Alternative to the UMass Gym

Greetings Fellow GEO Members!

Thank you for your interest in the Body Shop Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in Totman building on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The Body Shop is staffed by trained and knowledgeable kinesiology staff and is open to members of the community over 18 years of age. In addition to memberships, our facility offers many other services, including fitness assessments, facility orientations, and training all of which are complimentary to members. New this fall, the Body Shop will have a “Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Hour” from 12:00PM-1:00PM on weekdays. The Body Shop will for available exclusively for these groups during these times. Please feel free to visit us on the web for the most updated information on costs and hours, or stop in anytime:

Carrie Guzell
Graduate Assistant
Body Shop Fitness Center
Department of Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts

Gym Fee increase

Over the summer, the cost for graduate students to use the rec centers on campus
went up from $40 per term to $125 per term, supposedly to pay for the new rec

Join the facebook group on the gym fee hike to find out what we can do about it.
By acting together, we will show the administration that it is not just
complaints from a few individuals, but the entire campus who is affected.

Please do not buy the gym membership in the meanwhile, as a demonstration that
we’re committed to affordable rec facilities for ALL grad students.

FYI, the gyms are free until the new rec center opens.

Send your comments, complaints and suggestions to:
Joyce Hatch, Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance:
John McCutcheon, Athletic Director:
Zulma C. Garcia, Director of Campus Recreation:

The results are in!!

Congratulations to Vira Douangmany, and Megan Nagel, our newly appointed Members at Large to the Steering Committee!

And also to Sharice Brown, GEO’s new Vice President!!

Thank you to everyone who voted and especially to Jackie, Naomi, Chris and Mackenzie, our elections committee.  There were three excellent candidates, thanks to everyone for participating.

Absentee voting extended!!

To allow GEO members not on campus Wednesday to participate in our election for VP, GEO members in our membership meeting Wednesday night voted to extend the election for one more day.  Dues paying members not able to vote Wednesday afternoon, or during the membership meeting, can still stop by our table in the Campus Center concourse between noon and 5:00 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 17.