Category Archives: Fitness

RecWell Rewind – 2nd Annual Physical Training Demonstration

The Physical Training Department held the second annual physical training demonstration in the University gymnasium on March 27, 1918.

The purpose of the demonstration was to “acquaint the public with the character of the physical training carried on at the college to safeguard the health of students.” A large number of people attended the demonstration which showed that “the public is intensely interested in this phase of the college work.”

The program was divided into two parts, with demonstrations by participants from the training school (third – sixth grade boys and girls) in the first part, and demonstrations by college girls from the Bowling Green State Normal School in the second part. Demonstrations by the training school included “The Muffin Man,” a song and rhythmic game, “Black Tom,” an active game, “Ace of Diamonds,” a rhythmic game, an athletic memetic drill, an Indian club relay race, a dance performed by Elizabeth Beyermann (third grade). Demonstrations by the college girls included an Indian Club drill, a Swedish gymnastic drill, a wand drill, maze tag, the Indian Club, a “Norwegian Mountain March” dance, a “Blecking” dance, and a minuet performed by the sophomore girls.

Learn more about Recreation and Wellness history.

Read more about the current Falcon Fitness Program.

Outdoor Program: Upcoming Trips

Looking for ways to escape the city scene and become one with nature? Check out the Outdoor Program’s trip list for the spring!
Camping | Hocking Hills, OH | March 18-20

  • Cost: BGSU Student $75.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $85.00 | Community Member $115.00

Day Hike | Toledo, OH | March 23

  • Cost: BGSU Student $15.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $20.00 | Community Member $30.00

Lonestar Caving | Lonestar, KY | April 1-3

  • Cost: BGSU Student $75.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $85.00 | Community Member $115.00

Upper Peninsula Astrophotography/Camping | Petosky, MI | April 8-10

  • Cost: BGSU Student $100.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $110.00 | Community Member $120.00

Day Hike | Toledo, OH | April 13

  • Cost: BGSU Student $15.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $20.00 | Community Member $30.00

Moonlit Canoeing | Maumee river, OH | April 20

  • Cost: BGSU Student $15.00 | Faculty/Staff/Alumni $20.00 | Community Member $30.00


Recreational Sports and Fitness Week February 22 – February 27

BGSU Recreation and Wellness is participating in the annual NIRSA Recreational Sports and Fitness Day by celebrating what we do all week long! A featured activity of the week is to capture exactly what recreation means to BGSU by showcasing it through photography. Be a part of the excitement by participating in the Photo Journal Project. See your work possibly featured on the Recreation and Wellness website, in social media, entered into NIRSA contests, or possibly displayed at the Student Recreation Center.


  • Open to any BGSU student, faculty, or staff member 18 years of age and up.
  • Open to any Student Recreation Center Member or Recreation and Wellness program participant 18 years of age and up.
  • Before taking the photo, permission must be granted. Photos must be taken on the BGSU campus between Monday, February 22 and Saturday, February 27, 2016 depicting themes related to recreation, sport or wellness.
  • Photos may be used on any BGSU website, social media, blog, online photo album, on display at the SRC, entered in the NIRSA Creative Excellence contest, or be chosen as a feature in a photo book.

Photo Ideas/Themes:

  • Working out at the SRC or anywhere on campus
  • Walking, running, jogging
  • Lifting weights or using exercise equipment
  • Swimming
  • Falcon Fitness
  • Climbing the Wall
  • Attending a Wellness Event
  • Your sport club or team
  • Intramural sports
  • Showing how you, friends, or family live a healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy eating
  • You and your swolemate
  • Recreation Facilities including the SRC, Field House, Golf Course, or other related areas on campus

Submission Instructions:

  • Take a photo of what recreation at BGSU means to you
  • Submit the photo by Sunday, February 28 at 5 PM
  • Multiple submissions per person are permitted

View a complete schedule of events for the week here.

RecWell Rewind – Aerobics in the 80’s


Man Exercising During the 1985 spring semester aerobics attendance averaged 200 participants an evening (excluding morning and afternoon participants).

