Employee Spotlight: Hallie Burns


Hallie Burns is a Senior and has been working at the Rec since April, 2015.  Majoring in Nutrition and Exercise Science, the Rec has proven to be a perfect fit for her.  She is currently a member services attendant and the loves the sense of community and teamwork the Rec embodies.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I’m a nutrition and Exercise Science major and it seemed like a really fun place to work.

Why did you choose your major?

It’s something I feel is so interesting.  I really want to help people and everyone likes food so why not start there?! Plus I always wished I had more knowledge of nutrition as a child, so it’s really fun for me to learn more about what I should put in my body to make me the healthiest I can be.

What is your favorite part about working here?1896781_10202763909526235_361978041_n

Meeting a ton of people.  Especially getting close to the fall semester, you meet a new person everyday.  It’s super fun here and I get to hang out with Jenny!

What transferrable skills have you acquired that will help you in your future?

Costumer service skills, leadership skills, and being able to deal with situations and to adapt and work with a variety of personalities.

What are your favorite Rec activities? 

I like GroupX and IM Sports.  I mainly participated in yoga classes and played co-ed Soccer which was really fun.

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

I like to sleep and go out to eat with my friends.  I also attempt to workout. 

How do you stay active and healthy?

I run with my mom and try to workout at least 3 times a week.  I watch what I eat too.  I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. 

What are you looking forward to?

Meeting the new staff for the Fall and having a grand ‘ole semester. 

Fun Fact: I’m a triplet. 

#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!

Inhale Clarity, Exhale Strength


Different than your normal group exercise class, yoga provides a unique experience for both the body and mind. It is a practice that invites us to surrender the stress and tension accumulated from the world that never seems to give us a break. Kerstin Allvin, one of Oakland University’s yoga instructors at the Campus Recreation Center, has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. She brings awareness to the importance of letting the mind go and experiencing release in order to allow creativity to flow in and let the freedom of self-expression take over. Yoga creates an awareness of your own presence, as you gain control of your mind and emotions in the moment.


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“Yoga helps individuals not only gain balance, flexibility and strength, but also provides an awareness of the unity between body, breath, and spirituality,” Allvin says. “I love to really see the profound shift in people. Those who have pain, experience relief, and there’s a release.”

The passion for this type of exercise can be carried out and applied to the real world to combat stressful situations we face in society. Let’s face it, we’ve all been late to work after misplacing the car keys the night before or maybe there was a monumental traffic jam that just makes the blood boil.  Whatever life throws at you, yoga helps channel the inner turmoil and creates a state of mind that is healthy and progressive towards the world that surrounds us.

“The mind and body processes emotions and thoughts that can be worked out on the mat,” says Allvin. “There is a sense of calm and unification as students experience the “yoga fog” where they’re not just relaxed, but focused. It’s a clarity.”

With incredible benefits yoga has to offer, many people however, still shy away from it.  Some feel that it is a less then effective workout, by those who wish to experience a good “pump” in order to classify a workout as a success. However, yoga is not only a great workout to shed pounds, but can actually improve success in life. Encouraging relaxation and self-awareness, yoga is vital for understanding and communication in society.

Due to the wide range of classes that yoga has to offer, it may be intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged if you’re unsure which style best suits you. Yoga creates a rush of vitality regardless of the difficulty level and there will always be new ways to challenge yourself and expand your limits.

“There are so many different classes, says Allvin. “It’s very important that the class fits you and where you are. It is intimidating when one who is novice to yoga participates in a class that is very athletic.”

Whatever your reason for an aversion towards yoga, remember it is a practice. It will never outweigh the benefits you will experience on your quest for self-improvement. Get yourself out of your comfort zone and check out a class soon! For more information on the classes offered here at Oakland University, go to http://wwwp.oakland.edu/campusrec/top-links/exercise-schedule/ and realize your inner AND outer strength!

Feature photo courtesy of thespiritscience.net

New Employee Spotlight – Scott Mcintyre

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Scott Mcintyre is a Senior, majoring in Criminal Justice.  He began working here at the rec this summer of 2015, as one of our Fitness Assistants.  Only being here for just a month, our fellow rec employees have made him feel welcomed as we build up our rec family.

Why did you choose your major?

