Courses & Certifications

UMW Campus Recreation hosts fitness trainings, fitness preparation courses, and educational courses. Check out the list of upcoming fitness & wellness certifications and courses. Questions? Contact Campus Rec at

Personal Training Prep Course
Fall Semester: September 19-November 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3pm
If you’re interested in learning the basics of being a Personal Trainer in this free course, sign up using the big red button at the top of this page.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course
Fall Semester: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm from October 3 – November 21 (no class over fall break)
Spring Semester: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm from February 20 – April 10 (no class over spring break)
Cost: $15
Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is only $15 and participants who attend five or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated and harried. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about mindfulness meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course
Spring Semester: Dates and times still to be determined.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of being a Group Fitness Instructor in this free course, please e-mail to express your interest and receive more information. Registration for this course will open in the spring semester.