Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

    Fitness

  • Are there fitness and recreation opportunities I can participate in remotely?

    Absolutely.  Information about remote fitness, recreation, and other wellbeing opportunities for students, faculty and staff are listed on the Thrive Remotely web page.

     

  • What group fitness classes will be offered this semester?

    In-person group fitness classes will be held in a few outdoor “studio” locations.  The classes will include yoga, Zumba, Zumba Toning, BodyCombat, BodyPump, CXWORX ( Core training class), Pilates, Bands & BOSU’s. 

    In-person classes will also be live streamed for Demon Deacons who would prefer to participate remotely.

     

  • What will be different about group fitness classes this semester?

    In-person group fitness classes will be held at a few outdoor “studio” locations.  This will provide a safer environment and permit more individuals to participate.

    Participation for in-person classes will be limited to 24 people and participants must pre-register for classes.

    Exercise classes will also be live streamed.  This will permit individuals who can’t or don’t feel comfortable participating in person to do so remotely.

     

  • How do I register for group fitness classes?

    See group fitness schedule and registration info here.

  • Will faculty, staff and retirees need to purchase a group exercise pass?

    No.  WFU is encouraging faculty and staff to work from home, if they can.  We are also encouraging faculty, staff, and retirees to engage in group exercise remotely.

    If an employee chooses to participate in group exercise classes in person, they must pre-register for classes and will need to have an active Wellbeing Center membership.

  • Will personal & small group training be offered this semester?

    Absolutely!  Personal and small group training is available both in-person and remote virtually …whatever your preference is.  Check out the personal & small group training web page for more information.

  • What will be different between personal & small group training?

    With personal training, a trainer works with you one-on-one.  They are your personal fitness coach designing workout routines to meet your specific fitness and wellbeing goal (i.e., weight management, build strength, overall physical wellbeing, train for a marathon/triathlon, improve in particular sport).  And, like any coach, they are with you to motivate and encourage you throughout your workout and ensure your progress.

    In small group training, instead of a one-on-one experience, the trainer works with a small group of individuals — typically around 6 – 8 people.  The training is focused on a common shared set of specific fitness and wellbeing goals.  And, there is much more personal attention compared to a group exercise class that can have dozens of participants.

     

  • Will group fitness instructor and personal trainer certification classes be taught this semester?

    ACE Personal Training Prep Course is accepting registration now online.  Group Fitness will also share training opportunities.  However, these have transitioned to how they are being delivered as a hybrid virtual and in-person blend. More information to come on the fitness training web.

    Wellbeing Center

  • Will the Wellbeing Center be open?

    Yes!  The Wellbeing Center will be open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    North Carolina remains under Phase II, gyms are not permitted to be open, so the Wellbeing Center will not be offering any indoor fitness or recreation activities with the exception of the pool.  However, there will be an increased number of outdoor fitness and recreation activities available.  Check out the Campus Recreation web page for program offerings.

     

  • What will be different about the Wellbeing Center this semester?

    Particularly while North Carolina remains under Phase II (gyms closed), the Wellbeing Center will be operating more like the Benson Center offering students almost 20,000 square feet of study space.

    Once NC moves into Phase III, weight rooms, gyms, the climbing wall, and other fitness and recreation areas can reopen.

     

  • Will I be required to wear a face covering?

    Absolutely!  For the safety of all Demon Deacons, appropriate face covering will be required in the Wellbeing Center and all Campus Recreation programs both indoors and outdoors even when working out and engaging in other physical activity.  The only exception will be while swimming.

  • Will cardio and weight rooms be open?

    While North Carolina remains under Phase II (gyms closed), the Wellbeing Center’s weight rooms will be closed.  However, an outdoor free weight area is being planned.  Students will be able to reserve a day/time to use free weights in a designated outdoor location.  Once NC moves into Phase III, the Wellbeing Center’s indoor weight rooms will reopen.

    Due to health and safety concerns, cardio machines will be unavailable this semester.  Cardio machines create a significant amount of air turbulence.  Individuals using cardio machines, even if wearing a face covering, expel droplets.  The air turbulence propels the droplets a considerable distance thereby potentially putting others at risk.  There isn’t sufficient scientific research on how to safely offer use of cardio equipment without the potential spread of viruses.

     

  • Will the climbing wall be open?

    While North Carolina remains under Phase II (gyms closed), the climbing wall will not be available.  Once NC moves to Phase III, the climbing wall will be reopened.

  • Will locker rooms be open?

    While North Carolina remains under Phase II (gyms closed), locker rooms will not be available.  We will reconsider reopening locker rooms once NC moves to Phase III.

  • Can I bring a guest to the Wellbeing Center?

    No.  In keeping with the University’s current policy, only students, faculty and staff with a Wake Forest University ID will be permitted entry into the Wellbeing Center.

  • Can guests participate in Campus Rec programs?

    No.  Only only students, faculty and staff with a Wake Forest University ID will be permitted to participate in in-person programs.

    Anyone with a University wfu.edu email address may participate in online programs.

     

  • Will reservations to utilize the facility be available?

    To appropriately limit capacities, reservations will be required for most Campus Recreation programs (i.e., group fitness classes, swimming pool).  However, reservations will not be required for students wishing to come informally gather and study in the Wellbeing Center.

