RecWell Plans for Winter 2021

Winter 2021 Programming

We recognize the role that recreation and wellness programs play in promoting student well-being, inspiring a sense of community, and encouraging student development and learning. Beginning Fall 2020, we used risk assessment tools to ensure safe participation and will continue to do so in Winter 2021. Program offerings will be adjusted to minimize transmission or contraction of COVID-19 while still promoting student engagement and fun. Our plans include:

  • Reducing risks for in-person programs and services, while continuing to provide a variety of virtual opportunities.
  • Enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures.
  • Additional education and training for staff and participants.
  • Modified sport, fitness, and outdoor offerings based on national and state guidelines and recommendations.

RecWell's planning is based on the University's COVID-19 Continuum Event Matrix
Visit the Lakers Together website for more information. 

Program Area Plans

Fitness & Wellness

  • Classes offered weekly on the Allendale Campus during the Winter Semester
  • Reduced class capacities
  • Blended Learning Format to limit the duration of in-person instruction

Visit for additional details.  

Winter 2021 Group Exercise    - FREE for students!

We've got some new exciting classes planned for W21

Come check out Cardio Hip Hop, Spin + Core, TRX + Kettlebells, STRONG Nation™ , Women on Weights and more!

For a full list of classes and location information visit our Group Exercise page

All Fitness schedules are dependent upon state and university orders.

Session 1: Jan. 25th - March 5th 

Session 2: March 8th - April 16th 


We are open! The Injury Care Clinic (ICC), has both in person and tele-health services available. 

Open by appointment only, scheduled with Metro U-M Epic:

  • Online scheduling through MyChart. 
  • Limited number of people allowed in the ICC.
  • We will require a self-assessment prior to coming to campus. 
  • Providers will be taking temperatures prior to being seen.  

Patron guidelines: 

  • Face coverings required 
  • Patrons are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before/ after services, wash hands frequently
  • Cover cough or sneezes 
  • Please stay home if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, contact your health care provider 
  • Maintain a minimum 6-ft distance from others
  • No towels

Visit for additional details. 

UFIT Program

  • Welcoming and knowledgeable staff to guide your fitness journey
  • Fitness assessments and customized exercise programs
  • Equipment orientations
  • Goal development and strategies for exercise adherence
  • Available virtually and in-person (Dependent upon state and university orders)

Personal Training

  • One-on-one coaching from a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer
  • Unique programming tailored to your needs
  • Accountability and motivation
  • One-on-One, Buddy, and Kickboxing & Strength Options
  • Gain knowledge and skills, while building confidence
  • Available virtually and in-person (Dependent upon state and university orders)

Please see to learn more about UFit & Personal Training. 

We will still be accepting Service Requests. Please be flexible and patient with us as we figure out a way to fulfill your request while adhering to guidelines and safety policies provided by the University and CDC in regards to COVID-19. 


We will be utilizing classrooms that are set up for 6ft distancing and encouraging virtual programs and education. We hope to utilize our outdoor resources for outreach and education where possible. 

Visit or Peer Ed Workshops for additional details. 


  • Face covering required for all fitness activities, required for services. Please refer to GV face covering policy 
  • Maintain 10 feet social distancing during classes, and at a minimum 6 feet during services 
  • Participants must complete self-assessment prior to coming to campus 
  • If participants are experiencing symptoms, they will not be allowed to participate 
  • Participants will be expected to clean equipment before and after use 

Your safety and wellbeing is a high priority for us. Here are some additional ways we are keeping you safe: 

  • All check-in processes will be hands-free. 
  • Reduced class capacities 
  • Cleaning equipment before and after use 
  • Creating an environment where a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing is possible 
  • No sharing equipment, encouraging participants to bring their own 
  • Access to virtual classes and services where applicable 

Outdoor Adventures

The safety of our staff and visitors are of the utmost importance. While this has always been true, COVID-19 has created unique challenges for the Climbing Center. Unlike traditional fitness facilities/equipment, there are touch points that cannot be cleaned and sanitized between each use (e.g. rocks/ grips). Our continued operation relies heavily on everyone’s detailed attention to great hygiene practices and cooperation with the standards outlined below. For everyone’s safety & continued enjoyment of the Climbing Center, we have implemented the following protocols & expectations specific to the Climbing Center:

