COVID Updates

The UMW Fitness Center is now OPEN! Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about how things will operate for Campus Recreation this semester. In order for our plan to effectively mitigate the risk of spreading COVID on campus, we rely heavily on the UMW community to follow all safety protocols outlined below.

Recreation Facilities F.A.Q.

  • What are the gym hours for the semester?
    • The Fitness Center reopens on August 23rd
      • Monday-Thursday: 8am to 9pm
      • Friday: 8am to 8pm
      • Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 8pm
  • Do I need a reservation to workout?
    • No, reservations are not required to exercise in the Fitness Center this semester.
  • What do I have to bring to my workout?
    • Your EagleONE ID. We also recommend bringing any personal workout items you may wish to use, such as a jump rope, resistance band, or chalk.
  • How many people will be allowed in the Fitness Center at once?
    • Capacity limits are lifted but we recommend physical distancing while working out 
  • Will masks be required when exercising in the gym?
    • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Is it safe to exercise in a face mask? What should I expect or be mindful of?
    • Yes. For presumably healthy individuals, it is safe. It will make the experience different and more challenging. CO2 toxicity is very unlikely based on the research. CO2 is a very small particle and a very small percentage in our environment. Individuals with underlying metabolic and cardiorespiratory conditions could experience issues. Please consult your physician for guidance.
    • There will be a certain degree of adaptation because of the restriction of oxygen. Lightheadedness, dizziness, and shortness of breath may be experienced initially. Begin at a lower intensity and give yourself grace.
    • In a recent study, the heart rate was 8-10 beats higher than normal with a mask on.
    • In a recent study, there was greater discomfort experienced with higher intensity cardiovascular exercises.
    • For those who performed circuit and resistance training, the most prominent challenge was adjusting to having an object on their face, not necessarily added levels of discomfort with breathing or dizziness.
    • Start slowly and gradually. Remember that your fitness levels are likely different from several months ago.
    • Listen to your body. If you’re tired, slow down. If breathing feels tough, lower the intensity.
    • If you must, find a space you can socially distance during recovery to take off the mask to catch your breath.
    • Wearing a mask during exercise is not what we’re used to, but it’s what is necessary for this season in time. Be proud of upholding this commitment to your community.
    • People adapt and become habituated to exercising in a face covering. As seen with elevation training masks, individuals do adapt to being exposed to different airway resistance.
  • Will Goolrick be open for use?
    • Yes, we will have open recreational time for the pool, Goolrick gym and Auxiliary gym.  Please follow @UMWCampusRec on social media for instant updates. Updates will also be posted on this Campus Recreation website. 
  • Can I rent out equipment?
    • Yes, with some limitations. Equipment with surfaces that can be easily cleaned will be available to rent, such as resistance bands and leather weight belts. Equipment with surfaces that can’t be easily cleaned may not be available to rent. Regardless, we encourage you to bring your own fitness equipment if you have it.
  • Is exercise spotting allowed?
    • Yes! As always, we also recommend the use of the spotting bars and other assisted equipment while lifting.
  • What machines/equipment are available to use?
    • There are signs indicating which machines are offline to allow for safe physical distancing between patrons.
  • Cleaning equipment 
    • Patrons are responsible for cleaning equipment after use. Disinfecting wipes are available along the walls of the facility.

Programming F.A.Q.

  • Are group fitness classes still happening?
    • Yes, details can be found on our Group Fitness webpage and Instagram. Fitness class offerings may change at any point in time to comply with the university’s exercise guidelines. Visit the Campus Rec Member Portal to view current class offerings.
  • Do I need a fitness pass to participate in fitness classes?
    • Yes! The $25 pass grants you unlimited access to all fitness classes for the entire academic year
  • Is personal training available?
  • Is the mindfulness course happening?
    • Yes! The mindfulness course is available during the Spring and Fall semesters.  Bill will be offering the 7-week mindfulness course. You will have the chance to hear about what mindfulness is, understand more about how to be mindful, and also have opportunities to practice mindfulness as a group. The course registration can be found on the Campus Rec Member Portal.