Having benchmarked more than 50 fitness facilities across the United States, including several college and university recreation facilities, we have insight to best practices and the future of campus wellness centers. This intentional array of research, design, and benchmarking has lent to a deep body of knowledge on best practices and current trends. In addition to current trends such as making space for functional training, health cafes, transparency, and connectivity, we have distilled our research to the following four precepts and believe these will significantly influence fitness and wellness centers of the future: outdoor fitness areas, social spaces, prospect and refuge, and variable demographic design.