Faculty and staff have a newly renovated area on campus dedicated to their health and wellbeing.
The Wellness Research Center, also known as the staff fitness studio, is located in the educational complex and was extensively renovated and equipped over the past year. The facility will reopen on August 23 at the beginning of the autumn semester 2021.
The facility is available to all UCF lecturers and employees free of charge and is open Monday to Friday at the following times:
- 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (on Fridays the gym closes at 6:00 p.m.)
Additional hours are added as necessary.
Adam Wells ’12MS’ 15PhD, an associate professor in the kinesiology department, runs the gym and used the closure of the pandemic as an opportunity to continue renovations to the premises.
“One of the big goals we wanted to achieve was to make the gym a more welcoming place to work out,” says Wells. “We ensure a safe and clean environment. Our lessons are conducive to faculty and staff schedules; people can even come over during their lunch break and exercise. “
The first 50 faculties or staff to sign up for free membership after reopening in Fall 2021 will receive a WRC branded blender bottle, towel, bag and ID lanyard.
Gym improvements include new cardio bikes, two Olympic racks with platforms, new 5 pound to 100 pound dumbbells, weight plates, trap bars, and a belt squat platform.
The gym also has a clean air system that keeps the facility cool while using built-in technology to remove pathogens from the air. Another new addition in spring 2022 is the availability of training videos on the WRC website, which will be directed by kinesiology students.
The showers and changing rooms were also renovated the year before.
Wells, who worked in the WRC during his time as a graduate student at UCF, is committed to making the gym more user-friendly through services and programs from school and kinesiology and physiotherapy. In the future, Wells hopes to offer services such as body composition analysis and fitness assessments, as well as other services that will help employees understand their fitness level.
The WRC provides opportunities to participate in research within the Department of Kinesiology, where faculty and students explore the effectiveness of various exercise modalities.
“The facility has always had a research component,” says Wells. “It also serves as a laboratory for physiological interventions when it is needed for research. And it serves as an internship location for our undergraduate kinesiology students. “
Jeffrey Stout, Pegasus Professor and Director of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, says the lab will be an asset to both researchers and staff looking to improve their health and wellbeing.
“Exercise is medicine,” says Stout. “We want people to take care of their health. The on-campus Wellness Research Center for faculty and staff to exercise and a special room in which to conduct health and wellness research is a win for anyone in the UCF community who wants to improve their general wellbeing. “
For more information on the UCF Wellness Research Center, visit healthprofessions.ucf.edu/wrc.
As an added benefit, the first 50 faculties or employees who sign up for free membership after the reopening in fall 2021 will receive a WRC branded blender bottle, towel, bag and ID lanyard.