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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

University Recreation and Wellness

Director: Jay Gilchrist

Being physically active as a college student is a crucial component of success in and out of the classroom. Activity helps students manage stress, boosts their immune system against illness, aids sleep, improves mood, increases energy and provides a social connection to other students. Perhaps most importantly, movement primes the brain for learning and makes it easier to focus when studying. University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) encourages Terps to make the most of their college experience by incorporating movement and activity into their daily lives. There are many opportunities for students to find an activity they enjoy through RecWell.

Membership with RecWell and access to all its facilities, programs and services are included in the student fee. Students simply need their university ID to enter recreation facilities on campus. Facilities include the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), Ritchie Coliseum, Reckord Armory Gym, the weight and fitness areas in the School of Public Health (SPH), and multiple outdoor playing fields.

The ERC is the largest recreation facility on campus and offers a cardio fitness center, weight rooms, martial arts room, indoor track, and a functional training studio as well as courts for basketball, racquetball, wallyball, and squash. The ERC also features indoor and outdoor pools for lap swimming and diving, a sauna, and steam room. When school is in session, the ERC is open 6 a.m.–midnight on weekdays, 8 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.– midnight on Sundays for students to enjoy their favorite activity on their own schedule. Weight rooms and cardio fitness centers are also located in Ritchie Coliseum and SPH.

For students motivated by a structured workout in a high-energy group setting, RecWell offers approximately 90 group fitness classes each week, including yoga, Zumba®, BODYPUMP™, cycling, cardioboxing, and high intensity interval training. Classes are no additional charge and are drop-in only—there’s no need to sign up ahead of time. Students may also take advantage of working with a certified personal trainer to meet their individual fitness goals at a student discounted rate.

Students who enjoy playing sports have many opportunities to do so through RecWell’s sport club and intramural sports programs. These programs are open to everyone and you don’t have to consider yourself an athlete to play. Many sport clubs do compete regionally and nationally against other schools, but they are also a great way to learn a new sport or simply enjoy the comradery that comes from playing for fun. There are 40+ studentled sport clubs, including ballroom dance, lacrosse, black belt, equestrian, sailing, figure skating, paintball and soccer. Students can also participate in intramural sports that are open to all members of the university community. Participants select their own level of competition and play in either men’s, women’s or coed leagues over the course of a weekend, a week or a tournament lasting several weeks. Intramural sports include basketball, flag football, softball, soccer, racquetball, table tennis and more.

For students who prefer to be active outdoors, RecWell’s adventure program offers outdoor adventure trips, clinics and social bike rides throughout the year. Students can take a day or weekend trip to go backpacking, caving, mountain biking, kayaking rock climbing, or other various outdoor activities. Students may also use the adventure program resource library and rent gear to pursue their own outdoor adventure. The climbing wall and challenge course are located at the ERC, where students may challenge themselves physically and mentally to increase interpersonal skills and self-confidence. Maryland also has a vibrant cycling community. The RecWell Bike Shop offers free repairs and maintenance and will even teach students how to repair their own bikes.

RecWell also offers community programs open to students including swimming lessons, water safety instructor and lifeguard training, deep water conditioning and tennis instruction.

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