Chattanooga Health & Recreation

Chattanooga has a wealth of recreation facilities & opportunities that will assist you in living a healthy lifestyle. Situated along the Tennessee Riverfront is a 10-mile path connecting riverfront parks. Bike routes are established throughout the span of the city, and fitness events (such as the Ironman triathlon) occur regularly throughout the year.


Fitnesss facilities available to residents, fellows, and medical students include:

Erlanger Work Out Facility (Elevator A, next to First Tennessee Bank, on the 2nd floor-accessible 24 hours each day.)  The facilities include treadmills, bikes, Stairmaster, and weight equipment. The rooms are only available for Erlanger employees, residents, and medical students via a special pass code. Do not give the code to others.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers the following:  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga has a reciprocal arrangement with the Student Activities Office at UTC that provides for residents at the UTCOMC to participate in the UTC activities and programs.  For a minimal fee of $60 per year, residents are eligible to participate and utilize services and facilities. Residents must show verification of payment of the fee by bringing a receipt from the UTC Business Office to the ID Office in the UTC Student Center. UTC facilities residents can use include an outdoor pool, eight lighted tennis courts, two indoor tennis courts, six modern racquetball courts, a library, a gym, and bookstores. Contact the GME Office at 778-7442 regarding the procedure to obtain a UTC ID.


The following organizations offer UT residents special pricing for exercise facilities and programs:




The Chattanooga LifeStyle Center in downtown Chattanooga (part of the Erlanger Health System) offers more than 250 distinct programs to include a balanced integration of preventative, rehabilitative, therapeutic, fitness, and educational services. The LifeStyle Center is located downtown (778-9400) and has partnered with the Sports Barn.


The Sports Barn Fitness Center offers the following to residents:

  • Fun and fitness in a medical based facility  
  • Special pricing for residents at corporate rates:
       Individual ........................$64 per month
       Family ............................ $89 per month
       Individual Well Fit ...........$88 per month
  • Must sign a 12-month commitment  
  • Two locations: 
       Downtown Chattanooga (301 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | 423-266-1125)
       East Brainerd (6148 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421 | 423-855-0091) 
  • Free passes are available so you can visit the facilities.

Siskin Fitness Center (located in Siskin Hospital just across from the Erlanger Emergency Department) offers the following to residents: 

  •  Special Pricing available via automatic bank drafts:
    • Individual ......................... $35 per month
    • Family .............................. $55 per month
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:30AM - 9PM; Saturday, 8AM - 6PM; Sunday: 1-6 PM  
  • No children under 16 unless they have a specific disability.  
  • Aquatics: The aquatics area at the Fitness Center at Siskin Hospital has a variety of pools that are specifically designed to meet the many needs associated with fitness. * The Lap Pool can be used for swimming or walking. Underwater treadmills allow you to walk or run with little stress to your joints. * The Exercise Pool features several levels to allow members of different heights to exercise at the optimal water depth. * The large Whirlpool is perfect for loosening up or relaxing after a good workout. * Fitness Center members have access to the Siskin Hospital Therapeutic Pool during posted hours. This pool's warmer temperature relaxes the body and eases joint pain.
  • Aerobics, Groups, and Classes
  • Free passes are available to the incoming house staff so you can see the facilities.


Below are some links to local organizations and facilities which may assist you in your health & recreation needs:


Bike Chattanooga

Chattanooga-area Fitness Facilities

City of Chattanooga Recreation

Green Spaces

Hamilton County Step One

Outdoor Chattanooga


Revised 7/18

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