Thinking Ahead: Getting Active at YorkU

Posted by Megan on April 2, 2014

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Good Afternoon readers!

This is another post for incoming readers – today I’m going to go over some of the amazing resources York offers for getting active. Don’t forget that getting active isn’t only good for your physical health – it is also great for your mental and even emotional health and the benefits often carry over into positive effects towards your academics as well! Now some of us prefer sports as a way of getting active, others prefer going to the gym – I’m going to try to highlight a variety of resources so that there will be something for everyone 🙂

The Gym

One of the primary ways that students get active is by working out at the gym. Some of the gyms at York include:

Tait McKenzie (the main gym)

Toronto Track & Field Centre (has a track and some workout equipment)

Dynamacs (located in McLaughlin College but all students can use)

Glendon Athletic Club (located at Glendon, but all students can use)

Fitness Programs

For those that prefer to workout with a group or have instruction, fitness programs are the perfect option for you! Most of these have reduced pricing for York students although the drop in courses and running programs are completely free 🙂 Note: This only covers Keele programs, not any offered at Glendon.

Yoga & Pilates (Power Yoga, Core Yoga, Yogalates, All Levels)

Cycling (Group Cycling, Spin Fit)

Dancing (Ballet, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Latin, Zumba)

Aquatics (Swimming Lessons, Waterpolo)

Fitness and Wellness (Drop in Classes that are FREE for members – Boot Camp, Flex, H.I.I.T., Cardio Step, Bosu, Cross Circuit)

Personal Training 

Martial Arts (Muay Thai, Shoinji-Kan Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Russian Martial Art System)

Racquet Sports (Tennis, Squash)


Varsity Athletics

Professional,or otherwise talented student-athletes might be interested in any number of the athletics that York offers. To find out if you are eligible, first click here and then here for start dates and tryouts. Varsity sports include:

Basketball (Men’s/Women’s)

Cross Country (Women’s and Men’s)

Field Hockey (Women’s)

Football (Men’s)

Hockey (Men’s/Women’s)

Rugby (Women’s)

Soccer (Women’s/Men’s)

Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)

Track & Field (Women’s and Men’s)

Volleyball (Men’s/Women’s)

Wrestling (Women’s and Men’s)


Intramurals are for athletes that just want  to have fun. Read more here about how to get involved. You can also click ‘Intramurals’ on this page to get more in-depth information for each sport listed below:


Basketball, Cricket, European Handball, Flag Football, Futsal, Ice Hockey, 3-on-3 Ice Hockey, Innertube Basketball, Innertube Water Polo, Outdoor Soccer


Basketball, Broomball, Cricket, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Rugby (touch), Slo-pitch, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate

Drop-In Tournaments

Badminton, 3-on-3 Basketball, Dodgeball

Other Special Events

Ball Hockey, Bowling, Cross Country (Terry Fox Run), Futsal, Dodgeball (Rage), Volleyball 4s Rage), Swimming

Summer Leagues

Slo-pitch (YUSL)


Recreation Clubs

For those of you that want to get active but just for fun with no pressure – check these out!

Ball Hockey –

Free Force (self-defence club) –

Golf –

Table Tennis –

Tennis –

Volleyball –

Competitive Clubs 

For those that want to get active but don’t mind some extra competition – check out below! These clubs can be found in more detail at the website under ‘Athletics’ to the right under ‘Competitive Clubs’.

Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Cheerleading, Dance, Dragon Boat, Equestrian, Fastball, Fencing, Hip Hop, Kendo, Lacrosse (W), Quidditch (yup, you read that right), Rowing, Rugby (M), Swimming, Tae Kwon-Do, Ultimate Frisbee, and Water Polo.


This last section shares the last activities I could think of.

Swimming  – at Tait McKenzie

Lane Swim, Recreation (open swim), Women’s only – schedule here.

Skating – at Canlan Ice Sports

Public Skate, 2 Hour Shinny, Stick & Puck, Midnight Shinny – schedule here.

And don’t forget that in nice weather, nothing beats a walk around campus or even on the trails just off of campus. You can always find a space to meditate or play a casual game with your friends 🙂

If you want to get a sneak peak of our beautiful campus or any of our facilities, be sure to check out York’s Open House this weekend! You do NOT want to miss out. Click here for more information!

Well that’s all for this post – where you surprised by any options? Which do you think you will try? Comment below!




Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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