Nutrition & Exercise

It is easy to get caught up in the chaotic college lifestyle. When dealing with classes, exams, and internshiMental Healthps, personal health and fitness is often the first thing that students overlook to make more time in their busy schedules. However, you don’t have to forgo your health in order to pass your classes. In fact, maintaining a balanced lifestyle can improve all aspects of your daily life.

Visit our Be Well Recipes for many ideas on creating your next healthy, quick meal.

Here are some ideas to keep fit during your busy schedule:

Tommy’s Trails

One really easy way to get exercise is to run or jog around campus. All you need is a water bottle and some running shoes and you’re good to go. Here are some easy routes you can take and exactly how long they are:

  • 2.2 miles around campus
  • 3.2 miles around campus + Vermont Ave to Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, turn right heading back to campus
  • 4 miles Fig to Olympic round-trip
  • 5 miles to Wilshire
  • 8 miles to Disney Concert Hall

Happy Hour with OWHP

Happy Hour with OWHP is held each semester and offers students free yoga, tai chi and visiting therapy dogs. For the most recent schedule of classes and therapy dog days, please go to and visit their Happy Hour page.

Exercise Spaces and Classes

Below is the list of facilities available for reservation. Groups of 5 or more must reserve a space to use it. To reserve one of these facilities, you must fill out a USC Recreational Sports Facilities Reservation Form AND a USC Events Permit Form.


  • LRC Main Gym
  • LRC Conference Room
  • LRC Cardinal Room
  • LRC Climbing Wall
  • LRC Locker Room
  • LRC Group Exercise Studio
  • LRC Robinson SCycling Room
  • LRC McDonald Swim Stadium Pools
  • PED North Gym
  • PED South Gym
  • PED Indoor Pool
  • PED 201 Multipurpose Room
  • Multipurpose Basement
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sports Courts
  • Cromwell Field
  • Cromwell Field Outdoor Fitness Station
  • Brittingham Intramural Field
  • McAlister Field
  • Watt Way Basketball Court

USC Workout Classes

USC Workout Classes are open to USC students, faculty, staff, and guests. On UPC, they are held in the Group Exercise Room, the Robinson Fitness Room (located on the second floor), and the Dance Studio (located outside on the pool deck). On HSC, group exercise classes are held in the Soto Street Building at 2001 Soto Street.
Mid-semester pricing now available! Group Exercise passes are now $52.50 on UPC and $35.00 on HSC. See the UPC Lyon Center 2015 Group Exercise Class Schedule here and the HSC 2015 Group Exercise Class Schedule here.


Combine the principles of ballet, Pilates, and dance-inspired exercises to strengthen, tone, sculpt, and lengthen your muscles. Light hand weights are used during strengthening portions. This class will help improve posture, balance, flexibility, and strength for a safe, effective, dance-inspired workout.


Looking to add some fun to your workouts? Look no further. Come learn a variation of moves and choreography that will tone your core and shimmy muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Cardio Dance

This dance cardio fitness class is open to all levels. Each week focuses on a different dance style including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, African, and funk. No dance experience required.


These formats combine athletic moves, kickboxing, and dance in a fun, exciting workout. Cardio-kick is an interval-based class that allows participants of any fitness level to participate.

Hip Hop Cardio

Learn new moves and combinations that go along with chart-topping songs while getting a great workout! Instructors will break for different intensity levels, while strengthening muscles and boosting cardio endurance. No dance experience required.

Mat Pilates

This mat-based workout is designed to help participants develop leaner, longer-looking muscles, establish core strength and stability, and heighten mind-body awareness. Props may be incorporated to add variety.

Muscle Conditioning

This workout combines cardio on the floor or on the aerobics step with strength training exercises using body weight or hand weights. It is a great way to incorporate strength training and cardiovascular training.

Outdoor Bootcamp

This class will meet at the Lyon Center and move to one of the LifeFitness SYNRGY BlueSky outdoor functional unit on our USC campus. This class provides a great workout as participants move through a series of stations designed to elevate the heart rate and challenge muscles. Stations may include body weight squats, dips, step ups, and more. Class may be modified for all levels of fitness.


This contemporary approach to Pilates and yoga is a dynamic, faster-paced class using techniques and moves inspired by Pilates, yoga, and functional training.


This fun class improves cardiovascular endurance and lower body strength as you move through a simulated outdoor terrain combining hills, sprints, and other drills. SCycling varies speed, resistance, and body positions for all participant levels.

Trojan Training Camp

This workout is designed to give a full-body, athletic, functional workout. Trojan Training Camp includes high-impact, high-intensity exercises and challenging athletic training drills while using minimal equipment.


This workout utilizes a system of suspended straps with handles, allowing the user to work against their body weight as they train. This interval-based class will keep your heart rate elevated as you transition between cardio and strength intervals to exercises on the TRX straps to develop strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and core stability. Class is limited to 16 participants.


Challenge your mind and body with yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation. Dynamic, flowing posture sequences will build strength and flexibility. Bring a sticky yoga mat if you have one; mats are available for rental for $1 or sold for $25 at the Pro Shop.


Latin and international music and dance come together for a dynamic and effective fitness class. No dance experience is required- just keep moving! Routines combine fast and slow rhythms that tone, sculpt, and inspire.