Michele Guthrie, marketing and communications coordinator at Georgetown University's Yates Field House, promises "something for everyone" in the health and fitness department.
Q. Many people don’t realize that Yates offers memberships to neighbors. Tell us about that.
A. That’s right, Yates Field House offers “Friends of Georgetown” memberships to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods even if they are not affiliated with Georgetown University. We love to see our neighbors in the gym, and our programs cater to those beyond just students and faculty here at the university. With a Yates membership you can gain access to all Yates facilities, as well as receive the member rate on all our programs.
Q. What are the most unique services that Yates offers?
A. The variety of services that Yates offers is what makes our facility unique. Some of our programs include group fitness, swimming, tennis, squash, racquetball, judo, personal training, and our newest program, health coaching. There really is something for everyone at Yates.
Q. How does your new health coaching program differ from others?
A. Through Yates, clients will receive premier health coaching services from a Georgetown University Nationally Certified Health Coach. Our health coaches work with clients to develop a specific plan to reach a pre-determined health goal related to any physical, mental, social, financial, or spiritual needs. Unlike other health coaching programs, we give participants the opportunity to choose from a variety of locations for their coaching sessions. Coach and client can meet at the Field House, in a private on-campus location like an office or a coffee shop, or even elect to have their session over the phone.
Q. What type of support does Yates provide for people wanting to increase their level of fitness?
A. At Yates, we have a team of Nationally Certified Personal Trainers who can work with you to develop an individualized fitness program, whether you are a Yates member or not. While we do not provide rehabilitative physical therapy, we do provide exceptional and safe services to individuals who have completed the rehabilitative process and/or are generally healthy.
In our Personal Training program, you will work one-on-one with a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer who is committed to enhancing your fitness experience through education and programming. Training sessions are effective for motivation in your personal fitness plan and for enhancing your exercise routine. With their fitness expertise, our trainers are uniquely qualified for educating clients to develop healthier lifestyles.
Q. Tell us about your programs for children.
A. Yates is the best place for your child to learn or develop a new skill. We offer private and group swim lessons for children. Registration is now open for the fall 2016 semester, so be sure to give us a call at (202) 687-2400 to sign up! We also offer private and group tennis and squash lessons for children of all ages and levels. In addition to lessons, we offer USTA tennis round robins during the school year. What’s better … these programs aren’t just for your kids! We offer adult swimming and racquet sport lessons as well.
Q. What are the best times of day to hit the gym?
A. Obviously, the best time of day to hit the gym is the time you have available, keeping in mind there are a lot of options for exercise at Yates. On Monday, August 29, Yates will begin normal academic year operating hours which are 6 am–midnight, Monday through Thursday; 6 am–10 pm on Friday; and 9 am–10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. We have limited hours during the summer and holidays.
During the academic year, the pool is closed each weekday from 3:30–5:30 pm, and peak general lap usage time is from 6–8 pm. The least busy time at the pool tends to be from 9–11 am. The Fitness Floor is busier during our early morning hours (6–9 am), during lunch (noon–2 pm), and evenings (4–10 pm).
Q. Can members bring friends into Yates?
A. Absolutely! Members can pay a $12 guest fee to bring a friend into Yates for the day. A great way to work out with your friends is to participate in our Group Fitness program. This is also a wonderful way to meet new people in the community. We even have a group that extends their workout into a morning coffee gathering at the Starbucks on campus! Our Group Fitness schedule offers a diverse listing of classes hosted year-round in Studio A or Studio B. Class offerings include cardio-based, strength-based, mind/body, Zumba, Spinning®, Older Adult, and aqua classes. All classes are taught by certified instructors. In addition to your membership, we also offer various options of class pass types and pricing.
Q. How can we get more details about your programs?
A. The Yates Field House website is packed with information including program times and rates, facility details, and membership add-ons like our locker and towel service. You can also follow us on our social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about special offerings and events. If you have any questions, be sure to swing by the Yates main office or give us a call at (202) 687-2400.