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FITNESS


FIT Classes + Schedule

Fitness and Recreation is proud to offer you a group exercise program that offers the latest and hottest fitness classes. These classes are for OU affiliates including OU students, faculty, and staff and are not open to the public. The schedule is jam packed with great group fitness classes that will fit any taste or fitness level. With over 60 classes offered per week, you will have no problem finding the perfect class for you! Choose from high-energy Zumba® classes to challenging and stress relieving Yoga and Pilates classes. Highly motivating instructors will make it easy to meet your exercise needs whether you are just starting out or a veteran exerciser. Come join a fun and fantastic workout that will keep you engaged and energized all semester!

Beginning a new exercise program or taking it to the next level? Please review the Get Active Questionnaire below to determine if you should speak to your healthcare provider before beginning. Participate in these classes at your own risk. Be Active, Stay Healthy!

FIT Schedule and Descriptions

Aqua Zumba®

  • A fusion of dance and hypnotic international rhythms using dynamic, high energy fitness in shallow water
  • Low-impact cardio and strength for all levels

Barre (Limited to 22 spots)

  • Full body workout, fusing the best elements of ballet with cardio, strength, and core work
  • Strengthens, lengthens, and stretches the body from top to bottom

Cycling (Limited to 30 spots)

  • Improve cardiovascular endurance using stationary bikes.
  • Designed for all fitness levels.

Cycle Boot Camp

  • Combines cardio and strength training in a single class; maximize your time by alternating sections of high-intensity cardio intervals cycling with strength training on the floor.
  • Each class finishes with a yoga-inspired full body stretch to increase flexibility and help with recovery. 

Deep/Shallow Water

  • A total body workout using gyros, dumbbells, noodles, and more in deep or shallow water for all fitness levels.

Gentle Yoga

  • An introductory class great for beginners, or those with joint pain or mobility issues.
  • Improves core strength, posture, balance, joint mobility, stamina, etc.

Kickboxing/Bags (Limited to 22 spots)

  • Develop strength, flexibility, and stamina utilizing a heavy bag.
  • Hand protection is required.

Kickboxing 101 (limited to 22 spots)

  • Learn basic punches and kicks with proper form for an effective and safe workout. 
  • Learn how to strike the bag properly.
  • Open to all fitness levels; ideal for those new to kickboxing or anyone needing foundational instruction.
  • Hand protection is required.

Pilates (Limited to 22 spots)

  • Focus on breath and movement.
  • Improves core strength, posture, balance, joint mobility, and stamina.

POUND®  (limited to 22 spots)

  • Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.
  • Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.
  • Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! 

Strength Xpress  (limited to 22 spots)

Burn fat, build muscular strength and endurance in this class focusing on timed sets for a workout focusing on all the major muscle groups

  • Use bodyweight, dumbbells, bars, med balls, and kettlebells
  • Extra attention placed on form and learning various ways to train each muscle group

Yoga (Limited to 22 spots)

  • Classical Yoga poses to develop physical health, strength, flexibility, balance, and state of mind.
  • Can accommodate beginners through advanced, as the instructor provides various levels for each exercise.

Yoga/Cycle Fusion (Limited to 30 spots)

  • Combines cycling and yoga in a single class.
  • Maximize your time by alternating sections of high-intensity cardio intervals cycling with yoga on the floor.
  • Each class finishes with a yoga-inspired stretch to increase flexibility and help with recovery.

Zumba® (Limited to 22 spots)

  • A fun, calorie-burning dance fitness workout that is a fusion of Latin-inspired dance moves, hip hop, and hypnotic International rhythms.

F45

F45 Challenge

January 23 - March 8

The F45 Challenge is a nutrition and training program focused on holistic well-being. The combination of F45’s style of training and the challenge meal plans is designed to help members transform their lives.

F45 Challenge Registration Packet (pdf)

Register Here

 

What is F45?

F45 Training is a team-based, functional training facility that places a huge emphasis on the 'three key factors' of motivation, innovation, and results. Merging 3 separate leading-edge fitness training styles into one consummate and compelling group training experience for its members. F45 Training combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training.

 

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F45 FAQs

F45 is a group-training program that originated in Australia in 2012.  This type of team-based training centers on functional training and developing the muscle groups of the body in order to perform better in all aspects of daily life.  Each workout will be centered on building a community within the class, switching up the exercises from each workout, and using technology to model exercises and allow participants to thrive in the group-training environment.  Each workout lasts 45 minutes, starting with a warm-up and ending with an optional cool-down.

To sign-up, please come to the Sarkeys Fitness Center front desk with your OU SoonerCard ID or download the Fit+Rec app to register and sign up for a class today!. After purchase, your current FIT Pass will be upgraded to FIT Pass Plus. *Important note: pre-registration for F45 classes will be required via the OU Fit+Rec App. If you elect to purchase in person at the front desk, please don’t forget to create an account on the OU Fit+Rec App.

To purchase, please visit ou.edu/far/sign-up to see purchasing options or come to the Sarkeys Fitness Center front desk. *Important note: pre-registration for F45 classes will be required via the OU Fit+Rec App. If you elect to purchase in person at the front desk, please don’t forget to create an account on our app.

F45 is located next to the entrance Sarkeys Fitness Center.

This involves high intensity training for 45 minutes by using many muscle groups with movements like squatting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and many other movements a person would use in their daily lives.

Wear athletic clothing, good fitting athletic shoes, and a water bottle.

