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!

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Employee-Only GroupX: Get Fit at Work!


Looking for a way to burn calories while on the job? Keep your healthy lifestyle on track and avoid the greasy fast food lunch trap with a quick afternoon workout instead!

Just a few feet below, in Studio 897 of the Rec Center, an amazing class is offered exclusively to employees of Oakland University. This summer the Employee Only GroupX class is held on Wednesdays at 12:10 and provides a calorie-torching workout, free of charge! Lead by the Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant, Erin Davidson, this class is catered to those who are in a crunch and have a limited time to catch a break from office work. This 50-minute cardio and strength training infused class has proven to be a great approach to refuel and refocus in order to tackle the rest of the day ahead!

Over the past several weeks, this unique class has thrived due to its positive environment and Davidson’s ability to tailor her workouts to reach a wide variety of fitness levels and goals. As a result, each week allows appropriate advances in difficulty in correlation with the students’ progression. Davidson changes it up each class offering a myriad of exercises engaging as many muscle groups as possible in different ways. Incorporating step-work, stability balls, resistant bands, and free-weights, the variety gives the body enough uncertainty to prevent any discouraging plateaus.

To maximize efficiency in just 50 minutes, Tabata workouts are included in almost every class. This technique focuses on four, 20-second active intervals, with a 10-second rest in between each set. The entire Tabata segment is done twice. This provides incredible calorie burn while still conserving time and energy to get through the rest of your workday.

Use this great opportunity to check out a free GroupX class while getting to know co-workers across campus!

In the Fall, we will be offering an Employee Friendly GroupX class with discounted prices before work, during lunch and after work. A wide array of classes will be offered including cycle, strength, Zumba, yoga and more. Pick up the GroupX schedule for more information on times and classes.

Employee Spotlight: Mike Binge


Mike Binge has been working at the Rec as a Member Services attendant since the Fall of 2014.  He is a Junior here at OU and is majoring in History with a focus in secondary education.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I enjoy working out and I love to stay active.  I also have played sports all my life and I felt this would be the perfect place for me.

Why did you choose your major?

I have always wanted to be a teacher and had this ongoing fascination with history.

What is your favorite part about working here?

Being able to interact with many different types of people. 

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

I feel that being able to help people and make them feel satisfied with their OU experience will allow me to transfer that over to teaching in providing a satisfactory learning experience. 11040627_10205942511755368_3882886336977431797_n

What are your favorite Rec activities?

IM sports.  I especially enjoy playing football with my fraternity brothers.

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

I like spending time with my fraternity.  Also, playing guitar and heading up north to hunt, fish and ride quads!

How do you stay active and healthy?

I workout with my friends as well as playing sports; specifically baseball, football and golf. 

What are you looking forward to?

Taking a few strokes off my golf game. 

What are your plans for the future?

Becoming a teacher and moving on to principle or Athletic Director. 

Fun Fact: 

I broke my nose three times. 

Treadmill vs Outdoor- Is it easier? Harder? What’s the difference? #WellnessWednesday

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After having ACL reconstructive surgery, I decided to take part in training for a half-marathon. I had completed the majority of my training on a treadmill, to ensure my knee’s safety with the even-footing that is provides.  As the race drew nearer, I felt it inevitable that I will need to begin running on actual turf to prepare for the outdoor terrain. My last run on the hamster wheel was 6.5 miles at 9:40 min pace. Feeling confident, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to run the 8-mile path at Indian Springs Metropark and get reacquainted with the perpetual pounding of running shoes to asphalt. To my dismay, I felt exhausted after what had seemed to be 4 miles but really was only 1. I couldn’t understand why I was experiencing such drastic depletion of stamina upon a mere change in scenery. After taking walk breaks, being lapped by bikers, and feeling like treadmill stats are incredibly misleading, I decided to get to the bottom of why my training hadn’t been as effective as I thought.

What Does Research Say?



