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Live Well Grinnell

Live Well Grinnell provides resources, support, and encouragement to all members of our community (students, staff, faculty) as they seek their vision of optimal wellness in all dimensions.

Central tenets of Live Well Grinnell:


Live Well Grinnell serves students, faculty, and staff through multidimensional wellness programming.  This includes activity classes such as spinning and yoga, preventative interventions such as flu shots, credit courses such as “The Off Campus Kitchen”, fitness center orientations, and alcohol and other drug education.  The Hall Wellness Coordinators (HWCs), peer educators and resources, also are part of the wellness program.  Live Well Grinnell provides a wellness reimbursement program and a biennial blood-screening for faculty and staff.

Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center

The Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center houses:

  • The 1,250 seat Darby Gymnasium, home of the Pioneer men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball team;
  • A 500-seat natatorium with a 50-meter pool and movable bulkheads; and
  • A six-lane 200-meter fieldhouse with seating for 400.
  • An 8,000 square foot fitness center with cardiovascular and strength equipment;
  • An auxillary practice gymnasium

In addition, the center houses the physical education and athletics staff and faculty, as well as classroom and practice space, climbing and bouldering walls, racquetball courts, locker rooms, equipment room, and a concession lounge with wireless Internet access and seating area.

The center is located north of 10th Avenue between Park and East Street. Visitor parking is available in the lots to the south and east of the fitness center. Accessible parking is located in the lots to the south of the fitness center and to the west of the natatorium. See Maps and Directions for more information.