Fitness & Wellness FAQs

Due to COVID-19 the RAC will be remain closed for the Fall 2020 semester.  We will continue to provide virtual programming for the entire campus community.  UMBC Recreation continues to follow the guidelines set forth in the Retrievers Returns Roadmap to ensure a safe reopening of campus. All Group Fitness classes will be virtual and free to all in the UMBC Community. 
Where is the Fitness Studio?
The RAC Fitness Studio is located at the end of the cardio balcony through two double doors.


Where do I sign-up for Group Fitness classes?
No registration is needed for our virtual group fitness classes. Find more info here.


Do I need to pay a fee to participate in group fitness classes?
Group Fitness classes are at no additional cost to all UMBC students, faculty/staff and RAC members and their guests.


Do I need to bring any equipment to Group Fitness classes?
There is no need to bring your own equipment to Group Fitness classes. All equipment is provided at a first come first serve basis. Using your own equipment is permitted if that is your preference.


Who do I contact with comments, questions or concerns regarding Group Fitness, the Fitness Studio, or the instructors?
Contact the Assistant Director of Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, Alea Burke with any comments and/or questions 


Who is eligible to participate in UMBC Recreation activities? 
Students, Faculty and Staff are eligible to participate in UMBC Recreation activities, with a red UMBC ID. Other UMBC Community members who are also members of the RAC with a valid UMBC ID. Memberships are available at the RAC Front Desk. 


Is there a fee to use UMBC’s athletic facilities? 
Students, Faculty and Staff may use the athletic facilities free upon presentation of a valid UMBC ID. Yearly memberships are available, as well as daily guest passes for guests accompanied by valid RAC members. Please click here for Membership Rates. 


What attire is required to participate in the programs?
Proper athletic attire includes: athletics pants or shorts (denim, cargo pants, and other cotton pants with rivets or zippers or external snaps and buttons are prohibited), athletic shirts (muscle shirts and sports bras must be covered by t-shirts when in the weight room or cardio balcony), and athletic, non-marking shoes. Shirts, Shoes and Shorts/pants must be worn at all times. Patrons planning to swim, please come prepared with sandals or flip-flops to wear in the rest of the building.


Can I rent a locker to use for the semester? 
Lockers are available for rent in both the poolside- and gym-side locker rooms. Policies and Prices for locker rental are available here.


Can I bring a guest to work out with me in the weight room? 
Guests in the RAC must be accompanied by a valid RAC user at all times. Guest passes are available at the front desk, and can be purchased on a business-day basis only. Guests must bring positive picture ID to be eligible for a Guest Pass. Weight Room regulations prohibit the use of weight equipment by persons under the age of 16. All others are welcome, with a valid UMBC ID or Guest Pass. Weight-room and Cardio Equipment orientations are available at no cost upon request at the front desk. More information regarding Guest Passes can be found here.


How do I find out the hours that the facilities are open? 
Facility Hours are posted here and at the RAC Front Desk. 


Who should I contact if I have other questions about UMBC Recreation? 
Please contact the RAC Front Desk at 410-455-8888 or email us at with any other questions or concerns.