Fitness Center

Summer 2018 Fitness Options

Beginning Friday, May 25, 2018, the university fitness center and Doremus Gymnasium will close for the summer as the restoration of the facility begins. The entire complex will be closed until mid-August, when the fall athletics teams return to campus. Both the fitness center and Doremus Gym will reopen for the entire academic year, before closing once again for summer restorations following graduation in 2019.

When the fitness center is open, there will be no staff or physical education locker rooms and lockers available. There will also be no towel or laundry services.

Read more about the indoor athletic facilites transition plan >

Summer fitness options for faculty, staff and students:

  • Upper Division Housing Village Fitness Room: Access will be available to W&L faculty, staff, students and fitness center pass holders during the following hours: Monday - Friday, 6 - 8 a.m, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and 4 - 6:30 p.m. Please note that this facility is quite small. Outside of these hours, the building will be locked and access restricted to students with a valid University ID.
  • Group Exercise: Classes (with the exception of spin classes) will be offered in the summer in the Student Activities Pavilion, the Jefferson Street Dance Studio and the Natatorium. Schedule will be posted on this site when available. To register for group exercise classes, visit
  • Natatorium: The Natatorium will have open swim hours during the summer. Hours will be posted on this site when available. 
  • Campus Trails: Back campus trails will be open. View the trail map.

About the Fitness Center

The Washington and Lee University Fitness Center is a 10,000 sq.ft. complex located in Doremus Gymnasium, a 1900's colonial refurbished building. Originally built in 1914, the refurbishing project, completed in August of 2002, enabled the complex to keep its tall colonial white pillars and columns which give the Fitness Center a very distinctive and unique style intertwined with the fitness equipment. The facility is equipped with 38 pieces of cardio, Body Masters strength equipment, a full line of dumbbells, stability balls, exercise tubing, and medicine balls. The center will be expanded during the construction of the new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, increasing its square footage by 32 percent.

Statement from the University Physician

Skin infections may be transmitted by direct skin contact with surfaces contaminated by another person who carries bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus or "staph"), fungal organisms (such as those that cause "ringworm") or viruses (such as Herpes simplex) on their skin.  People may carry these organisms without having symptoms or illness and may inadvertently contaminate the environment, where others may contact the organisms, become infected and develop illness symptoms.  Effective infection control measures to prevent the spread of such infections include: 1) personal hygiene practices (frequent hand washing or sanitization, showering before and after contact with shared sports equipment, no sharing of towels), 2) regular environmental cleaning and disinfection of potential skin contact surfaces, and 3) wearing of appropriate clothing during workouts to avoid direct skin contact with surfaces that may become or be contaminated with infectious organisms.  Such measures are recommended for all athletic facilities by the NCAA and by the CDC.

- Jane Horton, M.D., University Physician


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