Fitness Center: Making exercise a part of your life

Our center is open to the public and offers membership. We offer a wide range of exercise and physical activity programs for beginners to competitive athletes.

Yoga class
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At the Fitness Center, we offer a wide variety of classes, from yoga and qigong to Master’s swim and HIIT. Whether you are new to exercise or looking for new challenges, we will help you achieve your goals. Our classes are open to non-members and members. Discover a new way to bring fitness into your every day when you join one of our classes. In-person and virtual options are available.

Become a member

The Fitness Center, located in UW Health Science Dr Medical Center, offers a wide range of exercise and physical activity options for adults of all ages and fitness levels. Our goal is help you make fitness a part of your every day.

Whether you become a member or join us for a class, there are options for every one. All participants will be screened and may receive a fitness assessment prior to participating.

If you are interested in a Fitness Center membership, call (608) 263-7936 or stop by to register.


  • Assessment and consultation with an exercise specialist

  • Personalized plan

  • One-on-one appointments with staff

  • Free follow-up fitness testing and consultation

  • Access anytime the facility is open

  • More exercise choices

  • Personalized programming and instruction

  • No long-term contracts

  • Fitness classes are half-price for members

Membership fees

The initial fitness evaluation fee is $150 and includes one month of unlimited use of the Fitness Center, warm water pool and lap pool. After one month, members are welcome to extend their membership with any of the following options:

  • One month: $105 ($89.25*)

  • Three months: $275 ($233.75*)

  • Six months: $475 ($403.75*)

  • Nine months: $640 ($544*)

  • One year: $815 ($692.75*)

Rates subject to change

* Discounted fees available to all current employees of UW Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and businesses located in University Research Park. Proof of employment is required to receive discount.

Family members must be at least 15 years old and live in the same household.

  • One month: $175 ($148.75*)

  • Three months: $465 ($395.25*)

  • Six months: $815 ($692.75*)

  • Nine months: $1,155 ($981.75*)

  • One year: $1,390

Rates subject to change

* Discounted fees available to all current employees of UW Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and businesses located in University Research Park. Proof of employment is required to receive discount.

Facility features

The Fitness Center is a medically based facility, meaning we approach exercise from a medical perspective. Our staff work with clients with many medical and athletic conditions.

Located on the first floor of UW Health Science Dr Medical Center, the fitness center includes an indoor walking track, group exercise classrooms, locker rooms and a comfortable workout area that includes a range of equipment to choose from including free weights, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and more all in a climate-controlled, comfortable space.

Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center features two distinct pools for fitness and rehabilitative needs. Both are available with a membership to the Fitness Center or by enrolling in one of the aquatic classes.

The lap pool has five lanes and is 25 yards long. The majority of the pool is shallow, ranging from 4 to 5 feet deep. One-third of the pool is ideal for deep-water activities.

The pool is kept at a comfortable 82 degrees — a perfect temperature for activities such as lap swimming, water aerobics or deep water running classes. Stairs or a ramp can be used to enter the pool. A water wheelchair is available for individuals who need this access.

The warm rater pool gradually slopes from three and one-half to 5 feet deep. The pool is kept at a warm 92 degrees a perfect temperature for stretching, strengthening and other less-vigorous activities. A ramp can be used to enter the pool. A hydraulic lift is available for individuals with disabilities who need this access.


The Fitness Center's hours are:

  • Monday–Thursday: 5:45 a.m.–9 p.m.

  • Friday: 5:45 a.m.–7 p.m.

  • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Group fitness

Exercise classes

Classes are offered in three sessions: Fall, winter/spring and summer. Many classes can even be joined while in progress for a prorated fee (if space is available). All classes are open to the public and online registration makes registering for a class quick and easy.

Keep in mind that all classes have an enrollment limit, so register early for the most options. All new participants will be contact for a pre-participation screening prior to starting the first class.

Class options

Woman exercising in pool
Aquatic classes
Exercising in the water is a fun and safe fitness activity, offering the benefits of reduced strain on the joints while improving flexibility, range of motion, strength, balance and endurance. Our class selection varies with each session but you'll find a variety options, including aqua aerobics, strength and flexibility, Master's swim and more.
Man exercising on a weight machine
Group exercise classes
The Fitness Center offers a wide variety of group exercise classes for all fitness levels. From yoga to tai chi, pilates to aerobics and functional fitness, there are options for everyone.
Woman doing yoga in her living room
Virtual classes
There are several options for those interested in a virtual class option, including cross training, sports conditioning, yoga, strength and stretching and more.