I just like helping people and really like that style of work.  It is very transferrable to what I was doing before.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I was a marine and was very active during that time and have sort of strayed from it.  I figured being here and being surrounded by people who are dedicated to fitness would help me get back on track.

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people.  As soon as I got hired in everyone was very accepting.  It’s a real tight knit group here and it’s really cool.

What transferable skills have you acquired that will help you in your future?

People skills the most.  I learned doing this job that you have to be able to talk to people in a certain way to come across helpful and that you are in their best interest.  For example, when you are correcting someone or answering questions, you have to do it in a way that is respectful, friendly and upbeat.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

I haven’t gotten a chance to explore the activities that are offered but I will be teaching the Bodyweight Bootcamp GroupX class in the fall.  So I hope I like it!

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

I play hockey and golf.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I do something active everyday.  I typically workout 4 days a week and play hockey or golf on the weekends.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m nervously excited to start teaching.  It’s going to be a new thing for me and I think I’ll really enjoy it.

Fun Fact: I was a marine for 5 years and I also enjoy watching HGTV, much like Stephanie.

Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Gryebet

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Stephanie is a Junior at OU, majoring in Health Sciences.  She has been working at the Rec since the Spring of 2014 as a Member Services Attendant.

Why did you choose your major?

I really wanted to help people live healthy and productive lives.

Why did you want to start working at the Rec?

I knew it was a really great environment and I already knew a lot of the people that worked here.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I love all the people here.  I love the people I work with and the people that come here to workout.

What transferable skills have you acquired that will help you in your future?

People skills.  You learn how to interact and manage different types of problems.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

I really like street team and GroupX.

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

I like to spend time with family and friends.  Also, I like to travel and being outside.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I’m in the fitness center a few times a week.  I also try to incorporate different ways to stay healthy into my lifestyle.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to this next year as I transfer to Wayne State University and just to experience new things.

Fun Fact: My favorite TV channel is HGTV.  I’m obsessed with interior design.


The Importance of Hydration – #Wellness Wednesday –



As we all know staying hydrated is incredibly important, whether you are a leisurely individual or an intense exercise guru. Water is the main source of life and it is vital for overall bodily function. I could go on for hours listing the benefits water provides for your body, but in order to keep your attention I will just list the major ones:

  • Did you know that up to 70% of your body is composed of water? Consuming the correct amount of water helps eliminate waste, stimulates digestion, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, and helps shuttle nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and glucose to cells in


    the body. This is especially exciting for those who are health-conscious, as water makes it easier on your body to deliver vital nutrients from foods such as fruits and vegetables. With viable nutrients at the ready, your body immediately reaps the benefits! As feelings of fatigue and sluggishness disappear your skin becomes brighter and more vibrant, and your mind more focused and clear.

  • If that wasn’t enough, water is beneficial for those looking to trim down their waistline. Most people confuse thirst with hunger and reach for extra snacks that the body doesn’t necessarily need. Hence why those who do not regularly consume a respectable amount of H2O typically carry a few extra pounds around their middle!
  • How much should I consume? Great question! According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended amount is 3 liters a day for men and 2.2 liters for women. However for those who hit the gym often, consuming extra water is required to replenish lost fluid during serious sweaty sessions. For those who like to take activities outdoors, heat and humidity can make staying hydrated even more of a challenge. Especially during these summer months, a body


    can lose more than 1 liter of fluid per hour when exercising in temperatures nearing 80 degrees. Exercising dehydrated is not fun for anyone, as your body uses water to keep cool through the release of sweat. When you notice you are sweating less than usual, it may be because your body cannot release heat and your core body temperature has risen. This can lead to an increased breakdown of glycogen in the muscles as the body is searching for fuel, consequently promoting the onset of muscle fatigue.

  • How do I know when I am dehydrated? When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. You should never wait until you experience symptoms of dehydration to search for a quencher. Consuming a consistent amount of water throughout the day is the best way to ensure you are getting in those 2 to 3 liters a day. If your water bottle has been forgotten, be aware of the harsher symptoms of dehydration that can occur. Some of which include, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth and confusion.

What we can all take away from this is don’t get caught empty-bottled! Avoid suffering cognitive ability and more importantly, do not let your workouts go in vain. Provide your body with the necessary volume of this glorious, life sustaining, delicious, thirst quencher and have the focus and drive to live a long, healthy and prosperous life!

Feature Photo courtesy of lenntech.com/