According to Michelle Rolston, assistant director/interim of the Student Recreation Center, drop-in programs, classes, information sessions, special events, and three different free drop-in programs were available to promote good health and fitness. The drop-in programs, Fit-For-All Aerobics, Weight Room Awareness, and Water Aerobics, were free of charge.

aerobics_class5Fit-For-All Aerobics was divided into three levels of difficulty. The green/top level was a 25 minute session called “Go For It,” the yellow/intermediate level was a 15-20 minute session called “Exercise with Caution,” and the red level was an 8-10 minute program for beginners called “Easy Does It.” Rolston explained that the green workout was the most popular, but participants were advised to start at the most comfortable level and work their way up.

To ensure proper placement in one of the three different levels, participants were asked to take a fitness test in the L.I.F.E. Room. However, the testing was not required for program participation. Fitness testing was also available to participants three times throughout the semester to gauge their improvement. The testing included a cardiovascular step test, sit-ups, push-ups, a flexibility test, and a body fat test.

Aerobic Class Participants Lifting KneesWhile the majority of participants in aerobics classes were women, Rolston noted that the number of male participants had increased as the weeks progressed. To help men feel more comfortable participating, a Fitness for Men activity was also offered, which focused on calisthenics and activities such as running and basketball.

In order to accommodate the busier schedules of faculty and staff, a noon workout and a 30-Minute Workout were added to the program as well. Rolston commented, “We’re striving to get the faculty and staff into it,” and added that the noon workout is sometimes the only time available for teachers to exercise.

Water Aerobics classes were also held in the Club Pool two days a week and were taught by Rolston. The water aerobics classes followed the same format as regular aerobics, but according to Rolston they did not move as fast and excluded some of the “dancey” movements that were made more difficult in the water.

Learn more about Recreation and Wellness history.

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February Falcon Fitness Activities

Fall in LOVE with FITNESS!

All month long, join us for these great events & programs and get your heart pounding!

POUND® – This Thursday Rockout & Workout!

A cardio jam session inspired by energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums! Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. 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. Learn more about the workout HERE.

  • February 4 from 8:15-9:00 PM in Studio B
  • FREE for Group X members, $5 for non-member
  • Guest Instructor: Nancy Fisher, certified POUND® Pro

*Get there early, class is limited to 50 participants.

FREE Passport to Fitness Program – Begins February 8

Looking for extra motivation to help you achieve your fitness goals? Join the 4-week Passport to Fitness program and add some fun and adventure to your workout routine. Plus, earn the chance to win great prizes! This challenge is free for all Group X members and current personal training clients and runs from February 8 – March 4.

Participating is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Starting February 8, pick up a passport in any of the Group X Studios or Personal Training Office
  2. Earn a “stamp” in your passport for working out! Group X members receive a stamp for every class they attend and personal training clients receive a stamp for each exercise session they complete with their trainer and on their own.
  3. Receive 10 stamps and be entered into a drawing for great raffle prizes such as a free massage.  Top participants with the most stamps win a Falcon Fitness Champ T-Shirt.

WERQ Dance Fitness Class

Bring your friends and enjoy THIS fiercely fun dance fitness class based on pop, rock and hip hop music.

  • Friday, February 19 at 7:00 PM in Studio B
  • FREE for all students, faculty/staff and community members

Themed class: 80’s Cycle

Join Taylor and cycle to the greatest 80s music. Lace up your sneakers, put on your leg warmers and get ready to sweat to the oldies!

  • Wednesday, February 24 from 12:00-12:45 PM in Studio A
  • FREE for Group X members, $5 for non-member

February Personal Training Special!

Looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift? Or are you and a friend trying to get in shape this spring and would like a little extra help? Take advantage of the February promotion and register for a partner personal training package! Package includes a free 30-minute consultation and three one-hour training sessions for two people for only $75. Pair with a significant other, friend, roommate or family member and get in shape together!

Offer valid through February 29. Packages can be purchased at the SRC Welcome Desk. For more information, contact Kali Morgenstern at