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Winter 2013

Are you in a rut? Feeling stressed? Do you have goals for your health and wellness in the New Year? Have you been meaning to use your FREE benefit eligible Rec Center access, but don't know where to start? No problem! "Jump start" your path to fitness and wellness this year by attending one of the sessions, aimed to help you become more familiar with the facility and our winter programs!

Rec Center Express Tour
Attend this session and get a quick walk through the facility to find out how you enter, secure your items, check out equipment, and find out class locations. Express sessions are 15 minutes, and can be followed by a Fitness Center Orientation.
December 10 12:00-12:15 p.m.
December 10 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
December 12 12:00-12:15 p.m.

Full Rec Center Welcome Session and Facility Tour
Attend this session and find out more about your Rec Center membership, how to sign up for programs and classes, and more details about where everything is located in the facility.
December 12 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
December 18 12:30 – 12:50 p.m.

Rec Center Fitness Center Orientations
FREE! 40 minutes of instruction on the Fitness Center equipment. Wear your workout shoes...workout clothing not required for these sessions.
December 10 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
December 11 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
December 12 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
December 18 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
December 19 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Winter Employee Wellness Program Information Sessions
Want to be one of the first to know what programs and services will be available for employees in 2013? Join us for a quick overview of what's coming in the New Year that will help you kick your personal health and fitness plan into action! FREE! In the Rec Center Wellness Classroom.
Dec. 10 12:15-12:50 p.m.
Dec. 18 12:15-12:50 p.m.

Click here to register for a session. If you do not have a log-in and password (issued by Campus Rec) to sign-up for rec center programs online, the program will prompt you to fill out a form to request a user name and password from the Rec Center. Your pass word will be issued in 1-2 business days. You can also sign-up, in person, at the welcome desk within the OU Rec Center. Pre-registration is required.

Do you "Like" us on  Facebook?  Do you "Follow" us on Twitter?  Have you requested a password so you can use our online registration system?  Now, more than ever, the Rec is working to keep you "in the know" about new programs, class changes, and wellness opportunities.  Follow and Like us for the latest updates! Our new Campus Rec blog will keep you in the know about what we're working on!  Our blog is just launching, and can be found here.  Find us on Facebook here, and follow us on Twitter here.
Be in the know about Campus Rec! Tell your fellow co-workers, Rec Center members, and students to join our email list!  The primary purpose of our e-mail list is to distribute the Recreation Newsletter, periodic updates on Campus Recreation Program and Service Promotions, and Recreation Center hour changes/closures to our members.

There are two options available to sign-up for the OU campus recreation e-mail list:

Option One:
Send an e-mail to
with the word 'subscribe' (no quotes) in the subject line.

Option Two:
Visit the subscription page list below and complete the sign-up form.

January will kick off the third session of the OU Biggest Loser Challenge provided by Campus Recreation.  December is the time of the year to sign up for this life-changing experience.  If you have a desire to lose more than 20 pounds or feel motivated to make a lifetime behavior change, this program may be what your are looking for!

The Biggest Loser Challenge puts participants in teams for small group exercise sessions, education, and motivation.  Participants will complete a fitness assessment before starting and a post-program assessment with their trainer.  This 12-week session includes weekly group workouts, and lots of camaraderie and motivation from everyone involved.  Bot the students and the non-student members who lose  the most weight will be crowned the "Biggest Loser" at the end of the program.  Prizes up to $150 in value will be awarded to each winner.

Cost is $100 if an application or email of intent is received by December 26.  Participants are not billed for the registration fee until accepted into the program.  Application materials and program details are available here.  An essay and interview is required before the program begins.  Interviews will be held January 3-4 and 7-8, with notification of acceptance on January 9.

Contact Rachelle Winkler at for further information about this program.

Jump in to the New Year by registering for a program that helps you get your health in check!
B.L.A.S.T. - Builing Lean Athletic Toned Bodies
This group personal training class is designed to get or keep your body in shape!  Sessions consist of one hour of boot camp circuit training two-to-three times a week.  Registration starts December 17.  Read more here.

Getting Started Right
Join the fitness staff for a four-week series centered around strength training, nutrition, and exercise safety that will help jump start your fitness program!  This program is held on Thursdays from 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.  Registration starts December 17.  Read more details here.

Personal Training
Looking for extra motivation, or want to take your workout to the next level?  Try working out with a personal trainer.  Certified trainers can help you meet your health and fitness goals and make exercise a part of your daily life.  We have individual, as well as buddy, and group training options.  Click here for more details.

