Stay active, stay healthy: To keep you going near or far, we now offer a collection of free resources, virtual classes, and online videos to the UC Berkeley community.
Find something that suits your needs and interests below.
Wellness Happens Here …. And Wherever You Are!
For updates on Rec Sports in-person services, please see RecSports Program and Service Updates.
If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Torre Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of your session.
Virtual Swim Club
Welcome to the Berkeley Rec Sports Virtual Swim Club. Be part of a swimming community, all striving to motivate themselves and support each in their shared love of the water. Join us and swim wherever you are - your local pool, out in the open water, in a lake, your favorite beach. Whether you've just learned to swim or are a competitive swimmer pushing to beat your PB, check-in to the Swim Club on the Strava app and share your favorite swimming spot, record your distance, receive training tips, and join fun challenges.
- Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine is a collaboration between campus departments – part of a global health initiative – to provide programming for exercise, health, wellness and support from services on campus.
Health Coaching and Healthy Sexuality Coaching
Available to UC Berkeley students – brought to you by University Health Services (UHS) – and now offered via phone or Zoom video conference.
Virtual Health Coaching
In each virtual 45-minute session, your Health Coach will partner with you to identify simple lifestyle changes to enhance your health, support you in crafting a plan to achieve those changes, and offer ways to get your momentum going.
If you are currently assigned to a Health Coach please email Summer Jackson (email@example.com) directly to schedule an appointment. To be connected to a provider in order to schedule a new appointment, please email Health Promotion (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Virtual Healthy Sexuality Coaching
Healthy Sexuality Coaches will answer your questions and support you in discovering lifestyle and sexual behaviors that will improve your sexual health and sexuality. Partners are welcome!
To schedule a Healthy Sexuality Coaching appointment, please email Robin Mills (email@example.com).
- Fitness & Wellness: Live virtual classes
Join one of our virtual classes held live online via Zoom, Monday through Sunday.
How to Participate
Find a class or classes you’re interested in from the calendar above – we offer everything from yoga and pilates to total body conditioning and Zumba – and click on the Zoom link to sign-up.After a few quick clicks, you’ll receive the Zoom link to join the class (you’ll also receive an email confirmation with the link for your reference). Please note, you’ll be placed in a waiting room until the class begins.If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Sue Noyes at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.
- Fitness & Wellness: On-demand classes and videos
Workout on your own time with our on-demand online classes and instructional fitness videos. Rec Sports’ experienced personal trainers and group exercise instructor – classes and videos including pilates core, power yoga, total body conditioning and more.
- Fitness & Wellness: Online fitness consultations
Do you have questions that you would like to have answered from a Certified Personal Trainer?
Sign up for a FREE 45-minute online session with a personal trainer. The trainer will answer your questions and explain the principles and practices of cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training, and introduce you to different programs that may fit your goals and needs and answer any questions about exercise and fitness.
How to Sign Up
To schedule your free online fitness consultation: select a trainer from the drop-down below, choose your desired day and time and click search to view the available appointments during that time frame. Once you’ve scheduled your session, your trainer will email you with a “Zoom” meeting invite.
Note: Hours are limited. Sessions limited to one per customer.
Health History Questionnaire
Before your consultation, please read through the Health History Questionnaire.
Please note that when filling out the PAR-Q portion of the Health Questionnaire, if you answer “yes” to one or more questions you will need to receive medical clearance before you begin your own exercise routine.
Since trainers will not have signed and completed copies of the health history questionnaire, and PARQ, they will not be able to prescribe exercise.
- Health & Wellness
- Medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for UC Berkeley students from University Health Services (UHS).
- Psychological first aid online course – this online course is designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Inclusive Recreation
Live Virtual Seated Yoga
We are now offering a free live Seated Yoga class twice a week. Please find a class description and other info here:
Seated Yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. Seated Yoga is a great option for those with physical disabilities, aging populations, or people with difficulty balancing. It is also a great form of yoga for beginners or anyone who wants to focus on a gentle practice. Just like other yoga practices, Seated Yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. Please join us for this 30 minute yoga flow followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
When & Where
Free virtual personal training for students with a disability.
We are proud to offer free personal training for students with disabilities through the Accessible Wellness and Empowerment (AWE) program. For more information on this program and to learn how to request personal training, please complete this form.
