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.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course
Fall & Spring Semesters: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm
September 25 – November 13, 2018
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 $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.

Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course
Spring Semester: February 4 – April 24, 2018, Mondays & Wednesdays 3pm-4pm

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.

Personal Training Certification Prep Course
Next offering is to be determined.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of being a Personal Trainer, stay tuned for the next course which will take place in Spring 2019. In this course you will spend a lot of time in the classroom learning about exercise science, the muscles, bones and joints, theories of behavior change, BMI, body composition testing, resistance and endurance programming, flexibility, and more. This course is designed to prepare you to take, and pass, a personal training certification test.