Courses & Certifications

UMW Campus Recreation hosts experiential courses as well as certification preparation courses. To register for any of these courses, visit, click Log In, click the blue button to log in with your UMW credentials, and complete all prompts until you see the confirmation page.

Barre Above Fitness Certification

June 22nd, 11am-8pm, UMW Fitness Center

Register HERE! $249.99 to get your Barre Above fitness certification.

Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course

Fall 2019: Mondays & Wednesdays, 3pm-4pm from September 16 – December 4 in Goolrick Studio 5

Teaching a group fitness class is more than just a workout – you have to understand the class dynamic, proper form, musicality, safety procedures, class structure, and more! In this course you will spend time in the classroom learning about the body, class preparation, motivation, movement, and muscles as well as time in the studio practicing music phrasing and practicing teaching your own fitness class. If you have a true passion for leading others to their healthiest lives, then this course is for you! It is free and fun. Just sign up ahead of time at under “Courses” so that we can contact you before the course ends with more information.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

Fall 2019: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, September 17 – November 12 (Excluding Fall break on October 15)
Leidecker Center, Trinkle B-39
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)

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 $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. 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 mindful 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 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.

Yoga Fit Certification Training

November 9 & 10, 10am-8pm, Goolrick Studio 5, $480

The first step on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice, Level One provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science. Learn more and register here.