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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are UREC's hours during the week/weekend?
View our hours here. 

When are UREC's busiest times?
UREC has times which are busier than others, but by planning ahead, you can easily avoid the crowds. We usually start getting busy by the time that classes end in the afternoon, around 3 pm, and stay busy until about 9 pm. Generally, during the early morning hours and late in the evenings, fewer people are in the building. Those could be great times to fit in your workout!

Who has access to utilize UREC?
Access to UREC is granted to students, faculty and staff within the JMU community. Those with access privileges must enter and exit using their JACard at both UREC and UPARK. Learn about UREC Access Policies.

How can members of the community get involved?
University Recreation facilities and programs are primarily for the students, faculty, and staff of the JMU community. However, there are several programs and services that anyone may take advantage of, regardless of affiliation to JMU! We hope you will consider getting your children involved in our youth programs, join our adult summer soccer league, or reserving space for your next event at UREC!

Is there a second entrance at UREC?
No, the entrance at the front of UREC (door H) is the only entrance and exit point for participants! 

I think I lost something at UREC. What can I do?
Visit the JMU Lost and Found online database and fill out the "Lost Item Form." You can also stop by the UREC Welcome Center to see if we may have your item.

Are there any employment opportunities available at UREC?
Yes! UREC employs over 400 undergraduate students in a wide variety of positions each year. We post job openings on JMU Joblink in November and February for various student positions. Please visit our student employment page.

Why do students have to swipe out of UREC?
UREC and UPARK are both controlled access facilities. Authorized users must have a JACard to both enter and exit. All participants who have entered through the Welcome Center should exit through the turnstiles to help us monitor participants in the building. In the case of an emergency, UREC would also be able to tell which participants still remained in the building.

Does UREC use the mobile app to grant access to the facility?
No, UREC and UPARK do not offer access to the building through the mobile app. Our access software is not compatible the mobile app.

Where should I park?
The primary parking options for students using UREC facilities are Commuter Convocation Center lots. Convo Lots A, F and G are available year-round for commuter parking. Convo B and E lots are available during the majority of the year, with the exception of basketball season, at which time signage will be placed indicating that Convo B and E lots are no longer available as commuter parking. Convo D Lot is an additional commuter lot that will also be used during basketball season and will be unavailable during those times. In all commuter lots, students, faculty and staff must display a current, valid JMU parking permit to park. JMU Parking Services oversees all parking on campus and questions or concerns should be directed to their office. We encourage UREC participants to carpool, take a bus, or get active and bike, walk or jog to UREC!

What is in the new addition & renovation?
Learn about the construction project!

I've never worked out before. Where can I get some pointers?
We offer many forms of guidance to those who are new to exercising, simply need to learn more about a specific machine or want to make an existing workout more effective. If you fall into any of those categories, take advantage of all the fitness options we offer. As a visitor, a Fitness Assistant working in the Fitness Center, can provide an equipment orientation or answer questions about individual machines. We also offer personal training and fitness assessments to help with your health and fitness needs. For more information, check out the Fitness & Personal Training webpage.

How do I listen to the TVs in the Fitness Center?
You can plug earbuds into any of the equipment with a personal TV. To listen to the large TVs, download the free "ListenWiFi Personal Listening" app on a smart device. Then connect to the "Personal Listening" Wifi network. Then select the station (TVs are numbered left to right, 1-7) and enjoy!

What cable channels are available on the cardio equipment with personal TVs?
Information about campus channels can be found on the Telecom website.

How do I use the day lockers?

  1. Open the locker door.
  2. Place personal belongings in the locker.
  3. Close the locker door.
  4. With the lock in the “unlock position,” set your own combination.
  5. Turn knob to “lock position” and scramble the dial.
  6. When you return, re-enter your combination to unlock the locker. Contact a UREC staff member if you have issues opening your locker.
  7. Remove your belongings. Any items left overnight are subject to removal.

Please take care to remember, type into your cell phone, or write down the locker number and your code!

I love the outdoors! Does UREC offer any outdoor trips?
The UREC Adventure program offers plenty of outdoor, as well as indoor, adventures. Check out the rock wall in the atrium as well as the climbing tower and bouldering spaces in the Adventure Center for indoor adventure options. From beginner to expert, ALL students, faculty, and staff can feel comfortable and safe climbing the wall. UREC offers outdoor hiking, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, canoeing, biking, skiing and snowboarding trips throughout the year! Check out the adventure webpage for more information.

Are there any sport clubs, like baseball, that I can join?
UREC provides meeting and practice space for approximately 48 different sport clubs here on campus. As each sport club has its own season and president, the best way to get in contact or find more information about a sport club is to check our website. Each year, the Sport Clubs participate in Student Organization Night in the Fall. This is a great way to meet the members and learn about tryouts, dues, and more.

Why does the pool close from 9-11am and half an hour earlier than the building?
The pool closes from 9-11am in order for daily chemical maintenance. The pool closes before the building closes so that lifeguards can close the area and participants have time to shower, get dressed and exit the building before the building closes.

Is the TEAM Challenge high and low ropes course available for student organization use?
Yes! UREC’s ropes course is available to student organizations, academic classes, student employee groups, faculty/staff groups, and non-JMU organizations as well. Learn more and contact the Coordinator of Adventure & TEAM Programs for more information or schedule a group. 

How much do Group Exercise classes cost?
Students do not have to pay any additional fees to take weekly group exercise classes offered at UREC. These classes (and most UREC programs) are funded by the Student Comprehensive Fee. Faculty and staff are welcome to participate in these classes as well!

How can I sign-up and pay for UREC programs and activities?
UREC has several programs and events. Register online today. Learn how here!

How can I become a Group Exercise Instructor?
There is a prerequisite required first before being considered for hire. In order to be considered, UREC require all Group Exercise Instructors go through a 12-week prep course to learn the fundamentals of what it takes to teach a safe and effective class. The class will meet twice a week; days vary depending on semester. One day per week will be dedicated to lecture and the other day will be practice time in the studios. The course is limited to 20 students and begins the second week of classes each semester. Completing this course does not secure you a spot on the UREC Group Exercise staff. 

How can I sign up for a Lifeguarding or First Aid course?
Our Aquatics and Safety program offers a variety of programs, such as first aid and CPR, lifeguarding clinics, stroke clinics, and fun events like our dive-in movies. You can sign up for our programs online using a credit card or by visiting the UREC Program Registration desk using your FLEX account.

How do I reserve a racquetball court?
You can reserve a racquetball court on the day of in the Equipment Center. If you want to reserve it in advance, please call the UREC Equipment Center at 540-568-8722. You can reserve your court up to 24 hours in advance.

How do you rent camping or recreation equipment?
Our Adventure Center can handle your indoor and outdoor recreation needs! From canoes to sleeping bags and from tents to wetsuits. All you need is a deposit on your FLEX account and you are ready to roll!

When are Group Exercise rooms most available for organizational use?
The Group Exercise rooms are available for organizational use in the mornings and some afternoon times. Evenings are usually scheduled for Sport Clubs when Group Exercise classes are not scheduled. Learn more about reservations at UREC.

Can I take photos or videotape at UREC? View UREC's Media & News information!

Can I post flyers in UREC? View UREC's Media & News information!

Can I advertise my business in UREC? View UREC's Media & News information!

Where can I find a map and photos?
View maps and photos online here! We will have maps available at the UREC Welcome Center and Equipment Center as well.

Have a question that is not listed here?
Call the UREC Welcome Center at 540-568-8737 or contact a professional staff member!