Group Ex Instructor: Haley Linkous

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What group ex classes do you teach? Days / times?

I teach yoga class Mondays at 5:30 this semester.

How long have you been teaching group ex classes at the Rec?
This is my first semester.
What did you or are you studying in school? Do you have any additional certifications?
I am an engineering student but I do love to study philosophy and religion. I am also a certified personal trainer.
Outside of teaching group ex classes, what do you like to do to stay fit?
I like to run, do yoga, lift weights, and bike.
What do you like about teaching group ex classes?
I like having fun. I get to play my favorite songs and just be myself.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I like to paint, read, and hang out with my friends.
Do you have a favorite motivational / fitness quote? 
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle is not shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.”
Why should people attend your classes?
It is hard, it makes you sweat, and most importantly it makes you smile. We relax, laugh, and let go of whatever is holding us back.

Group Ex Instructor: Natasha O’Donnell

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What group ex classes do you teach? Days / times? 

Belly Dance Work Out (accenting on Fundamentals).  My class is currently Wednesday Nights 8 pm and beginning in the Winter the same class will be taught Thursday Nights 8 pm

 

 How long have you been teaching group ex classes at the Rec?  

I began teaching at OU Recreation in 2010.

 What did you or are you studying in school? Do you have any additional certifications?

I have a degree in Business Management with a Minor in Project Management.  I will be working on a Personal Trainer Certification.

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 Outside of teaching group ex classes, what do you like to do to stay fit?

In order to stay fit, swimming and dancing are my favorite activities.

 What do you like about teaching group ex classes?

Teachings inspires me to do better.  I love seeing that sparkle in a participants eyes that says, “I got it”, “This fun”.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I love to cook, I am a huge Foodie.

Do you have a favorite motivational / fitness quote?  

“Dance is for everybody.  I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people,”  Alvin Ailey

 Why should people attend your classes? 

Belly Dancing is a fantastic Art.  It can be frustrating but it is beyond fun and exciting.  Your muscles will be used in a way that they have never been used before.  If  a person wants to add to their fitness routine – including Belly Dancing will make their regular work out so much better.

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 Any additional thoughts? 

The Fundamentals of Body Mechanics are essential to Belly Dancing.  It conditions the body to performing and presentation, and involves stretching, muscle isolations and drills.  Body Mechanics teaches the body to not only isolate, but to teach the dancer to have control over the muscle in order to make the brain learn to control the muscle.  The goal is have the brain lead and the muscle follow.

Key areas: Relaxed shoulders, Posture straightened with elongated and soft neck.  Knees should be soft and pelvic tucked.  The goal is to keep the lower back safe and pay attention to your body.  Remember Belly Dancing is for all body types – pay homage to yourself.

Group Ex Instructor: Karen Maynard

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What group ex classes do you teach? Days / times?
Presently I teach Mondays 4:15-5:15- Zumba 5:30-6:30 Step Interval and Wednesday 5:30-6:30 Step Fusion.
 
How long have you been teaching group ex classes at the Rec?
I think around 12 years.
 
What did you or are you studying in school? Do you have any additional certifications?  
I have my undergraduate degree in Special Education and my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. I retired from teaching special education 3 years ago and I am now teach group fitness full time!!   I have my Group Fitness Certification through ACE.  I also am certified in aquatics (AEA) and Yogafit 1 and 2.  I am licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba and Zumba Step.
 
Outside of teaching group ex classes, what do you like to do to stay fit?
I enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, playing golf, swimming, biking and walking.
 
What do you like about teaching group ex classes?
It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and help them meet their fitness goals.  I enjoy teaching a variety of formats where I can challenge and encourage participants to be motivated to attend group fitness classes  and have fun at the same time!
 
Do you have any other hobbies?
I volunteer at the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, I am a member of the Rochester Junior Woman”s Club with many activities, and I am helping my niece take care of her new triplets!!!  I also teach at resorts in the winter time through FitnessProTravel.  Everyone should try it!!  It is great fun!

Do you have a favorite motivational / fitness quote?
Do your very best!
 
Why should people attend your classes? 
I offer an inviting atmosphere in my classes where any participant can attend and not feel intimidated.  I offer classes at various levels and always try to come up with something new.  I also have great music!!  
 
