ThisisOUCampusRec: New GroupX Spotlights

Attention GroupX instructors and attendees! In response to vast array of GroupX classes now being offered, we are adding a new segment called #ThisisGroupX, where we will be spotlighting a class/instructor. This would be a great source to curb the curiosity of Rec members who have questions about what a class is all about or wanting more information on who is teaching.

I have known from my personal GroupX experiences, going into my first GroupX class can be nerve-racking. Though living an active lifestyle the majority of my life, I couldn’t avoid the growing sense of apprehension at the start of class coupled with a strong desire to prove myself. Thankfully here at the Rec we work extremely hard to promote a facility that encourages our patrons to have a happy, healthy and worry-free experience. We hope this additional information helps to discourage the nervous anticipation that is often accompanied with a new GroupX experience.

For GroupX instructors interested in getting their class highlighted, we will send you a template of questions telling our patrons a little bit about yourself, your experience with GroupX and what your class is geared towards. This will give our GroupX enthusiasts or those who are trying out your class for the first time a better idea of what to expect so they can really bring their A game!

We want you to enjoy all aspects of what the Rec center offers and aim to provide a judgment-free setting to assist in building a healthier and happier you! #ThisisOUCampusRec


#ThisisOUCampusRec- Lunch & Learns

Get tips and tricks on how to improve your health and fitness during your lunch break! The Rec Center offers several sessions throughout the Fall semester covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to tips on budgeting and staying organized.

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind your blood test and blood pressure results? The session held on November 10th, will teach you not only how these numbers impact your health, but also how to improve them. Discover appropriate changes in diet, exercise and different de-stress techniques, to live your life to its fullest potential.

With the holidays just around the bend, show your loved ones you care without feeling the strain of your bank account. Coming up on October 13th we will be discussing ways to shop smarter, while remaining in-line with your budget. This session called, “Improve your savvy shopping skills” is sure to be a good preparation course for the copious trips to the mall in the near future.

To keep the stress of the holidays at bay, our last session will be going over how to keep your life organized and collected. Presented by Professional Organizers, Donna Lindley and Kate Lionas, from Organize Your World, INC., this session will give you insight on how to free up your workspace and de-clutter your world around you, helping you find peace of mind.

We hope to see you there as we help each other build healthier and happier lives.

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#ThisisOUCampusRec: Walk-in Body Compositions

Have you ever been curious about where your fitness levels stand?  We can help with that!  The Rec Center offers Drop-in Body Compositions on the first Monday of every month. We will get your weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage and flexibility score. Just pay $5 at the Welcome Center and bring your receipt down to the Fitness Center and a Fitness Assistant will be ready for you. Time slots are from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No appointment necessary, just show up within the times provided. This is a great way to start a training program or to merely keep an eye on your progress! The next Walk-in Body Comp is next Monday, October 5th.

#ThisisOUCampusRec: IM Sports

IM Sports are upon us! If you wish to play your favorite sport or need a fun way to stay active, then sign up and get on a team! Registration is done online at There is a $25 fee per team that is either refundable at the end of season, or can be simply rolled into the next sport you wish to play.

If you fear that you missed a deadline, it’s okay! You can still join a team while the season is in progress. We only ask that you sign up through and that you have played at least one game prior to playoffs. On average there are four games played before the playoffs.

When playoff season hits, captains will meet to determine the order of when each team will play. Captain meetings are held periodically, between Thursday and Sunday, to go over rules, regulations and dress code. Make sure you check out the Rec Center Facebook page for meeting reminders!

Along with keeping up to date with information provided through Facebook and IMleagues, you can follow us on Twitter, @REC*IT. Here you can stay connected with updates and instant messages from your fellow team players for additional meetings or self-organized practices.20150915_154448

If you want to brush up on your skills before you hit the field, participants are more than welcome to practice at the ROAC when the fields are not being occupied by Club Sports.

We’ve started flag football this week so get in gear and join us! If you aren’t particular in your sport of choice, you can register as a free agent on and it will walk you through the steps to get you noticed and chosen by team captains who will make you part of their team. Registration for all sports is now open! Let’s Go Team!

#ThisisOUCampusRec: What’s New At The Rec?

