Congratulations to our intramural teams of the week!
Gabby has been working here at the Rec Center for almost 4 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Club Sports and Youth Gymnastics. Parents compliment Gabby on her coaching abilities and her gymnastic kids all talk about how amazing of a coach she is. She is always willing to go the extra mile and help others in need. Additionally, she is the Rec staff socialite and likes to help organize staff gatherings at and outside of work.
When and how did you become a part of the REC staff? I started in 2014 as the Club Sports and Youth Gymnastics Intern and then in 2015 I became the Assistant Director of Club Sports, so I’ve been here 4 years.
In this position what do you do? Oversee all the club sports which we have 54 teams and I also run our youth gymnastics program which has 200 participants in it.
What do you like the most about your job? Oh, there are so many things. One of the biggest things I like is the people I work with, all the people here at the Rec are really great and we make work fun. Also working with the club sports, developing their leadership and helping them through problems. Seeing our teams succeed and knowing that you had a small part in that and just being able to help the students, and help them for their future. And then the gymnastics program, I get to see little tiny kids progress all the way through. I usually work with the older girls and just seeing them get the skills that they’ve been working on forever it’s really rewarding.
What’s your best memory at the REC?
It’s hard because we have so many great ones. I would probably say, I think it was two winters ago, a big group of us walked to Goggin and went ice-skating during lunch, and Dean was ice-skating and that was great. That’s probably one of the best ones.
How would your colleagues describe you? I don’t know, probably silly. I would hope they’d say I’m hardworking but I think they’d probably say something towards silly. Fun? I don’t know I handle most of the social things that happen so something around that.
What’s your favorite recreational activity? Not cardio… Swimming probably, I’ve been a swimmer my whole life and tumbling even though I’m not very coordinated anymore but it would probably be one of those two.
What are you most passionate about? Helping people succeed. I was ready to fail out of college, I was about to drop out, I hated school. My mentor totally turned everything around for me, so I’m hoping to be that person, even if it’s just a small thing, being able to help someone. To just have the ability to impact people every day.
When are you happiest? When I’m sleeping… probably when I’m home with my husband and my pets hanging out. Or at an alpaca farm!
Do you have a personal philosophy that you live by?
No, I mean I guess one thing I live by is “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” because that’s how I feel here.
By Dania Puente
Women’s D1 Hockey. Beat ASU 4-0and 10-1
Table Tennis: Regional tournament in Toledo Finished 5th overall
Men’s volleyball competed at Xavier University for a conference playdate.
Roller Hockey Beat Ohio State6-3 and 7-2 and Michigan 12-6, Lost Akron 7-3.
Equestrian Hunt seat Team got 1st on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday at Otterbein.
Men’s Hockey D2 Beat Lindenwood University 2-1 on Friday and lost 40 on Saturday.
Skating: The Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team placed second overall at the Golden Gopher Challenge in Minnesota.
By Michelle Gregg
Congratulations to our intramural teams of the week!
Start the new semester on the right foot! Shannon Speed explains different types of exercises that you can work on, as well as other recreational activities to keep you healthy and active. Shannon is one of the Miami Recreational Center’s Assistant Directors of Fitness, she is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor.
Cardiovascular Exercise vs. Weight Training
There are a variety of ways to participate in activities that challenge cardiovascular health. Things such as golfing, yard-work, and bowling are all technical forms of cardiovascular exercise. It is recommended to participate in cardiovascular activity 3-5 times per week at a moderate to vigorous intensity, for about 30 minutes. In total, you should be getting 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week, but how you break it up is really up to the individual. For some people golfing may be vigorous enough to serve as an appropriate form of exercise. However, it’s more likely that college students will need to engage in activities like running, biking, basketball, or climbing stairs.
Weight training is also an important component of exercise. It is recommended to weight train 2-3 times per week, making sure to take rests between weight training days. The Recreation Center has a multitude of weight training machines, in addition to free weights. If you are just beginning with a weight training regimen, it can be daunting and the first few days may be a struggle, but it’s well worth it.
Each have their own benefits. Cardiovascular exercise can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improves cardiovascular and respiratory function, and decreases anxiety. Weight training is known to improve bone density, decrease the risk of injury, and increase fat-free mass. Many people will choose to participate in either cardiovascular exercise or weight training, but the reality is that they are both most effective when combined. Both improve the overall quality of life and contribute to enhanced feelings of well-being and self-confidence.
