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    Half Acre Gymnasium

    July 15, 2016



    Half Acre gym is a longstanding part of the UW campus that recently underwent an enormous renovation. With a total of 17,625 square feet of cardio and weight machines, more fitness studios than ever before, an all new Wellness Center promoting complete physical and mental health, a 15 person spa and much, much more, Half Acre is ready to help you with whatever your health needs and goals are!



    Opportunities for Students

    Half Acre offers a range of different program areas and activities for students. For example, students can get involved with intramurals, which offer 50 different sports throughout the school year. These range from basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, to any and all of the other traditional sports. However, there are out-of-the-ordinary sports like battleship, where students pilot a canoe in the pool and use buckets to try to sink other teams.


    Group Classes 

    20150819_TCB7689.jpgThe gym offers over 60 group classes per week during the semester and 30 in the summer. They are included in your membership, so every student can go to as many classes as they want. Everything from yoga, to Zumba, to muscle fire, and a designated cycyling studio. are available. It's first come first serve, but anyone is welcome to attend as many as they want. Students can drop by and go to any one they like. The classes are all taught by students who go and get their national certification in their various classes, so you are definitely getting a top notch workout. 


    Sporting with your Pals

    Club sports are a little more on the competitive side. Students can join a team, practice with that team and compete against other teams in the area and nation. 20150221_KJS8883.jpgSome teams have even gone on to compete internationally! Sports avaiable include: Rugby, equestrian, hockey, soccer and shotgun. 
    The sports themselves all have different requiremements, however. They may have dues that vary anywhere from $15 to $1500 depending on the sport. The cool thing about these is that they are almost entirely student led. There is an advisor, but Half Acre leaves it up to the students as much as possible.




    Out and About

    The outdoor program offers many different activities including clinics for outings like hiking, snowshoeing, and ski trips. There is also the opportunity to rent sporting equipment and 20100123_TCB6386.jpgeducational opportunities like learning to tune a pair of skis, for example.







    A Holistic Approach to Health

    The newest addition to Half Acre is the Wellness Center. Offering things like educational opportunities, stress management, nutrition, as well as Fresh Fruit Friday and Doggie De-Stressor, the new side of Half Acre addresses the mental aspects of personal health. 


    Some of the educational opportunities include cooking classes geared towards nutrition and how to prepare healthy foods, cooking for students with limited kitchen space, adult coloring books, and the Zen Den which is a space where students can go in and "zen out" by coloring, talking, or whatever else they need. 

    Ultimately, the Center is dedicated to you and your needs.


    Beginner Steps

    20160405_TCB6302.jpgNever been to a gym and nervous about how to get started? Half Acre has you covered.

    The gym caters to people just like you and knows how to help you get acclimated to the gym atmosphere. The first and most effective method is to simply ask questions. There are office staff, student staff, and even fellow gym goers to use for guidance. Students can also take guided tours that allow students to get a look at the facility.

    Personal training is another great way to get oriented to the gym scene. These trainers, who are students and nationally certified, can walk you through different pieces of equipment and all of the gym offerings. There are two free sessions for every student so you can can meet with a personal trainer twice before having to pay for the workout.20160405_TCB6291.jpg


    If you are interested in personal training, you can come to the business office or front desk and pick up a pamphlet that explains it all. 


    There is no obligation to go to Half Acre. Students can come or go at their leisure. The facility is open 96 hours per week and believes there is something for each student whether they just want a quick workout or are a gym rat. 

    Half Acre gym prides itself on having something for everyone throughout the semester and benefiting the entirety of the student body.