September 24, 2019

Mindfulness and Fitness Program Registrations Close Soon

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 you get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on the Campus Rec registration site under “Courses”.

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit 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.

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.

Read more. 

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.

Spring Wellness Offerings for Faculty and Staff

Welcome back to the start of a great new semester. Check out the following spring offerings for a number of great ways to work, play and thrive!

The Fitness Center

Free to use for all faculty, staff and secondary cardholders

Fitness Center Hours of Operation

Monday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pool Open Recreation Swim Hours

Monday:  12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional programs and services available to you and your secondary cardholders include:


  • Many faculty and staff have requested to take classes with other faculty and staff, led by veteran instructors and during convenient times. Therefore, we are now offering a 7-class drop in schedule just for you!
  • A one time Drop-In Rate can also be purchased for $5 in person
  • January 22-26 this schedule will be free, so come try it out!

Check out these other wellness related events coming up!

  • Mindful Eating:
    January 23 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Lee Hall 412
  • The Heart of Mindfulness:
    January 30 from 4-5 p.m., Colonnade Room, University Center
  • Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Course:
    Tuesday evenings, February 20-April 10, $15, Register Here
  • Meal Prep 101:
    February 27, 11:30 a.m., Lee Hall 412
  • Health & Wellness Fair:
    March 29: More details coming soon!

Fitness Survey

The Department of Campus Recreation conducts a fitness assessment intended to measure current exercise habits of the UMW community. Please check your email for the upcoming assessment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as it will help us to enhance our programs and offerings. If you have specific questions, please contact the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Fitness and Wellness, Yuri Panzhin at or 540-654-1098.