The Washington and Lee University Fitness Center is a 10,000 sq.ft. complex located in Doremus Gymnasium, a 1900's colonial refurbished building . Originally built in 1914, the refurbishing project, completed in August of 2002, enabled the complex to keep its tall colonial white pillars and columns which give the Fitness Center a very distinctive and unique style intertwined with the fitness equipment. The facility is equipped with 38 pieces of cardio, Body Masters strength equipment, a full line of dumbbells, stability balls, exercise tubing, and medicine balls.
An article has circulated in the media recently raising questions about the attire policy in the University's Fitness Center. We want to assure the W&L community that the policy applies equally to men and women, and is in place for health and safety reasons, including, but not limited to, preventing skin infections, and to preserve the long-term life of the equipment.
There has been some confusion regarding the rationale for our policy, and we apologize for not communicating it more effectively. We have made preliminary revisions to the policy in an effort to clarify the requirements. We will also be working with Fitness Center staff to ensure they understand the policy and how to enforce it fairly.
The revised policy is available below. If you have comments about the policy, we encourage you to share them through the Fitness Center Feedback form.
- Jan Hathorn, Director of Athletics