VWIL encourages a life-long commitment to health and fitness. In three fitness workouts each week, cadets develop their strength and endurance. The workouts are geared to the SET (Strength and Endurance Test). The SET consists of a 1 and 1/2 mile run, timed sit-ups, and timed push-ups. It is based on physical fitness standards for women. The VWIL exercise specialist is available to work individually with students on all aspects of fitness, nutrition, and stress management to ensure that every student is making progress in meeting standards. The physical training cadre works closely with the exercise specialist and conducts fitness sessions, testing, and remedial programs.
Freshmen are required to participate in the Leadership Challenge Program (LCP). LCP convenes each week and offers one semester hour of academic credit. It promotes the development of self-confidence, teamwork, and tests your ability to challenge yourself. LCP includes ropes courses, obstacle courses, self-defense, rock climbing and rappelling, hiking, camping, biking, caving, and white water rafting. Upper class cadets serve as cadre members in the LCP program.