Wellness Research Center
UCF Employee Gym
What We Do
The Wellness Research Center is the Employee Gym for UCF faculty and staff. It focuses on fitness and physical health. The Wellness Research Center is a free resource for UCF employees and offers strength and aerobic equipment, as well as the opportunity to participate in health and wellness related research.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
6:00am to 7:30pm
- ** Closed on:
- Martin Luther King Day
- Spring Break: March 13-17th 2023
- Summer Break: May 1-14th 2023
- Memorial Day
- Fall Break: August 7-18th 2023
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Week of Thanksgiving
- Winter Break: December 11 – January 5th
Undergraduate Internship in Kinesiology
Start Date: August 21, 2023
The WRC and Employee Gym is offering opportunities for undergraduate Kinesiology students at UCF to complete their Internship in Kinesiology for the Fall semester 2023. Students may complete 120 hour (8 hours/week), 240 hour (16 hours/week) or 360 hour (24 hours/week) internships. Interns will gain experience in operation of a wellness facility. CPR/AED certification is required prior to beginning the internship. Students must be eligible to complete the internship per their advisor.
Clean Air System
The Wellness Research Center utilizes the latest in clean-air technology. In addition to multiple industrial grade fans, the air system is equipped with technology that eliminates pathogens, including COVID-19, Flu-A and Flu-B. This helps create a healthier indoor environment.
Use your phone to scan QR codes on posters throughout the facility for instructional videos on a variety of related exercises.
Showers and lockers are available for use, located behind the Einstein’s Bagel booth in the Education complex (please ask front desk for door code). Please supply your own lock for lockers and remove your lock daily when done working out. Any belongings left overnight will be removed.
UCF Employee Gym Equipment
The WRC and Employee Gym now offers fitness assessments for its members.
To provide you with the resources to help you take control of your physical health, the WRC & Employee Gym will be offering fitness assessments beginning in October 2022. WRC & Employee Gym members are eligible for one free fitness assessment per semester, which includes a 3D body composition analysis, blood pressure assessment, and resting metabolic rate analysis. Please see a fitness attendant at the front desk to sign up for your free assessment.
The benefit of completing a fitness assessment
The fitness assessment will provide you with information about your body composition and the number of calories you burn per day. Together, this information will help you program your exercise and nutrition to reach your fitness goal, whether that is weight loss, weight gain, muscle hypertrophy, or establishing healthy habits. Regular fitness assessments each semester will allow you to track changes in your body over time and allow you to make informed decisions about your exercise and nutrition.
The Wellness Research Center offers opportunities to participate in research within the Division of Kinesiology through its Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science. This research is led by faculty and students and explores the efficacy of different exercise modalities on strength and conditioning, as well as rehabilitation. Some recent opportunities to participate in research are listed below:
- Effects of 4D Dietary Supplement on Perceptual-Cognitive and Visual-Motor Performance
- Isotonic vs Isokinetic Leg Extensions: Differences in Neuromuscular Function
- Low back pain and disability in active population
- Neuromuscular Attributes during Deadlift Variations in Individuals with Acute, Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study
- Time of Day Effects on Autonomic Function and Anaerobic Performance using a Non-Motorized Treadmill
Frequently Asked Questions
The Wellness Research Center is located in the Education Complex, in Education Room 179, behind the Torchy Clark Gymnasium.
The gym is available to all faculty and staff.
The UCF employee gym is free to all employees.
All employees must bring their UCF ID cards with them on their first visit. Once registered in the system, you can sign in at the front desk computer, using your NID and NID password.
Facilities and Services
Equipment includes a full range of machine weights, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, and other exercise equipment to fit a wide variety of levels and interests.
The WRC hosts the “Recharge to Charge On” yoga series on a semesterly basis. Please view the upcoming events calendar on the WRC website for additional information.
Yes, the men’s and women’s locker rooms offer private showers. Unlocked cubicles are available inside the gym for storing personal belongings. Please store belongings at your own risk.
The WRC & Employee gym currently offers 3D body composition analysis, blood pressure and resting metabolic rate (RMR) analysis.
Fitness assessments are scheduled in 30-minute windows. Testing will be completed within 30 minutes.
WRC & Employee Gym members may receive one fitness assessment per semester.
Stop by the reception desk in the WRC and one of the fitness attendants will schedule your fitness assessment.
- Do not exercise the day of the test (after the test is fine).
- You should be fasting for 4 hours prior to your appointment
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or cold medications. Prescription medications should be taken as normal.
Minimal and form-fitting clothing is required for the 3D body composition analysis to get accurate results. Options include sports bras, form-fitting tights, leggings, underwear, or form-fitting swimwear. There are no clothing requirements for the Blood pressure or resting metabolic rate assessments.
You will be asked to stand on the fit3D platform in a relaxed and natural position while holding the handles and looking directly forward. The platform will rotate 360 degrees during which time three cameras will take 1200 images of your body. The test takes approximately 40 seconds and provides body fat percentage, fat mass, lean mass, body circumference measurements, body shape rating, waist to hip ratio, trunk to leg volume ratio, and assessments of posture and balance. Check out these example results.
You will be invited to recline and relax in a chair for 5 minutes before the test. Following this, you will be given a meta breather mouthpiece to breathe into. This mouthpiece will be connected to one end of a disposable tube, which will be connected to the device. A nose clip will be placed on your nose. You will be asked to breathe normally into the tube for 10 minutes. You will be breathing in fresh air from the room, but the gas you breathe out will be collected by the metabolic analyzer. The device will analyze your expired air to calculate your resting metabolic rate. Check out these example results.
Information on how to interpret your results are provided as part of each assessment. As a policy, WRC and Employee Gym staff members will not provide extensive feedback or interpretations of individual results.