We will continue to offer this opportunity until the funds run out. For more information please contact email@example.com
Chair Yoga Home Workout | 30 minutes
- Personal Training
Individual One-On-One or Duet Virtual Personal Training
Virtual personal training in your home. Individual one-on-one or duet (2 people) sessions are available virtually via Zoom video conference for new and existing clients.
Your personal trainer will help you achieve your fitness goals by offering feedback on form, structuring your workout, and supporting you as you build your exercise routine. Our certified, professional trainers will design a specific workout plan tailored to your needs and goals. Get the coaching, feedback, and support you need all at affordable rates.
How does personal training at your home work? It's easy! Training sessions will be virtual via Zoom video conference. Once you schedule an appointment your trainer will send you an email with a Zoom link. At the appointment time, use the Zoom link to join your personal training session.
Contact Robbie Earle, Personal Training Coordinator, for any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robbie Earle can also send you the New Client Questionnaire, which must be filled out prior to your first session. Please review the paperwork, any "Yes" answers on the PARQ will require medical clearance from your healthcare provider. You can also fill out a hard copy of the questionnaire and fax it to Berkeley Rec Sports.
Fitness and Wellness Opportunity Fund (FWOF)
At the moment, the Fitness and Wellness Opportunity Fund (FWOF) can cover the cost of personal training sessions. At full operating capacity, Rec Sports offers a wide range of programs and activities to choose from including swimming and tennis lessons, personal training, CPR/First Aid certification, outdoor adventures, fitness workshops, and intramural sports. Please note, Martial Arts programs are excluded.
To participate in this program, please complete the Fitness & Wellness Program Request form. The form should be completed at least 14 days prior to the start of the program or service, to allow adequate processing time.
Please note, some programs are very popular and may have limited availability. Applications will continue to be accepted until available funds are exhausted.
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Free Personal Training for students with a disability
We are proud to offer free personal training for students with disabilities through the Accessible Wellness and Empowerment (AWE) program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Wellness Fee Committee, we are able to offer free personal training to qualifying students. For more information on this program and to learn how to request personal training, please complete our FWOF Online Application form.
We will continue to offer this opportunity until the funds run out. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM CPT Certification is nationally recognized and one of the most highly regarded certifications in the personal training industry. NASM’s training systems and methodologies represent the “gold standard” in fitness and its Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model is the industry’s first comprehensive training program based on current scientific research.
Our 12-week in-person and online program will be taught by a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. You will learn the basics of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, behavioral coaching, and how to design a program specific to your clients’ needs and abilities to help them achieve their goals safely and effectively. Not only will the course prepare you for the certification exam, but the course will also provide virtual practice during scheduled labs.
For more information, contact Robbie Earle at email@example.com or visit our online store NASM CPT Prep Course.
- Virtual 5k Run & Walk
Get moving, have fun, and connect with friends when you join our campus community for virtual 5K events every Saturday. To participate just download the free Strava app and join the Berkeley Rec Sports 5K Club.
Complete your 5K at any time during each designated event day. Your choice: Go outside to run or walk (six feet apart!) or stay inside on a treadmill. If you use a treadmill for your 5K you will need to manually enter your participation information onto the app. Check the app messaging posts for event updates and fun fitness tips.
Download and print your Virtual 5K event bib and information sheet and start moving today.
Event Dates: On-going every Saturday
Want a Training Plan? We've Got You Covered
We are here to help you complete your 5K. Whether you’ve completed a 5k or longer distance race, or looking to finish your first 5k – we've got a plan that fits your comfort level. Our Novice I, Novice II, Intermediate and Advanced training plans can help you improve fitness, lengthen your distances and improve your time. These workout plans progress you through the beginning stages of a training plan to your peak of finishing a 5k. Included in these plans are suggested weekly strength workouts and online classes that progress with you through your training plan!
Strength Training I
Strength Training II
- Virtual Bike ClubWelcome to the Berkeley Rec Sports Bike Club. Join our community and share your interest in riding inside and out. Stay in touch with your friends and expand your network within our club wherever you are in the world. The Rec Sports Virtual Bike Club is an online community of cycling friends who provide information, support, and motivation to each other for all forms of cycling. We’re a club for absolutely anyone with an interest in cycling, whether you are an absolute beginner or weekend racer. Check-in to the Strava app to record your activity, receive training tips, and join fun challenges.