UJ Gym

UJ Gym

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Gymnasia are premier fitness centres with state-of-the-art equipment. The gyms have a team of experienced instructors who ensure that members receive the best fitness results. The Gymnasia contribute to enhancing the quality of lives of the University community. The Gym services are catered to UJ students, staff and alumni of the University.

The Gymnasia play an important role in helping staff and students stay active and improve their physical and mental health as well as their overall wellbeing. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 challenges as well as its associated social isolation, stress, anxiety, and economic impacts, we need physical activity more than ever.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering in communities, much focus of the Gym staff is focused on ensuring the safety of all the users. UJ Sport, as a catalyst for positive change, will continue to educate and mobilise the University community towards maintaining happier and healthier lifestyles. After,  the long pause of all our gym activities, we look forward to welcoming our members and use the facilities as part of the various preventative measures to fight the pandemic.

UJ Gym, The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Gymnasium, which is run by UJ Sport, has introduced a testing campaign for staff and students to avert HIV and AIDS and related illnesses in the University setting. Working together with Campus Health, the two departments encourage the UJ populace to visit any of the four campuses’ gyms to get tested for HIV.

This comes after the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, introducing the Universal Test and Treat (UTT) campaign that aims to promote the 90-90-90 Strategy for HIV and AIDS in South Africa. The “90” refers to 90% of the population getting tested for HIV – and if there are any positives, that person would then be put on treatment to stay healthy and thus extending life.

The UJ community is urged to make use of every opportunity presented to them to test and know their HIV status. “The benefits of knowing your HIV status means you can be put on treatment immediately. The CD4 count is no longer a requirement to put patients on Anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs), says UJ Gymnasia Manager, Darshan Raman. “The UJ Gym will be conducting a series of Body Composition measurements, comprising of Weight, Height, BMI, Blood Pressure, Body Fat % and Girth Measurements. Please print your measurements tracker, prior to arriving at the gym,” he says.

Take note:

A body composition within the recommended range suggests you have less risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. In addition, although we face risks when our body composition is too high, we face another set of risks when our body composition is too low. When we drop below the minimal recommended levels of essential fat, we negatively affect the delivery of vitamins to the organs, the ability of the reproductive system to function, and overall well-being.

What to do with your results:

The results from your body composition assessment can be used to identify risks, personalise your exercise programme or evaluate how well your current exercise and nutrition programme is working for you. If you find that you are within a healthy range, continue your exercise and dietary behaviour. If you find that your body composition has room for improvement, take a closer look at what you can do to make positive changes to your current level of activity and diet.

Participation in regular exercise and physical activity along with a healthy balanced diet are the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy body composition.

Join the UJ Gym, visit the Campus Health clinics to learn and take steps in the right direction on your health status.

For more information:

Gymnasia: Email: darshanr@uj.ac.za – Tel: 0115594185

Campus Health: Email: Email: mgeya@uj.ac.za – Tel: 0115594962

Benefits of regular exercise:​ Why choose UJ Gym: 
 – Reduces body fat and assists with weight management; 

 – Improves muscle tone and strength; 

 – Boosts energy levels, enthusiasm and self-confidence; 

 – Boosts the immune system; 

 – Reduces stress and improves posture; 

 – Helps you to do more in life and enjoy life to the fullest.

– No contracts, card or joining fees 

 – All the UJ Gymnasia are fun and friendly facilities.