Group Exercise Policies & Procedures

Fitness & Wellness COVID-19 Safety & Guidelines

Face coverings will be required for all individuals indoors who are participating in programs and services. Please visit the GVSU Face Covering Policy.

  • Group Exercise classes will require face coverings for indoor classes. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Wearing a face covering correctly can reduce the risk of COVID-19 and are encouraged. 
  • For additional information on exercise and face coverings please visit: 
  • Classes will be modified in the first few weeks to allow individuals to adjust for training intensity, weather, and for those that wish to use face coverings during classes. 

All participants are required to complete the daily self-assessment. Proof of current self assessment will be required prior to participation. Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, will not be allowed to participate and are encouraged to follow the self-assessment guidelines. 

  • During all activity, individuals are required to maintain at least 10-feet social distancing. We ask that all participants respect this, and be mindful during classes and activities. 
  • When waiting to check-into classes and programs, please stand at least 6-feet apart from others. 
  • Classes will have limited capacities to allow for social distancing. Capacity will depend on the class format and location.  
  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own mats for classes such as yoga. 
  • Limited or no equipment will be available
  • Any equipment used will not be shared amongst participants
  • Equipment will be cleaned with EPA approved materials. 

Indoor locations: 

  • Dance Studio: Fieldhouse 160, enter the Rec Center near welcome desk B, turn right and just pass the vending machines on the right. Look for the blue door with frosted glass windows. 
  • Instructional Fitness Studio (IFS): Recreation Center D30, enter the Rec Center near Welcome Desk A, closest to Parking Lot F. Continue down the steps to the left, then make a right U-turn at the bottom of the steps. The IFS will be straight ahead with double wood doors.
  • Weight Room: Fieldhouse B9, Enter the Rec Center near Welcome Desk B (closest to the pool, furthest from Parking Lot F), and turn right. Before you pass the vending machines, turn right into the hallway, then through the door to the stairs. Go down 2 flights of stairs, then turn right. Once you pass the racquetball courts, veer right at the fork and the door will be right there.
  • Rec Center Court 8: enter Rec Center near Welcome Desk A, turn left towards selectorized weight machines and you will see 3 courts, take the stairs to the lower level and court 8 will be on the left (enclosed MAC court)

Current outdoor locations: 

  • Outdoor Fitness Area: behind the tennis courts, between the Rec and Lubbers Stadium
  • Fields 1 & 3 : Field 1 is located adjacent to the Children's Enrichment Center, near the road. Field 3 is advance to Field 1
  • Back Four Courtyard: North end of campus by Kirkpatrick, Kistler, Siedman, Swanson
  • Fieldhouse Tent: located near parking lot C/Fieldhouse circle drive

Not all spaces will have restroom access or access to water. Please come prepared with a filled water bottle. 


  • Take your self-assessment
  • Please make sure you have RSVP'd for the class you want to attend. RSVP's can be made by accessing MindBody
    • If you are unable to attend class, please cancel your RSVP so that fellow lakers can participate! Thank you!
  • Wear your face covering if you are not vaccinated
  • Group Exercise Classes will may be held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather
  • Class times will be limited to 40 minutes
  • Restrooms may not be available so please come prepared
  • Bring a filled water bottle with you to class
  • Classes are all subject to cancellation. We will make best efforts to transition online classes in the event classes are cancelled due to weather.
  • Know that class intensities will be modified especially in the first few weeks. This allows for intensity adaptation, possible heat and humidity, and for those opting to wear face coverings. Face coverings will be optional only once participations are stationed and socially distanced. 

We care about our RecWell team, including our staff. Below are steps that we have taken to help reduce risks for our staff and participants. 

  • All staff are required to complete the daily self-assessment. 
  • All staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Exceptions are for instructors during teaching only. 
  • We are supporting remote work! Yay for virtual group ex offerings!
  • Staff are required to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer often when hand washing isn't possible. 
  • We are staggering our schedules to minimize overlapping of different staff.
  • All staff must complete COVID-19 Employee trainings.
  • Employees will be required to clean all equipment before and after each shift.
  • Team meeting are virtual. 
  • Engineering controls have been established for the protection of our team members. 

Cancellation Policies

Class booking cancellations must be made at least 45 minutes before the start of the class. Please be courteous to those on the Waitlist by canceling in a timely manner.

You will not be reimbursed for your class pass for a booked spot with a No-show (late cancel).

Please remember that participant safety is our number one priority, and classes may be canceled at any time due to weather or other circumstances as determined by Recreation & Wellness staff.

We will do our best to shift your class to a virtual format in a timely manner. In the instance that a virtual class is not offered in place of the cancellation, you will be reimbursed your class pass credit.

General Policies

  • RSVP's will be required for ALL participants. Please go to MindBody to reserve your spot. 
    • Passes are free for students for Fall 2020.
    • Limited classes will be available for non-students and can be purchased at MindBody
    • RSVP's are accepted 7 days prior to the class. 
    • Passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable and a parking pass is NOT included with purchase.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participant.
  • A medical examination is not required for participation.  However, if you know that you have a medical/health condition and/or you will be starting a new exercise program and/or will be significantly increasing your current activity level, it is recommended that you talk with your doctor before participating.
  • All Students, Faculty, and Staff are required to present their Grand Valley ID Card, and MindBody pass to class.
  • Proper attire is required and is expected to meet the Recreation Center dress code for safety reasons. 
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle to all classes.
  • The improper use of equipment and failure to properly clean equipment after use is not tolerated.
  • No entrance is allowed 5 minutes after the designated class start time.
  • Personal items should be placed safe and secure areas, not interfering with activity.  Grand Valley is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    • Participants are encouraged to leave their phones with their belongings for safety reasons.
  • Space is limited
    • If a person who has a reservation does not arrive within 8 minutes of the class start time, their reservation will be forfeited. 
  • All classes are subject to cancellation and/or change based on the availability of qualified instructors, facilities, and participation.
    • There are no scheduled classes during holidays, semester breaks, or school closings.
    • Weather Policy – cancellation will be determined based on conditions. Please refer to Recreation & Wellness’s Weather Policies for more information.
  • For the safety and privacy of all, participants are discouraged from taking pictures and/or videos within the class spaces. If capturing images and/or videos for the promotion of Recreation and Wellness, please be sensitive of others in the background.
  • Recreation & Wellness strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment and does not discriminate against any individuals. We expect the same of all of our participants and will not tolerate the discrimination of others through language, gestures, or any other form of behavior that makes other feel unwelcome while in our programs.