COVID Updates

The UMW Fitness Center is expected to reopen on May 17th for UMW students and Faculty/Staff only. 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 can I expect this semester at the gym?
    • Read the rest of the questions on this page, and watch this video!
    • Patrons must follow MMDC guidelines and complete the daily attestation.
    • MMDC non-compliance will be tracked and enforced at the Fitness Center as follows:
      1. Verbal reminder
      2. 2nd verbal reminder and email warning
      3. Temporary gym suspension
  • What are the gym hours for the semester?
    • Summer hours beginning May 17th and end July 23rd.
      • Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
      • Saturday-Sunday: closed 
      • Summer closure: May 28 and May 31, June 18, July 2nd and 5th
    • Gym will be closed from July 23 through Aug 15 with a plan to open on August 16 for 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.
    • Thru traffic to Goolrick or Eagle Landing will not be permitted.
  • What do I have to bring to my workout?
    • Your EagleONE ID and your Eagle Health Survey confirmation for the day. 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?
    • There is a 20-person maximum capacity. If the maximum capacity is reached, we will implement the one in, one out policy and you will be asked to wait outside until a patron leaves. This capacity is subject to change. 
  • Will masks be required when exercising in the gym?
    • Yes, this is a university-wide policy that will be enforced. We recommend lowering the intensity of your workout and taking breaks to avoid getting too out of breath. There will be an adjustment period, but like any workout, you will get stronger and better the more you do it. If you have an underlying medical condition, please consult your physician for their recommendations on exercise.
  • Why are face masks important to wear in a gym?
    • Our ventilation rate increases dramatically during exercise, which means a greater opportunity for producing respiratory droplets, the primary method of transmission for COVID. Remember, even if you think you are healthy, you could be asymptomatic and at risk of infecting others.
  • 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 starting May 6 and until further notice.  We will re-evaluate the status of Goolrick recreational spaces every semester. 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?
    • No, at this time spotting is not permitted. 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 the spotting bars and other assisted equipment while lifting.
  • Am I allowed to work out with my friends?
    • Yes, if they are in your ‘family unit’, like roommates.  However, we require you to maintain distance and not share any equipment that has not been thoroughly sanitized between uses.
  • What machines/equipment are available to use?
  • Cleaning equipment 
    • Upon checking into the gym, you will be given a spray bottle with cleaning solution and a washcloth. Patrons are responsible for cleaning equipment before and after use.  Once done with your workout, the spray bottle and washcloth can be left at the front desk. 

Programming F.A.Q.

  • Are group fitness classes still happening?
    • No Group Fitness classes are planned for the summer.  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 this semester?
    • 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.