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Taking Advantage of Mason’s Recreational Resources

January 29, 2016

By Kate Shaw

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start taking advantage of the health and fitness opportunities at Mason. According to Mason’s Student Health Services, the benefits of being active are numerous, including improved heart, muscle, and lung health, stress reduction, and increased muscle strength. If becoming more active is a resolution of yours, a great thing about being a Mason graduate student is that we have a number of resources, facilities, and activities available to us to get some exercise in a variety of fun ways!

The use of Mason’s Fairfax recreational facilities is free for all full-time master’s and doctoral students. Part-time master’s, doctoral, and non-degree students must pay a fee of $50 for the semester, which is highly affordable compared to other gym membership rates in the area.The Science and Technology campus in Manassas features the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, which requires a membership fee that is discounted for Mason students.

No matter what campus you’re on, Mason has some great options for recreational activities. Here are just a few suggestions for things to do while you’re a graduate student here:

Visit one of the many fitness centers: Operated by Mason Recreation, the Fairfax campus is home to three facilities, the RACSkyline, and the Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC). The RAC and Skyline have a number of cardio and weight lifting machines as well as gymnasiums and racquetball and squash courts, while the AFC offers two pools, a sauna, and a whirlpool in addition to cardio and weight lifting machines.

Those who spend most of their time on the Arlington campus have the option of joining the Arlington YMCA, which offers a discounted rate for Mason students, faculty and staff. As previously mentioned, students must pay a fee to join the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Science and Technology Campus.

Take Part in Group Exercise Classes: Mason offers a number of group exercise classes, ranging from cycling to yoga to martial arts. Most classes are free, but some yoga and martial arts classes come with a small fee, so be sure to check the Mason Recreation website for more information. Additionally, the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center also offers a variety of group classes that are included with a membership.

14Engage in Weekly Well-Being Practices: The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being offers free weekly yoga, Pilates/barre, and mindfulness meditation sessions on the Fairfax and Arlington campuses. A schedule of classes offered each week can be found here.

Join an Intramural Sports Team: Yes, club and intramural teams are open to graduate students! Moreover, participation in intramural teams is free for most sports. Intramural sports offered at Mason include flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, handball, frisbee, and more.

Head Out on An Outdoor Adventure: The Mason’s Outdoor Adventures offers a number of hiking, camping, skiing, rock climbing, and other trips during the weekends each semester! Students have the opportunity to learn skills such as outdoor cooking, rock climbing, wilderness first aid, or paddle boarding through excursions held in nearby regions. Trips are open to all Mason students, faculty and staff, and cost varies depending upon the excursion.

No matter what kinds of activities you’re interested in, Mason has a number of great options to get you up and moving! To find out more information about Mason Recreation and Center for the Advancement of Well-Being resources, visit their websites.

Kate Shaw is a master’s alumni of George Mason University’s Higher Education program.


This blog post has been edited and updated to reflect current changes in information.

Edited by Arsad Rahman, 04/02/2019


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