Personal Training: Matt’s Making a Change

Matt PT Before & After Socail MediaThe only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that the only way to go from there is up. That is exactly what Matt Brafman did. Matt wants to share his personal training success story to motivate others and show how greatly it has impacted his life.

When asked how he felt before starting this journey, he replied, “I was as low as a person can be”. He felt unhappy and alone with himself because of his lack of motivation. “[I] Hit rock bottom”. At his heaviest, he weighed 290 pounds. “Body image shouldn’t be how you value yourself as a person,” Matt said. “However, it’s ok to set health goals for yourself in order to improve your energy and the way your body functions”.

His first attempt with personal training lasted one month in July 2011 at a gym, but he gave up after losing 10 pounds. His second try was July 2015 at a different gym and lasted seven months, but he gave up again because he wasn’t burning fat. His most recent attempt in December 2016 turned out to be a success when he met with Austin Standridge, personal trainer with Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being.

Austin is a graduate student studying Exercise Science at OU, and has been a personal trainer for five years. He became a personal trainer at OU Rec Well in 2016 as part of his graduate assistantship. Austin started training Matt about 10 months ago. Austin was encouraged by Matt’s tenacity and perseverance to make a positive change in his own life. Austin said, “I met Matt and recognized his determination. I was excited to contribute to his journey”.

Matt continues to show his attitude through answering the question ‘why did you want to do personal training versus just working out on your own?’ His answer was very easily put: “The person who puts in the work is me. Only I can do the things to make me better, and I’m a person who believes in guidance. I found a trainer at a point when I was ready to work and get results”.

For roughly nine months, Matt trained with Austin one to two times per week and spent the rest of the week working out on his own. They talk frequently about how Matt can improve his “me” days. “Personal training isn’t just about goblet squats and burpees. I learned patience and the reward of long-term dedication,” Matt stated. He mentioned that he plans to continue weight loss training until October 2017 and then will switch to focus on muscle mass and body fat percentage.

Matt shares how many positive changes he has experienced through personal training in less than one year. He reflects on his nine-month journey and is so thankful that he made the choice to begin taking his health and wellness into his own hands. Today he weighs 200 pounds, which means he has lost 90 pounds so far! Matt revealed that the most important thing he’s gained is the confidence in himself that he can overcome obstacles if he tries.

Matt left us with some powerful words of wisdom that he gained from his experience; “A person has the power to make positive change happen if they are persistent in their desire to make life better for themselves or for others”.

If you want more information on personal training options available at the Recreation Center click here.

OU RecWell also has programs such as Know Your Numbers and Drop-In Body Composition that help participants understand more about their bodies in relation to fitness and well-being. Keep an eye out on our social media for updates of when we are hosting Know Your Numbers and Drop-In Body Composition events or click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intramural vs. Club Sports

We know it’s confusing. What IS the difference between intramurals and club sports? It’s a question that we hear quite often at Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being. Now that everyone is back on campus for the fall, we are here to clear it up for you.

TIME/COMMITMENT

Getting involved in intramurals is a fun way to play a sport in the league for potentially a few weeks with an option to play up to 13 sports a semester. All teams consist of students that compose their own team and compete against other student teams in a specific sport. Leagues can be men’s, women’s, coRec, or open teams depending on the sport.

Club Sports are often considered more competitive than intramural sports, but can also be instructional and recreational. Each club is governed by an elected board of student members that make the decisions of how the team operates (e.g. coach selection, tournaments, fundraising, etc.). Additionally, serving as an e-board member is a great way to gain leadership experience and transferrable skills.

SEASON

For each intramural sport at OU Rec Well, the season is relatively short. It could range from a single day tournament to a four-week league. Team members need to register by the deadline and show up for their games at the designated times with their Oakland IDs.

Signing up for a club sport means you are signing up for the year. Each club sets a schedule for competitions, team meetings, and weekly practices. Typically club sports will play against other universities in games, competitions, and national tournaments, while other sports are more recreational. These clubs are primarily made up of OU students. Many club student athletes choose to participate in clubs because it is a great way to continue being active in a specific sport.

COST

The registration fee for intramurals range from free to $25 per team depending on the sport. For club sports, each club defines their own costs and dues per member depending on how active they may be.

Intramurals and club sports are a great way of staying active on campus while allowing students to continue to play the sports that they love. Additionally, these opportunities help you meet new people that have similar interests and make life long friends. More information can be found on www.oakland.edu/recwell.

Employee Spotlight: Pooja Akkala

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Pooja is a junior studying Business-Marketing here at Oakland. She has been working as a Member Services Assistant at the Recreation Center since April of 2017.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I spend a lot of time working out here so why not do that and work here too!

