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?
    • Summer hours beginning May 17th and end July 23rd.
      • Monday-Friday: 11am to 6pm
      • Saturday-Sunday: closed 
      • Summer closures: May 28 and May 31, June 18, July 1st at 3pm, and July 2nd to 6th
    • The gym will be closed from July 23 until the beginning of the Fall semester. Fall 2021 hours are TBD.
  • 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 as these items will not be available to rent.
  • 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?
    • Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors on UMW properties. Unvaccinated people are still required to do so indoors. Over the summer, as members of our community are becoming fully vaccinated, the continuation of mask-wearing is encouraged when physical distancing is not possible. Regardless, anyone who wants to continue wearing a mask this fall is supported in doing so, and we ask that people respect others’ choices to do so.
  • 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?
    • The pool, Goolrick gym, and Auxiliary gym will be closed for recreational use during the summer. These spaces will open in August.  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 will not be available to rent, such as cable ankle attachments and basketballs. Regardless, we encourage you to bring your own fitness equipment if you have it.
  • Is exercise spotting allowed?
    • Yes, preferably with someone from your family or friend group/pod. Our trained facility attendants will not be available to assist in spotting, so we remind you to refrain from lifting weights any heavier than you feel comfortable with knowing there will be no spotter. As always, we recommend the use of the spotting bars and other assisted equipment while lifting.
  • What machines/equipment are available to use?
  • Cleaning equipment 
    •  Patrons are responsible for cleaning equipment before and after use.  Disinfecting wipes are available along the walls of the facility.

Programming F.A.Q.

  • Are group fitness classes still happening?
    • A few Group Fitness classes are planned for the summer.  Please, check our social media for details.  Group Fitness classes will be offered via Zoom and in-person during Spring and Fall semesters. 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 $10 pass grants you unlimited access to all Zoom and in-person classes for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Is personal training available?
    • Yes! Our certified personal trainers are taking Zoom clients. How does that work? You meet with your trainer on Zoom and workout while they coach you on form and give you encouragement. Don’t worry, there will be typed-up workouts and music to keep it as comfortable as possible for both the client and PT. Check the Campus Rec Member Portal to sign up once it becomes 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 online. 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.