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Gaffney Fitness Center

*** Attention Patrons ***

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, face coverings are required 100% while in Gaffney Fitness Center at all times. This includes while on cardio machines.

This policy applies to everyone regardless of current vaccination status. Please continue to socially distance and wipe down machines before and after use.

Thank you for your continued patronage and patience.



5 -9 a.m.  Active Duty only, locker rooms are open for showering.

9-11 a.m.  Facility is closed for cleaning.

11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Facility is open for all eligible patrons, locker rooms and showers are closed.


8 a.m.-12 p.m. will be open for all eligible patrons. Locker room and showers are closed.

Gaffney Fitness Center is currently operating with a max capacity of 120 customers at any given time. Patrons are allotted a one hour workout. Staff will issue a colored bracelet to track the 1 hour timeframe.

* The indoor pool is closed except for military training by reservation only.

** The saunas are closed.

*** Murphy Field House remains closed.


Gaffney Fitness Center Amenities

Fitness Center Amenities

  • Customer service/information desk
  • 65-inch TV to assist in sustaining your workout
  • Cardiovascular room with treadmills, steppers, bikes, rowers and more.
  • Eleven TVs to assist in sustaining your workout
  • Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment
  • Nautilus machines and Life Fitness cardio equipment
  • Expanded women's locker rooms
  • Men's and women's sauna
  • 25 m indoor pool
  • Sun deck
  • Functional fitness rooms with a TRX suspension system, deadlift platforms, and squat racks.


Active-duty, Reservists, retirees, and their Family members with military ID card. DOD Civilians, retired Civilians, and their immediate dependents up to 21 years of age.

  • DoD contract personnel and their Family members will no longer be eligible.
  • Non-DoD federal employees working on the installation will no longer be eligible.
  • Children of DoD Civilian employees are eligible only up to the age of 21.
  • Children of retired DoD Civilian employees are eligible only up to the age of 21.

Gaffney and Murphy Fitness Centers are solely funded by appropriated funds. The money received to maintain the facilities and their equipment is based on the installation's active-duty service member population. These funds do not take into account the wear and tear of the current number of individuals being admitted into the facilities. In attempting to accommodate the majority of individuals on the installation, DFMWR is jeopardizing the ability to provide a first-class fitness center for active-duty service members. Due to this, DFMWR must alter its current eligibility standards for both facilities.

Ensuring our service members are "Mission Ready" is our top priority.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time of transition.

Eligibility Guide (PDF)

Dress code

  • Open-toed footwear, boots, dress shoes, jeans, dress slacks, skirts, dresses, and unsafe or offensive attire are strictly prohibited.
  • Athletic attire appropriate to the activity is mandated to ensure the safety, personal hygiene and protection of customers and property.
  • Shirt, shorts/pants, and shoes are required at all times while working out in the fitness centers (except pool).
  • ACUs/BDUs are allowed to be worn in the weight room only for active-duty Soldiers.

Facility Policy

Weight Room

  • Patrons must wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Use weight collars at all times.
  • Gym bags are not authorized in the cardio / weight room.

Cardio Room

  • Limit workout to 30 minutes per machine, per person.
  • Wipe down the machine after each use.


Authorized children ages 13-17 may use the fitness center with an authorized adult/patron. Children must have an ID or document with proof of age to enter the facility. The adult must be with the adolescent at all times.

Children 13-17 must be able to swim at least a 300 m (12 lengths of pool) continuously in freestyle or breaststroke or a combination of the two without assistance of training equipment to participate in lap swimming hours.

Children under 13 may only use the pool during recreational swim (when offered), swim lessons, or a designated CYS scheduled program only.

Children during Sporting Events:

If children are present during intramural games, they must be supervised by an authorized adult who is not participating in the activity.

Food and Beverage

No food is allowed inside the facility. Only water is allowed during workouts and intramurals.

  • Plastic sports bottles with a non-spill, snap close drinking spout (biking water bottles) may be filled with water only and used inside the facility.
  • All other beverage containers and food items are restricted to the lobby or outside.


It is the patron’s responsibility to secure their valuables while utilizing Gaffney Fitness center and Murphy Field House. MWR will not be held responsible for patrons’ property. Please bring your own lock for lockers. Staff may not safeguard personal property.

Inappropriate Behavior

Use of foul language (cursing), yelling, fighting or heated arguments will not be tolerated at any time for any reason. Gaffney / Murphy staff will handle inappropriate behavior in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

Personal Training

Personal Training at Gaffney Fitness Center 

Gaffney Fitness Center is now offering a personal training program. Those interested must be able to show a proper ID to use the facility. Your personalized consult to determine your fitness goals is free! Check out each trainer's specialties, certifications, and pricing package.

Please contact Gaffney Fitness Center for more information and to learn how to schedule sessions with your new personal trainer.

Fitness Coordinator Services

Fitness Coordinator Services at Gaffney and Murphy Fitness Centers:

  • Fitness Equipment Orientation
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Three-Site Caliper Body Composition (body fat)
  • Basic Workout Program/Troubleshooting (one-time appointment)

The following services can be scheduled for your group, office section, or unit:

  • Basic Nutrition for Groups (group session)
  • Weight Lifting for Beginners (group session)
  • Three-Site Caliper Body Composition (body fat) Group Testing. This is non-invasive testing.

Call the Fitness Coordinator at +1(301)677-2349 for an appointment at Gaffney or Murphy Fitness Centers.

Free Mixed Martial Arts for Adults

No classes offered at this time.

All Army Sports Program
Intramural Sports

Fort Meade offers the following Intramural Sports programs for active-duty only:

  • Basketball: starts in January
  • Volleyball: starts in April
  • Softball: starts in June
  • Flag Football: starts in September

The Sports Department will advertise each program through MWR before the start of the season. Follow all of our programs at for detailed information on when leagues start and team schedules.

Sports Office: +1(301)677-3318.

Indoor Pool

A six-lane, 25-meter pool is located at Gaffney Fitness Center. It starts at three feet and ends at ten. Three lanes will always be available for lap swim on a first come first served basis anytime the pool is open. Up to three lanes may be used for programming or unit reservations any time.

More information on Indoor Pool (Aquatics Program).

Murphy Field House 24/7 Registration Form

24 Hour Fitness at Murphy Field House - *Closed until further notice. 

Murphy Field House is now offering patrons unmanned and extended hours, beyond normal operating hours. Murphy Field House will be open 24/7 to authorized registered patrons 18 years and older.

Available to utilize:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Nautilus weight machines
  • Racquetball courts - must bring own equipment

Not available during unmanned hours:

  • Free weights
  • Basketball court
  • Saunas


Registration is required to gain access to the facility by fingerprint reader. Please visit Gaffney Fitness Center or Murphy Field House for a copy of the registration form. Please call +1(301)677-3716 if you have questions.

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