Enhance your Rec Center experience with Member Services

thumb_img_0050_1024The member services desks at the Rec Center and Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex (RAOC) are primary resources for students, faculty and staff to rent or buy equipment to assist with and optimize their workouts.

“Member services within Recreation and Well-Being is here to enhance any patrons experience, whether that’s scanning them into the building, making sure they have active memberships, selling new memberships or selling them lockers,” Coordinator of Member Services, Bill Singleton, said. “And answering questions about our programs and services, that’s our biggest thing.”

Singleton explained that just under 30 student employees work in the three areas of member services – the welcome center on the upper level of the Rec Center, the service desk at the lower level and the service window at the RAOC. He described the staff as a “jack of all trades,” because they know a little bit about everything and can always direct people in the right place.

“One of the things we’re stressing this year with our staff as far as customer service is creating wow moments for people, so making sure we answer any questions they have and if we can’t figure it out, going one step further to find that answer,” Singleton said. “We pride ourselves on that customer service aspect and making sure we’re that touch point for everyone that comes into the building.”

Rec Center members may not necessarily see the fitness, aquatic or intramural staff every time they enter the building or outdoor complex, but they will most likely see or interact with someone from member services. Singleton knows the importance of this, and that’s why member services focuses so heavily on making sure members have a positive experience.

In addition to customer service, member services also has items patrons can rent or buy. Members must have their ID to rent out and return items, and all rented items must be returned back to the service desk by the time it closes.

Singleton said popular items that the member services desk at the Rec Center rents out are foam rollers, yoga mats and basketballs, but they also rent out TRX cables, locks and lockers, and additional workout equipment.

While the welcome center is open during all hours of operation of the Rec Center, the service desk and RAOC service window aren’t. The service desk opens at 7:30 a.m. until the building closes from Monday through Friday, and on the weekend, it’s open the entire time the building is open. The service window at the RAOC is open from 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. The service window will close for the season on Oct. 31.

Below is a full list of all rental and retail items offered at the Rec Center and RAOC.


Men’s/women’s basketballs

Soccer balls



Table tennis paddles

Full and half foam rollers

Jump ropes

Weight belts

Dip belts

Bosu balls

Resistance bands/tubes

Stability discs

TRX suspension sets

TRX workout binder

Life jacket

Aqua joggers


Yoga mats

Hand paddles

Boxing gloves

Sliding disks



Racquetball racquets*

Badminton racquets*

Day locks*


Soccer balls



Giant Jenga



Tennis rackets**

Disc golf set**

*items cost 50 cents to rent

**items cost $1.00 to rent


1-month half locker $5.00

1-month full locker $10

4-month half locker $15

4-month full locker $30


Swim Essentials

Nose clip $2.50

Silicone goggle strap $2.75

Swim cap $5.00

Bungee goggle strap $5.50

Speedo sprint goggles $10.00

Force swim gloves $10.00

Workout Essentials

Socks (men’s and women’s) $1.50

Workout towel $1.50

White T-Shirt (medium and large) $3.75

Athletic tape $4.50

Ear buds $5.00

Yoga socks $10.00

Blender bottle $10.00

Just The Basics

Hair tie $0.25

Table tennis ball $0.50

Water $1.50

Gatorade (multiple flavors) $1.75

Muscle Milk (multiple flavors) $2.00

Clif Builder’s Bar (multiple flavors) $2.00

Bath towel $6.00


BarBelles – The Women who Lift

Oakland University Recreation and Well-being is providing a beacon of hope for thousands of women on campus who wish to improve their health through strength training.  This new program known as the BarBelles is designed to help educate women on how to effectively and safely train with weights.

Eileen McNally, the woman at the forefront of the BarBelles program, aims for this to be a safe place for women to gain insight on how to train confidently and just be comfortable in their own skin.

“BarBelles reminds us that our bodies are not who we are,” says McNally.  “Our bodies are just containers that hold something greater.”

McNally goes on to say that BarBelles will help show women that their purpose on earth is not to look perfect, but rather gain the inner confidence to help share compassion and support to the surrounding community and other women.

The intimidation exists when women fear they are being judged and walk into the gym feeling as though they don’t belong.  Too often women face this dilemma as they enter the one place where they can depend on to squash their insecurities but end up too self conscious to face them head on.

Bound by their lack of knowledge and their fear to go up and ask someone to educate them, women simply stay away and avoid the situation entirely.

Realizing the parallels between weight lifting intimidation and the dropping numbers of women who enter the gym, the BarBelle program addresses this challenge specifically.  They will give women a second chance and an opportunity to experience a worry-free workout environment.  Reclaiming their strong and healthy bodies one curl at a time.

Striving to build the inner and outer beauty, the BarBelles use liberating techniques and focus on organically forming powerful connections.

As McNally puts in nicely, “BarBelles will create a community that allows girls to be their true authentic self.”

More information regarding the BarBelles meeting time and place will be available shortly.

Feature photo courtesy of msn.com

#ThisisOUCampusRec: The Biggest Loser Challenge

OU’s fitness program is promoting their version of The Biggest Loser Challenge for the New Year.   Break through stubborn plateaus and reach greater levels of fitness and health than you ever imagined!

The program starts off with a provided fitness assessment offered between January 12th-January 17th followed by the official program start date on January 18th and ending April 10th.

Participants must commit to 4-6 hours per week dedicated to this 12-week program. Mandatory lifestyle behavior change sessions are a vital component of the program and all are expected to attend. These informational sessions on nutrition, stress management and physical activity, will fuel your success at the end of the program.

In order to closely monitor your journey, we ask that you utilize MyFitnessPal to keep an activity log and food journal, tracking your daily efforts. Also, two 1-hour group workout sessions are scheduled each week. Instructors will go over various exercises, while you familiarize yourself with the wide range of exercises, giving you the experience to continue your fitness well after the program is completed.