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

Getting to workout before or after a shift and knocking the two out together.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

GroupX

 

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

Volunteer, sorority activities, and spend time with friends and family.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Food and who I’m working with!

 

What are you looking forward to?

Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago!

 

What are your plans for the future?

Graduating with some kind of business degree and internship to then obtain a full time position!

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. The Cure- Lady Gaga
  2. San Diego- Blink 182
  3. Take U There- Skrillex & Diplo

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

It is easy to fall off track with working out and diet but you only get one body so treat it right!

 

Fun Fact:

I’ve played lacrosse since the sixth grade.

Employee Spotlight: Colton Lee

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Colton Lee is a senior studying Exercise Science here at Oakland. He has been working as a fitness assistant at the Recreation Center since May of 2017.

 

When did you start working at the Rec? (month, year)

May 2017

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

Before I started, I was here all the time, so I figured, why not get paid doing what I like?

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

I get to be around people who care about fitness everyday I come to work, and if I’m lucky I get to help them.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

IM volleyball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer

 

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

I love to golf, play soccer, play basketball, run, and anything outdoors.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Definitely the music they play at the Rec, nothing passes the time quicker than the music selection here.

 

What are you looking forward to?

I’m always looking forward to my next meal, even right now I’m starving.

 

What are your plans for the future?

Well I’d like to finish school in the next two years. Right now I’m looking at super-senior status.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

Country Girl- Luke Bryan

Champion- The Roots

Never Gonna Give You Up- Rick Astley

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

People always complain about the parking here, but if people would park further away and walk, they would get fit without even trying.

 

Fun Fact:

People tell me I have a great voice for the radio.

Employee Spotlight: Rachael Zelmanski

Employee Spotlight (Rachael Zelmanski)Rachael is a senior psychology student at Oakland. She has been part of the Rec family since August 2016. She works for member services and is a program assistant for member services here at the Rec.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

A lot of my friends worked here and had nothing but good things to say so I applied!

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

Meeting new people every day, and getting to know people around campus.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

GroupX Yoga Classes

 

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

I love to go shopping, do crafts, and cook.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

the people I work with and the patrons

 

What are you looking forward to?

Graduating!

 

What are your plans for the future?

I want to travel before I go to grad school.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

1. Hustlin- Rick Ross

2. CRZY – Kehlani

3. Goosebumps- Travis Scott

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

 Drink lots of water and get sleep!

 

Fun Fact:

I can wiggle my ears.

Employee Spotlight: Derek Queen

Employee Spotlight (Derek Queen)Derek is a senior majoring in Graphic Design at Oakland University. He is one of the Graphic Design Interns at the Recreation Center and has been working here since April of 2017.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I wanted to expand my graphic design experience and saw that the Rec would be a great opportunity to branch out to a dept. on campus I was not very familiar with.

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people are very friendly and the facility is nice.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

I don’t personally participate in anything at the Rec, but the club sports sound really fun.

 

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

I do a lot of design work. I have a design job elsewhere on campus and a design internship off campus. In my free time I love watching movies and reading comic books!

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Music and food for life!

 

What are you looking forward to?

Sleeping. Always.

 

What are your plans for the future?

One day I think my boyfriend and I will move to Florida.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. “Jackrabbit” by San Fermin
  2. “Too Much Time Together” by San Cisco
  3. “Send Them Off!” by Bastille

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

I’m no expert since I spend a lot of my work sitting in front of a computer but… Regularly go on walks/ bike rides when you’re not doing anything at home.

 

Fun Fact:

I am an avid Scooby-Doo memorabilia collector. I have around 1,000 unique Scooby-Doo items including books, movies, and more!

Employee Spotlight: Sheilah Hallman

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Sheilah is a junior studying Health Sciences here at Oakland University. She started working at the Rec in August of 2016. She is currently a Member Services Assistant.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I already came to the Rec a lot and all of the employees were very nice and welcoming. Working here also gave me the opportunity to have a fun, on-campus job.

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Meeting new staff members and patrons

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

  • IM Volleyball
  • RLC events

 

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

Read, watch Netflix, spend time with friends

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

My awesome co-workers, patrons, working with employee of the month: Syed Murtaza, and Rec Radio playing high school musical songs.

 

What are you looking forward to?

Going to physical therapy school

 

What are your plans for the future?

Achieve a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and work in pediatrics or with neurology patients

 

Name your top workout songs:

Anything on “Hits of the 2000s” or “Disney” Pandora Stations

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

Work at your own pace and do what feels best for you.

 

Fun Fact:

I can clap with one hand.