There’s still time for fun activities on campus this summer

Make the most of the remaining break with the amenities offered by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, the Student Center Complex, and the Wellness and Recreation Department.

As the end of summer vacation nears, here’s your reminder to add these hands-on activities, offered exclusively at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, to your to-do list. The academic year can be hectic with courses, studies, exams and internships. So before the fall semester begins, take advantage of these fun amenities.

Herbert Wellness Center

Affirming the University’s commitment to a comprehensive educational environment, the Herbert Wellness Center provides enjoyment for everyone, students, faculty and staff. From personal training to intramural sports opportunities, there are many options.

In case you didn’t know, the Department of Wellness and Recreation offers a wide range of fitness, wellness and education classes to meet the needs of members and non-members.

The indoor facility includes a large gymnasium with three full basketball courts that can be converted into volleyball or badminton courts. A smaller sports hall, also called Center Court, has rounded walls equipped for playing floor hockey, floor football, and more. The newly renovated outdoor facility includes four basketball courts, six tennis courts and five intramural playgrounds.

The most popular options among students are the weight room and the basketball courts, according to Grace Sanchez, customer service manager at the Herbert Wellness Center. Additionally, she suggests taking advantage of studio cycling, Zumba, or a yoga class during the summer when class sizes are smaller.

“Not many students know that we offer these classes during the summer,” Sanchez said. “To stay up-to-date with our activities and schedules, I recommend eligible community members to subscribe to our email blasts, check our website, and follow our social media accounts.”

Sanchez also recommends members of the campus community check out the Storm Zone, a state-of-the-art functional workout studio complete with a sled push and a tire flipping machine. “We also offer body composition tests and massages for a fee,” she added.

The Storm Zone workout studio at the Herbert Wellness Center. Photo: Ashley A. Williams/University of Miami
outdoor adventures

At no additional cost, students have access to outdoor adventures at Lakeside Village. It offers the opportunity to practice exciting outdoor sports, including climbing, hiking, diving, paddleboarding and surfing.

Trey Knight, Deputy Director of the Department of Wellness and Recreation, points out the most popular area, the rock climbing wall. Stretching 14 feet high and 60 feet long with a rotating schedule of route changes, the wall is one of three indoor rock climbing facilities in South Florida.

No climbing experience is necessary to enjoy the wall. And those willing to try their luck will receive a brief orientation, as well as the necessary equipment, including climbing shoes, for an unforgettable experience.

Another activity to enjoy this summer is the valuable Group Development Program which takes you and a group of peers on a specially designed and challenging, adventure-based sports circuit that offers a blend of education, discovery and fun, for team building.

“This program is dedicated to developing the skills needed to become a successful team, including building trust, building communication skills, resolving conflict, and more,” Knight said.

Additionally, it’s important to note that while students have access to activities at no additional cost, “some services like equipment rentals cost money to outside community members,” according to Knight.

The vice principal noted that there will be additional offerings coming in 2023, such as more than a dozen adventure trips and off-campus guided educational programs.

Visit the Outdoor Adventures website for hours of operation, prices and additional information.

Whitten University Center Pool (UC)

What’s a summer break without taking a dip in the pool? Nestled beside the lakeside patio, the Olympic-size outdoor UC Pool provides the campus community with one of the most beautiful vistas on the Coral Gables campus. It offers short turn lanes; a low-board diving area; and a terrace where one can relax, study or sunbathe.

Students, faculty, and staff with a valid Cane card can enter the UC Pool for free. Monthly or daily passes for alumni, dependents of faculty or staff, and community members are available for a fee.

Check the UC Pool website for more information on its policies, memberships, and schedules.

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Richard V. Johnson