Athletics and Fitness

Athletics and Fitness

If you are looking to be physically active, Charlottesville is sure to have something to please you.

There are several local gyms and the best known is ACAC. With locations scattered around town, ACAC offers classes, personalized training, indoor and outdoor swimming, and more. Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation department has two brand spanking new facilities – Smith Aquatics and Fitness Center and Carver Recreation Center. Also in the pipeline is the construction of a YMCA that will have both fitness and swimming facilities.

If you want to get your ommmmm on, there are several yoga studios in the area, including Bend Yoga, Allied Yoga, and Bikram Yoga. The gyms mentioned earlier also have yoga classes. For Pilates fans, check out truPilates and Posture Studio Pilates.

It’s easy for toddlers to be active here too! Wee ones can take to the Little Gym, ACAC, Smith, and Carver Rec.

Budding and competitive gymnasts should check out Classics Gymnastics, which is the gymnastics center in the area.

Youth and adult soccer are run by SOCA – the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albemarle; I played locally for about 15 years and have coached girls soccer for about the same amount of time.

Lacrosse players should check out the Seminole Lacrosse League.

If you have a football player in your family, register him with the Thomas Jefferson Youth Football League.

For your budding Bruce Lee/Michelle Yeoh, try Mountain Kim Martial Arts.

If you’re more of a sports fan than a participant, make sure you check out some of UVA’s terrific sports offerings. While football and men’s basketball get a lot of attention, many of UVA’s other teams have been (or still are) the top-ranked in the U.S., including soccer (men’s and women’s), lacrosse (men’s and women’s), field hockey, baseball, tennis (men’s), rowing, and swimming (quite a few UVA swimmers were at the London 2012 Olympics). For schedules and more information, go to

Winter Sports

While Virginia might not be known for its winter sports, you don’t have to go ice- or snow-free during the cold months.

Ice skating and hockey – The Charlottesville Ice Park is located on the Downtown Mall and you can rent skates and see just how balanced you are on the ice.

Skiing and snowboarding – The closest ski area is Wintergreen, which is one county over in Nelson County. Slopes range from barely-tilted for beginners to full-on thrills for experts. Further afield, there is Massanutten about 90 minutes north of town and Snowshoe a couple hours west in West Virginia.

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