FAQ

What is the process to join?

  1. Complete the FSFP application (pdf) and return it to us. You can mail it, fax it, or just deliver it.
  2. We will call or email to schedule your comprehensive fitness assessment.
  3. After the fitness assessment, you will schedule an appointment to receive your results. At this time, you will also receive a recommended exercise program. The exercise science graduate student leading the session will show you how to properly perform your program.

When can I join?

You can join FSFP at any time of the year. Payment is due at the time of the fitness assessment. If you pay for a year in full, your membership will be valid for a full calendar year from the test day. If you pay for a quarter, your membership is valid for the next 3 months.

Do I need the doctor’s consent? Why do you require it?

Yes, everyone must submit the signed doctor’s consent. This is a clinical exercise physiology program, and we adhere to the guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM recommends getting doctor’s consent before allowing people to participate in a new exercise program.

Where are you located?

We are located in the PAES Building, which is adjacent to the RPAC. The address is 305 W. 17th Ave. When you enter the building, go down one floor. The fitness facility is A22. For testing, go through the double doors. Find the “waiting area” next to office A25B, and we will meet you there.

How long does the fitness assessment take?

It will take approximately one hour to finish everything.

Are there locker rooms available?

Yes, we have locker rooms and showers available for members to use. Members also have access to the RPAC locker rooms up to 30 minutes before and after any scheduled FSFP session. This is a strict policy. Any member found accessing the RPAC outside of these times will forfeit his/her FSFP membership.

Are the times listed the only times I can work out?

Yes, the times listed as “general conditioning” are when the fitness facility is available for FSFP use. When not in use by FSFP, the fitness room is used to teach activity classes or for research purposes.

Why are group fitness classes so limited?

Some reasons our group classes are few and far between:

  1. The annual fee is extremely inexpensive (only $185 per year). This limits what we can offer without an extreme change in the price. Many other facilities offer a lot of group fitness classes, but they also charge much more.
  2. The program is implemented solely by graduate associates. Thus, the hours and classes we offer are limited to what and when the GAs are capable of teaching.
  3. The program must be scheduled around many academic classes, which obviously take priority at any learning institution.

When can I get extra help with my workout?

Whenever you need it! Some individuals will need or want more help than others. The GA in charge of each session is there to help any member at any time. But you can always schedule another formal appointment with us.

Do I have to be a member of RPAC?

No, this membership is considered completely different from the RPAC. It is like joining a separate gym.

Is this a new offering for faculty and staff?

The program was started in 1975 by Dr. Bob Bartels. However, the building is fairly new.