August 25, 2019

Brittanie Naff: Taking Fitness to Heart

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Want to jog through the streets of Paris, browse Facebook or catch up on Netflix – all without leaving Mary Washington? Brittanie Naff says now you can – and still squeeze in your workout – thanks to the cardio equipment she and her team have brought to the fitness center. UMW employees are invited to take the new machines for a spin – or sprint – and enjoy healthy snacks and beverages at Cardio & Katora, Friday, Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Planning special events like this is just one of Naff’s responsibilities as assistant director of Campus Recreation, a job she’s held since 2016, when she met now-supervisor Kelly Shannon, who convinced her to become an Eagle.

Naff, who has a master’s degree in public health from Virginia Tech, ensures that Mary Washington’s recreational facilities, staff and programs meet the fitness and wellness needs of the UMW community. She assists with marketing efforts, hires instructors and trainers, and manages schedules for group fitness programs like Zumba, barre, yoga and cycle.

“I’m living proof of the impact fitness programs can have on students’ lives,” said Naff, who began hitting the gym after trying a Zumba class her freshman year. “When I realized I could make a career out of managing collegiate fitness programs and facilities, I pursued that and haven’t looked back!”

 

Q: How did you know it was time for new cardio equipment at UMW’s fitness center?
A: Our rental term was ending, so we worked with procurement to secure a new vendor. We wanted quality, affordable machines; excellent customer service; and an asset management system that allowed us to track the status of the equipment to limit downtime in case parts break. We found it all with Matrix Fitness and got 45 pieces of cardio equipment, six with cool touch screens that let you escape to other locales.

Q: We’re excited for Cardio & Katora! The coffee shop and gym equipment are new, but what else do exercise and caffeine have in common?
A: When planning this event, we all agreed that exercise and healthy, delicious drinks and food contribute to a high quality of life. Why not put these things together and promote the message? You’ll see plenty of collaborations between Campus Rec, Katora Café and UMW Dining in the future, and you can find Mindful Dining info at the Top of the UC.

Q: What would you say to people who feel guilty about procrastinating starting a fitness routine?
A: It’s never too late. You have to find something you enjoy if you want to stick to it. Exercise can be way more than treadmills and dumbbells!

Q: What’s your favorite way to exercise?
A: I love Orange Theory. The workouts are intense – but modifiable, the coaches are motivating, the music is awesome and the classes work with my calendar. All I have to do is show up!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I started dating my husband when I was 15, after a high school homecoming dance.

Q: What’s your motto?
A: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch. That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. […]

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch.

That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, Katora Café and Dining Services, the event gives the UMW community the opportunity to take the fitness center’s new fleet of state-of-the-art cardio machines for a spin – or a sprint – while sampling Katora’s healthy drinks and snacks. The popular Fredericksburg coffeehouse will soon open a new location across from the Hurley Convergence Center in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

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Registration Now Open For Fall Fitness Programs

Looking for some ways to stay moving this fall? Campus Rec has something for you!

Faculty/Staff Private Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

That’s right – UMW employees can sign up for Monday/Friday Lunchtime Yoga or Wednesday Yogalates classes with the comfort of knowing you are accompanied only by other UMW employees. These classes are scheduled during the traditional lunch time hour in hopes that many will be able to step away from the office and take advantage of a little brain break. Did you know that just ten minutes of light exercise can boost your mood, productivity, focus, and creativity?

To learn more about faculty/staff fitness programs, visit https://students.umw.edu/campusrec/be-active/fastprograms/

The Fall 2019 Group Fitness Schedule is Live

Consider taking one of the regular Group Fitness Classes this semester. It’s only $10 for the year to attend unlimited classes starting September 2.

To learn more about the fall group fitness schedule, visit https://students.umw.edu/campusrec/be-active/group-fitness-classes/

The Free Week of Fitness Is Coming Up Soon

Not sure if these classes are something you’re ready to spend your hard-earned money on? That’s okay! There will be a free week from August 26-September 1.

Questions?

If you have questions, please email Brittanie Naff at bhaas@umw.edu or giver her a call at extension 1187.

Summer Gym Hours and Fitness Programs Announced

Summer Fitness Programs

This summer, Campus Recreation is offering fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees: Total Body Workout and Lunchtime Yoga.

Each fitness program is 5 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 5-week session. That’s 10 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 10 workouts. Some workouts are better than no workouts! Session 1 is May 20 – June 21. No class on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day.

Lunchtime Yoga: 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.

Total Body Workout: Heat up your summer with two cardio-based total body workouts each week, led by a certified personal trainer. These workouts will use your body and circuit training to help you stay active.

Registration is 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 MAKE SURE “SUMMER 2019” IS SELECTED UNDER THE SEMESTER FILTER. Note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

 

Summer Gym Hours

The following gym hours apply to all recreational spaces in Goolrick Hall and the Fitness Center. Want instant updates? Follow Campus Recreation on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

End of Semester Hours
Closing at 5pm on Friday, May 3 (End of Semester)
Closed Saturday, May 4 – Monday, May 13 for Graduation Week and UMW Employee Appreciation Day

Summer Session 1 Facility Hours
Effective Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, June 23
Monday – Friday: 11:30am-2pm, 4pm-8pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
We will be closed Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day.

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!

FREE WEEK = MARCH 11-15
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.

Free Employee Fitness Classes March 11-15

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

FREE WEEK = MARCH 11-15
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 bhaas@umw.edu if you need assistance or have questions.

Spring Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

Registration is now open for the 3 fitness programs available to UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness, Lunch Bunch, and Lunchtime Yoga.

FREE WEEK = JANUARY 14-18, 2019.
Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6-week program that will begin on January 21/22!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session.

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate strength and cardio training for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15-12 p.m.
Lunch Bunch is a low impact, total body fitness class for faculty and staff that will get the blood flowing, but not so much that you’re in need of a shower. It’s the perfect mid-day movement to help you feel successful and able to return to work in a jiffy.

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

Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Session 1 – $30
January 14-18 = Free Week!
January 21-March 1 = Session 1
Registration open now!

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

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. Additionally, please make sure the “Spring 2019” semester is selected on the left menu to see the spring offerings. 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.