Facilities and services for women
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 circuit room is available elsewhere in the facility.
- Train Me - available to all members, you can request a female instructor at the time of booking
- 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.
- Book in for a START me Fitness Starter Session (they're free) and indicate to the reception team that you're interested in learning how to use the equipment in the women's area.
- Approach a Fitness Consultant on shift, they're keen to help. Note above the times we usually have a female staff member rostered. If you prefer a female instructor, and one is not available, see reception and they'll get you some help from a team leader.
- Or book in for a STEER Me, a personalised fitness plan made just for you. These cost just $25, but are an excellent investment in your health and wellbeing!
- Want more assistance? If it's in your budget, a PUSH me Personal Training Package could be just the ticket. Just $200 will get you a personalised fitness plan and 8 one-on-one sessions with a fitness consultant.
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.
Hours and availability
See our timetables for scheduled women-only hours.