Strength & Conditioning

Whether your goal is to improve performance, lose weight, gain muscle mass, or learn the basics about exercising and living a healthy lifestyle, our Strength & Conditioning program has something to offer everyone! From the beginning exerciser to those with a high level of experience, we’ve got the equipment, staff, and knowledge to help you reach your goals!

The Strength & Conditioning Room is open to a limited number of participants.

The current occupancy limit for the Strength & Conditioning Room is 200 people. In order to ensure this limit is not exceeded, the current patron count will be tracked and posted in real time. Please CLICK HERE to check the current patron count before deciding to come to the Strength & Conditioning Room.

The Personal Training program is accepting new and repeat clients again!

  • Contact Stephen Opskar at or 979-458-2465 to learn how we can help you achieve your goals!

Work out from home with our series of At-Home Workouts!

Check out our Lower Body workout! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

Check out our Upper Body workout! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

Check out this workout you can do by utilizing a staircase! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

Check out this workout you can do with nothing more than a deck of cards! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

Check out our Towel Tabata workout! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

No exercise materials at home? No problem! We have put together an at-home workout you can do with just a milk jug! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:

No exercise materials at home? No problem! We have put together an at-home workout you can do with just a backpack! Click through the slides below for reps, sets, and demonstrations:


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Strength & Conditioning Room

Our Strength & Conditioning Room is now more than 32,000 square feet in size and houses some of the best, most innovative equipment on the market. If you are looking for a fun, upbeat atmosphere with plenty of staff that are here to help you, this is the place to be!

  • More than 10,000 square feet of free weight space outfitted with 26 custom Power Lift Racks, 9 inlaid platforms, 115 pairs of dumbbells, kettle bells, leg presses, combo pulleys, and a full line of Hammer Strength plate loaded equipment.
  • Almost 100 pieces of cardio equipment from Technogym, Woodway, and FreeMotion including treadmills, incline trainers, skillmills, ellipticals, climbers/stepmills, spin bikes, upright bikes, recumbent bikes and other unique pieces of equipment. Most pieces of cardio equipment have technologically advanced consoles that include TV, internet, and additional app capabilities.
  • Large turf “movement area” with equipment such as sleds, kettle bells, medicine balls, stability balls, battle ropes, plyo boxes, foam rollers, and more!
  • Large HD TVs throughout the room with most pieces of cardio equipment having their own personal viewing screens.
  • Dedicated Personal and Small Group Training Suite with both traditional and specialized equipment for exclusive and unique workout experiences for our personal and small group training clients.

We also have areas on the second and third floors of the Student Recreation Center where additional cardio equipment such as ellipticals, rowers, arc trainers, recumbent bikes, spin bikes, and a functional trainer can be found.

Members of our Strength & Conditioning staff are always present and willing to assist you. So, if you have any questions or need some guidance, just ask!

Personal Training Suite

Inside the recently renovated and expanded Strength & Conditioning Room is the new Personal Training Suite, fully dedicated to our personal training program and clientele.Personal training clients will no longer face waiting in line for access to equipment or struggling to find space to complete their workouts efficiently and effectively. With our new Personal Training Suite, clients will have access to an exclusive, exciting training environment with some of the best equipment in the industry, including Technogym Kinesis, TRX suspension units, customized rack systems, Power Block dumbbells, Skillmills, InclineTrainers, kettle bells, medicine balls and more! In addition, personal training clients will still have full access to our entire Strength & Conditioning Room and equipment during sessions with their trainers and when they come in to use the facility on their own.


