Welcome to Dance Classes!

Reduce your everyday stress and discover your favorite style of music to move and groove to! Taught by professional and energetic instructors, the wide variety of dance styles available can help you improve your posture and balance, tone your muscles, enhance your flexibility, and allow you to express yourself in a fun and welcoming environment. Whether you have no experience with dance, or you’ve take a class before, these programs are great for all skill levels! You’ll be having such a great time that you might forget you’re actually exercising.

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Fall 2019 Fitness Memberships are now available for purchase

Fall 2019 Fitness Memberships are now available for purchase.

Memberships start on Sept. 1, 2019.

For use of the fitness facilities prior to September, we are offering a back to school membership for $20, which is active until Aug. 31, 2019.

Please remember to bring your UBC ID.

New Fitness & Classes Memberships

It’s here!

Launching September 1, enjoy unlimited access to 29 weekly boot camps and 14 weekly spin classes for 16 weeks each term as part of the New Student Boot Camps & Spin Membership. For Staff, Faculty, CSC/UNA Residents, and Public users, access to boot camps and spin classes is included in the purchase of a Fitness Centre Membership.


Questions You Might Have Regarding Our Changes


 
Please note that 2019-2020 UBC Recreation Fitness & Classes Membership Rates come into effect starting September 1, 2019

  • $85/term

    Boot Camps & Spin Memberships

    All access membership to weekly boot camps and spin classes throughout the term

    Access includes:

    • Unlimited Boot Camps & Spin classes
    • Choose from over 40 different times throughout the week
    • Classes run for 16 weeks per term
  • $90/term

    Boot Camps & Spin Classes
    +
    Fitness Centre Membership

    All access pass to unlimited boot camps and spin classes PLUS access to two fitness centre locations

    Access includes:

    • Unlimited Boot Camps & Spin classes for 16 weeks per term
    • Access to the BirdCoop Fitness Centre
    • Access to the ARC Fitness Centre

Other Boot Camps & Spin Purchase Options:

Option Student Staff/Faculty Public
5-Punch Pass $40.00 $45.00 $50.00
Daily Drop-in $10.00 $10.00 $11.00

 
Boot Camps & Spin memberships are valid within the term of purchase. “Term” is a set of four months; either September – December, January – April, or May – August. Boot Camps and Spin classes are automatically included in Fitness Centre Memberships for Staff & Faculty. For more information on Staff & Faculty Fitness Centre Memberships please visit our Memberships & Rates page for additional information.


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Enjoy your favourite spin and group fitness classes under the new Boot Camps & Spin membership. All group fitness programs have the same names, but are now categorized as Boot Camps (ex. Butts & Guts).

For students, the purchase of a Boot Camps & Spin Membership or Punch Pass grants you access to classes that were once Spin & Group Fitness programs which are now listed as Boot Camps & Spin.

For staff, faculty, CSC/UNA residents, and the public, similar to Spin & Group Fitness classes, you will have automatic access to the same classes as before, but now they are called Boot Camps & Spin classes. (Don't forget that you have to have a Fitness Centre Membership though!)


As of September 1, 2019 all Boot Camps classes will now be a membership-based program. That means that instead of registering for a boot camp class to attend at fixed times for a certain number of weeks, purchasing a membership will allow you the flexibility to attend up to 29 unique boot camps per week for the entire term (16 weeks)! Attend one, or attend them all this fall!


Due to popular demand, patrons can now enjoy H.I.I.T and Interval Training classes as a boot camps class. This allows you to attend H.I.I.T and Interval Training as many times as scheduled per week as part of the Boot Camps & Spin Membership or 5-Punch Pass offering.

British Columbia Day Holiday Hours

ARC Fitness Centre

Saturday August 3: 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

UBC Aquatic Centre

Saturday August 3: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: 10:00am – 2:00pm

BirdCoop Fitness Centre

Saturday August 3: 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

UBC Camps Headquarters

Saturday August 3: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: CLOSED

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (DMTSC)

Saturday August 3: 1:30pm – 9:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: 1:00pm – 7:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: CLOSED
*Administrative Offices will be closed August 3 – August 5

John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

Saturday August 3: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: CLOSED

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday August 3: 9:00am – 9:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: 9:00am – 9:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday August 3: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday August 4: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Monday August 5: CLOSED
*No programming running from Saturday to Monday

War Memorial Gym

Saturday August 3: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Sunday August 4: CLOSED (Regular Hours)
Monday August 5: CLOSED

Juan | Faces of Recreation

Juan is a Professor in the Department of Botany at UBC.

Juan’s Story: A Professor’s Personal Training Experience

Juan was looking for a place to stay healthy while balancing the demands of teaching and writing a textbook. Eight years later, and Juan is still an avid member of the Personal Training Program at UBC Recreation.

“For me, exercise has never been about losing weight or looking better, it has always been about keeping healthy, both physically and mentally.” – Juan

Can you start by telling us how long you have been part of the Personal Training Program?

Juan: I have e-mails from my first trainer, Amir, starting from January 2011! That’s much longer than I thought!

Why did you choose Personal Training at UBC as opposed to other gyms or programs?

Juan: I think it’s the trainers. They keep me motivated and over time we’ve become friends; something that I really appreciate. They really know what they are doing, and that is comforting. Right now I’m working with Taha K. and I can tell that he has long term plans about my progress and carefully prepare long in advance. He is also very observant and targets things that he knows will benefit me in particular (as opposed to blindly following some generalized program).

Two specific examples: he noticed that I was falling down a lot, so he started me on exercises improving my balance, strengthening my ankles, etc. He also noticed me being slow in standing up from the floor, and that started him on a program of Turkish get-ups (I haven’t quite forgiven him for that one). I can also tell that he’s constantly learning new things, and I enjoy being his guinea pig.

How has the Personal Training program enhanced your UBC experience and overall fitness?

Juan: I can certainly tell that I’m much fitter than I would be otherwise. In fact I start feeling queasy when I don’t train for an extended period (let me tell you, I’m the prime example of a sedentary person, and for me to say that is quite something).
 

“A few years ago I signed up for a hike to see the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park, before realizing that it involved many, many hours of uphill hiking… at one point I was close to cancelling the whole thing, because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it. At the time my trainer heard about this and made me climb stairs for months on end before the hike. I hated it, but when the time came I really made it up there (barely).

For Biologists the Burgess Shale is something really special because it has some of the oldest, best preserved fossils of invertebrates known from anywhere in the world, and to be able to see them just lying there was unbelievable. Without the training I would have never made it, that is a really nice memory that I owe entirely to Amir.” – Juan

Other than the Personal Trainers, what keeps you coming back to UBC’s fitness facilities?

Juan: The fact is the gym is so close to my workplace, and that lets me have much more flexibility (I actually come for training when life gets complicated, which I wouldn’t be able to do if the gym was further away).

What is one thing you think other staff or students should know about Personal Training?

Juan: I find that it is worth the money. Not only because of the knowledge that the trainers have, but because knowing that I’m paying for someone to actually go to the gym and wait for me there really motivates me to get off my butt and actually go there, even when I don’t want to. If I was trying to train on my own, I would probably miss many, many more sessions.

Almost at the last question! So you have years of Personal Training under your belt now, can you share one of your favourite memories in this program?

Juan: A few years ago I signed up for a hike to see the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park, before realizing that it involved many, many hours of uphill hiking. I’m overweight, have bad knees, and never hike, and at one point I was close to cancelling the whole thing, because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it. At that time my trainer was Amir, and when he heard about this he made me climb stairs for months on end before the hike. I hated it, but when the time came I really made it up there (barely). For Biologists the Burgess Shale is something really special because it has some of the oldest, best preserved fossils of invertebrates known from anywhere in the world, and to be able to see them just lying there was unbelievable. Without the training I would have NEVER made it, that is a really nice memory that I owe entirely to Amir.

Sounds like you have had really positive relationships with your trainers. Before we let you go, is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

Juan: For me, exercise has never been about losing weight or looking better, it has always been about keeping healthy, both physically and mentally. I am convinced that my quality of life would be much, much lower if I hadn’t made the decision to take a personal trainer all those years ago. Money well spent.


Are you Looking to Get Started with Personal Training?

Whether you are new to fitness, looking for a specialized program, or an experienced athlete, our friendly and personable trainers can help you reach your full potential – whatever your goals might be! Visit the BirdCoop Fitness Centre or the ARC at the UBC Life Building to purchase personal training packages, or contact fitness.programs@ubc.ca for questions/inquiries.