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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the new fitness center set to open?

The new fitness center is set to open at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester. The grand opening date is still to be determined.

What are the hours of operation for the new fitness center?

The projected 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 can I do this summer to participate in recreation/ fitness related activities since there is no fitness center available on campus?

We recognize this will impact student, faculty and staff exercise routines during the summer semesters. As such, we have ensured the following exercise opportunities will be available during the summer for the UT community:

  • The track in Pepin Stadium;
  • The sand volleyball court adjacent to McKay Hall; and
  • Lap swim at the Aquatic Center beginning May 16 (Monday – Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Lastly, we have also been notified that some local gymnasiums, yoga studios and health clubs – many in walking distance from campus – offer special pricing for the UT community, including pay-as-you-go and summer memberships.

Is there going to be a sauna at the new fitness center?

There will not be a sauna at the new fitness center.

Will there still be a dress code at the new fitness center?

Yes, there will still be 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.

Will powerlifting be allowed at the new fitness center?

No, powerlifting will not be allowed.

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.

How do I apply to work at the new fitness center, specifically?

Hiring for the fitness center staff usually takes place at the end of each semester. Although, openings do become available during the semester. In order to be considered for the position, an employment application, cover letter and resume are required for your application to be accepted. Applications are to be turned in to the front desk of the fitness center or emailed to fitness@ut.edu.

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.

When will the group fitness schedule be available to view for the Fall 2016 semester?

The group fitness schedule will be posted online no later than Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

How much does it cost to attend group fitness classes?

Nothing. 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.

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 Chris Gottlick at cgottlick@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 Chris Gottlick for more information at cgottlick@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.