  1. An appropriate towel is required for each patron to enter the Strength & Conditioning Room. No sharing. Articles of clothing, etc. cannot be substituted for a towel. Patrons are required to bring a dry towel to wipe down strength training equipment, pads/upholstery, and cardiovascular machines after use.
  2. Closed toe athletic shoes are required to workout in the Strength & Conditioning Room.  Sperry type shoes, loafers, slip-ons, slides, sandals, boots or other hard-soled shoes are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at ALL times.
  3. Appropriate athletic attire must be worn to workout in the Strength & Conditioning Room: i.e no jeans, khakis, or cargo type shorts/pants may be worn.  Shorts and pants cannot have buttons or rivets on them due to the potential damage to the equipment they may cause.
  4. No backpacks, gym bags, purses, helmets, rackets, skateboards, long boards, etc. are allowed in the Strength & Conditioning Room.  Free day lockers are located outside the room and in other various locations around the Student Recreation Center for your convenience.
  5. Only beverages that are in re-sealable containers that cannot break/shatter are allowed.
  6. Persons under 14 years of age may not enter or use the Strength & Conditioning Room or any other strength or cardio equipment located throughout the Student Recreation Center.  A parent or guardian must accompany dependents from the ages of 14 to 17 and must always be in very close proximity to them while they are in the Strength &Conditioning Room and/or utilizing any strength or cardio equipment within the Student Recreation Center.
  1. Strength & Conditioning staff members have the authority to request that any patron who violates any of our facility policies, including but not limited to, those documented below, leave the facility if the staff member deems it is necessary. This may also result in flagging of the patron’s account and consequently the patron being banned from utilizing our facilities for a period of time to be determined based on the severity of the infraction.
  2. Patrons should use extreme caution when lifting weights to avoid potential injury to themselves or others.
  3. Spotters are strongly recommended for all weight lifting exercises.
  4. To avoid congestion and waiting lines, patrons should allow others to “work in” between sets while using strength training equipment.
  5. All equipment must be returned to its proper location after use. All weight plates, dumbbells, handles, etc. must be re-racked in their appropriate location by patrons after they complete the exercise they are performing.
  6. Dumbbells, weight plates, and other equipment cannot be dropped to the floor.  Strength & Conditioning staff members have the right to determine what is considered “dropping”. THIS IS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
  7. All free weight equipment as well as dumbbells must be kept in the free weight area. Rec Sports Personal Trainers do have the right to utilize dumbbells outside of the designated dumbbell area with their clients.
  8. No benches can be placed/used on the platforms.
  9. No benches from racks (single half racks and power racks) may be used in the dumbbell area.
  10. Ground-based Olympic style lifting and deadlift can only be done on the designated platforms and with bumper plates.
  11. Barbells can ONLY be dropped when performing Ground-based Olympic style lifting (i.e. power clean, snatch, and derivatives) and deadlift, and ONLY from hip/thigh height on the designated platforms.
  12. Weights and bars of any kind cannot be leaned against the wall, pillars, equipment, or mirrors.
  13. Collars must be used on all bars when loaded with weight plates regardless of the total weight amount loaded onto the bar.
  14. Kettlebells cannot leave one’s hand when performing exercises.
  15. Weight belts that may damage equipment upholstery must be removed or covered appropriately.
  16. There is a 30 minute time limit per piece of cardio equipment per user.
  17. Profanity, yelling, and/or excessively loud or suggestive language will not be tolerated.
  18. No audible or amplified music through personal devices is allowed in the Strength & Conditioning room.
  19. Vaping/smoking or tobacco use of any kind in the Strength & Conditioning room is prohibited and is considered a zero tolerance policy.
  20. Only Department of Recreational Sports Personal Trainers are allowed to train clients in the Student Recreation Center.  Individuals, who are not Rec Sports Personal Trainers, who are found to be personal training in any of the Department of Recreational Sports’ facilities will be banned from utilizing our facilities for a period of time to be determined based on the severity of the infraction.
  21. All equipment must remain in the Strength & Conditioning Room. Only Rec Sports Personal Trainers and members of the Strength & Conditioning staff can take specific equipment outside of the Strength & Conditioning Room for use.
  22. Please direct all concerns and maintenance needs to a member of the Strength & Conditioning staff.
  1. No loitering is allowed in the Movement/Turf Area.
  2. Water bottles are not allowed in the Movement Area. Bottles must be kept along the outside perimeter of the turf.
  3. Dumbbells and fixed bars cannot be taken into the Movement Area.
  4. Medicine balls, and Dynamax style medballs can ONLY be thrown against the East (Tallest) wall. The balls cannot be thrown on the wall past the designated area (toward the Personal Training Suit Door).
  5. Sleds CANNOT be taken off of the turf and/ or moved into other parts of the Strength & Conditioning Room.
  6. Sleds may only be loaded with Iron Grip weight plates.
  7. Cleats are NOT allowed to be worn when utilizing the Movement/Turf Area.
  8. Shoes must be worn at all times while in the Movement/Turf Area.
  9. Tape CANNOT be placed on the turf for any reason.
  10. Iron Grip weight plates can be used in the Movement/Turf Area for things such as weighted low back extensions, weighted decline sit-ups, placing on the sled, etc. but MUST be re-racked appropriately when finished.

