Yates Spin Instructor featured by Mad Dogg!

Joe Kraskinkas, a Spinning Master Instructor who teaches classes at Yates, was recently profiled on the Spinning website.  In the profile, Joe describes his history and experience with Spinning and his passion and approach as an instructor.

The Yates family is excited to congratulate Joe on this well-deserved recognition!

Follow the link for the full profile.  A brief bio of Joe can be found below:

Born and raised in Central Massachusetts, Joe now lives in Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a minor in Music. Joe also competed in Track and Field for WPI as a hurdler, sprinter, jumper, and multi-event athlete and is now an avid triathlete, qualifying for the USA Triathlon Age Group Championships every year since 2012. Joe is an active trumpet player with several groups in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Maegen Hellberg – a Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0034This past November, Maegen Hellberg joined the Yates professional staff as Assistant Fitness Director.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know our new addition as she embarks on her career at Georgetown!

Q: Where are you coming from?

Prior to arriving at Georgetown, I worked as the Graduate Assitant for Health & FItness at Campbell University, located about 40 miles south of Raleigh, NC. I maintained this role while completing a master’s degree of Public Heath.

Q: What are your responsibilities at Yates?

Currently, I oversee the Group Exercise program. I also assist the Director of Fitness (Meg Dimsa) with the personal training program and fitness floor as needed.

Q: What is your personal background with recreation, fitness and sports?

Sports have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I was fortunate enough to play varsity soccer for Coastal Carolina University from 2006 to 2010.  I was also involved with gymnastics growing up.  I became very interested in fitness, wellness and nutrition early on in my collegiate career and it was an easy, seamless transition for me from athletics.  I began my fitness career right out of college and worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and wellness coach.

Q: What excites you about working at Georgetown and Yates Field House?

I am most excited about getting to interact with the students, faculty, staff and outside members that utilize our facilities. I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet new people and learning more about them.  I hope that through these interaction and information gathering, we can develop ways to better serve our community.

Q: What else would you like to share with the Yates community?

I enjoy hiking with my dog, running, cooking and reading.  I am originally from Long Island, NY and come from a big family.  I love to travel and hope to make it to Fiji one day!

A Yates Holiday Tradition

To our students, faculty, staff and community members:
By now, many of you will have gathered with your friends and family, either close to campus or in places far away, to share the holiday festivities and participate in whatever family traditions you hold dear.

As Yates prepares to close for our own 3 day holiday hiatus, here’s a glimpse into a playful holiday tradition from the Yates family — the most recent staff members have the “honor” of decorating the Yates holiday tree.

This year, the honor went to our two recent additions — Maegen Hellberg and Abigail Garcia — who cheerily embraced their task and did a great job!  You can admire their work below.  We’ll have more to share about our new additions in the coming weeks!  Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hours – 2014/2015

Classes have ended, students will soon be leaving campus, and our Holiday Schedule is underway.  Modified hours of operation can be found below.

Reminder: All Group Fitness classes are FREE to all members during the holiday period.  Visit the Group Fitness page to view the winter break schedules.

Holiday Hours:

Mon, Dec 15 to Fri, Dec 19

  • 6am to 10pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 9pm

Sat, Dec 20 & Sun, Dec 21

  • 9am to 5pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 4pm

Mon, Dec 22 & Tues, Dec 23

  • 6am to 9pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 8pm

Wed, Dec 24 to Fri, Dec 26


Sat, Dec 27 to Tues, Dec 30

  • 9am to 5pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 4pm
  • Main Office is CLOSED

Wed, Dec 31 & Thurs, Jan 1


Fri, Jan 2

  • 6am to 8pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 7pm

Sat, Jan 3 & Sun, Jan 4

  • 9am to 5pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 4pm

Mon, Jan 5 & Tues, Jan 6

  • 6am to 10pm – Main Floor
  • Pool closes at 9pm

Regular hours of operation resume on Wed, Jan 6.

Spinning Instructor Training – December 13

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.

For additional information or to REGISTER, check out the official Instructor Training event page.