The university is reopening the Pulse Fitness Centre in a limited capacity for students.
In reopening under a staged Return to Service, the facility will use physical distancing methods to create workout pods, and deploy a wide range of additional screening, social distancing, registration and cleaning requirements to ensure health and safety for all participants.
The gym reopening comes after careful planning and consultation with Hamilton Public Health.
The fitness centre reopens Monday, Mar. 29. Due to the ongoing S.A.F.E. construction project, The Pulse will be operating out of several temporary spaces within the David Braley Athletic Centre.
Online pre-registration is required for all workout visits. The registration portal will be found at macmoves.mcmaster.ca and opens Saturday, Mar. 27. Students will be required to complete an Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment no earlier than one hour prior to their scheduled workout time.
Masks or face coverings that securely cover the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times while in the David Braley Athletic Centre or any of its spaces.
McMaster Recreation instructional classes will remain online until further notice to accommodate all those who are studying remotely. All classes are free to join. Please visit our Virtual Event Calendar on the MacMoves website for complete class lists and times.
Q: When is the Pulse Fitness Centre opening?
The Pulse Fitness Centre will open at limited capacity to McMaster students only starting Monday, March 29, 2021
Q: What hours is The Pulse open?
The Pulse will be open 9 am – 5 pm, seven days a week (closed Apr. 2-4)
Q: Is The Pulse Fitness Centre open to all McMaster students?
Yes! Access to The Pulse is included in student fees for all full-time and graduate students.
Q: Is it safe to workout at The Pulse?
Athletics & Recreation staff have implemented strict procedures and policies to ensure the utmost care is being taken to protect the health and safety of those visiting our facility, including enhanced visitor screening, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment, capacity limits, and social distancing measures. For a full list of adjustments to operating policies, please visit macmoves.mcmaster.ca
Q: What about gym access for staff, faculty and other members?
Due to capacity limits set by public health authorities, phase one of the Return to Service plan allows workout access to McMaster University students only. Please stay tuned for further updates as to when other groups, including members, faculty, and staff, will be welcomed back to our facilities, when allowable under the guidance of Public Health and McMaster University.
Q: Can I drop in like usual?
Entry to the Pulse Fitness Centre is by appointment only. Only students who have registered online for a scheduled workout time will be permitted access to the facility.
Q: How do I register online?
All students will must pre-register for workouts using McMaster Recreation’s online booking portal at macmoves.mcmaster.ca, which will open Saturday, March 27, 2021. Workouts can only be booked up to two days in advance. You will be required to complete the McMaster COVID-19 Awareness Training, as well as sign a waiver as part of the registration process.
Q: Is all workout equipment available?
Each pod is set up with its own equipment, containing cardio equipment, weight equipment, or both. Please check macmoves.mcmaster.ca for a list of equipment available in each pod.
Q: What if I need to cancel my workout time?
In an effort to maximize opportunity for students who want to work out, those who do not cancel at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled workout will be considered a ‘no-show’ and will receive an email advising of the no-show status.
Additional ‘no-shows’ may result in loss of privileges to ensure opportunity is available for other students.
Q: What happens when I get to the David Braley Athletic Centre?
Students will be permitted to line up outside DBAC no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled workout time. A staff member will verify your information, verify that you have completed your Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment no more than one hour prior to arrival, and confirm your reservation time. Please sanitize your hands upon entry.
You will be screened by a staff member upon entry and will be asked for updated contact information for your account. You must produce your McMaster student ID at the designated check-in station to workout.
If you satisfy all of the requirements for entry, you will be directed to your reserved workout pod in one of our three workout areas.
Q: How do I get to my workout pod?
Workout pods are located in one of three areas
Customer service representatives at the Joan Buddle Service Desk (JBSD) and The Pulse staff will help direct you to your reserved space.
Q: Will I be able to change in the change rooms or washroom?
Changing is not permitted in the washrooms and the change rooms remain closed at this time. Please arrive prepared for your workout. All personal belongings (bags, jacket, outdoor shoes, etc.) will remain with you inyour pod.
Q: Will McMaster Recreation continue to offer virtual classes?
Yes. McMaster Recreation instructional classes will remain online until further notice to accommodate those who are studying remotely. All classes are free for to join. Please visit our Virtual Event Calendar on the MacMoves website for complete class lists and times.
Q: Can I have a spotter help me with my workout?
No. To adhere to social distancing measures, spotters will not be permitted.
Q: Will I be able to talk with my friends who are working out at the same time?
No. Facility users will be required to remain in their assigned workout pod for the duration of their workout. To adhere to physical distancing measures, you will not be permitted to visit other pods.
Q: Can I use the indoor track?
No. The indoor running track has been temporarily repurposed to increase workout capacity and is currently being used for workout pods.
Q: Can varsity athletes book workout times at The Pulse?
Marauder varsity athletes whose teams are currently training under the Return to Train offerings will not have access to The Pulse at this time. Varsity athletes whose teams have been unable to train under Return to Train will be permitted to use The Pulse under regular operating expectations, but will not be permitted to train in groups.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask while working out?
Q: What facilities remain closed?
Q: Am I able to access my previously rented locker to retrieve personal items?
If you were unable to attend one of our previous locker-retrieval opportunities and have outstanding personal belongings in a rented locker, please contact Manager of Facilities & Events, T.J. Kelly (email@example.com).
Q: Are McMaster Athletics & Recreation facilities available for rental right now?
In accordance with University policies put in place to help protect the health and safety of students and staff, facilities are currently not available for private rentals.
Q: When will other recreation facilities on campus reopen?
McMaster University and the Department of Athletics & Recreation will continue to assess how it can best serve its community given the many challenges surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Any future plans for additional phases will be conveyed via social media, department websites, and email communication.
More information will be made available in the coming days.