The name ‘Wellness Center’ might be a little confusing to students new to UM. The word ‘gym’ doesn’t do justice. The Wellness Center is much more than a gym. It’s a place that offers students an opportunity to experience a whole new lifestyle. Here’s the what, why, where, and when of the Wellness Center.
What exactly is the Wellness Center?
The Wellness Center is a premier fitness and recreation facility located on the Coral Gables campus. You will need your ‘Cane card to enter the facility.
Once inside, you will find the following:
I A fitness room full of cardio and weight equipment
I A large gymnasium with three full basketball courts that can be converted to volleyball or badminton courts
I A smaller gymnasium with rounded walls so you can play indoor soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, or badminton
I A jogging/walking track
I An pool designed for lap swimming and water aerobics
I A spa and two saunas
I Racquetball courts (6)
I Squash courts (2)
I A juice bar (‘Cane Express and Dining Dollars accepted)
I A fitness lab
I An instructional kitchen
I Studio Cycling room
I Classrooms (2)
I Conference room
I Multi-purpose rooms (2)
I William Butler Atrium (a place to hang out)
I A wireless ‘cloud’ for internet access
I Locker rooms
Outside the Wellness Center you will find:
I Basketball courts that can be converted to volleyball or badminton courts
I Tennis courts
I Michael Yaron building and lighted playing fields (4)
I George Smathers Courtyard (another place to hang out-wireless cloud works here, too)
The wellness staff would also add that students have a unique opportunity to learn about fitness and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
I CHAMP (Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program) is a peer-based fitness/wellness program that is free to UM students. Students receive a fitness assessment followed by peer-based counseling and follow-up assessments.
I The fitness lab is staffed and equipped to perform fitness tests on everybody from high-performing athletes to de-conditioned, at risk participants. Body fat composition, blood pressure screening and VO2 max tests are just a few of the test performed in the fitness lab.
I An instructional kitchen that teaches students how to prepare simple meals and make nutritional food choices.
I A chance to participate in a variety of activities such as intramural sports, club sports, yoga, studio cycling, dance classes, Pilates, aerobics, etc.
When is the Wellness Center open and when can I start using it?
The Wellness Center fee is automatically charged to full-time undergraduate students, day law students, and graduate students registered for nine credits or more.
During the academic year, the Wellness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access for the fall semester begins the first day of orientation. I
>> For more information, call 305-284-8500, or visit www.miami.edu/wellness.