November 11, 2019

Employee Walking Challenge

Mary Wash Moves

UMW Employee Walking Challenge
Brought to you by the President’s Council on Wellness, 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 this year with your UMW colleagues.

How It Works:

  • Dates: October 1-31, 2019 | April 1-30, 2020 | July 1-31, 2020
  • Teams: There are six teams and up to 25 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 active team mates (anyone who logged any steps on any day during the challenge) by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or other step tracking device!
  • Prize: A free lunch sponsored by Human Resources and a free fitness/wellness experience sponsored by Campus Recreation!

If you have further questions, please email wellness@umw.edu.

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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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.

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.

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.

5K Fun Run, April 13

5K Fun Run:

UMW Campus Recreation 5K Fun Run for the Mark Fletcher Fund

UMW Campus Recreation 5K Fun Run for the Mark Fletcher Fund

Please consider signing up for our 5K Fun Run and inviting colleagues, friends and relatives in the Fredericksburg community.

The Campus Recreation 5K Fun Run for the Mark Fletcher Fund, to be held Sunday, April 13 with a race time of 8:30 a.m., is a benefit event whose proceeds will go to the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Foundation fund in honor of Mark Fletcher. Mark worked at University of Virginia Recreational Sports until he passed away in 2009 at the age of 57. Due to his involvement with NIRSA and excellence in recreational sports programming at UVA, the NIRSA Honor Award Committee has posthumously selected Mark Fletcher as the recipient of the 2014 NIRSA Honor Award.

Please join us in contributing to one of Mark Fletcher’s passions: funding the NIRSA foundation and its research agenda and professional development opportunities in the field of college recreational sports and fitness programming.

Registration and payment due by Friday, April 4 to be guaranteed a race shirt. Registration and payment are due by Tuesday, April 8.

Register online at https://orgsync.com/59405/forms/102583

The race begins and ends at the Battleground Athletic Complex.

Questions? Contact Dan Gardner at dgardner@umw.edu or 540-654-1126540-654-1126.

Fit Tip:

Women’s Club Soccer Team Headed to National Championships

The University of Mary Washington women’s club soccer team competed in the 2013 NIRSA National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. UMW was the only NCAA Division III program in the entire championship bracket.

The women's club soccer team will compete in the NIRSA national championships this week.

The women’s club soccer team will compete in the NIRSA national championships this week.

The tournament was canceled on Saturday, Nov. 23 due to unsafe playing conditions.

The team left for Phoenix on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and had its first match on Thursday, Nov. 21 against Vanderbilt University. The open division, in which UMW is competing, includes Division II and Division I schools like Cornell University, the University of Colorado and the University of Virginia. The UMW team played Colorado on Friday, Nov. 22.

This marks the first time that one of UMW’s club soccer programs has competed in a national championship.

“We are very excited to compete on the national stage and are proud to represent UMW,” said Mark Mermelstein, director of campus recreation.

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, was founded in 1950 to support collegiate recreation across the country. More than 2,000 athletes from 96 teams will play at the NIRSA national soccer championships this year.

To view results of the tournament, visit http://www.nirsa.org/wcm/Play/Soccer/wcm/_Play/Soccer/Soccer_.aspx?hkey=fe730752-ae48-4e3e-94b8-6fd131d7c221.

Robert Liebau

Robert E. Liebau, associate director of campus recreation, gave the presentation “To the Core—Embracing Personal Leadership Values” to the student session of the annual Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association meeting in Richmond in January. Ian Rogol, UMW head athletic trainer, said Liebau’s talk was “extremely well received. Bob’s interaction with these students was amazing and all were extremely challenged to think about a topic many athletic training programs do not cover.”