A brand new semester brings new experiences, new friends, and new changes to the Rec Center!!  We have made significant updates to the equipment and policies these past couple months and it’s ready to be unveiled just in time for the Fall of 2015.  The fitness center has gotten a face-lift with brand new adductor and abductor machines, glute and hamstring machines, a double squat rack, new and heavier Kettlebells, battle ropes and… drum roll please… New Olympic Weight Lifting platforms and new bumper plates! These upgraded platforms coupled with the bumper plates, allow you to drop weights safely without damaging the floors or the equipment.  The platforms are only to be used with the bumper plates; regular weight plates are not to be used in combination with the platforms.

unnamed (2)To make room for these exciting new additions, a good portion of the cardio equipment has been relocated to the upper level, near Studio 919.  Experience your cardio routine in a different light this semester, getting a view from the top, with our stationary bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals now set at higher altitude, overlooking the grounds.  IMG_20150901_141807_708

Reconvening downstairs, you will notice that Court 3 has been turned into the new Cycle Studio
and Court 5 is now housing the TRX, rowers, punching bag and has been updated with added weights.  Here you will find the preloaded barbells which were previously located in the fitness center, bosu balls, medicine balls, and even more free weights!

TRX straps are available for check out at the Service Desk and there is no longer a required certification in order to use the equipment.  If you need guidance regarding TRX, refer to the TRX posters in Court 5, demonstrating the various exercises that can be done with the equipment.

What about GroupX?

Not to worry, there is plenty of GroupX to go around.  Classes are harder, better, faster and stronger this semester as we introduce early morning Bodyweight Bootcamp, Xtreme Fit, POUND, TRX Strength and more!  With our wide range of the hottest workout trends, we have over 50 GroupX classes to choose from.  Each class is taught by certified instructors ready to give you the workout of your life!

Personally, I like training alone…

Never fear, personal training is always here.  We’ve made a slight change in order to better suit our clients.  We now offer half hour sessions as opposed to just the 1 hour, if you are in a crunch for time or strapped for cash.  This allows for a more cost effective and efficient way to get in a full workout that is personalized to you.

We hope these changes will only enhance your experience at the Rec as we strive to provide you with a facility that embodies what it is to be strong, healthy and happy.  So check us out and let’s have another fun and active school year! Go Grizzlies!

#ThisisOUCampusRec – The Courts

IMG_20150824_085512_563Breeze through your workouts in an exciting and creative way with our 5 fitness courts we have to offer! Located in the lower level of the Rec, down the left hallway, you will find spinning, Wolleyball, TRX and more at your disposal to spice up your workouts and keep your body guessing. The 5 courts are a sure way to stay on track with your athletic endeavors as you dodge workout tedium, creating fitness levels of rock hard prestige.

Each court puts their personal spin on living a healthy and active lifestyle! Court 3 has proven just that by becoming the new cycle studio in September. Previously housing the punching bag, TRX and rowers, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, calorie torching, spinning space. Sign up for this exciting workout filled with bumping music to keep you motivated through those increased resistances!

If you feel you have had your fair share of cardio, not to worry, the equipment and free weights from Court 3, were moved to Court 5, along with some added flare.


Newly remodeled, Court 5 provides an opportunity to workout in a secluded area, away from the hustle and bustle of the fitness center. The copious equipment to choose from halts workout monotony, keeping it fresh and you engaged.

Along, with cycles, TRX, and rowers, “oh my”, we always make room for some friendly competitive sport with our three racquetball courts available for reservation. One of which, is equipped for Walleyball!

To reserve one of the racquetball courts, head down to the service desk and they will take care of you! Reservations must be done 24 hours prior to usage and maximum reserve time is for one hour.


Mon: 12:10pm-12:50pm

Tues: 8:00am-9:00am

Wed: 6:30am-7:15am

Thurs: 8:00am-9:00am & 12:10pm-12:50pm

Fri: 8:00am-9:00am

#ThisisOUCampusRec: Studio 919

Home to some of the most intense workouts held at the Rec, Studio 919 on the upper level, provides a music and blood pumping experience, filling every 2,480 square ft. of space.  This state of the art studio has a wall of mirrors at the front so you can keep an eye on your form and stay motivated, as you see your fellow fitness enthusiasts committed and having fun.  YouIMG_20150812_100912_369 can also enjoy the studio’s natural lighting during your workout, as the back wall accommodates spacious windows looking over the beautiful OU grounds.  The long list of classes that are offered include, Zumba, Dance Strength, Bodyweight Boot Camp, Body Barre, yoga, Pilates, and even belly dancing!


Classes are scheduled for every day of the week, even on Sundays! You can pick up the class schedule at the welcome center.

See you there!