Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889


Contact us for more info: 

Erin Davidson
Fitness and Programs Coordinator 
(248) 370-4911

Becky Lewis
(248) 370-4910


University Recreation and Well-Being offers both fitness assessments and additional fitness education programs to 

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Simply fill out this form and we will contact you soon in regards to your next event request.

WITS Personal Training Certification: 5 Week Course

What: Oakland University’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) is partnering with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer a Personal Trainer Certificate Program at the Rec Center. This course will be 15 hours of classroom learning and 15 hours of practical, hands-on training. 
When: Monday's and Wednesday's from 5:30pm-8:30pm starting July 23rd through August 22nd
Where: David E Herman room and the Fitness Center at the Rec Center.
  • 15 hours of lecture and 15 hours of practical, hands-on training led by an OU fitness expert at OU’s on-campus Recreation Center.
  • Multiple choice and hands-on practical skill competency exam with mock client included ($350 value). OU will send testing materials to W.I.T.S. for scoring and validation of certification.
  • Detailed student workbook and other course materials (textbook separate).
  • The option to receive W.I.T.S. CPT - Level 2 status through the completion of a 30 hour (minimum) internship at a community fitness center; this is included with the cost of program tuition, and can thus be completed at no additional charge.

Tuition Cost

  • $700 for current OU Rec Center members (students and community).
  • $800 for non-members; access to OU’s Rec Center is necessary for program participation, and a 4-month complete membership is included in program tuition.


  • Students are required to purchase The Fitness Professional's Handbook, 7th Edition by Edward T. Howley and Dixie L. Thompson (ISBN:1492523372). The cost on Amazon is $60, or the e-book can be purchased from various sources (Google Books, the W.I.T.S. website, etc.) for anywhere from $38-$53.

Certificate Scope
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Achievement and a voucher to take the CPT - Level 1 written and practical examinations. Upon successful passage of the written and practical examinations, certification as a W.I.T.S. CPT - Level 1 demonstrates entry-level fitness specific competency and a commitment to consumer safety. Individuals with the certification help to improve overall health and fitness of clients ranging in age, health and fitness status through the development and implementation of fitness programs required for practice in the service industry in the United States. Individuals who earn the CPT - Level 1 designation are qualified to implement personalized exercise programs with clients that have no special medical conditions nor specialized physical limitations that would require advanced knowledge or skills.

The option to complete the CPT - Level 2 Internship is included with the price of tuition. Students will work with PACE to determine a host site and coordinate a plan of work for completion of the internship. 

To receive updates about registration, sign up on the CPT Course Pre-Registration  website. To learn more about the program, visit or contact PACE at
Body Comps

Working toward a weight loss goal? Then take advantage of our Drop-in Body Composition service to help you keep on track! Drop-in, no appointment necessary! Generally falls on the first Monday of every month.

  • Upcoming Dates Offered:
  • Times Offered: 
    • All Day- just stop by the Fitness Center ask speak with one of the Fitness Assistants!
  • Cost:
    • $5 (includes a report measuring your weight, blood pressure, percent body fat and flexibility).
    • Please pay at the Welcome Center and bring your receipt to the fitness assistant.
Know Your

Know Your Numbers is a program designed to provide participants with quick fitness assessment “numbers” relating to their health. Quick assessments will be offered for FREE at the Fitness Center within the Rec Center on the following dates. Some of the fitness assessments offered include: Blood Pressure, BMI, Flexibility, Body Composition and Muscular Fitness.

  • Dates Offered:
    • May 23rd Body Fat Percentage, BMI, and Blood Pressure
    • June 4th : Body Fat Percentage, BMI, and Vertical Jump Test
    • June 19th : Body Fat Percentage, BMI, and Push-up test
    • July 18th : Body Fat Percentage, BMI, and Balance test
    • August 16th: Body Fat Percentage, BMI, and Grip Strength
  • Times Offered:
    • 12pm-2pm 
  • Where:
    • Recreation Center, Outside Studio 897 (located downstairs outside the Fitness Center)
Fitness Center

Helps members become familiar with the Fitness Center, exercise equipment, and general fitness principles. Proper use of equipment and education on proper form and muscle groups worked will be discussed based on the participant's needs/goals. Workout clothes & exercise shoes are encouraged.

  • Offered: FREE all day, every day!

Designed for 13-17 year olds who would like to use the Fitness Center, Teens Getting Into Fitness (TGIF) teaches them how to safely and properly use the exercise equipment. Once the TGIF program is complete, the teen will receive a card to bring with them every time they use the Fitness Center. The Fitness Assistant on duty will ask to see their completion card. Parents/guardians must remain in the Fitness Center with the teen during all workouts. Participants must bring current photo with them for TGIF card to be made.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Time: approximately 45-60 minutes
  • Registration: Contact Austin at (248) 370-4594