Virtual Recreation & Wellbeing
Author: Campus Recreation
Posted: March 20, 2020

At Campus Rec, the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, and the Portland State community is of the utmost importance to us. As a result, the Rec Center is closed (effective 3/15/20) until further notice to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This includes the pool and spa, Climbing Center, Outdoor Program office, Personal Training office, and Equipment Rental Center.

  • In-person Activites: All in-person programs, activities, and events are cancelled until further notice. 
  • Membership: All Campus Rec memberships are suspended. Members will not be charged any late fees. Due to the timing of our closure, payroll deductions for March have been adjusted by PSU Human Resources to reflect the closure for 3/16 - 3/30. All payroll deductions for April have been paused through HR. No action is needed from members at this time.
  • Student Rec Fee: PSU students will receive a full refund of the recreation center fee ($44) for spring term. Students will receive a credit to their student account for the reduction in fees. Student Financial Services will process credits as soon as possible. First tuition and fee payments were due April 6; however, students who missed that deadline will not be charged a late fee.
  • Lockers: Lockers will not expire or be cleaned out during the closure. Items left in lockers during the closure will remain secure at no charge. 

Stay Informed

  • Check Campus Rec's homepage for updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Stay connected and informed with Campus Rec Connect, a weekly e-newsletter with updates, tips, and resources to help you focus on wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign up today!
  • Portland State has developed a website for our collective response to the coronavirus. There are FAQs on the site that you might find helpful.
  • For information about the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the CDC website.

Campus Rec Virtual Offerings: 

While we aren't physically open, we want to bring the Rec Center to you! Join the Campus Rec community in staying active and engaged during this time of physical distancing with these new virtual offerings:

Fitness & Personal Training

  • Virtual Group X Classes - Campus Rec is offering FREE virtual Group X fitness classes to Portland State students, faculty, and staff. A email is required to securely access the Zoom classes. Classes include Yoga, HIIT + Abs, Bodyweight Bootcamp, Dance Fitness, Zumba, and Mindful Tai Chi. The virtual Group X schedule is available on our Schedules page. A selection of recorded virtual classes will also be available on our YouTube channel.
  • Group X On Demand - Access virtual Group X videos on YouTube anytime. More videos will be uploaded each week!
  • Virtual Group Training (Spring Term Registration Closed) - Campus Rec Personal Training is launching FREE virtual group training programs starting Monday, April 20. Free and open to everyone (no email or Campus Rec membership required). Group training options include: Kickstart Cardio, Strength Builder, Couch to 5K, Intermediate 5K, and Mobility/Flexibility. Visit our website for more detailed descriptions of each group training option. 
  • Ask a Personal Trainer - Do you have general questions about working out, nutrition, or improving your health and wellbeing? Submit your questions on our new Ask a Personal Trainer form. Each week Campus Rec will highlight a question with the response on our social media channels. When possible, a personal trainer will follow-up with you directly as well. Thanks for engaging with us and staying healthy!

Health Promotion

  • Mindful May BINGO (5/1 - 5/31) - Incorporate mindfulness and wellbeing into your daily life by playing Mindful May BINGO! Complete mindfulness activities on the BINGO card to earn raffle tickets for a prize drawing when the Rec Center reopens. Sign up by filling out the Mindful May BINGO Pre-Survey (Google form).

