fitness center

Fitness Center

Update regarding the Fitness Center

Southwest Virginia Community College has valued a partnership with the YMCA for the last six years. Our college and community have benefitted from access to the facilities and programming offered through this relationship. We regularly evaluate our partnerships and make decisions about what is best for our students, today and in the future. With the interest of our growing student body and expanding program initiatives, we will discontinue outside management of the fitness center after June 30, 2021.

While our excellent instructors exercise the minds of our students in the classroom, we know that students also need a place to become as physically fit as they are mentally. We believe that the best option is a fitness center that is dedicated to their needs. Having the College fully manage the facility will allow us to focus on the needs of our students as well as develop a variety of academic forums, athletic camps, and other events throughout the year that will benefit our community.

Current Members

We know that many community members currently make use of the fitness center. We will work with current members to allow their continued access. We are also exploring expanded options for current employees as well as alumni, retirees, and their families.
We recently gave the facility a facelift with a fresh coat of paint, installing some brand-new equipment, and refreshing the locker rooms. We look forward to sharing details about a variety of fitness programs that will be open for public registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I gain access to the Fitness Center? Is there a membership cost? 

Our Southwest campus community (students and employees) will be granted immediate access to use the fitness center. Those who aren’t a current member of the campus community can gain access to the facility by enrolling in at least one course at the college (this course can be credit or non-credit). Upon successful enrollment in the course, your access remains valid for the remainder of the academic term in which you are enrolled [summer, fall, or spring]. A non-credit course has also been created in correlation with fitness, this course is non-credit and will cost $40 for the term (four months).

What if I had a membership with the YMCA? Will this membership still be honored at the SW Fitness Center? 

No, in order to access the Fitness Center on 7/12 you must be a part of the Southwest Campus Community as described above.

What hours will the Fitness Center be open?

The fitness center will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on or around July 12, 2021. These hours may be adjusted based on the needs of those using the facility. The Fitness Center will also follow Southwest’s schedule for inclement weather delays and closures (, as well as campus closures for Holidays which can be found online at 

Will the Fitness Center offer any Fitness Classes and/or Camps? Are these included with general access? 

The Fitness Center will offer a variety of fitness classes and camps for both adults and children. Each camp/activity will have a separate cost associated with them. The cost of the class/camp grants access only to that camp/activity during the times and dates specified. To access the facility without these restrictions you must be a part of the Southwest Campus Community. A calendar of upcoming activities will be available on this page,
As we get closer to fall term, we will be listing upcoming offerings with a link for registration and the cost associated with each.

Does the Fitness Center offer a daycare or after school childcare service during workouts? 

The Fitness Center does not offer childcare.

Can I bring a guest to work out with me? 

No, all patrons must be a member of the Campus Community.

I am a SW retiree. Am I considered part of the SW Campus Community? 

Of course, as a valued member of the SW Community you will be granted free access to the SW Fitness Center, however you will still need to pay any costs associated with camps and/or fitness classes.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the Fitness Center transition, please contact Chris Lewis, VP of Finance and Administrative Services at or 276-964-7318.