  • OPEN CLIMBING will resume as long as group exercise is considered appropriate.
    • Climbing will be conducted by reservation only in order to avoid exceeding the established room capacity. 
    • Reservations will be available through the IM Leagues platform and are only available to GVSU students, faculty & staff.
    • Participants will be allowed to reserve up to 1, 90-minute blocks per day for open climb. 
    • Fees for faculty and staff to climb have been removed.
  • VISITORS are expected to wash or sanitize their hands upon entry/ exit and periodically between climbs. Even if you just washed, using the sanitizer on our wall upon entry demonstrates to the staff and everyone else that you take their safety seriously.
    • Seating has been intentionally spaced to 6' distances. Please do not move them around. 
    • Climbers should maintain a 10' distance from one another while climbing. A 6' distance while on the ground is acceptable. Routes have been intentionally set to minimize on-wall conflicts. Please be mindful of other climbers and use your best judgement. 
    • Quick Measurement: With arms outstretched, if your fingers could touch the fingers of another person's outstretched fingers, you're too close. 
    • We ask that ALL visitors strive to maintain a 6' distance at all times, regardless of living situation. Staff and other visitors do not know who's who, and it sends a mixed message when people are close together.
  • FOOD may be consumed at the Climbing Center only while seated in one of the provided chairs. Walking around while eating or drinking will not be permitted.
  • FACE COVERINGS are required to be worn by all visitors for the extent of their stay, including while on the wall.
    • A disposable mask may be available at the recreation center check-in desk. 
    • Students with medical conditions that prevent wearing of a face covering must request an accommodation from Disability Support Resources prior to visiting. 
  • Except for climbing chalk, RENTAL EQUIPMENT will remain available and will be sanitized after use.
    • Participants who have their own climbing equipment are asked to not share it with visitors outside their household. 
    • When finished, participants will be asked to place all rental equipment in the marked receptacle before leaving.
  • LEAD CLIMBERS will be expected to wipe down the quickdraws on their final descent from each climb.
  • In the event that gyms & recreation centers are not open when WORKSHOPS are scheduled to begin, they will be held at alternate locations outdoors or virtually, as practical. Workshops that cannot realistically be taught outside of the Climbing Center will be canceled. 
    • Workshops likely to have adjusted format/ location: Gear & Planning, Knots, Anchors, Climb Management, Top Managed Systems
    • Workshops likely to cancel: Indoor Lead, CWI, Self-Rescue
  • The participant check-in process is now contactless between the visitor & staff. 
    • Stickers indicating appropriate distancing between visitors has been added to the space leading up to the check-in desk. 
  • Plexiglass barriers have been placed on the counter tops of the check-in desk. 
  • Technical climbing instruction is being transitioned to an online or hybrid online/ in-person format to the extent practical. 

High touch areas 

  • Rental equipment will be disinfected between blocks of climbers. 
  • A 30 minute block of time is built-in between groups of climbers to allow staff to clean high touch areas such as the desk and seating. 
  • To improve ease of attaching the climber to a rope, checking the climber’s attachment from an appropriate distance & minimizing difficult to clean touch points, a 2-carabiner attachment has been implemented. 
    • This procedure has been approved by Petzl for top-rope climbing only. The 2 locking carabiners will be cleaned between blocks of climbers. 
  • The climbing holds and wall have had a long-lasting anti-microbial product applied.  

Maintaining a safe distance 

  • The capacity of room 170C (Climbing Center side) has been adjusted to a maximum of 16 people (14 participants + 2 staff). 
  • The number of available ropes has been adjusted and routes have been strategically reset with intentional climbing lanes in mind. 
  • Belay lessons for groups of 2+ will be taught at an alternate location in order to allow appropriate distancing to be maintained during instruction.  
  • Belay checks have a modified staff backup procedure to allow staff to maintain a 6’+ distance during testing. 

OA will not have the resources to continue their previous bike services.

  1. OA has suspended the used bike rental program. The current inventory of bikes has been donated to the GVSU Surplus Store in Standale to be sold. Students in need of a cost effective option for bicycles are encouraged to visit the Surplus Store. Students can visit the Outdoor Adventures page for bicycling to learn how to use the bus' bike racks.
  2. We are seeking opportunities to offer occasional maintenance times at the Bike Shop, there are currently no dates/ times scheduled for Winter 2021.


Sports Programs

Visit the Club Sports Operations page for Winter 2021 updates on our program during COVID-19. 

We will have IM Sports this winter. Check out our Winter 2021 schedule.

For Winter 2021, all IM Sports programs will be FREE for students!

Intramural Sports Participant Safety Guidelines 

Special Events



We challenge you to JUST KEEP MOVING. This challenge allows you to track mileage through running, walking, biking, swimming, rowing, taking a group exercise class, playing an Intramural Sports game, using the upper body ergometer, and other various activities. The leader board creates more motivation and features where you rank among all participants!

Are you up for the challenge? 

Visit our website for details on how it works, the schedule, and registration information. (or, register now!)

Press Pause



Sometimes it's good to take a break. Our lives can get so busy that it's easy to neglect our well-being. By pausing to reflect, we can take intentional steps to improve how we feel. We encourage you to rest, relax, and feel refreshed by Pressing Pause.




"We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our devices." They said it so well. The National Day of Unplugging is March 5-6, 2021, so RecWell invites you to UNPLUG. What do we mean?!

  • A good balance of time spent on and off technology is beneficial to both physical and mental health.
  • “Unplugged” likely means something different for everyone, whether it’s not using your phone while you’re with others, avoiding email during dinner, or spending less time on social media.
  • Exercise can improve sleep, decrease feelings of depression, help protect against feelings of anxiety, boost self-confidence, and improve focus and productivity.