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How Do I Join HOPE?

Prior to participation, you must have medical clearance from your physician, complete a self-report health history form, and sign a waiver. All of these forms can be accessed by clicking the buttons below. You are also welcome to come and view the facility and meet us before you join.

Where does the HOPE program exercise?

The HOPE program operates at UNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness on W. Gate City Blvd. Parking is available in the lot next to the Kaplan Center and is free until 8:00 AM. If you plan to stay past 8:00 AM, you must purchase a parking pass. For more information, please visit:

When is the HOPE program open?

The HOPE program is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:00 AM until 8:30 AM. We are closed on major holidays. There are times when the HOPE program will close due to inclement weather. In such cases, the program follows UNCG. If there is a weather delay or school is cancelled, the HOPE program is closed. You can find this information on the internet (, local televisions stations, or by calling the UNCG adverse weather line: 336-334-4400.

What does the HOPE program offer?

HOPE participants are welcome to come and exercise anytime during the HOPE program hours and are able to use all equipment in the Kaplan Center including the aerobic equipment, resistance machines, free weights, track, basketball courts, pool, and fitness studios.


Group exercise:

Group fitness classes are available to participants and last for thirty minutes. Every other Monday, an aquatic class is offered from 6:30 - 7:00; each Wednesday a strength training class is offered from 7:00 - 7:30; each Friday a balance and agility class is offered from 6:30 - 7:00 on the multipurpose course on the main floor. Classes are led by a faculty member, graduate assistant, or Kinesiology students. 





Student trainers:

In addition, during the academic year, student trainers may be available to help you work on individual needs. Student trainers are able to develop individualized exercise programs based on your specific goals. There is no additional cost to work with a student trainer.


Functional assessments:

When working with a student trainer, physical function assessments may be conducted. These allow us to assess your fitness (cardiorespiratory, lower body and upper body strength, balance, agility, flexibility, mobility, etc.).  Assessments are generally conducted monthly and provide a great way to gauge your progress!


HOPE talks:

Throughout the year, guest lectures are held in the conference room and are open to all HOPE participants. Topics vary but generally focus on health and well-being. Previous themes include physical activity and quality of life, relearning how to move after an injury, medicinal herbs and drug and exercise interactions, trends in retirement options including housing and care options, caregiving, and financial gerontology. Invited speakers include experts in the field, UNCG faculty, and community members. If there is a topic that you would like to hear about, please speak to Dr. Brady.


Incentive programs:

A few times throughout the year, incentive programs are available to participants. The goal of the programs is to educate, encourage, and engage participants. Previous incentives programs include tracking exercise over holiday breaks and a 6x10 challenge (exercise for ten minutes on six different pieces of aerobic equipment). Prizes may be awarded for those who participate and have previously included gift cards, free memberships, etc.






Throughout the year, participants are able to enjoy breakfast and coffee at our morning socials. The socials are generally held at the beginning and end of each semester and serve as a great way to get to know other HOPE members and Kinesiology students.

What is the cost?



Payments are collected during the first two weeks of each term and can be made in one or two installments (second half will be collected half way through the term). Checks should be written to: UNCG-HOPE.


Fall semester: September through December

Spring semester: January through April

Summer session: May through August

*Fee will be pro-rated if you do not join at the beginning of a semester

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