Fitness Special Events and Programs

The RWC offers several special events in the form of fitness programs each semester. These include our MidKnight 5K, Yoga Under the Stars, Aqua Zumba and many more.

The RWC’s 5k Training Program is a running program designed to create community and support for students interested in running a 5k. This program is for novice runners interested in learning how to run 3.1 miles for the first time and for experienced runners looking to improve their time, form, and training routine.

  • This program will take place at the UCF Main Campus.
  • 6 week long training program runs from October 1st, 2021-November 12th, 2021
  • Free for all UCF and Downtown Valencia students (must be currently enrolled in the Fall semester)
  • No experience required. All fitness levels are welcome.
  • To accommodate different skills and experiences, we offer two groups at Main Campus: Knightro and Pegasus
    • Knightro: For novice participants who have little to no experience with running.
    • Pegasus: For athletes who have ran a 5k before and would like to improve their time and/or be held accountable for training
  • Students are required to bring water, athletic attire, and proper running shoes.

In the F45 Studio you will have the chance to compete against friends to see who can be the F45 Champion! In a test of physical and mental strength see how far you have come in your fitness journey.

Test your abilities with strength, agility, speed, and power training and have fun cheering on your peers! This event offers an assortment of workouts to help you test your athletic skills!

Come test your functional training skills up on the turf! You will see things like; broad jump, vertical jump, pull up max, plank hold, and 40 yd sprint. Challenge your peers to see who can hold that first place spot!

This is a workshop to teach students how to effectively train functionally. You will learn the basics and progressions of workouts like kettlebell swings, battle ropes, and so much more up on our turf!

This class changes every month to give you the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun with your friends. There is an array of options that will provide you with the opportunity to try something new. Come join us in classes like baton twirling, line dancing, and island dance!

Gear up for the ultimate Road to BIg XII outdoor cycle event, as the Knights officially enter the Big XII Conference season.

The RWC Fitness team is calling on all Knights to collectively conquer the challenge of riding 1,200 miles in just one day. This year, we're doubling our goal, and we need your pedal power to make it happen!

Our outdoor cycle event will feature multiple waves led by RWC’s outstanding cycle instructors:

  • Noon-12:45 p.m.
  • 1 – 1:45 p.m.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m.
  • 3 – 3:45 p.m.

Nighttime yoga class that will take place outdoors (locations vary). Bring your mat and some water to come enjoy the stars and the company of your yogi pals!

The AFAA Group Exercise Certification Course is a six-week prep course that teaches you what you need to know for the AFAA Group Exercise Certification Exam and how to become a Group Exercise Instructor at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

  • The course is $219, including the materials (textbook, online module access, practice exam, and Group Exercise Certification Exam enrollment) and six-week practical application alongside certified instructors.
  • We offer this course in the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to sign up

Cycle into Spring is a month-long cycle challenge to complete 8 Cycle45 classes in the month of February. Participants who complete the challenge will win a prize at the end! Participants can sign up in person at one of our Cycle45 classes.

Our semi-annual Group Exercise Mash-Up is an evening of back to back group exercise classes. Try several different class-styles all in one 1 hour long session. No experience required!

The Knights Transformation challenge is a 6-week program designed to help students improve exercise and nutrition habits in order to improve total wellness, along with reducing the risk of chronic disease. Students will receive assistance and guidance from certified trainers to help implement healthy behavioral changes that will increase their quality of life. Benefits of participating include but are not limited to: Learn how to maximize gains from physical activity, Small Group Training Sessions, Education on healthier food choices, and having fun in the process!

Criteria for selection:

  • Current University of Central Florida or Downtown Valencia Student, and a recent physical examination.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: not participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity
  • Body mass index: > 30kg/m^2 or waist girth > 102 cm (40 inches) for men  and > 80cm (35 inches) for women
  • Must provide current height and weight
  • Committed to 3 hours of personal training sessions and 3 hours of individual training per week (sessions with trainers will be in the early morning)
  • Meeting times TBD.
  • Attend weekly weigh ins and competitions.
  • Complete application and essay describing why you should be selected to participate.

Have you ever wanted to run 3.1 miles at midnight with hundreds of your closest friends? The RWC’s MidKnight 5K is a fun run through the UCF Campus. The top two winners (male and female) will be awarded awesome prizes! Walk-ins are welcome the night of the race, but registration is highly recommended. 


The NASM Personal Training course is a six-week course that consists of lectures and in-person labs, where you are provided an opportunity to receive hands-on personal training experience. This course is great for anyone interested in becoming a certified personal trainer at the Recreation and Wellness Center or wanting to learn more about exercise programming.

  • Materials cost $499 per student and are required to participate in the course.
  • Materials include Access to online resources, textbook, practice exam, and PT examination enrollment
  • We offer this course in the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to sign up

Our semi-annual Night of Zen is a peaceful evening of back to back mind body classes like Yoga, Meditation, and Pilates. Try several different class-styles all in one 1.5 hour session. No experience required!

Students who are serious about power lifting are encouraged to participate in the RWC’s annual Power Lifting Competition. Each participant will be given three attempts on squat, bench press, and deadlift to earn their highest total (the sum of the three lifts) and a chance to be the UCF RWC’s power lifting champion! This is a raw lifting competition.

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of competition style powerlifting. We will go through all three lifts and talk about the rules and regulations of powerlifting. This workshop is designed to benefit both those who are experienced and looking to further sharpen their skill set, and those who are new to resistance training and would like to learn more about the squat, bench, and deadlift. 

This 8 week program will prepare participants for the Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Sprint Triathlon (swim 1/4 mile, bike 12.5 miles, run 3.1 miles). There is a bike requirement for the race, but not for the training. Both new and veteran triathletes welcome; however, previous fitness experience is recommended.

Want to learn how to lift weights and get stronger? Our Women on Weights program is for you! All female-identifying persons are invited to this 2 day informational program on how to use fitness equipment and how to program your own workouts.