Intramural Sports & Special Events

  • Intramural Esports Leagues (5/3 - 6/6) - Missing sports during this time of physical distancing? Join our Intramural esports leagues! Esports is a form of sport competition using video games. The regular season runs May 3 - May 30 and playoffs are May 31 - June 6. Free for PSU students, faculty, staff and Campus Rec members. Explore all six of our spring esports leagues and register by 6 p.m. on Wednesays to be included in that night's competition. Final registration deadline is May 27 at 6 p.m. Gaming devices, controllers, and video games are not provided. 
  • Netflix Watch Parties (4/30 - 6/4) - Let's watch some great sports movies and series together on Netflix every Thursday at 7 p.m. Download the free Netflix Party Chrome browser extension and enjoy classics such as Space Jam and Miracle as we all watch the same movie simultaneously and chat about it. A different sports movie/series/short will be featured each week. Register at for the watch party link, which will be emailed to you each week along with the entire schedule. Free for PSU students, faculty, staff and Campus Rec members.
  • Zoom Pictionary League (5/6 - 6/3) - Create a team of 2-5 players and fill your Wednesday nights with laughs as you try to guess what your teammate is drawing on Zoom. Join the fun from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. every Wednesday in May and earn points to gain a higher seeding in the single-elimination playoff tournament held on Wednesday, June 3. Register as a team or free agent on Teams must register by 6 p.m. on Wednesdays to be included in that week's Zoom Pictionary competition. The final registration deadline is Wednesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Learn more at the informational Pictionary Zoom meeting on May 4 at 5 p.m. Free for PSU students, faculty, staff and Campus Rec members.
  • Tuesday Trivia Nights (5/5 - 6/2) - Test your knowledge each week against your PSU friends! Themes vary from week to week. The winner of each week’s trivia night will win an Intramural Champ t-shirt! Games will be played via Zoom and Kahoot! starting promptly at 7 p.m. Register at by 6 p.m. on Tuesday before each Trivia Night begins. The Zoom and Kahoot! IDs will be emailed to you at 6:15 p.m. each week. Limited to the first 300 registrants.

Outdoor Program

  • Weekly Outdoor Scavenger Hunt - Bring fresh air and fun into your week with the Outdoor Program's Scavenger Hunt challenges! Each week on Instagram and Facebook, they will share a challenge theme (plants, animals, places, etc.) for you to find while walking around your neighborhood. To participate, take photos of your scavenger hunt finds and email them to or post them on Instagram (tag @psu_odp) or Facebook (tag @psuoutdoorprogram) with #ODPscavengerhunt. At the end of each week, the Outdoor Program will share everyone's findings along with the next week's challenge.

Stay Active at Home

Staying active and connecting with friends and family contributes to holistic wellbeing, reduces stress, and prevents illness. We know everyone is being inundated with virtual resources to help, which can feel overwhelming and contribute to further anxiety. After researching many of the available options, Campus Rec has compiled a list of virtual resources that most closely align with our values of wellbeing and inclusion. Enjoy!


  • Down Dog Yoga - All Down Dog apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - are completely free until April 1st. They are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). Sign up with your .edu email address.
  • How to Run Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns: Answers to your most frequently asked questions about running while the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.
  • Yoga with Adriene - Free, high-quality yoga videos for all levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls! Classes range from 10-45 minutes, and include yoga for loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
  • How Swimmers Can Workout Without a Pool - No pool=no excuses! Stay in swimming shape with dryland routines.
  • Peloton App - Free 90-day access to a full library of classes that can be done from the comfort of home. Take a mix of yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running and more. 


Inclusive Rec

  • BORP Online Fitness Studio - Access a wide range of free online workouts suitable for people with physical disabilities and movement limitations. 

Family-Friendly Activities

Stay Well


  • Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) - SHAC remains open to receive phone calls at (503) 725-2800 during our normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 9-5, Friday 9:30-5). If you are concerned that you have been exposed or are showing symptoms of coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or call the SHAC Nurse Line with coronavirus related questions or concerns at (503) 725-2515 or the 24/7 Nurse Advice Line (after hours) at (844) 224-3145.
  • CDC Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19 - Support yourself through feelings of anxiety and stress with these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Headspace Meditation - Headspace is a meditation app that provides the basics to meditation for free. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more, and even sleep better. Focus on meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
  • Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety - Seven science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety. 
  • View Coronavirus Coverage with a Positive Outlook - Five ways to view coronavirus coverage while keeping things in perspective and maintaining a positive outlook. 
  • Reducing Stigma - Help counter stigma with the CDC's recommendations for reducing stigma in order to create resilient communities. 
  • Prevent Social Distance Loneliness - Advice for preserving your mental health while avoiding physical proximity.
  • Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 Online - This free online class offered by the American Red Cross will help you to build resilience and support yourself and others through the global health crisis by reviewing basic principles of providing psychological first aid.

Financial Resources