According to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Michael Bushell, of Coogee Physiotherapy in South Wales, outdoor running expends up to 36% more oxygen than treadmill running after factoring in wind resistenace and fluctuating terrain.  He stresses that implementing the correct

biomechanics, or form/style of the runner physically, is crucial in order to increase running efficiency and optimize endurance. Through observing visible changes in a runner’s technique as they transition from indoor to outdoor running, he concluded that the treadmill actually facilitates the runner’s form, thus increasing running efficiency, whether the runner is aware of it or not.

According to Bushell, running on a treadmill forces us to take shorter steps, which produces larger knee angles, smaller ankle angles and reduces stride time.  All correlating with improved running technique. Also, the position of the foot tends to fall underneath the body, which generates a mid-foot strike and invites the upper body to shift forward, working with gravity. In contrast, outdoor running tends to produce a heel-striking technique which positions the body backward, causing the runner to fight gravity. This requires extra energy from your legs to pull your body through and puts increased stress on the knees.

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Bushell also notes, the treadmill belt can actually act as a boost, propelling the runner forward. This occurs when the runner’s foot falls slower than the speed of the belt. However, if the runner’s pace is faster, the runner will experience a choppier landing which can stress the joints. The belt also assists in pulling the supporting leg underneath the body which lessens the need for your body to move over the supporting leg, requiring extra energy to push off. Consequently, this creates an increase in hip extension as your foot is further behind as you transition from one foot to other, making it easier for your lower leg to come back underneath you for the next step.

Putting Research into Practice

After learning this, I executed my own “research” during my next outdoor run and was amazed at my improved stamina. During this run, I slightly leaned forward and ran with shorter strides, which kept both of my legs underneath my body and lessened the energy needed to take each step. By eliciting similar biomechanics of stationary running, my stamina increased and allowed me to coast along with minimal fatigue. 8.12 miles later, I felt triumphant.

For any endurance race that you plan to conquer, training over similar terrain will likely need to be included in your exercise routine, in order to become acclimated and prepared for race day. However, for injury rehabilitation and performing overall fitness assessments, treadmills serve as excellent options for their ability to pace consistently and provide safe, even footing.

Depending on your goals, both treadmill and outdoor running can provide exceptional benefits for every fitness endeavor. Analyze your outdoor running technique and listen to your body as you tweak your form to ensure a safe and enjoyable running experience!


Bushell, Michael. (2013) Treadmill vs Overground running: Are they really that different? The Runner’s Physio. Retrieved on June 15th, 2015, from http://runnersphysio.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Newsletter-1.pdf

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#ThisisOUCampusRec: Drop-in Body Comp


We all want to become healthier and what better way to start then with an accurate understanding of your fitness levels and how your body can improve. Whether you want a baseline to go off of or are just checking in on your gains or leans, OU offers drop-in body comp to help gauge where you’re at. For just 5 dollars, you will know your weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and flexibility. Just pay at the welcome center and bring your receipt to the fitness attendant. Get in for the final Drop-in Body Comp this Monday, August 3rd.  Appointments are available through out the day, scheduled for 8-10am, 12-2pm and 4-6pm.

Employee Spotlight: Taylor James


Taylor James is a Senior at OU majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in pre professional.  She is a Fitness Assistant here at the Rec and has been working here since January of 2015.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I heard about working at the Rec through Emma Charen.  She said that it was an amazing environment.. So I applied!

Why did you choose your major?

I had major surgery when I was in sixth grade and that had really inspired me to work in the medical field.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I love the people here.  We’re like a family and it makes the job a lot easier to do.

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

I have become a lot more confident and personable.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

I love going to yoga and to the GroupX classes.  I’ve attended the Zumba and Kickboxing classes.

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

I love being outside, reading and playing pool.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I try to exercise 2-3 times a week and go to yoga as much as I can.  Also, eat healthy.

What are you looking forward to?

Volunteering at hospitals and getting more hands-on experience relating to my major.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to move out of state and gather experience in my field.  I really would like to travel to Europe.

Fun Fact:

I danced Ballet for 9 years.