Group Exercise and Mind/Body Classes
The Department of Campus Recreation offers a weekly schedule of group exercise classes as well as a variety of mind/body classes to promote physical activity, stress management, and social interaction.  Classes are drop-in and allow for flexibility in scheduling.  Read more about our classes and the winter semester schedule by clicking here and then clicking on Fitness/Wellness, Group Exercise classes.  All classes are FREE to member from Jan. 3 - 13 for TRY US OUT DAYS!

OU Moves!
Come on down! You're the next contestant to participate in OU Moves! The Price Is Right Cliff Hangers! No more pedometers necessary - tracking is done online! The program will run Jan. 14 - Mar. 1. Click here to register through the American Heart Association website.  Be sure to list Oakland University as "Company" and also check the box under "preferences" so that employer can see your information. An informational session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 12:15pm in the OC Lake Michigan Room. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 9. This is FREE to all OU staff, faculty, and members!

Group Walk
Need that extra motivation to get moving during the winter months? Grab a friend and join us for group walks around the track at the Rec! Walks are FREE and will run for 3 days a week for 8 weeks, starting Mon. Jan 21. No pre-registration necessary, just show up.
Mondays 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Fridays 12:10pm - 12:50pm

Nutrition Lunch & Learn

FREE and exclusive to OU Employees! Join registered dietitian Debbie Cavender in learning about how the body works and what is required to maintain health at the following January Lunch and Learn!
"Lifestyle Medicine & Your Personal Goal"
Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Registration starts December 17.  Click here to register.  If you do not have an online account, you will be prompted to request one.

Contact Stephanie Vogel at with additional questions about these programs.
(248) 370-4732
Break Facility Hours
Group Exercise Schedule
Look ahead, by changing the calendar to January 2013!


Start on January 7 and continue the first Monday of every month in the Fitness Center.  8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Noon - 2 p.m., or 4 -  6 p.m.  Cost is $5, and should be paid previous to the session at the welcome center.  Price includes print out results.

TRX Suspension Training leverages one's own body weight and the force of gravity.  It is designed to develop strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, coordination and core stability all simultaneously. The system utilizes a suspension trainer that allows the user to work against their own body weight. TRX training engages the core on every exercise in addition to providing some cardio fitness in every single workout. TRX Suspension Training is offered in small group training format and is led by a group fitness instructor.  FREE to members.  Class times are listed here.

Krav Maga Group Exercise Class is FREE to paid members and OU students. 
Krav Maga fitness is based on the Israeli Street Fighting System. This is a workout like no other and builds self-defense skills in addition to fitness levels. The class is for men & women, beginners through advanced fitness levels. This workout is more than a cardio class!   Click here for the Group Ex schedule.

12:10 - 12:50 P.M. 
Open to Rec Center members
Pre-registration required.
January 15 - Fitness at Home
January 22 - Lifestyle Medicine
January 24 - New Year, Safer You
February 5 - Nutrition/Stress Mgt
February 5 - Relax & Rejuvinate
All sessions are in the Rec Center Wellness Classroom with the exception of Relax and Rejuvinate (will be held in the OC).  Register at the Rec Center or online, starting December 17.

DROP-IN CHAIR MASSAGE Registration required at the Rec Center Welcome Desk.  Cost is $1/minute (sold in 5 min. blocks).
Session times for Winter 2013:
January 31, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
February 28, 11a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Get moving by joining OU Moves! - The Price is Right Cliff Hangers.  All tracking will be done online.  The program will run January 14 - March 1 and is FREE to members.  Don't miss the information session on January 8 at 12:15 p.m. in the OC Lake Michigan Room. 

The Rec Center will post special break hours on these dates:
December 10, 2012- January 1, 2013. 
We will be CLOSED December 15, 24, 25, 31 and January 1.  Click here for more details.
Please note - the Pioneer Fitness Center will close Friday, December 14, 2012 and remain closed through January 1, 2013.

Want to be "in the know" about Campus Rec facility hours, events, programs, and more?  Click here and "Like" us on Facebook!

Maybe you prefer Twitter to Facebook.  No problem, Campus Rec is on Twitter, too!  Click here and be in the know!

Follow our blog for fitness tips, recipes, and an in-depth look at our programs and services. Click here and start reading today!

   Department of Campus Recreation
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4484
(248) 370-4REC