Category Archives: Personal Training

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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Andrew Kuebeck’s Personal Training Story

I work in the Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Department of the School of Fine Arts. I have been an Instructor there for three years. Because of my busy teaching schedule as well as the sedentary nature of jewelry making, I found that I really didn’t have any time to work out and began to notice an effect on my body. Each year I give myself a goal to attain, and this year’s was to return to my pre grad school weight as well as becoming more fitness literate. I am also turning 30 this year, and wanted to be sure that I incorporated fitness into my lifestyle.

I became aware of the Personal Training program through the Marketing and Communication televisions around campus, and thought that it would be a wonderful program to participate in. Because of my time off from fitness, I wasn’t entirely sure what my physical limits might be. I thought that having a trainer would allow me to re-enter physical activity as well as provide me with someone to keep me on track and teach me new things. I have been thrilled by the result of my participation with Stephanie Fletcher, my personal trainer.

Each session is fun, educational, and geared to my own needs. I always feel like I am accomplishing things that I didn’t think I could do before. I have lost 13 pounds and dropped two pant sizes since I started working out with Stephanie this semester, and am now only 3 lbs. away from my pre grad school weight. I have been amazed by the results I have attained by just spending 1 hour a day being more active at the Student Recreation Center.


Women on Weights – New workshop begins July 6

Interested in receiving individualized attention from a personal trainer while having fun in a small-group setting?  Receive support and guidance to start or sustain an active lifestyle by registering for the Women on Weights workshop at the Student Recreation Center.

This progressive 10-class workshop includes strength training circuits to increase strength and cardiovascular endurance. Enjoy using a variety of equipment such as free weights, BOSU, stability balls, TRX, and resistance bands. Exercise modifications are available making it appropriate for beginners and all fitness levels. Class is limited to 10 participants.

July 6 – August 5: Classes are available in the SRC Multipurpose Room on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:15 PM.  *Try a free class on Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 PM!

To participate, register at the SRC Welcome Desk. The 10-class workshop fee is only $30 for students/SRC members and $40 for faculty/staff/retirees.

Questions on Falcon Fitness programs?  Contact Kali, Fitness Graduate Assistant at