August 6, 2020

Free UMW Fitness and Meditation Classes

UMW Campus Rec is offering free virtual fitness opportunities this summer to keep you healthy, happy, and engaged.


Virtual “Fitness Happy Hour” 

During the summer, our fitness instructors are hosting free fitness classes on Zoom, on the last Friday of June and July.

On June 26, our Fitness Happy Hour class will be 80’s Barre with Carolyn at 5:30 p.m.! The Zoom Meeting ID for this event is: 976 8477 9609

Traditionally, during the academic year, Campus Rec hosts weekly “Fitness Happy Hours” in person where different instructors lead unique and themed fitness classes. Since we are unable to do this right now, we want to bring the fun and joy of this fitness tradition to your home!


Online Fitness Classes

The June 2020 virtual fitness schedule is here! Visit the Group Fitness webpage to see the online workouts being offered on the @UMWCampusRec instagram this month. If you miss a live workout, you can catch the recording on our feed via IGTV.

How does Instagram Live work? Participants can not be seen, but the instructor is on the @UMWCampusRec story leading the workouts in real-time. There is a chat feature that allows participants to communicate with one another or send *hearts* to the instructor (on water breaks only, of course) and it can let the instructor know you are there!

Please note: summer online fitness classes are currently free and the summer schedule changes each month. In-person fitness classes are not being offered at this time as the UMW fitness center remains closed until further notice. (Updated May 27, 2020)

Mindfulness Conference Calls with Bill Brooks

Mindfulness is great for relieving stress and improving mental health. On our free weekly meditation calls, you won’t be asked to speak, but simply to listen and relax as Bill guides everyone on the line through some mindfulness practices to start your weekend off on the right foot. Give it a try! What have you got to lose?

  • 30 minutes of LIVE guided meditation with Bill Brooks, UMW Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
  • Fridays from 12:15-12:45 pm
  • It’s easy to participate.
    • Dial 425.436.6352
    • Enter the access code 155679


Follow ‘UMW Campus Rec’ on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to learn about more opportunities like this!

Join UMW’s Community Step Challenge May 1-31

Mary Wash Moves

UMW Community Walking Challenge
Brought to you by Campus Recreation and UMW Human Resources

Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps with your UMW family.

How It Works:

  • Dates: May 1-31, 2020 | July 1-31, 2020
  • Teams: There are eight teams and up to 50 people per team. You may sign up for your team by writing your name on the team color tab you choose on the official tracking document.
  • How to win: Log your total steps walked each day in the official tracking document. The team color with the highest step average between all team mates by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or another step tracking device!
  • Prize: Bragging rights and the sweet feeling of victory!

If you have further questions, please email

Fitness Classes Available for UMW Employees

For the second half of the semester, Campus Recreation will have two fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness and Lunchtime Yoga!

Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6 week program that will begin on March 18!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session. That’s 12 workouts! Can’t make a few of them? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 12 workouts. Some workouts are better than no workouts!

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate 35 minute strength and cardio workouts for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program. Each class will include a 5-10 minute educational topic, including nutrition tips, fitness, and more. Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Lunchtime Yoga
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.

Session 2 – $30
March 11-15 = Free Week!
March 18-April 26 = Session 2
Registration open now!

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center.  If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Learn More About Mindfulness

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course
Tuesdays, 6 -7:30 p.m., February 12 – April 2, 2019 (excluding spring break)
Leidecker Center, Trinkle Hall, B-39
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)

Mindfulness Course begins Tuesday, February 12

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 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.

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.

Registration Closing for Faculty/Staff Fitness Classes

If you’re interested in taking Lunchtime Yoga, Early Bird Fitness, or Lunch Bunch: Low Impact Total Body, then register by this weekend!

Visit the Campus Rec website Fitness Class webpage to learn more about each faculty/staff class and to get registered. Don’t forget to click the blue button when signing in, and use your UMW credentials. Call Brittanie Naff at ext. 1187 or an email at if you need assistance or have questions.

Get Fit on Your Lunch Break

Sometimes faculty and staff are looking for a private fitness opportunity to work out together, away from students! With Private Fitness Classes, you can work out consistently in a group of your peers while receiving personal attention from a seasoned instructor and genuine support from the group of people who are enrolled. This program style runs for five straight weeks and meets twice each week, for a total of 10 workouts together. Details for session 2 of faculty/staff private fitness classes can be found below.

Session 2 runs October 23 to November 30
(No Classes During Thanksgiving Break)
Registration is open Oct. 9 – Oct. 26

Faculty/Staff Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Goolrick Studio 5
Work on your flexibility, strength, and mind/body connection in this enjoyable, beginner-friendly yoga practice with Bill. By the end of the 5-week session, you will have completed 10 yoga practices.

Faculty/Staff Eagle Fit
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Goolrick Studio 5
Improve your muscle strength and endurance with Leslie and Brittanie in this 45 minute class that is adaptable for all fitness levels. You will use dumbbells, mats, and steps to strengthen each muscle group one energizing song at a time. By the end of the 5 week session, you will have completed 10 workouts.

The cost is $75 to register per person. In order for a class to run, it must have at least 3 people register and pay prior to the first class.

Register online at today! When you arrive to the website, please click “Log In” in the top right corner and click the blue button that allows you to “Sign in with your UMW NetID and password”. Then click on “All Programs” on the home page to find the Private Fitness classification.

If you don’t mind exercising around students, you’re also invited to participate in our regularly scheduled group fitness classes. All you need to do is purchase a $10 Group Fitness Pass and you’ll have access to over 35 classes each week for the entire school year.

Questions? Email Campus Rec at

Registration Open for Mindfulness Meditation Course

Are you mind full, or mindful?

Our lives are often overly stimulated and harried. 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 mindfulness 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.

UMW faculty and staff are invited to take a 7-week course at the Fredericksburg Campus on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies in Trinkle B-39.  The course begins Oct. 3 and meets weekly through Nov. 21. There will be no class on Tuesday, Oct. 17, due to Fall Break.

This course is led by certified instructor Bill Brooks and will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

The course is $15 and registration is now open! Visit the Campus Recreation Registration Portal to sign up. Simply click “Log In” in the top right corner, then click the blue button that says “Sign in with your NET ID and Password,” and use your regular UMW CAS credentials to log in to your profile.

If you have questions about the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course, email

Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is coming up in June! We are in need of volunteers for each day of the six sessions to assist with answering questions, parking and directing students and their guests to the right locations. Last year New Student Orientation was a great success because of the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered!

Are you interested in helping? If so, please this online form by Sunday, May 28. Within a week of completing the online form, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for specific shifts. You are welcome to send this information along to any UMW faculty or staff in your department. It’s more fun to volunteer with a friend!

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact Brittanie Haas at or JoAnna Raucci at Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation!

Stay Active this Summer!

The Department of Campus Recreation is thrilled to offer a variety of programs to keep the Mary Washington community active, engaged, and productive this summer.

The Fitness Center and Goolrick pool will be open during peak times beginning May 16. Program offerings include a faculty/staff kickball league, a faculty/staff campus-wide walking challenge called “Mary Wash Moves,” personal training, private swim lessons, and a new group fitness class schedule. Details can be found on the Campus Recreation website.

If you have questions after viewing the website, please contact Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness Brittanie Haas at

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open

Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21:

  • YOGA – Mondays & Wednesdays – 12pm-12:50pm
  • EAGLE FIT – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12pm-12:45pm
  • CIZE – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1pm-1:45pm

More information and registration is available on the Campus Recreation website.

Please contact Brittanie Haas at with questions.