Students in the Plourde Recreation Center

The Center of Fitness and Recreation

Go for a swim, shoot some hoops, run the indoor track, work out in a state-of-the-art fitness and recreation facility, and enjoy some downtime with your friends. The Plourde offers students year-round access to an advanced recreation center complete with two weight rooms (varsity and recreational), cardio machines, an indoor track, three basketball courts, a pool, multi-purpose rooms, a sauna, and locker rooms.

The Plourde Recreation Center provides the Assumption University community with a number of exciting and challenging fitness, intramural, club sport, and aquatic opportunities. The Campus Recreation staff is committed to providing diverse recreational opportunities to help promote a sense of community, support student development, and encourage the pursuit of a healthy active lifestyle for all students, faculty, and staff.

Assumption student during a workout in the Plourde Recreation Center's recreational weight room.
Assumption students lifting weights

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles for Over 30 Years

Since it first opened in 1993, the Plourde Recreation Center has been a place where generations of Assumption students start and continue their fitness journeys. Whether you’re taking advantage of the modern equipment and amenities, or participating in a fitness class or joining an intramural team, the Plourde Recreation Center is the place to get involved.

Learn more about opportunities at the Plourde Recreation Center

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. Please call 508-767-7072 for information.

Equipment and Facilities
  • Cardio Equipment
    • Treadmills
    • Ellipticals
    • StairMasters
    • Expresso Fitness HD Upright Bikes
    • Adaptive Motion trainers
    • Recumbent Bikes
    • Ergometer (Rowing) Machines
  • Full selection of Life Fitness strength machines
  • Free Weight Room – all Life Fitness Products
    • Squat racks
    • Dual pulley machines
    • Bench press racks
    • Incline bench
    • Decline bench
    • Shoulder press
    • Leg press
    • Full set of dumbbells and barbells
    • Kettlebells
  • Multi-Purpose Room
    • Heavy bags
    • Speed bag
    • Full TRX System
  • Aerobics Room
    • Keiser M3 indoor spin bikes
    • Yoga mats and belts
  • Sauna in Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Indoor Track
  • 3 Full-Size Basketball Courts
  • Swimming Pool
Fitness Classes

Students can view a full list of fitness classes and register on the University’s IMLeagues page. Click here to learn more.

Sample Classes (List): 


This class will push your physical boundaries and teach you another way of exercise. You will learn basic combinations and footwork that will incorporate the whole body. The class emphasizes cross-training and spills over into your everyday life. It will provide you with better mental and physical energy and strengthen your mind and body which can help to improve everyday life.


Sweat, sculpt and rock in this cardio jam session inspired by drumming. You won’t just listen to music as you do reps, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates moves. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! POUND will distract you from the intensity and duration of the workout by shifting your focus to rhythm and volume. A session of POUND has you completing more than 15,000 reps, over 50 extended interval peaks and rocked through more than 70 techniques. You won’t even realize it. Once you start – you can’t stay away.


Spin is a high-energy, low-impact class that will have you scorching calories and building cardiovascular endurance and strength. This energetic cardio workout is suitable for a wide variety of ages and fitness levels – you are able to control your own intensity while being motivated by energizing music, your teammates, and trainer. Prepare to get your blood pumping while you sweat like crazy, increase your energy, shed fat, build muscle, and want to come back for more!


Two offerings, Slow Strength and Vinyasa. Slow Strength offers a focus on form and technique of poses with longer holds as well as emphasizing mental focus and breath awareness. Great for beginners or those who prefer a slower pace practice while still getting some strength work. Intermediate Vinyasa Flow is a bit faster pace, moving through more of a flow of poses. More challenging poses will be offered and progressions to basic poses introduced. Best for those who have practiced yoga before however all levels are welcome as modifications will be offered.


Inspired by traditional cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue music with a little hip-hop thrown in, Zumba® is a combination of Latin rhythms and red-hot international dance steps. You’ll learn to love working out through dance with this upbeat and exciting class!

We are always evaluating and changing the courses offered. If you are a student and certified in a specific fitness discipline, please contact John LeDoux, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation ( as we are always interested in hiring students to teach our classes!

Membership (For Non-Students)

Membership for undergraduate and graduate students is included in tuition. The Campus Recreation Office offers Plourde Recreation memberships for the year or by the semester. The following types of Plourde Recreation Center memberships are available:

  • Alumni & Spouse
  • Faculty, Staff and Administration Spouse
  • Continuing Education Students
  • WISE
  • Part-time Students

Membership Pricing

1st Semester (Sept. to Dec.), $130           

1st & 2nd Semester (Sept. to May), $270

2nd Semester (Jan. to May), $140

2nd Semester and Summer, $230

Summer (May to Aug.), $90

Annual (Sept. to Aug.), $360

Become a Member or Renew Your Membership

Rent or Reserve the Plourde

The Plourde Recreation Center and its facilities are available for both student groups and outside members of the University to rent for events.  If you would like more information, please contact the Director of Recreation, Mike Rodier at 508-767-7073.

Rules and Regulations

Members may bring one guest per day for a $5 fee (contact Mike Rodier for more information). Priority facility use is for Assumption University students, faculty, and staff. Know and follow all rules, including proper footwear and court use policies. Report damages promptly, and keep personal items out of activity areas. Ineligible members cannot participate in certain programs. Thank you for contributing to a positive environment at the Plourde Recreation Center.

See all Member Rules

  1. Members of the Center may bring one guest per day for a $5.00 fee. Members must fill out a guest registration form at the control desk and the guest must sign the waiver.
  2. The first priority for use and scheduling of the Plourde Recreation Center will be Intramurals and Open Recreation for Assumption University students, administrators, faculty and staff.
  3. All members will be responsible for knowing and adhering to all rules and regulations pertaining to the Plourde Recreation Center.
  4. Men’s and women’s shower and locker facilities are available on a daily basis. No locks may be left overnight.
  5. Workout footwear- all members must carry their workout footwear into the facility and change into them prior to workout.
  6. Proper athletic shoes or sneakers are required. No black-soled shoes are permitted on playing surfaces, except court shoes equipped with non-marking soles.
  7. Participants are responsible for any damage to the facility. All damages must be reported immediately to the building supervisor.
  8. Personal articles may not be kept in activity areas or hallways.
  9. Lost and found items can be claimed and/or turned in at the Campus Recreation Office.