Category Archives: Fitness

Sandy Wiechman’s Story

 Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator – BGSU Recreation and Wellness
Personal Training Client (2015)

It has been hard to break the “no pain, no gain” mentality I learned in the 80’s, but the trainers are very patient and helpful. 
Having been in a sedentary working environment for over 30 years, I had become lazy and didn’t do any form of regular exercise. I would walk, but never push myself to be any better. A prior place I lived had an indoor pool and an exercise area – for free!! Did I use it – heck no!

Having the opportunity to work with the Department of Recreation and Wellness at BGSU was frightening at first, but it has been the BEST thing that has ever happened to me! Everyone is so supportive and encouraging every step of the way on my journey to becoming the “best Sandy I can be”. This has included (includes) healthy eating programs, re-programming my brain to stop every hour and stretch or walk away from my desk, and to ENJOY exercise! Exercise has never been enjoyable for me. It has been hard to break the “no pain, no gain” mentality I learned in the 80’s, but the trainers are very patient and helpful. It is great to be instructed on new techniques to get the most benefit from my workout, and I look forward to hopping on a bike, elliptical, or my favorite, to jump in Andrews Pool with my floatation belt and water weights. Getting to the age where your muscles and joints don’t always agree with how you intend to move, I’ve avoided weight bearing exercises as, let’s face it, it just hurts and doesn’t move that way! Learning about different ways to stretch and target muscle areas with exercise bands for the most benefit has been exciting and produces great results.

The best compliment I can give to Jade and the other trainers at the SRC, is a quote from my doctors, “Sandy WHAT are you doing?? You look great and your numbers are amazing!” There is NO better feeling than that!

I’ve got a long way to go, but I know with Jade’s encouragement and education, I will be the best Sandy I can be!!


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Maintain Don’t Gain is Back!

Worried the holidays will weigh you down? Join the ‘‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’’ Challenge and receive accountability and motivation to avoid holiday weight gain and have a healthy and happy holiday season!

This FREE program is available to all BGSU faculty, staff and students! Here’s how the holiday challenge works:

  • Participate individually or create a team. The more the merrier! There is not a limit to the number of teammates you can have.
  • Register by attending a pre-holiday weigh-in. Weights are kept confidential.
  • Receive practical tips, recipes, physical activity suggestions and other information to help you engage in healthier behaviors throughout the holiday season.
  • Receive great workouts and opportunities to participate in free instructor led classes
  • Attend a post-holiday ‘‘weigh-out’’ during the week of January 11. All teams or individuals who maintain or lose weight during the holiday season qualify for select raffle prizes!

Download the Flyer (PDF) for complete details. Registration begins November 16.

Questions? Contact Karyn Smith

Macy Weatherhead’s Story

Macy Weatherhead, B.S. in Education – Major in Exercise Science (2014)
Group X Instructor

Macy Weatherhead is a 2014 BGSU graduate majoring in Exercise Science and was a Fitness Instructor for Recreation and Wellness. She loves helping participants reach lifting or weight loss goals and setting personal records. Macy plans on attending physical therapy school to become a physical therapist.

To turn a bad day into a good one, Macy suggests taking a walk outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine!

View the video below to more about Macy’s fitness journey.

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BGSU Homecoming: October 14-18

Falcon Fitness Reunion/Free Fusion Class Friday, October 16 at 12 pm in Studio B.

Free Student Recreation Center tours all weekend.

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Health Fair and Farmers Market October 6

Plan ahead to “Come on Down” to the annual Health Fair and Farmers Market. Enjoy free food samples and shop for fresh produce and other health related items from local vendors. Activities at the event are geared specially toward BGSU affiliates and this is a great opportunity to find all of your health and wellness related items in one location, and  on the BGSU campus!

Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Location: Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom
FREE and Open to Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members
Accepting Cash, Credit, Falcon Dollars and BG1

Event Activities:
Interactive Health and Wellness Displays
Fitness Demonstrations
Free Health Information
Food Samples
Raffle Prizes: $100.00 Grand Prize

Sponsored By:
BGSU Recreation and Wellness
BGSU Dining
BGSU Human Resources
Falcon Health Center
Wood County Hospital

For More Information:
Terry Carver, 419.372.7487

Free As You Are Classes

Join fellow Yoga enthusiasts in one, or several, of these FREE CLASSES or you can follow along from the comfort of home with Yoga As You Are Instructional Videos. Breathe deep and enjoy! Registration not required.

Take a short stress relieving break and participate in one of these free classes. This low-impact class includes gentle stretches, balance and breathing as well as movements designed to increase range of motion in joints and relieve tension. Lastly, enjoy 5 minutes of Mindful Meditation at the end of each class. Come as you are – all that’s needed is a yoga mat or a towel.

Yoga As You Are – September 14 – December 7 | Mondays 12:10 – 12:50 | Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall
Sessions are facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfullness and Yoga Instructor with over 18 years of Yoga and Meditation experience.

Faculty/Staff Tai Chi – September 16 – December 9 | Wednesdays 12:10 – 12:50 PM
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 314
Exceptions: No class on September 30, November 11, and November 25
Class on 10/21 is in BTSU Room 318
Class on 12/2 is in BTSU Room 316
Facilitated by David Cunningham, certified specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning