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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of operation for the Fitness and Recreation Center?

The hours for the new fitness center are as follows:

Monday – Thursday:      6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday:                            6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday:        9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What is the phone number to contact the front desk at the Fitness and Recreation Center?

(813) 258-7435

Who is eligible to purchase a membership to the Fitness and Recreation Center?

UT undergraduate and graduate students, both part-time or full-time, receive a free annual membership to use the Fitness and Recreation Center. UT students are required to bring a valid Spartan ID card with them each time they visit the facility.  

UT faculty or staff can purchase an annual membership to the Fitness and Recreation Center for $100. You can register for your membership by visiting the front desk of the Fitness and Recreation Center with your valid Spartan ID card. Please note: payment is ONLY accepted in the form of cash or check. 

** If you are enrolled in the UT's health insurance program, you can earn $10 in your Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) every time you visit the Fitness and Recreation Center, up to $100. This offer lasts through March 31, 2017. 

Upon purchasing a membership to the Fitness and Recreation Center, how long does my active membership last?
Student memberships will remain active as long as you are enrolled in UT courses. UT faculty and staff memberships are sold on an annual basis. Therefore, membership is active for 365 days from the date of purchase. 

Will UT Alumni be able to use the Fitness and Recreation Center?

No. At this time, the Campus Recreation staff is unable to predict facility usage with the current UT campus community. We must evaluate staffing models, equipment usage and class participation and also take into account parking on our growing campus. For further inquires, please direct your questions to cyezak@ut.edu.

Is there still a dress code at the new fitness center?
Yes, there is a dress code, and it will be strictly enforced. Dress code policy is as follows: Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times. Women must wear a shirt that is closed in the back as well as covering the midline and rib area. Women’s shorts must be at appropriate length. Shirts should be worn at all times. Men cannot wear cut off tanks. For a more in depth dress code policy, please refer to Member Services for more information.

Is Olympic Weight Lifting or CrossFit allowed at the Fitness and Recreation Center?
No, the Fitness and Recreation Center does not allow for Olympic weight lifting or lifting that is explosive in nature. Olympic weight lifting consists of two forbidden lifts. The first being, "The Snatch," in which the barbell is lifted from the floor to an overhead position in one motion. The second "The Clean and Jerk," in which the barbell is picked from the floor and placed on the shoulders in one motion. After a pause, the athlete goes to the second stage of the motion. In this second stage, the athlete lifts the barbell into an overhead position while placing the legs in a lunge position (one leg on front of the other) 

Any combination of the snatch, clean and jerk, snatch cleans or hang cleans are not permitted. Fitness Center staff will give you a warning and may ask you to stop performing the exercise. Fitness Center staff also reserves the right to remove users from the building who are not complying with the facility policies. 

What are the policies for the Fitness and Recreation Center?

The Fitness Center has policies in place in order to ensure patron safety and to keep our facility operating at optimum quality. Please refer to the Fitness Center Policies for further detail. 

Why do I need my Spartan Card to use the Fitness Center?

It is University policy that all students on campus have UT identification on them at all times. This is also a way for us to keep track of the users and maintain safety of the fitness facility.
No entry will be permitted without the proper Spartan ID Card presented at the front desk upon entering facility.

How do I get a job within the Campus Recreation Department?

The office usually goes through a hiring process at the end of each semester. From time to time there may be openings during the semester. More details can be found on our Employment Opportunities page and on HIRE-UT.

I’m interested in becoming a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. What are the steps to applying for either of these positions?

  • The ideal candidate will hold a certification from one of the following organizations: TurboKick, Zumba, Spinning, American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Condition Association (NSCA), Yoga Alliance or other nationally approved certification (acceptance at the discretion of the supervisor).
  • Certification is required.
  • Current University of Tampa students with necessary credentials are giving first preference.
  • One year previous experience in health and fitness as a group fitness instructor or degree seeking in exercise science preferred.
  • Current certification in CPR is required.
  • Ability to instruct at least two group fitness class per week.

Where can I find out more information on becoming a group fitness instructor or personal trainer at The University of Tampa?

More information can be found on becoming a personal trainer or group fitness instructor on the Employment Opportunities page. Students must fill out an employment application to be considered for either position. Please read the description of desired position before applying.

Does UT host certification courses?

Yes, UT does offer certification courses in personal training, group fitness instruction and specialty courses. The specifications of workshops to be held this upcoming academic year are still to be determined.

How much does it cost to attend group fitness classes?

Once an annual membership is purchased, all group fitness class are free to the UT community; including, faculty/staff and students.

How do I obtain a personal trainer?

Visit the Personal Training web page to check out our trainers or stop in at the front desk to view the portfolio of trainers. Personal training pricing for the upcoming semester is to be determined. Contracts and payment will be handled at the front desk upon opening. 

The Personal Training program will not begin until Monday, Sept. 12. We are anxiously awaiting your participation in this program, but we are still trying to finalize all the details as we open the new facility. 

Where can I find information on hours and use of the pool?

The University's pool is operated by the UT Athletic Department. Contact Melissa Wright, administrative assistant, for more information at (813) 257-3100 or via email at melissa.wright@ut.edu.

How far is it around the track?

The track is one-quarter mile around, taking four laps to complete one mile. Walkers should stay to the outside lanes and move in the direction of the track traffic. The track is open from dawn to dusk and operated by the Athletic Department. If it is ever found locked during those times, there is a card access point next to the bleachers that you can swipe your Spartan Card against for access. Please do not prop open the gate or allow others to enter the facility behind.

How do I play intramural sports?

Visit the Intramural Policies and Procedures web page for more information. There you will find a link to the IM Leagues website to create your team or sign up as a free agent. Contact Joshua Pullens at jpullens@ut.edu for more information.

I want to play intramural sports but don't have a team. Is there a way I can still play?

Sign up as a free agent. If other teams need more members, they will pick you up to play on their team. If there are enough free agent applicants, a team will be created from those applicants. Contact Joshua Pullens for more information at jpullens@ut.edu.

What off-campus trips are available?

Visit the Off-Campus Trips web page for details.

How do I start a sport club?

Contact Charles Yezak, director of Campus Recreation, at cyezak@ut.edu. His office is located in the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, room 207.

How do I reserve space in the Cass Gymnasium?

You must fill out a facility rental request at least five days in advance through SpartanWeb or send an email to Chris Gottlick at cgottlick@ut.edu.

Where is the Cass Gymnasium?

On University Drive, across from Frank and Carol Morsani Hall and the baseball diamond.