect and return.

Limited Capacity 

  • Fitness Center: 30 (this includes staff and users)
  • Track: 10
  • The use of equipment is limited to ensure social distancing. For example, only 2 treadmills, 2 elliptical machines, or 3 racks may be used at one time. 
  • Work out zones have been carved out to create additional spaces.

fitness center trackThe Track  

The track is accessed on the first floor of the Campus Center, in the hallway where you exit the Centennial Room at the opposite end. 

When entering the track, users will scan the QR code to log in, and scan at the exit QR code upon exiting.  

Locker Rooms 

Locker rooms are open for bathroom use and handwashing only and may not be used to change into or out of workout clothes.

Users are encouraged to come dressed ready to work out; there will not be anywhere to store personal belongings.

Water fountains have been adjusted to filling only stations

We are excited to have members of our MCLA community use our amazing new facility! If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Deb Raber, Coordinator of the Fitness Center, at