COVID-19 Pandemic continues to evolve, University Recreation facilities, including the Klotsche Center, Pavilion and Engelmann Gym, are closed through July 31, 2020.



Fitness Offerings

Facebook Live Group X Classes
Summer Schedule & Class Descriptions – Click Here

No Facebook account needed to join, just follow this link to join in a class

Recorded Classes:

  • New classes uploaded regularly to IGTV on Instagram.
  • Check out our huge selection of workout videos on UREC’s YouTube
  • Workout of the Weeks Wednesdays on Instagram.

Other Fitness Resources

Outdoor Pursuits Offerings

Upcoming Courses:

  • Online Leave No Trace Trainer Course
    Four Tuesdays from 6-9pm CST ~ Starts June 23, 2020
    Cost: $35/student, $45/public
    Registration and Info: https://bit.ly/onlineTCuwmUREC
  • Online DIY Bike Maintenance & Repair Course
    Four Thursdays from 6-8pm CST ~ Starts June 25, 2020
    Cost: $25/student, $35/public
    Registration and Info: https://bit.ly/DIYbikecourse

Upcoming Webinars & Workshops:

All upcoming workshops and webinars can be seen here: https://bit.ly/virtualURECOP

How to Choose a Tent for Camping
Tuesday, June 2nd @ 6pm
Link to Register: https://bit.ly/virtualURECOP
Link to Join: Facebook Live (no account needed)

Description: There are so many options and types when it comes to buying a tent, and many people often wonder if they’re buying the best tent for them. Join Chris to learn about the different kinds and styles of tents, and their flaws. Stay through the end of the session to join in an active discussion about what tents have worked for Chris and others, and find out which tent might be best for you.

DIY Backyard Adventures
Wednesday, June 3rd @ 6pm
Link to Register: https://bit.ly/virtualURECOP
Link to Join: Facebook Live (no account needed)

Description: With the weather getting warmer, we all want to spend more time outside. Now that state parks are open, the trails can be pretty busy. Join Outdoor Pursuits as we talk about some fun outdoor activities that you can do in your own backyard (and neighborhood)! We will also talk about some awesome ways to bring the outdoors to your living room as well!

Guided Outdoor Meditation
Thursday, June 4th @ 7pm
Link to Register: https://bit.ly/virtualURECOP
Link to Join: Facebook Live (no account needed)

Description: With all the uncertainty happening in the world around us can be hard not to get caught up in negative emotions. That is why it is now more important than ever to take time for yourself to de-stress and unwind. Join Paige for a ten to fifteen-minute outdoor guided meditation session. In this session, we will practice deep breathing and mindfulness of the body and thoughts.

Past Presentations:

Getting Outside During the Pandemic (4-2-20)

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip (4-6-20)

Getting Outside During the Pandemic (4-8-20)

What You Need to Know About Park Closures Today (4-9-20)

Bike Clinic: How to Fix a Flat Tire (4-10-20)

10 Tips for Getting Outside During the Pandemic (4-16-20)

Bike Clinic: How to Fix a Flat Tire #2 (4-20-20)

How to Use Strava App (4-21-20)

What is Leave No Trace? (4-22-20)

How to Plan a Road Trip (4-23-20)

10 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week Virtually (4-24-20)

How to Tune Up Your Bike at Home (4-24-20)

Guide to Biking in Milwaukee (4-27-20)

How to Get Outside During the Pandemic (4-28-20)

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip #2 (4-29-20)

How to Plan a National Park Tour (4-30-20)

How to Plan a Road Trip #2 (5-4-20)

Guide to Biking in Milwaukee #2 (5-6-20)

DIY Home Bike Tune Up #2 (5-7-20)

What is Leave No Trace? #2 (5-8-20)

How to Size, Fit, and Pack a Backpack (5-11-20)

Bike Brake Basics (5-12-20)

How to Plan a National Park Tour (5-12-20)

Bike Clinic: How to Fix a Flat Tire #3 (5-13-20)

Leave No Trace Virtual Games! (5-14-20)

Bike Clinic: Shifting System Skills (5-15-20)

How to Hike Responsibly (5-27-20)

UW-Milwaukee Strava Club

We have renewed and relaunched a UW-Milwaukee Strava Club for students, staff, and faculty.

The UWM Strava Club is for anyone in the UWM community that is interested in going outside and being active! Being a part of the club and downloading the app allows you to record and share activities, which encourages others to live a healthy, active lifestyle during COVID-19 and beyond! By joining and logging activities using Strava, we can all stay healthy and connected while encouraging one another to do the same. Please share this group with others at UWM.

