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

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course – spring registration now open! 
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 six 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: Begins Tuesday, January 30-April 26
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 2pm-3pm in Goolrick Team Room 6/Dance Studio 5
Helpful textbook to have: ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual 3rd edition

If you’re interested in learning the basics of being a Group Fitness Instructor in this free course, click the red sign up button above, click “Log In” in the top right corner, click the BLUE box to sign in using your UMW credentials, and register for the free Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course.

Personal Training Prep Course
Fall Semester
If you’re interested in learning the basics of being a Personal Trainer in this free course, stay tuned for the next course which will take place in Fall 2018.