Yates is hosting a Spinning Instructor Training on December 13 for any person interested in becoming a certified Spinning instructor. This workshop provides the tools and information needed to lead your own official Spinning classes. After completing the training, participants are eligible to take the Instructor Assessment online to receive an official instructor certification. Bring your gear and be ready for two great rides led by a Spinning Master Instructor. Workshop time (including two rides and a lunch break) is nine hours, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
On November 7, Yates hosted another successful Wellness Fair in partnership with GUWellness. Hundreds of GU faculty and staff enjoyed the free chair massages, health screenings, promos and giveaways, and the benefits resources as well.
During the event, Yates staff featured the exciting “Wheel of Fitness” game, in which dozens of visitors tested their luck to win a Yates giveaway or face a random fitness challenge, including push ups, jump rope, and jumping jacks among others. Congratulations to the many winners, and to our other contestants – better luck next year!
As you prepare for the upcoming holiday break, here’s some information on Yates hours of operation for the Thanksgiving period. First, the Main Office is closed from Thurs, Nov 27th through Sun, Nov 30th. Group fitness classes will not be held from Thurs, Nov 27th through Sat, Nov 29th. Group fitness schedule will resume on Sun, Nov 30th.
Hours of Operation
Wednesday, Nov 26
Main Floor: 6am to 9pm
Pool: 6:30am to 9:30am / 11:30am – 2:30pm / 5pm to 8pm
** pool schedule is staggered due to available lifeguards
Thursday, Nov 27 – CLOSED
Friday, Nov 28
Main Floor: 9am to 5pm
Pool: 9am to 4pm
Saturday, Nov 29
Main Floor: 9am to 5pm
Pool: 9am to 4pm
Sunday, Nov 30
Main Floor: 9am to 10pm
Pool: 9am to 9pm
Group Fitness resumes
Regular hours of operation resume on Monday, December 1. From the entire Yates family, we wish a happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your family.
On November 7th – from 11:30 to 2:30 – Yates Field House is hosting the annual GUWellness Fair. As part of the Open Enrollment calendar, this event includes tons of information, features and promos for GU faculty and staff AND some opportunities for Yates members as well. Dozens of kiosks for benefits and wellness partners will be available on the Yates main floor.
Event features include:
Flu Shots (GU ID required)
Free yoga class at Noon
iPad Raffle and other giveaways
Benefits assistance for open enrollment
For additional information on the Wellness Fair, or other Open Enrollment wellness events, visit the GUWellness homepage.
As a feature in our new blog, we are excited to celebrate the support staff and instructors that contribute to the Yates family and our members. Our first feature is a ‘no brainer.’ Erik Williams has actual family connections to Yates and has practically grown up as part of the Yates family.
Name: Erik Williams
Position at Yates: Maintenance staff currently, and formerly a counselor for the Day Camp.
How long have worked at Yates? 9 years.
How did you start working at Yates? My mother used to work here when I was a baby. I would always come to the gym to workout and when I was finally of age to work in DC, this was one of the places that I inquired about. I’ve been here off and on ever since!
What’s your favorite part about Yates? My favorite part about working here is the diverse community that comes through. People from different walks of life all coming together for one purpose — to increase/maintain their health.
What’s something you’ve learned from Yates and taken elsewhere in your life? I’ve learned so much from Yates that I’ve taken with me outside of Yates. One example is that Chaz Kennedy has taught me to think more carefully, critically before I ask someone a question or for help. Often times, I’ve discovered that I could answer my own question.
Finally, what’s your favorite way to work out at Yates? If anyone knows me the least bit, then they know that my favorite way to exercise is through playing basketball. Words cannot express how much I loooooove basketball. I just did a rough calculation of how much of my time I have spent on Yates basketball courts and I calculated that since the age of 10 until now (I’m 23) I’ve spent 506 full, 24 hour days on those courts. Crazy passion right?