The program is intended for those who have 15 or more pounds to lose and is a beginner-intermediate exerciser. Participants must provide proof of having a physical exam in the last year, as well as a physician’s clearance to participate. As you must fulfill these requirements, some leniency may be place on registration deadlines.

Registration and Prices

Early Bird registration is through November 1st-December 21st. Price: $100 for students and members.

Late registration is through December 22nd-January 5th. Price: $150 for students and members.

Refer to our website for more information regarding registration requirements or conflicts, application process and price reductions. If you have further questions, contact: mwolak@oakland.edu

We want all who will benefit from this program to attend and do not want cost or other issues be a factor that will prevent your participation. So let’s kick off next year with a healthier and happier you!

GroupX Spotlight: Jill Dunphy

What formats of GroupX do you teach?

Yin Yoga FFL Yoga (adaptive & therapeutic) – Yoga for Athletes – Restorative Yoga – Slow Flow Yoga 

Schedule: Tuesday-5:30pm, Friday-9:30am

Duration: 1 hour

How long have you been teaching at the Rec?

Since 2007

What is your favorite thing about teaching GroupX?

Introducing people to yoga and meditation, watching their progress, helping them overcome injuries or to correct misalignments so they can ease into the practice and find the joy and peace of mind that comes from yoga. 

What made you want to teach GroupX?

I was recruited by the Rec Center because I was a student of Michael Johnson, one of the first yoga instructors at the Rec. 

#ThisisOUCampusRec: Maintain Don’t Gain

Maintain Don’t Gain is back with a slightly new approach just in time for the holidays! As the seasons allow us to unwind and rekindle with loved ones, so does indulging in holiday themed, probably Pinterest inspired, delicious treats, just too appetizing to ignore. This becomes increasingly challenging when such indulgences are fueled by the shopping stress of aggressive mall crowds. It’s okay to throw down in order to score the new rotisserie chicken roaster Aunt Helen had to have, but it’s all about balance. To combat the stress of finding deals, parking spaces, a turkey that will feed 40 people while still looking fabulous, this program is here to help!

By signing up you will receive weekly emails bringing awareness to the challenges that may threaten your physical and mental wellbeing throughout the holiday season. You will find in your inbox what is considered appropriate portion sizes, dealing with stress, incorporating physical activity, New Year’s Resolutions and more. This is not meant to overflow your email, but to merely send out quick tips and tricks once a week to keep you on track.

Setting the Foundation…

A pre-assessment will be provided to get a grasp on your weight, BMI, blood pressure and body fat %. With these guidelines, you will be equipped to make it out of the holidays without cursing each and every dinner role you were convinced you still had room for. After the start of the 2016 winter semester, we will catch up with you and conduct a post-assessment to determine how well you have managed to stay fit and healthy.

You can sign up during the Benefits and Wellness Fair that is taking place on November 4th 2015 or online. We hope you find this to be beneficial as you ring in the New Year healthy and happy. Enjoy the Holidays!

#ThisisOUCampusRec: The 2015 Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair

All are encouraged to attend The 2015 Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair hosted by the Rec Center, next Wednesday, November 4th.  A vast array of venders will be present, as well as provided flu shots, and unlimited GroupX classes free of charge!

Those who attend are bound to discover fun and applicable knowledge that fuels innovation to brighten their future. Over 50 venders will congregate in the 3-court gym, eager to provide information on the latest products and services geared toward improving your health and well-being.

Vendors include, A Place to Grow Chiropractic, Natural Recharge, Orangetheory Fitness, The Barre Code, The Brooksie Way, Vitamin Group and more than half a dozen Oakland University programs that promote healthy lifestyles, just to name few.


As well as providing copious amounts of wellness resources, GroupX classes are available to anyone at no cost (even yoga)! By encompassing this interactive portion of what the fair represents, attendants have the opportunity to discover creative ways to live an active lifestyle. Classes include, Zumba, Strength Training, Cycle, POUND, delivering a fun way to potentially combat extra pounds that commonly accumulate during the holidays!

Maintain… Don’t Gain…

While holiday weight gain remains a challenge for many, a new program known as, Maintain Don’t Gain will be available to join during this time as well. Those who sign up will receive weekly emails discussing the tips, tricks and challenges to be aware of during these special gatherings. Topics will cover, portion sizes, stress, difficult relatives, and more, that threaten to debunk your health and fitness goals.

Get Your Flu Shot…

To top it off, flu season is just around the corner, meaning flu shots will also be provided free of charge by the Visiting Nurse’s Association, with a valid insurance card. Accepted insurances include, Priority Health, BCBS, BCN, HAP, Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage and HealthPlus of Michigan.

As we strive to prepare Oakland University for another successful and healthy year, The 2015 Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair is highly anticipated and is sure to enhance the lives of all who attend.

GroupX Spotlight: Kerstin Alley

Kerstin Alley is a Yoga Instructor with over 12 years of experience and has been teaching at the Rec since 2010.  She is a strong advocate for letting the mind go and experiencing a release in order to allow creativity to flow in.

Days: Thursday & Sunday

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Studio 919

Duration: 1 Hour

Description: Level 2 or 3. A vigorous, fast-paced cardiovascular yoga workout geared for the intermediate to advanced yoga enthusiast. This format will challenge your body and mind to reach new heights!

What format(s) of GroupX do you teach?

I teach all Yoga formats.  I am currently teaching Vinyasa Yoga.

What is your favorite thing about teaching GroupX?

Interacting with students, faculty and staff, sharing the beautiful practice of yoga and creating a space of health, breath and body awareness. 

“Yoga helps individuals not only gain balance, flexibility and strength but also provides an awareness of the unity between body, breath and spirituality.”