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Group Fitness Policies & Procedures

Group fitness classes are part of your recreation membership. Full-time, matriculating undergrads students have recreation membership at no additional cost during the academic year. Faculty, staff, graduates and continuing education are required to purchase recreation membership at Member Services in the Recreation Center to participate in group exercise classes.

Group fitness classes are held in multi-purpose activity rooms in the Recreation Center. Activity rooms 118 & 121 are located on level 1. Activity rooms 210 & 215 are located on level 2. Cubbies are located in and near activity rooms for personal belongings. Please follow posted policies, including:

  • Only activities on the published schedule are permitted in activity rooms.
  • Registration on IMleagues required to attend weekday classes 4:00PM or later.
  • Classes start on time. Participants will not be permitted to enter class once the door is closed.
  • Schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • Cell Phone use is not permitted in group fitness classes.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the start of class to get checked in and get any equipment.
  • Proper exercise attire, including footwear and upper and lower body clothing, is required. Bare feet permitted for designated classes only.
  • Water is permitted in unbreakable containers. Other beverages and food are not permitted.
  • Audio equipment is for instructor use only.
  • Fitness equipment is for its intended purpose and must remain in activity rooms.
  • Personal instruction or training other than scheduled through Campus Recreation is prohibited.
  • TRX classes require a separate registration and fee payment (go to Member Services counter at the Rec Center).
  • Personal Fitness programs are available for a fee - go to Member Services Desk to sign up.

Fitness Class Registration
through IMLeagues

Weekday classes that start at/after 4pm require online registration through IMLeagues.

To register for classes, participants need to have an IMleagues account.

To create an IMLeagues account:

  1. Go to www.imleagues.com/UMass and click Create Account.
  2. Enter your information. You must use your school email address (@umass.edu or @dept.umass.edu). Click Submit. If you do not have a UMass email (associate, retiree, alumni), create an account using your existing email and contact Assistant Director Jill Isabelle at jisabelle@umass.edu.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email. Click the link in the email to log in and activate your account.
  4. You should be automatically joined to "UMass". If not, you can search schools by clicking the “Schools” link and select "UMass Amherst".

If you have participated in intramural sports, you already have an IMLeagues account. IMLeagues offers a live support button on every page. Use this button if you encounter any difficulties and need assistance.


To register for a class:

  1. Log into your IMLeagues account.
  2. Click the Group Fitness tab in the maroon banner under UMass Amherst.
  3. Scroll down until you see the calendar (or click on the calendar tab).
  4. Find the class you want to register for and click the green Sign Up button to the right. This will take you to the class information page. The green Sign Up button is visible if registration is open.
  5. Read the liability release and click Accept at the botton of the page. Answer the waiver question and enter of ID. Click Sign Up. You have successfully joined the session.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email from IMLeagues with info on the class for which you have registered.

Classes NOT requiring registration:

You do not need to register for weekday classes that start prior to 4pm or classes on the weekend. These classes will remain first-come, first-served.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What if I registered for a class but now I can't make it?
    You will need to UNREGISTER for the class. Log in to your account. Click on the Group Fitness tab. Scroll down to the calendar & select the class you want to Unregister. Click on the red Unregister for Session button. You will be asked to confirm that you want to leave the session. Click OK & you will be removed from that class. Failure to unregister and/or attand classes for which you have registered could result in loss of privileges.
  2. Will I need to accept the liability release and answer waiver questions for each class? Yes.
  3. Can I still get into/register for a class if it is full?
    Yes, you can register for a class even if it is full; you will be added to the waitlist. If anyone unregisters, the waitlist will bump people into the class in registration order.
  4. How soon can I register for a class?
    Registration opens 24 hours in advance for every class. When registration is open, you will see a green Sign Up button to the right of the class.
  5. Do I need to show my ID to get into the class?
    While photo ID is not required for entry into a class, misrepresenting yourself is not acceptable.
  6. Can I sign up for more than one class per day?
    Yes, provided the classes do not overlap.
  7. When do I need to arrive for a class?
    You should arrive 15 minutes before the class begins to get signed in on time to ensure that you don't lose your spot. Waitlist participants will be checked in first-come, first-served to fill any open spots approximately a couple minutes before class.
  8. Can guests register for classes?
    No. Guests cannot register for classes through IMLeagues. The eligible recreation membership categories permitted to register with IMLeagues are UMass students, faculty/staff, alumni & associate members. Guests will be permitted to enter a class first-come, first-served after registered and waitlist patrons. Guests should present their guest receipt to the class monitor. Guest pass fess are non-refundable.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jill Isabelle, Assistant Director for Fitness/Wellness, at jisabelle@umass.edu.