  • Activities you can record: walking (even walking the dog), jogging, running, biking, hiking, and more!
    NOTE: Activities for the “Leaderboard” must be runs, bike rides, or swims.
    All other activities will appear in the “Recent Activity” section of the club page.
  • Anyone can join and download the app, for free, on their smartphone.
  • Fitbits, Apple Watches, Garmins, and other devices can by synced.
  • To get started, create a free account and join our group!
  • Privacy features allow you to control what data other people see.
  • Link to group: https://www.strava.com/clubs/uwmilwaukee

What you can do remotely

What you can do remotely:

  • Find at-home workouts. There are tons of free options on YouTube or try online classes through ClassPass, Obé Fitness, and Peloton (even if you don’t have the bike!). Most platforms offer a free trial.
  • Go outside. As long as you’re practicing social distancing, it’s okay to get outside and go for a walk while you listen to your favorite podcast or playlist. Keep these important things in mind when going outside:
    • Seek Solitude, if Sick — Being sick doesn’t mean you can’t go outside, but it does mean avoiding crowds and others. If you are showing signs of COVID-19 (located here), it’s recommended to stay home completely. Consider spending time in the backyard of your house, or on a deck/porch/balcony, to enjoy a little nature and fresh air.
    • Expect Closures — Playgrounds are closed, bathrooms might be closed, and other public facilities too. Plan ahead and prepare. Consider having a backup plan for what you might do if a trail or area is closed.
    • Pack Out Your Trash — With limited services and pickups at parks, it is best to take all trash home with you. Even if a trash receptacle is available, now is a good time to pack your waste out to be sure that receptacle does not overflow.
    • Avoid Places of High Use — Try and find somewhere where social distancing is easier, while being active outside. Our recommendation is parks that have wide trails to provide space for people, and large expanses of green space.
    • Go During Slow Times — Try a sunrise or sunset hike, or maybe go during the week instead of the weekend. This helps everyone out and relieves the heavy burden that our parks and public lands take in the spring season.
    • Proceed with Caution —  As much as possible, proceed with extra caution since medical and emergency services are limited. Consider avoiding action sports for the time being, as chance and risk may be hard to eliminate.
    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors — Regardless of your personal ethic during this time, give people space and be kind to others and our public lands. Keep pets on a leash as to not create unnecessary contact with others.
    • Don’t Forget to Leave No Trace Principles — Click here to learn more: Leave No Trace 7 Principles
  • Stay connected. Reach out to friends, call a family member – maybe even try a workout using FaceTime. We’re all in this together.
  • Now that you have more time at home, you could tackle that to-do list item you’ve been putting off for a while. Lean into spring cleaning, start a creative project, or fold the laundry you’ve been putting off.
  • Practice mindfulness.
What this means for lockers

What this means for lockers:

What this means for memberships

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What this means for sport club equipment

What this means for sport club equipment:

For sport club equipment information visit sport club equipment tab.

What this means for outdoor pursuits equipment

What this means for Outdoor Pursuits equipment:

  • Renters that currently have the equipment checked out have been contacted about procedures with equipment.
  • Rentals will resume once University Recreation reopens (date TBD)
  • The UREC Bike Shop is out of service until University Recreation reopens.
What this means for swim lessons

What this means for swim lessons:

  • Swim lessons will resume once the facility opens back up, however please be patient with us as we may not have instructors in town once we do open.  We are working to offer blended learning courses to hopefully get more instructors ready to start teaching once we do begin again.  Refunds will be an option, or we can transfer those lessons to other instructors.  We will know more about everything as we go.
Take care of yourself and others

Take care of yourself and others:

  • Follow the guidelines sent out by campus, which you can find on uwm.edu/coronavirus/ 
  • Look for resources to assist with your mental and emotional health.
    • The American Red Cross has developed a free Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 course that can be taken online in less than one hour. The course is designed to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 to build resilience and lend support to others during and after this time. You can find the course here: American Red Cross Mental Health Course
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands, make sure to wipe down equipment before and after your workout.
  • Stay active.

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BeWellUWM Resources


If you have questions, please email us at u-rec@uwm.edu UREC Professional Staff is working remotely throughout the closure and will respond to email as quickly as possible.

For UWM Covid-19 Student Support Resources click here. 

For UWM COVID-19 Frequently asked questions click here.