Program Information

Last updated on January 15, 2021 10:39 am

Due to an extension of Provincial Health Orders through February 5, the following programs are currently unavailable: Cardio, Conditioning & Strength classes (Zumba, Barre Fitness, & Women on Weights), Martial Arts, Dance, Boot camps, Group Fitness classes, and Spin classes.

Yoga & pilates classes will resume beginning January 11.

The ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres are open with reduced capacity to those with memberships. Personal training is also available at this time.

Everyone is reminded to show up dressed for activity; areas to change will be limited.

Advanced registration is required for all activities.

Effective January 18, all patrons are required to wear non-medical face masks at all times when indoors at the BirdCoop and/or ARC Fitness Centre.


Things to know


Safety Practices

What to Expect



Things to Know

  1. COVID-19 Safety
    • All fitness centre workouts & classes require advanced, online registration.
      • Access to fitness facilities is limited to registered persons.
      • Fitness centre and class capacity is limited per time slot/class to allow for distancing.
    • Spotting, working out in partners/groups, or working in with other members are not allowed at this time.
    • Signs and directions are posted throughout the facility to guide traffic flow and queueing spots.
    • Fitness Centre Workouts
      • All members will receive a cleaning spray bottle to use during their workout.
        • Members are required to clean their equipment before and after each use.
      • Areas (pods) within the fitness centre free weight & stretching areas will be designated for individual workouts.
        • Pods will maintain a 2.5m x 2.5m distance to allow for social distancing. 
    • Fitness Classes
      • Individual work out spaces (pods) will be assigned upon entry into the activity space
  1. Arriving & Signing-In
    • Please arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before your booked workout session, as late arrivals will not be permitted inside.
    • BirdCoop arrivals will queue at the north doors of the SRC before their workout.
    • ARC arrivals will queue at the east doors on the main level of the Life Building.
    • Anyone needing accessible entry will be taken down to the ARC via the elevator.
  1. Equipment
    • Not all equipment or machines will be available to allow for distancing.
    • Participants are welcome to bring their own towels and yoga mats, but are not allowed to share equipment with others.
    • For full information and details on the new equipment policies please review the BirdCoop and ARC Policies, Rules, and Gym Etiquette.
  1. Amenities

    • SRC and ARC washrooms, change rooms, showers, and workout lockers are available with restrictions and limited capacities.
    • Members are to adhere to all directional signage, time limits and capacity limits in the change areas and showers.
      • SRC – 3 showers are available with a maximum of 15 people in the change rooms at once.
      • ARC – 3 showers and 2 change closets are available, with a maximum of 6 people in the change rooms at once.
      • ARC universal change room – 8 showers and 8 change closets will be available.
    • Showers have re-opened with limited capacities; guests are encouraged to shower at home when possible.
      • Members must bring their own shower products to use in the shower spaces, no soap nor shampoo will be available.
    • Members must bring their own personal lock for locker use during their workout (locks will not be provided), and are responsible for removing the contents and lock immediately after their activity has concluded. 
      • Lockers will be assigned to fitness centre users on a first-come, first-serve basis
      • 25 short term lockers will be available for use in the SRC.
      • 30 short term lockers will be available for use in the ARC.
      • The facility and Department of Athletics and Recreation are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
    • Members are encouraged to bring their own towel and personal water bottle.
    • All water fountains are closed. If needed, please refill your water bottle at a tap in a washroom.
    • All members should continue to arrive changed and ready to workout whenever possible.


UBC Recreation is using a new registration system beginning May 2020; an online login will be required for all activities. If you have not recently set up a new login, please follow the link below to set up a new online login.

UBC Students – please ensure that you have activated your login using your CWL in order to qualify for student rates and free access to the UBC Aquatic Centre and SRC drop-in activities.


Purchase a membership and save! Fall and term memberships are now available for purchase online. 

For information on available memberships and rates, please follow the link below:

Fitness Classes

  • Advanced registration is required for all classes; on-site registration is not available.
    • Online registration for each class is available 24-hours in advance of the class start time.
  • Online registrations can be paid for:
    • With a fitness centre membership (no additional charge for classes; online registration is still required)
    • 5 class/visit pass. Registration in each class will automatically deduct a visit from the pass.
    • Individual session registration. Pay per class when registering online.

ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres

  • Advanced registration is required for all workouts; on-site registration is not available.
    • Online registration for each workout time slot is available two days in advanced at 12:00pm for all time slots.
  • Members are limited to one (1) 60-minute or 75-minute workout booking per day.
  • Please bring your UBC ID card or government issued ID
  • Capacity: 20 people in the BirdCoop, and 25 people in the ARC per workout session. 
  • Members are asked to review the BirdCoop and ARC Policies, Rules, and Gym Etiquette prior to their workout.
  • Check out our Welcome Back to the ARC Fitness Centre or BirdCoop Fitness Centre video to familiarize yourself with the new layout.

Additional Information and Policies – Fitness Classes & Fitness Centres

  • UBC Recreation has a three strike policy for no shows and double bookings within a 24 hour period for the Fitness Centres & Classes. After three strikes the registered account will be frozen, and unable to book a time slot for the a one-week period.
  • If you are unable to attend your registered session, please phone the Student Recreation Centre or ARC to cancel at 604-822-6000 or email Cancellations via phone are accepted up until one hour from the registered time slot, email cancellations will only be accepted 24 hours or more in advance of the registered session’s start time.
  • Please note that UBC Recreation may change the fitness or workout schedule at any time without notice.
  • Registration is limited to one class/session per day for each individual.
  • Refunds will not be issued for customer no-shows or cancellations.

Contact Us – Fitness & Classes

Tel: 604-822-6000

Safety Practices

Stay at home if you are sick

Stay home if you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Advanced reservations and bookings required for all programs/activities.

Non-medical face masks required when indoors except when exercising

Signs and pathways for designated entrances, exits, line-ups, and traffic throughout buildings

Change rooms & lockers closed. Come dressed for your activity.

Water fountains are limited to refilling of water bottles.

Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow

Avoid touching your face

Wash hands thoroughly & frequently

Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands

Maintain a physical distance of 2m from others

Additional Information – Fitness Classes (Yoga & Boot Camps)

  • All participants will be assigned a stationary workstation pod that are 3×3 metres to maintain social distancing during the class or session.
  • Participants are required to stay in their assigned stationary workstation pod, as pods will enforce social distancing between participants and staff.
  • Masks are encouraged to use during fitness classes.

Additional Information – ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres

  • Additional capacity restrictions will be in place for areas such as free weights, stretching/functional area, platforms and squat racks.
  • Masks are encouraged to use while working out in the fitness centre.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the fitness centre. 
  • Staff will perform additional cleaning of equipment during the 45-minute shut-down between workout sessions.

Additional Information

  • Physical distancing will be practiced whenever possible, including: maintaining distance between staff and participants.
  • Visitors are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings when indoors at UBC Sport Facilities
    • Exemptions include:
      • Persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which impacts the ability to wear a face covering
      • Children 11 years of age or under
      • Persons unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance
    • Requests for exemptions and questions can be sent to
    • Additional information is available on how to wear, use, and store your face covering
  • Rentals and shared equipment are unavailable or limited. Please bring your own equipment for activities.
  • In-person purchases or transactions are cashless and only credit (Mastercard or Visa) or debit is accepted.

What to Expect

ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres & Fitness Classes

Arriving/Exiting the Facility & Sign-In/Sign-Out
  • BirdCoop arrivals will queue at the north doors of the SRC before their workout.
  • ARC arrivals will queue at the east doors on the main level of the Life Building (across from the Main Level Studio). 
  • Members will exit the BirdCoop through the turnstile gate, turn right down the hallway, and exit the SRC through the west facing doors.
  • Members will exit the ARC through the fitness centre gate, turn right down the hallway, and exit through the Life Building towards the elevators.

Daily Health Screening

All persons visiting UBC facilities or taking part in a program must be able to answer “no” to all of the following questions:

Have you, or members of your household, experienced any flu-like or cold symptoms within the last 14 days?

Have you, or members of your household, had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is awaiting COVID-19 test results within the last 14 days?

Have you, or members of your household, travelled internationally within the last 14 days, including to the USA?

  • If the answer is “yes” to any question on arrival, they will not be allowed to attend any programs for health and safety reasons. A supervisor will follow-up with them through phone or email to issue a credit for programs that are missed.
  • Translated written copies of pre-screening questions will be available to ensure language is not a barrier to understanding and adherence to health and safety measures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Health and Safety Plan is guided firstly by science and research; taking guidance and expertise from reputable sources in order to reduce risk. This includes: World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Agency of Canada BC Government BC Employment Standards BC Centre for Disease Control HealthLink BC  WorkSafe BC Vancouver Coastal Health University of British Columbia UBC Human Resources American Camping Association BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) viaSport