Group Fitness vs. Personal Training
This is a long-standing battle for some as Group Fitness and Personal Training are complete opposites. Group Fitness in is a group setting of anywhere from 2 to 50 people and offers a variety of modes of exercise. For example, at the Recreation Center our offerings include: Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Pilates, Barre, Spinning, Toning, Bootcamp, Tabata, Zumba®, Indo-Row®, Shockwave®, TRX®, SilverSneakers®, Kettlebell, Baby & Me Yoga, Kickboxing, Abs classes, Cardio classes, and a variety of classes with different combinations of those options. The downside is that Group Fitness isn’t as personalized. There are many instructors that cater toward regular participants, but there are no fitness assessments performed to monitor progress, and sometimes your favorite class is only available once a week.
Personal Training is personalized. A health assessment and profile is typically completed beforehand to gauge where to begin in the fitness program. You also have the capability of meeting with the trainer more than once per week. The downside is that you may not have the support of a group, and personal training may not be as entertaining for those that like the music and interaction with others. In some cases, there is a happy medium, and we do offer this option at the Rec Center.
Small Group Training isn’t a new form of fitness, but it’s not something that many people know about. In this setting of 2-5 people, you have the best of both worlds: a social network, and individualized attention. If you’re considering beginning a Group Fitness or Personal Training program, you should make sure you’re aware of all of your options so you can choose what’s best for you.
Informal vs Formal Recreation
Most people don’t understand the difference between these two forms of recreation because “formal” is often associated with staunch or uptight. However, the real difference is really whether or not you are participating in something organized or unorganized. Informal recreation is anything from going to the fitness center to run on the treadmill, to playing a pickup basketball game or climbing at the rock wall during open climbing hours.
Formal recreation, on the other hand, includes activities like participating in an intramural soccer game, training with a personal trainer, or going on an organized adventure trip. More often, formal recreation is performed with friends or a social network whereas informal recreation may be on your own. That said, both are forms of recreation and, as long as you are getting exercise, are great options.
Most of the time your choice between informal and formal recreation is based on a personal preference. Do you prefer to exercise on your own or do you prefer to exercise with others? Or maybe you’d rather do both? There’s nothing that says you can’t participate in both an intramural soccer game and run on the treadmill in the fitness center on your own.
By Shannon Speed
Holly Wilson is one of our Yoga and Pilates instructors and has been teaching the Miami and Oxford Community for over 15 years. As a physical-mind instructor, she gives us her perspective and insight on posture as she associates it with her two disciplines. Wilson says that you’re going to learn the most about your muscular imbalances, postural habits and the best ways to correct it through Yoga and Pilates. She states that “Yoga and Pilates are about posture because they encompass the strength of the muscles that support the torso and the spine”. Her goal as an instructor is to give people the awareness and techniques to change the way they hold and move themselves in class.
Major problems of bad postural habits Wilson emphasized that head-forward, also known as tech-neck is a big problem. She explained that head-forward or tech-neck causes around 60 pounds of displaced weight to rest in the front of the body. This causes slumping through the shoulders which affects your overall balance. Additionally, this can load hip flexors and often causes you to hinge forward, which results in over-contracting your back and possibly compressing your organs. Another big problem she sees is individuals pushing ribs out and forward which is known as rib thrust, which can cause organ displacement.
Conclusion Good posture involves much more than appearance. It encompasses health benefits and prevents short and long-term consequences including bone development and density, as well as back pain which is the most common one. Holly Wilson says that if you manage to make good posture a habit, it will lock in at the cellular level and thus becoming a part of you. Both professionals accentuated that ultimately you control your postural habits and that you must strive to maintain them.
By Dania Puente
Miami University Club Bowling attended a tournament in Toledo. Kyle Berger finished 15th. The team placed 10th overall.
The Intercollegiate Synchronized Skating Team went to the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in Ann Arbor, MI and placed 5th out of 11 teams!
Women’s D1 Hockey beat Davenport on Saturday 3-2 and Sunday 7-3!
Men’s D2 Hockey beat Toledo 5-2 and 8-5.
