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Recreation and Wellness

Dottie Dorion Fitness Center

The Dottie Dorion Fitness Center is located on the second floor of the Student Wellness Complex.  This space boasts 27,000 square feet of fitness floor space and accommodates over 260 exercise stations.

Hours of Operation

Summer 2024 

May 13 - August 2

Monday - Friday 6:30 AM-9 PM

Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-6 PM



May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend)

June 19 (Juneteenth)

July 4 - 5 (Independence Day)

Facility Access

The Fitness Center is for active UNF students, full-time UNF faculty & staff and members with a valid Osprey ID.  Check-in is through the Member Services desk in the Student Wellness Complex lobby. For membership information, visit the Member Services page.


For questions or for more information about the DDFC, contact us at (904) 620-2853.

Features of The DDFC

  • 27,000 square foot fitness center (largest in NE Florida) with an ‘integrated’ floor plan in which the cardio equipment and weight equipment are interspersed. Most gyms have all cardio on one side and weights on the other. The result is a segregated population of people who don’t ever try to do something new and different. Our set-up makes intervals and circuits very easy.
  • With 260 exercise ‘stations’ (cardio, weight machines, and benches), 260 students can workout at one time (this number does not include the group fitness areas or track)
  • 14 different brands of exercise equipment. Most gyms have one or two brands. We chose the very best of what is available for each type of equipment.
  • Wheelchair-accessible equipment including Cybex Total Access weight machines and a Techno Excite upper body ergometer.
  • Our Cozy Corner which has the feel of a non-intimidating small fitness center within the larger fitness center. This area will have our 11-unit Nautilus One Simple Circuit, a light dumbbell area, a stretch area, and some cardio equipment.
  • 4 light dumbbell areas, set away from the main heavier, larger dumbbell area, for those who want a quieter, more private space to lift weights.
  • Several areas of cardio equipment with different views. If you want to get away from the crowd, no problem, there are plenty of pockets of private exercise areas.
  • 2 functional training areas featuring the Life Fitness Synergy 360 (we are calling the Playground) and our Crossprey-Fit area with custom-built monkeybars, 2 Olympic platforms and a slam wall.
  • 3 dedicated stretch mat areas and several stretch machines. Many gyms teach the importance of stretching but don’t give you anywhere to stretch. We have plenty.
  • 1 outdoor patio. Located just off of the expansive cardio area is the outdoor multi-use balcony which is also used as an outdoor group fitness space.
  • 200-meter (1/8 mile) indoor, 3-lane rubber track on the 3rd floor circumnavigates the perimeter of the building giving views of the fitness level, atrium, and outdoor views through its large windows.

DDFC Services & Programs

Free Intro Workouts

New to fitness or just want to learn more? Try a free intro workout today. 

Novice Workout: Learn The Basics

In about an hour we will teach you how to work out safely and efficiently in the cozy corner. You will learn how to properly warm up, stretch, and use our 10-piece Nautilus One weight machine circuit.

Free Weight Workout: Take Your Training To The Next Level

In one or two 60 minute sessions we will create a custom workout for you using a combination of free-weights, plate loaded machines, functional exercises, and machines. 

Learn new exercises, understand programming, and master form for: 
  • Upper body
  • Lower body

Sign up for a free intro workout

Personal Training Services

Our Fitness Trainers are trained to assist members in reaching their goals in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. Our staff go through an extensive training program and are required to pass several exams before they are allowed to create workout programs for our members. Along with passing our 'in-house' training program, many of our fitness trainers have become Certified Personal Trainers. They have achieved this by receiving a nationally-recognized certification from one of the following five accepted organizations: AFAA, ACE, NSCA, ACSM, or NASM.

UNF Student Rate

30 Minute Training Package: 3 Sessions, 30 minutes each $80

1 Hour Training Package: 3 Sessions, 1 hour each  $109

UNF Faculty & Staff and Alumni Rate

30 Minute Training Package: 3 Sessions, 30 minutes each $94       

1 Hour Training Package: 3 Sessions, 1 hour each $128

Sign Up for Personal Training


Group Fitness Classes

We offer a wide variety of classes such as Booty Blast, Yoga, Spin, and Ab Attack to meet different fitness levels and different interests. Mats and fitness equipment are provided. If you enjoy the group atmosphere, there is a class waiting for you! No sign-ups required.

Class Schedule 

DDFC Events

For questions or more information on DDFC events, please contact our Fitness Coordinator, Tim Flanagan at

Tough Talon

Date: Thursday, April 4

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: UNF Practice Track (behind SWC)

Cost: Free for currently enrolled, UNF students with valid Osprey 1 card

Join us anytime between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM to test your skills against other Ospreys during the Tough Talon. Grab a game card at check-in to get started. You will have 3 attempts to get your best stats at each event. Participate in a minimum of 7 events to receive a free t-shirt! Events include: broad jumps, bench press, 40 yard dash, 400 M run, farmer's walks, tire flips, verticle jump, pull ups, deadlifts and sled pushes.

Weightlifting Competition: Bench Press & Squat

Coming Fall 2024

Location: Dottie Dorion Fitness Center (Student Wellness Complex, 2nd Floor)

Cost: Free for currently enrolled, UNF students with valid Osprey 1 card

The competition is split into two divisions: men's and women's. Bench press will take place first and then squats. You must compete in both bench and squat. Competitors will get 3 attempts at both lifts as much as they can for 1 repetition. Winners are determined by the highest ratio of weight lifted to their body weight. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs and lift 150 lbs, your ration is 1.5. Competition is limited to 40 participants. Each participant will receive a competition shirt.