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State Gym climbing wall

Sophomore Kevin Garter of Bettendorf ponders his next move during a recent climb on the rock wall at State Gym, one of three indoor facilities operated by recreation services. ISU faculty and staff may purchase rec passes -- by the year, semester, month or week -- and use any of the facilities, including group fitness classes. Pass rates and signup info are online.

Wondering when the "quiet" times are? Rec services' Jenny Pollard suggests scheduling your workouts between 6 a.m. and noon, or from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The rec facilities attract more students after 3 p.m. every day. Photo by Christopher Gannon.