Equestrian’s Hunt Seat Team brought selected riders to compete at the National Holiday Tournament of Champions and placed 4th out of 20 teams!
Miami University Women’s Club Basketball traveled to OSU for an overnight tournament. They lost to OSU in a good game. They also played Indiana University’s A and B teams and John Caroll.
Congrats to all of our teams for their hard work!
Also, good luck to everyone on finals next week!
Report by: Michelle Gregg
Miami University Club Bowling attended the Striking Knights Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. The team finished the highest they’ve ever finished in a tournament and two individual bowlers posted their best scores. Miami Bowling team finished in 9th place. Individually, Kyle Berger finished 15th and Ben Roth finished 23rd.
Miami University Boxing Club had 2 boxers travel to the New York City Athletic Club Show: Ryan Adelson and Adan Salguero. Ryan lost a tough close match against Army. Adan won a good match against Navy.
Congrats to our Club Sports for their successful seasons!
Report by: Michelle Gregg
Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and within seconds you straighten your back? There is much more to good posture than its aesthetic aspect. Poor posture can have consequences that go beyond back pain. Therefore the Rec marketing team decided to interview two of our beloved Rec staff Holly Wilson and John Hofmann. In this two-part series, we will highlight the importance of posture and what services the Rec offers to help with this from two perspectives.
John Hofmann has been a personal trainer here at the Rec for over nine years. He’s not only a personal trainer but an endurance sports lover having participated in running, cycling and triathlon competitions. With his experience and knowledge, Hoffman will help us understand what good posture is and what he does as a personal trainer to help with this.
What is good posture? Hofmann explains that there’s a postural difference when sitting and standing. Posture when sitting: have space between your feet, lower legs and the chair, sit up straight and have your knees at a 90-degree angle. The curve of the spine must be supported without bending, as that puts our vertebrate into compression. Posture when standing: stand with feet aligned with the shoulders, putting a little more weight on the balls of your feet, arms relaxed and head up over the spine. Hofmann emphasizes that there are many reasons why you don’t have natural posture, for example, you can have a skeletal inconsistency or muscular imbalances.
What can a Rec personal trainer do to help you with posture? Although helping with posture is not a personal trainer’s principal goal, posture is indeed adjusted when training with a professional here at the Rec Center. The right posture is essential when lifting and our personal trainers will make sure you have the appropriate posture to keep you safe. What Hofmann does and has his clients do is, when they walk into the Rec, they should think about posture. He also explains that working on balance is essential, one of the reasons why there are mirrors in the fitness rooms is so you can see when you’re doing exercises, that you’re doing them symmetrically, you can also see how you’re moving. Being able to see how you look also reinforces standing tall and sitting straight. Hofmann says that the primary problem of poor posture is back issues. Usually, when you have back issues it is in the lower back, where most of the body weight is supported on the spine. If you’re tilted consistently you can cause damage to the muscle and skeletal system.
STAY TUNED! Next Holly Wilson gives us her postural advice from a physical-mind discipline instructor perspective.
By Dania Puente
Miami University Roller Hockey had a home event. They went 2-1 defeating Ohio State 6-3 and Michigan 12-0. They fell to Akron 7-4. They are first in their conference!
Fencing attended a tournament in the Columbus area. 3 members placed in the top 8 competitors: 3rd place Brandon Yang, 5th place Landon Braemer, and 6th place Nicky Nocerino.
Miami University Club Broomball Team Unrestricted won their league championship with a 3-2 win over the Dayton Bombers. Max Warr (2) and Austin Smart scared, and Mike Dzoba (2) and Seth Wise had the assists.
Miami University Men’s Club Soccer competed in the National Championship Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. The team tied against UNC-Greensboro 1-1, lost a hard fought game to UCLA 3-2, and finished the tournament with a 2-0 win against Cornell.
Men’s Hockey D2 beat Louisville 6-2 on Friday and 7-3 on Saturday.
Women’s Club Volleyball had a tournament at the University of Dayton. They placed 3rd out of 17 teams!
Women’s Hockey D1 lost Friday 3-1 but won on Saturday 3-1 against Lindenwood.
Congrats to all of our Club Sports on their hard work this season.
Report by: Michelle Gregg