Wellness Fair Recap & the Yates Wheel of Fitness!

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.WellFair1

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!

Wheel Winners:
Free Swim Lesson: Rachel Yancey, Magdalena Lopez, Yaregal Woineshet, Evagelia Larakis, Regina Jackson, Arman Terjimanian

Free CPR Class: Laura Bishop, Trent Jackson

Free Personal Training Session: Delson Baraoidan, Aaron Anderson, Daunett Hemmings, Taylor Struckman, Kerstin Gobel, Joanna Groberg, Elzbieta Stafford

$25 Gift Certificate to Pro Shop: Valerie Youmans

Thanksgiving 2014 Holiday Hours

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.

GUWellness Fair at Yates – Friday, November 7

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)
  • Health screenings
  • Free yoga class at Noon
  • Seated massage
  • Reflexology
  • 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.

Celebrating Our Staff: Erik Williams

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.

Erik Williams
Erik Williams

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?

DC’s new “Gym Tax” and the impact at Yates

As of October 1, 2014, the District extended a 5.75% Sales and Use tax which included “Health-Club Services.”  Despite being an enterprise within Georgetown University, Yates Field House is unfortunately subject to the requirements of this new tax.  Nearly all fees, passes and services sold at Yates will include the tax, including:

  • Membership Fees
  • Guest Fees
  • Fitness Passes
  • Locker Rentals
  • Instructional Classes & Lessons
  • Personal Training Packages

The mandated fee for GU student memberships is exempted from the tax.

We recognize the inconvenience that these additional fees create for our members.  For your convenience, pricing sheets in the Main Office have been updated to include “with tax” prices for member rates and other services.  Members using payroll deductions and “timepay” payments should notice the additional tax increase on their member charges beginning with this month.  In order to prevent additional confusion, members should be aware of the following:

  • Pre-existing rates and charges do NOT include the 5.75% tax.  The charge is added on top of previous fees.
  • For all check payments, please verify that the appropriate surcharge has been included in the written check.
  • Unless indicated otherwise, prices listed online are the “base” rate and do not include the additional 5.75% fee.

We appreciate your understanding as we all get accustomed to the additional fees.