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity. It is recommended to get 3-5 days of exercise per week.  Attending 2-3 times per week, with a rest day between sessions might be sufficient based on your other exercise plans.  Listen to your body and do what is best for YOU.  Everyone’s body is different, and exercise frequency may be based on what best suits the needs of the individual.  Participants may also find it helpful to do F45 once or twice a week and supplement their fitness with other activities like yoga, walking, cycling, swimming, and/or strength training.

Trainers will be present and can offer modifications to accommodate your needs in a friendly and convenient way.

There is a family feel involved with F45 training which you cannot get while working out on your own or working out with a friend.  F45 involves a group of people sweating and working together for 45 minutes to push each other to achieve their fitness goals.  Each group will bond together and help each other become a better person and a better team member.

All levels of participation are welcome!  F45 instructors will show and explain several different levels of modifications for the exercises during the workout.  Each exercise can be adapted to your specific level and/or any other specifications you might have. Even with all levels of participants attending, the team atmosphere creates a great opportunity for all to improve!

Class is 45 minutes long from start to finish.  Give yourself time before you arrive to stow your stuff and be on time to the room.  Arriving late is a distraction to your F45 teammates and may result in injury.  The instructor may refuse to allow someone to enter after class has started.

The class will take place in the F45 Studio, which is located on the lower level near the racquetball courts.  There will be no space in the studio for extra belongings, but participants are able to purchase a semester-long locker space, use the locker rooms located on the lower level of Sarkeys Fitness Center, or check out a lock at the Equipment Desk to use on the complementary lockers near the locker rooms.  

Personal Training

Get a personalized workout at an affordable price! Our certified personal trainers will provide you guidance, support and instruction to keep you motivated to reach your fitness goals. Learn how to safely and effectively train while transforming your body and mind. All fitness levels welcome!

Our nationally certified personal trainers can develop an exercise program specifically for you and tailor a program to your specific needs and match the training to activities you like.

From the novice to the elite athlete, we have the knowledge and skill to work with you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals. A trainer acts as an expert guide and consultant, teaching you how to perform exercises correctly and effectively.

Pricing

Personal Training is available through the Sarkeys Fitness Center. The cost for a training session is $30 plus tax per session. Each training session typically lasts up to 45 minutes. For more information please contact Fitness and Recreation at (405) 325-3053 or email fitrec@ou.edu.

Payment must be received prior to making an appointment.

Purchased sessions expire at the end of each semester if the client has not trained during that semester.

Appointments must be made at least two business days in advance or facilitate through your trainer.

Please arrive on time for your appointment. Your trainer will meet you at the front desk of the Sarkeys Fitness Center unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Clients will be charged for sessions cancelled less than 24 hours in advance. Exceptions to this may be granted by the Fitness and Outreach Coordinator for documented illness.

Personal training sessions are generally one hour.

The first personal training appointment is your Initial Assessment. The Initial Assessment typically lasts longer than one hour. It will include a review of your medical history, goals, fitness assessment, and an exercise prescription. The fitness assessment includes taking your resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, body composition, exercise heart rate, exercise blood pressure, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.

  • Please have the Medical History Form completed prior to your arrival. This will provide you more quality time with your trainer.
  • Exercise should not be performed the day of your assessment.
  • Do not eat or smoke two hours prior to your assessment appointment. Also, avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Avoid using lotion.

Wear athletic attire:

  • Gym shorts and a t-shirt are preferred (no jeans).
  • Women: please wear a sports bra.
  • Shoes must be non-marking and closed-toe.

Fitness Assessment

 

Fitness assessments are recommended for participants as a comprehensive physical assessment to determine current level of fitness. The assessment provides valuable physical information for the trainers to design personalized workouts based on your goals, current movement patterns and fitness levels.

Knowing your body composition can be beneficial for understanding the risk of disease, improving overall health and goal setting. Body composition testing is administered by a trained staff member and is completely confidential. Availability is limited so please check the front desk for appointment dates and times. 

Payment must be completed when appointment is made. Payments are non-refundable.

Session InformationAmountTimePrice
Fitness Assessment SessionOne Session60 minutes$30 + tax

What to Expect?

Fitness assessment: Each session starts with a postural check, movement screens, resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, height, weight, and body composition.

Health-related assessment: Cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, and balance.

Body composition testing is done in our Personal Training room for privacy. You will be asked your comfort level for testing and all testing will meet participants accomodation and comfort level.

You will be asked to fill out a form asking your height and weight. If you don't know, we will gladly take these measurements for you in the Personal Training Room.

Your administrator will talk you through the process of body composition testing. All testing is done on the right side of the body. Skin fold calipers are used to measure your tricep, subscapula, mid axillary region, chest, illiac crest, abdominal region, and thigh.  Each site will be tested twice. 

Upon completion of your testing, your administrator will calculate your body fat percentage, pounds of muscle, and pounds of fat. 

Testing only takes about 15 minutes and is done individually. 

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Fitness and Recreation at (405) 325-3053 or email fitrec@ou.edu.

What to Wear?

Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. Workout clothes are best and it is recommended that women wear a sports bra.

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Fitness Anywhere

David Smith

ISSA Elite Personal Trainer, ISSA Strength & Conditioning Coach, ISSA Certified Senior Fitness Specialist, ISSA Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Professional, Life Coach from The Life Coach Institute of Orange County, AHA BLS Instructor

Meal Prep

Strength Xpress: Wednesday (6/17)

Strength Xpress: Wednesday (6/10)

Strength XPress: Wednesday (5/27)

Strength Xpress: Thursday (5/7)

Strength Xpress: Thursday (4/30)

Basic Strength Training

Basic Strength Training 2

Lower Body Workout

Upper Body Workout