  • Will the hours of operations be the same?

    While North Carolina remains under Phase II, the Wellbeing Center will be opening at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.  We will reconsider opening hours once NC moves to Phase III.

    Intramural Sports

  • What intramural sports will be offered this semester?

    Demon Deacons will have the opportunity to participate in over 2 dozen intramural sports competitions during the fall semester.  They will be a wide variety of primarily 1-vs-1 and 1-vs-2 competitions and eSports.  Check out the full offerings on the intramural sports website.

  • What will be different about intramural sports this semester?

    Wake Forest has a proud tradition of having one of the largest collegiate intramural sports programs in the country with almost half of Demon Deacons participating each year.  For the fall semester, the majority of intramural sports offered will be 1-vs-1 and 1-vs-2 competitions and eSports.  Competitive team sports such as basketball, soccer, and flag football will be offered in the spring, if it is safe to do so.

    Club Sports

  • What club sports will be offered this semester?

    Wake Forest offers one of the largest collegiate club sport programs in the country.  Demon Deacons participate in over 3 dozen different recreational and competitive sport clubs.  For the fall semester, for safety reasons, some competitive club sports will not be offered and those that are will operate under proper safety protocols.  Information pertaining to each sport can be obtained by contacting the specific club.

  • What will be different about club sports this semester?

    Wake Forest has reviewed each individual recreational and club sport to determine which can reasonably be offered within guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NC Department of Health, American College Health Association (ACHA), the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), and other fitness, recreation, and sports professional associations and leagues.  The evaluation determined which sports can and cannot be safely offered for the fall semester and, if they can, what safety protocols are necessary.

  • Will club sport teams be able to compete?

    The University is only permitting essential travel, so competitive sport clubs will not be traveling for the fall semester.  Additionally, Wake Forest is limiting guests on campus, so other collegiate club sport teams will not be permitted to come to campus.  Most other colleges and universities in the region are also not permitting their competitive club sport teams to campus or permitting other university club sport teams to travel to their campus.

  • Are reservations required for practice on fields?

    Yes.  Reservations are still required for clubs to use outdoor fields and courts.  And, once North Carolina moves to Phase III, reservations will also be required for indoor gyms and multi-purpose rooms.

    Deacon Family Hours

  • When will Deacon Family Hours resume?

    Current university policy limits campus access to students, faculty, and staff.  Once employee family members are welcome back on the Reynolda campus, we will revisit when to restart Deacon Family Hours.  In the meantime, there are family-friendly activities that Demon Deacons and their kids can participate in remotely on the Thrive Remotely web page.

    Memberships

  • Will WFU retirees be able to utilize the Wellbeing Center?

    Current university policy limits campus access to students, faculty, and staff. Once retirees are welcome back on the Reynolda campus, we will revisit when to allow access to the Wellbeing Center.  In the meantime, retirees are  In the meantime, there are remote activities that retirees can engage in remotely on the Thrive Remotely web page.  Retirees may participate in group fitness classes on the Campus Recreation  web page.

  • Will partner/spouse/dependent members be able to utilize the Wellbeing Center?

    Current university policy limits campus access to students, faculty, and staff.  Once partner/spouse/dependent members are welcome back on the Reynolda campus, we will revisit when to allow access to the Wellbeing Center.  In the meantime, there are activities that Demon Deacons and their partner/spouse/ dependents can participate in remotely on the Thrive Remotely web page.

    Retiree Gatherings

  • When will the monthly retiree gatherings resume?

    Current university policy limits campus access to students, faculty, and staff.  Once retirees are welcome back on the Reynolda campus, we will revisit when to restart the monthly retiree gatherings.  In the meantime, there are remote activities that retirees can engage in remotely on the Thrive Remotely web page including family-friendly activities for the grandkids.

    Backyard Fitness

  • What equipment is available?

    Currently we are offering dumbbells and barbells. Certain reservations include a bench.

  • What are the spaces like?

    There are markings on the ground to designate individual spaces that will be at least a 10’ square.  (spaces are 11’ x 12’). The spaces are in two back-to-back lines with 6’ separating the two lines.  Users will be positioned facing in opposite directions – the users in the north line facing the Sutton hillside and the users in the south line facing Reynolds Gym. Some spaces are under a tent and others are not

     

  • Where, how, and when can I reserve a space?

    Reservations can be made 48hrs in advance at deaconrec.wfu.edu. Only one reservation should be made per day.

  • Where is Backyard Fitness?

    Backyard fitness is in Lot L, North, near Outdoor Pursuits.

  • Do I need to check-in?

    You will need to check in with the Facility Attendant in the tent area upon arrival. You will be assigned a space upon arrival.

  • What safety and cleaning protocols are in place?

    Users must clean equipment before and after use with disinfectant spray and paper towels/cloths. Masks must be worn (no bandanas, gaiters, or masks with vents) even while exercising. No spotting is allowed.

    An electrostatic sprayer will be used to disinfect the equipment at least twice a day.

  • Where is the equipment located?

    Weight equipment is located in two 20’ long storage containers.  Users will enter the containers one at a time to pick up the weights they intend to use during their reservation and take it to their designated space/location.