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The Newly Renovated and Expanded Pulse Fitness Centre is now open to all Members! 

The Department of Athletics & Recreation at McMaster University has announced that the expanded and renovated Pulse Fitness Centre will have a "soft opening" Monday, December 12. 

Since receiving the keys to its new space from contractors late last week, Pulse Fitness Centre and Athletics & Recreation staff have worked extremely hard to get the gym ready in record time. Each piece of new equipment has been tested and inspected, and is ready for use. While the gym is fully operational, there are some cosmetic finishes still to be completed - resulting in members seeing minor work being done in the space over the next few months - installing graphics, signage, and audio/visual equipment.

Monday's soft opening will invite members to use the Pulse's expanded cardio level that includes treadmills, ellipticals, Arc Trainers, rowers, ski-ergs, air bikes, recumbent and upright bikes, and step mills. The first floor weight training section will be fully operational and includes plate loaded equipment, selectorized and cable (weight stack) machines, free weights, racks and platforms. In addition, there is a brand new Women's Only fitness area including a wide variety of cardio and weights, as well as a fitness studio.

The Pulse's state-of-the-art, three-story climbing wall, and three brand new fitness studios on the third floor will be ready in the new year, in time for the Pulse's Grand Opening in early 2023.

The temporary Pulse locations in Therese Quigley Sport Hall and on the track level will close for good as of Sunday, December 11 at 10:30 p.m. Athletics & Recreation will be transitioning Sport Hall back into a fully functional recreational space for intramural, drop-in recreation and rental use in January. At the completion of the Student Activity and Fitness Expansion (S.A.F.E.) project, the indoor running track will also undergo a renovation before reopening.

Please view our COVID-19 protocols here

All offerings are on a first come, first use basis.

In person fitness and cycling class schedules are here

Operating Hours and Locations:

Reading Week

Mon Feb 20                          CLOSED for Family Day
Tue Feb 21 - Fri Feb 24      6:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sat Feb 25 - Sun Feb 26    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

FALL 2022/WINTER 2023

WEEKDAYS 6:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
WEEKENDS 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Fitness Classes

  • Group Fitness and Group Cycling classes are available to all members. No sign up required, but space is limited. Classes are being held in our new Pulse Studios. Take the stairs up to the top level.

  •  To access a collection of our Virtual Fitness Classes, taught by certified McMaster Pulse Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors, please visit the Marauder YouTube Channel.


Please contact us at reconline@mcmaster.ca if you have any inquiries. 


A Pulse Membership includes access to all equipmentdrop-in fitness and cycling classes as well as the Feather Family Climbing Wall. In addition, there is always at least one Personal Trainer monitoring the floor at all times so please do not hesitate to ask if you have a question or would like some assistance.

Welcome to the Pulse Fitness Centre! The Pulse is McMaster University's fitness centre and we have just what you need to lead a healthy, and active lifestyle. Our certified staff members have the skills and enthusiasm to put you on the road to a healthier you, no matter what your current fitness level, what your individual interests are, what your personal goals are, or your limited availability. We offer numerous educational workshops and fitness programs that guarantee Fun, Friendship and Fitness!

Please be aware of the following rules and regulations:

  • Shorts, track pants, wind pants, and tights are permitted. Jeans, cutoffs, trousers and pants with zippers are not acceptable.  
  • Proper athletic footwear must be worn. Bare feet, Crocs, sandals, work boots, and dress shoes are not acceptable.
  • Bags and other personal belongings must be left in a locker as these present a tripping hazard in the Pulse. 
  • Remember to bring your membership or student card to scan in at the front desk and to check out equipment.
  • View a more detailed list of our rules and regulations here: Our Policies