Monday, January 12, 2015

OU-C Health and Wellness Center offers range of fitness options for all types of athletes

This is a great time of the year for fitness. The beginning of a new year creates a lot of energy and positive thinking to help jump start many individuals, as well as guilt for those looking to keep their new year’s resolutions alive.

The mission at the OU-C Health and Wellness Center is to help members of all fitness levels reach their goals and keep their resolutions. The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Shoemaker Center and is open to members of the campus and local communities.

While the Health and Wellness Center can help to reduce the waistline, utilizing its services can keep the wallet nice and plump. Monthly membership fees range from $10 for OU-C students to $30 for community members. Day passes are available for $5.

The center has convenient hours of operation. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For further information about the Health and Wellness Center call 740-774-7760.

“We have great equipment that can accommodate many different training styles,” director Steve Clusman said. “For example, we have a Cybex room that has an assortment of adjustable weight stack machines to hit every muscle group and is great for people who are unsure about using free weights. There is a free weight room that houses the dumbbells and barbells with their respective racks and benches great for those trying to build muscle and tone up.  We also have a great cardio room equipped with elliptical, treadmills, and bikes for those trying to train for events or drop a few pounds.”

The center has programs for a range of individuals, regardless of their level of fitness and workout goals.

“We want to maintain a comfortable environment for new comers and regulars alike,” Clusman said. “There is always a swarm of new members around this time and we have a great staff that is ready for the increase in members. The staff is made up of OU-C students, and they are always happy to show people around and help them become comfortable with the facilities and equipment.”

There are one-day passes available for purchase, and the center is even offering newcomers a free day to try out the wellness center’s facilities.

As a special offer, the center is waiving the initial fee for anyone who purchases a membership between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

Beyond the fitness facilities, the center is offering fitness classes:

Spin Classes Mondays at 5 p.m.
It is a high intensity hour long cycling class, where you ride a stationary bike with motivational instructions from Kim Lashley.

Low Impact Fitness Classes Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Focus is on balance, core strength, and flexibility! This is great for all ages and can be helpful for those dealing with aches and pains.  This is an hour long fitness class that covers a variety of exercises and movements that are intended to build strength and help with posture.

Total Body Strength/ Strength and Conditioning: Email to schedule
This is hour long strength and conditioning session that is intended for college athletes, but the invitation is being extended to members of the community and high school athletes.  This is for anyone looking to get a leg up on the competition and looking to increase speed, agility, strength, and aerobic conditioning. Clusman, a certified strength and conditioning specialist with an exercise physiology degree, directs the sessions.

Information and articles are posted daily on social media including Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook: OUCHealthandWellness
Twitter: @OUCHealthWell
Phone: 740-774-7760

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