Facilities and services for women

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The UC RecCentre provides a number of services for women that may help to enhance your experience at UC. You may wish to gain confidence in the weights room amongst other beginners with the help of a trainer. Or you may prefer or require the privacy of a women's only space to exercise. In providing these services, the UC RecCentre is recognising UC's commitment to equity and diversity.

We appreciate your awareness of, and co-operation with women's only hours in these spaces. We thank you for your ongoing support of the initiative.

How it works

The UC RecCentre is committed to providing a space where all our students feel they belong. Privacy during exercise is a cultural need for many women in our UC community and the RecCentre aims to provide culturally responsive services.

The request for Women's Hours came from the Student Wellness Advisory Group (SWAG), and after nearly 12months of research and monitoring, we are now able to permanently offer women's hours for our community, in the Circuit room, at specified times.

  • Women's only hours are available in the Start Zone as per the advertised schedule.  These are posted in the facility and on the website.  
  • We respectfully ask male members to use altenative areas in the facility during these times. You will find all equipment available in the StartZone is available elsewhere.
  • Start Me - available to all members, you can request a female instructor and/or female only group at the time of booking
  • Private Group Fitness classes - arrange your own group and we can provide the space and the teacher. Available upon request. Charges apply. Contact our Group Fitness Co-ordinator.


Start Zone – Our Start Zone has three Women only hours allocated daily.  Check our online timetable  for current timeslots. You’ll find a range of bodyweight and functional training tools, in addition to a deadlift platform, half cable, squat cage, benches and light handweights.  A super place to get started and get confident.  

There are many other fitness clubs in New Zealand, including a national leading chain, a University and multiple independent and smaller chains/franchises, who operate this kind of service. The legal advice we have received is that a women's only service can operate, as long as men are not disadvantaged in any way. To ensure this, all equipment that is kept aside for women's hours in the circuit room, is also available in the rest of the centre at those same times. You will find all of this equipment duplicated (and more) in the boxing room, gym mezzanine and fitness centre.


Your feedback is wanted! Let us help shape an offering that works for all members, to allow inclusiveness and opportunity for all to participate. There are many ways you can provide feedback, so please choose the method that best suits you.

Hours and availability

See our timetables for scheduled women-only hours.

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