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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Province of Ontario has amended the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities, effective Wednesday, September 22. Proof of full-vaccination, and a valid government issued photo ID is now required for entry to the David Braley Athletic Centre and its indoor recreational activities and services. Read more here.

Starting September 7th, 2021, the Pulse is operating out of three temporary locations listed below.

  • Book your workout here Sign up opens 48 hours ahead of time. 

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times except at designated "mask-free" workout stations, while maintaining physical distancing from other members and staff.

  • In person fitness and cycling class schedules are here.
  • What is Open Gym? Open Gym means members sign up to come in and use gym equipment on a first come first served basis. You can use all equipment in the specific location you booked.
  • More information about how to get active at Mac: 


Pulse members can sign up for a 1.5 hour timeslot in 1 of 3 locations:

Sport Hall Pulse (Therese Quigley Sport Hall - DBAC)

  • Sport Hall is a 16,000 square feet gym equipped with bikes, stair climbers, ellipticals, manual treadmills, dumbbells, benches, cable machines, squat racks, and heavy duty platforms.

Pop-Up Pulse (East Auxiliary Gym – IWC)

  • The Pop-Up Pulse is a 7,500 square foot gym featuring a Fitness Studio/Spin Studio, a Treadmill Area, and a Free Weight Area. It is equipped with spin bikes, fitness studio equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, dumbbells, benches, cable machines, squat racks, and a selection of pin selectorized machines.

Track Pulse (Indoor Track – DBAC)

  • The Track gym features a Women's Only Area and a Co-ed Area. The Women's only area is equipped with open floor space, fitness studio equipment, bikes, stair climbers, ellipticals, dumbbells, cable machines, and a selection of pin selectorized machines. The Co-ed Area is equipped with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, benches, plate-loaded machines, and pin selectorized machines.


Fitness Classes

  • Group Fitness and Group Cycling classes are available to all members with advance sign up here.

  • Please see our Fall Fitness Class Schedulehere.

  •  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 if you have any inquiries. 

For updates regarding the COVID-19 response at McMaster University, please visit



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. Trousers, jeans, cutoffs, and pants with zippers are not acceptable.  
  • Proper athletic footwear must be worn. Bare feet, 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