How to find us

Meet our team

Working with you

Our Fitness Center staff members have unique professional experience in specialties such as physical therapy, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, performance sport, diabetes management and coaching.

All staff have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology or a related field, with many staff members having advanced degrees. Our team is dedicated to helping you find a program that is suited to your specific health and medical situation, goals and interests, schedule, lifestyle and motivational and support needs.

Get registered and get moving

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Information and resources for members

Using the Aquatic Center

At the Aquatic Center, we take pride in providing a safe, clean, and well-supervised pool facility for all of our pool users. When using our facility, please keep the following rules and guidelines in mind.

Aquatic Center rules

  • Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or open cut.

  • Do not bring food, drink, gum or tobacco into the pool.

  • Shower before entering the pool and after use of toilet facilities.

  • Do not run or engage in rough play in the pool area.

  • Do not bring animals into the pool area.

  • Diaper changing on the pool deck is prohibited.

  • Glass and shatter-able items are prohibited in the pool area.

  • Swim diapers are required for all non-toilet trained children.

  • No diving in warm water/rehab pool.

  • Diving only allowed in designated area of lap pool.

  • Maximum capacity is 60 patrons when one lifeguard is on duty.

  • The Aquatic Staff have final authority regarding safety policies and rules.

  • Please walk on the pool deck and ramps.

  • Enter and exit using the designated ramp, lift or ladders only.

  • Do not block ramp, lift, ladders or walkways with equipment, personal items or yourself.

The following activities are prohibited in the warm water pool for safety reasons:

  • Diving

  • Lap swimming

  • Submersion of the face

  • Use of kickboards and training fins

  • Pulling or standing on ladders, railings or bars

  • Users are responsible for bringing equipment poolside and returning equipment to its proper location.

  • Only registered class participants may use the warm water pool during class times.

  • This is a shared space for multiple uses. Please be mindful of other people's needs.

  • Please be courteous and responsive to Aquatic Center staff.

  • If assistance is needed, please speak with the lifeguard.

When choosing a lane, pick one with a swimmer close to your ability. This includes their swimming speed. If you're uncertain about the skill level of the swimmers in the pool, ask a life guard for help. Don't forget to ask the current swimmer(s) if you can share their lane.

Splitting the lane (2 swimmers)

Each swimmer stays on one side of the lane at all times. Please take care to stay between the floor lane line (black line down middle of lane) and the lane line at your side.

Circle swim (any number of swimmers)

If (or when) you are the third swimmer to join a lane, alert each swimmer that there are now three of you and that you need to circle swim. Each swimmer stays to the right of the floor lane line (in both directions). The swimmer touches the wall in the middle of the lane and continues swimming in the opposite direction on the right side of the lane (when looking down, face in the water). Let faster swimmers pass you at the wall (wait at the wall if a more rapid swimmer is likely to pass you and continue your swim behind the more rapid swimmer).

Lap swimming etiquette

In order to accommodate all swimmers, we ask that you follow these simple guidelines.

  • Swimmers must share lanes. Choose the lane that best fits your ability before entering the lane. Lifeguards may make lane adjustments to accommodate all swimmers.

  • Lane capacity: Three swimmers per lane unless otherwise agreed upon by swimmers in that lane.

  • Lane sharing:

    • Two swimmers may choose to split the lane or circle swim.

    • Three or more swimmers must circle swim keeping to the right side of the lane at all times.

  • When entering a lane the arriving swimmer will notify the current swimmer(s) of their presence by sitting with their legs in the water or standing in the left corner of the lane until the current swimmer is aware of the arriving swimmer.

  • When resting on the wall, please move to the corners of the lane to allow other swimmers room to easily turn at the wall.

  • When passing another swimmer, wait until you reach the wall to avoid mid-lane collisions. Tap the foot of the swimmer ahead of you indicating you wish to pass. The swimmer being passed should wait at the wall for the passing swimmer to turn.

  • Physical therapy patients have priority in Lane 5 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. If you are swimming in Lane 5 and physical therapy patients would like to access this lane, please ask permission to share the lane or move to another lane.

  • Lane lines will be removed five minutes prior to the starting of a class.

Please be courteous and responsive if you are asked to move lanes by the lifeguards. The lifeguard on duty has the final say in the capacity and sharing of lanes. Contact the aquatic supervisors at (608) 265-8350 if you have any questions or concerns.