Any additional thoughts?
 I enjoy teaching at the Rec with the variety of participants that attend.  I hope everyone takes the time to try our fantastic group fitness classes!

The Ultimate Sport is Now a Club Sport. Say Hello to Ultimate Frisbee.

You read it right, Ultimate Frisbee is now a Club Sport at Oakland University and is taking on members to be a part of their team.
Currently, the club is in its semester long introductory phase meaning they are not able to receive direct funding at the moment, but that isn’t stopping them from making great strides in getting a team together.
“We have 19 members and a coach” says Moustapha Diab, the club’s Treasurer, “We will be competing in the USA Ultimate College Division in January 2016. However, we will be competing in local tournaments during spring and fall 2015″, Diab continues.
The team regularly practices on the new Outdoor Recreation Super Fields, but has been moved inside due to weather conditions.
Fact bullets for those interested in joining:
  • Practice in the Activity Center – Fridays 3:30 pm-6 pm and Sundays 11 a m-1 pm.
  • Dues are $20 per semester, the money goes towards buying equipment (disks and training equipment) and dome rentals.
  • You should contact the president Kyle Jones at kwjones@oakland.edu about joining.
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Group Ex Instructor: Ria Perez

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What group ex classes do you teach? Days / times?

Zumba on Tuesdays at 11 am and Saturdays at 11 am.

How long have you been teaching group ex classes at the Rec?

A year and a half.

What did you or are you studying in school? Do you have any additional certifications?

I’m currently a pre-physical therapy major and piano performance minor.

Outside of teaching group ex classes, what do you like to do to stay fit?

Going for walks and dancing—anytime, anywhere : )

What do you like about teaching group ex classes?

Sharing my passion for dance and Latin rhythms with others.  I especially love those moments when I catch participants completely jamming out!

Do you have any other hobbies?

Playing piano, singing, reading, and listening to music.

Do you have a favorite motivational / fitness quote? 

The straight and narrow is not the only path to success.”

Why should people attend your classes?

I have a ton of positive energy to share with my students.  Plus, Zumba is a workout that will have you sweating buckets but will make you forget you’re working out!

Football Club Takes Conference Championship in Club’s Second Year

The Football Club of Oakland University #3 took the Great Lakes Conference Championship trophy home last weekend, beating out #1 Robert Morris 27-26.

“We clinched the Great Lakes East Conference Championship, and Robert Morris University clinched the West, so we play for the upright Great Lakes Conference Champs” explains Football Club President, David Brosky.

According to the news post from the club’s governing body, National Club Football Association (NCFA), Oakland’s win has pushed them up in the rankings and pitted them against Robert Morris once more, but this time it is for the National Championship set to be played at the Salem Stadium in Virginia.

As for getting so far this year, Brosky says “The coaching staff has definitely been a huge factor to our success this year.  [The Coaches] along with the dedication and passion of the players has gotten us here.”
The future is bright for this young club winning conference championships in its second year of existence.
Good luck in the National Championship on December 6th, Oakland!
Those looking to get involved with the Football Club should check out their Facebook Page and keep an eye out for their ‘Spring Combine’ as they look to bring in new members and test the current ones.

Pictures in this post courtesy of The Football Club’s Facebook page

Supporting Men’s Health with Mustaches

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The men’s rugby club is replacing November in their calendars with Movember.

Movember was developed by The Movember Foundation to encourage men to grow out their mustaches for the entire month of November to spark conversations about men’s health and raise funds to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

“As a sports player, men’s health has a huge importance for me. To grow a mustache for Movember is like wearing a mouthguard in a rugby game; you must have it so you can tackle what is facing you. Prostate cancer is the team you don’t want to lose against, and to tackle it, you have your teammates with their mustaches.” Mickael Halin

The Rugby Club has gathered a group of 9 of their teammates and has raised 76$ out of the 100$ goal for the month.

This is the first year that the men’s rugby club is participating in Movember. “[It] is a fun and interesting way to promote men’s health. Also, who doesn’t love a good mustache!” says captain D.J. Pinneo.

Help support the cause by clicking the link below:

http://moteam.co/rugby-club-from-oakland-university