UBC Recreation's 'Free Week' looks to engage community through fitness

UBC Recreation is holding its Free Week from Tuesday, May 24 to Monday, May 30. All registered and membership classes are free, including dance, martial arts and cardio, conditioning and strength classes.

Following Free Week, summer memberships are available for $40, which include access to the BirdCoop and ARC Fitness Centres, the BirdCoop Climbing Cave and group fitness classes. Boot camps and spin, yoga and pilates classes are offered in the membership package.

Payment for classes in dance, martial arts and cardio, conditioning and strength are separate from the $40 membership, and may be completed online or in-person following Free Week classes.

According to Chris Rumary, coordinator of fitness programs for the department of athletics and recreation, the most popular classes offered in Free Week are ballet, burlesque dance, kickboxing and the Women on Weights program, which provides training for proper weightlifting techniques in addition to stretching and nutritional guidance.

Rumary also recommends classes such as Zumba, K-pop dance and Brazilian jiu-jitsu as hidden gems that offer excellent instruction and exciting ways to work out.

As UBC Recreation continues to adhere to UBC’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines, masks are required in indoor spaces until June 30. While students must wear masks before and after engaging in physical activity, they may remove them during the activity itself. Moving beyond June 30, UBC Recreation will reassess safety protocols based on UBC’s COVID-19 requirements.

As spots in Free Week classes are limited, advanced registration is required. Registration opens 24 hours before each class, and students can use the online UBC Recreation login to sign up for spots in Free Week classes. Rumary noted that UBC Recreation staff are available and eager to answer any further questions.

“The staff at UBC Recreation love working with participants, and we’re really happy to see the enthusiasm with return to participation.”