Fitness Centers

  • R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

    R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

  • Free weights and resistance machines

    Free weights and resistance machines

  • Digital Fitness Studio

    Digital Fitness Studio

  • R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

    R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

  • Convenient indoor access to classrooms

    Convenient indoor access to classrooms

  • The R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

    The R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

  • High-tech cardio equipment

    High-tech cardio equipment

  • Basketball, volleyball, pickleball and more

    Basketball, volleyball, pickleball and more

  • Three-lane indoor track

    Three-lane indoor track

  • Indoor and outdoor functional fitness area

    Indoor and outdoor functional fitness area

Main campus

The R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

The Bittner Center is a 46,000-square-foot, leading-edge fitness facility that offers:
  • A skywalk that provides indoor access throughout the year
  • New athletic equipment throughout the facility including free weights, resistance machines and functional fitness equipment
  • High-tech cardio equipment equipped with Internet, Dish TV and Preva, a program that allows users to track and log their workouts
  • State-of-the-art group fitness areas, including a digital fitness room where users can choose from a wide variety of on-demand fitness programming
  • A fully-equipped outdoor fitness area
  • A three-lane indoor track 
  • Two athletic courts equipped for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and more 
  • A varied schedule of fitness classes, intramural competitions and club sporting events 

Enjoy more great photos by viewing our Bittner Center photo gallery.

Access

The Bittner Center is open to all Palmer students, faculty, staff, their spouses and their children between the age of 16 and 26. Children under 16 aren’t permitted in the facility. Retired faculty and their spouses also are welcome to use the Bittner Center.

All users will be required to scan their Palmer ID badge at the main desk, located on the Bittner Center lower level. To obtain a Palmer ID badge, spouses, children and retired faculty members must fill out a request form and have a photo taken. Forms are available at the Bittner Center main desk. Upon approval, a badge will be issued. Bittner Center users aren’t permitted to park in the Visitor Parking Lot, but may use other lots on campus to which they have access. Questions? Contact Ron O’Brien at 563-884-5856 or ron.obrien@palmer.edu.

Hours

The Bittner Center’s hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.. Break hours at the Bittner Center vary.Please call the main desk at 563-884-5419 to confirm operating hours during holiday and college breaks.

Fall Break Hours

Friday October 19 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday October 20 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Sunday October 21 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Monday October 22 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Tuesday October 23 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Wednesday October 24 6 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Thursday October 25 6 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Friday October 26 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday October 27 CLOSED
Sunday October 28 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Monday October 29 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.

The Central High School pool is open for Bittner Center members on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m.

Classes, Leagues & Club Sports

For information on extramural sports clubs, visit our Clubs & Organizations page.

For information about intramural sports, visit our IM Leagues page.

Contact the main desk for a current fitness class schedule at 563-884-5419.

Florida campus

Port Orange Family YMCA

The Florida campus community may utilize the nearby YMCA fitness center.

For information on recreation clubs, visit our Clubs & Organizations page.

Questions? Contact Jason Brewer at jason.brewer@palmer.edu or 386-763-2781.

West campus

On-Campus Fitness Center

The West campus fitness center is available to Palmer students and their immediate families.

For information on extramural sports clubs, visit our Clubs & Organizations page.

Questions? Contact Michael Crump at studentservices.ca@palmer or 408-944-6122.

Contact Us

Main campus
Student Services
1000 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
563-884-5838

Florida campus
Student Services
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153
386-763-2724

West campus
Student Services
90 East Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134-1617
408-944-6020

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