Personal Training

Let our nationally-certified personal trainers develop a comprehensive exercise program specifically for you. They can assess your fitness goals, develop a workout plan for you, teach you how to properly perform resistance training and cardiovascular conditioning exercises, and keep you motivated! From the novice to the experienced exerciser or athlete, our trainers have the knowledge and skill to work with you to help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer

  • One-on-one individualized attention
  • Increased effectiveness of your workouts
  • Reduce body fat
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve muscular endurance, strength, and power
  • Increase cardiovascular fitness levels
  • Enhance flexibility
  • Improve core stability and strength
  • Enhance balance
  • Increase speed, agility, and quickness
  • Improved sports performance

Integrated Fitness Assessment

Performed by one of our nationally certified personal trainers, our integrated fitness assessment will help you and your trainer gather baseline data, and help provide a basis for developing goals and effective exercise programs. Gathering and evaluating the various pieces of information will give the personal trainer a broader perspective of the client. The process and the data collected assist the trainer in identifying potential areas of concern and reasonable starting points for recommending modalities of exercise, along with intensities and volumes of exercise based on goals and fitness outcomes.

Our integrated fitness assessment evaluates the following areas of physical fitness: body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular capacity, flexibility, stability, and dynamic mobility.

There are many valid reasons for administering assessments to you as the personal training client. The data collected provides:

  • Identification of current strengths and weaknesses that may affect program design and emphasis on specific training components
  • Identification of areas of potential injury, or contraindications prior to program initiation
  • A baseline for future comparisons of improvement or rate of progress
  • Assistance in establishing appropriate intensities and volumes of exercise
  • Assistance in clarification of short, intermediate, and long-term goals

The integrated fitness assessment is included at no charge with the purchase of a 10 or 15 session personal training package. The assessment can also be added to a 3 or 5 session personal training package for $20, or purchased separately for $30.

Body Composition Assessment

Many people rely on measuring weight alone to determine their ideal body weight. However, weight alone can be very misleading because a scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle.

Body composition, however, refers to the quality or make-up of total body mass, which can be divided into fat-free mass and fat mass. Excess body fat has been associated with a number of health risks including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and sleep disorders. It is also associated with reduced performance and an increased risk of injury. One of our nationally certified personal trainers can accurately measure your body composition to help you learn the make-up of your weight and in turn enable sensible decision-making regarding diet and exercise programs. Whether your goal is to lose fat, gain muscle mass, improve athletic performance, or maintain a healthy balance, knowing your body composition can be essential in helping you achieve your goals.

Body composition assessment is included in the Integrated Fitness Assessment or can be purchased separately for $10.

You must be a Student Recreation Center member or purchase a guest pass prior to each session taking place in order to register for personal training services.


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  • Body Composition Assessment: $10
  • Integrated Fitness Assessment (purchased separately): $30
  • Integrated Fitness Assessment (added to a 3 or 5 session personal training package): $20

(1 trainer & 1 client)

  • 3 Sessions: $90
  • 5 Sessions: $140
  • 10 Sessions (includes 2 fitness assessments): $245
  • 15 Sessions (includes 2 fitness assessments): $345

(1 trainer with a max of 2 clients)

  • 3 Sessions: $145
  • 5 Sessions: $210
  • 10 Sessions (includes 2 fitness assessments): $370
  • 15 Sessions (includes 2 fitness assessments): $490


To register for personal training services you must visit the Member Services Desk located in the lobby area of the Student Recreation Center. There you can look through each of our nationally certified personal trainer’s profiles which include their weekly availability, certification organization and self-description.

At the time of registration you will be required to complete and submit the following:

  • Personal Training Assumption of Risk, Contract/Agreement and Registration Form
  • Welcome to Rec Sports Personal Training Packet

    • PAR-Q & You
    • Health History Form
    • Exercise History and Attitude Questionnaire
    • Physician’s Approval Form*

*If on the Assumption of Risk, Contract/Agreement, and Registration Form you indicate that more than one of the American College of Sports Medicine coronary artery disease risk factors pertain to you, your physician must complete the Physician’s Approval form prior to beginning your personal training sessions.

If you will be registering for a Body Composition Assessment, or Integrated Fitness Assessment you will be required to complete and submit the following:

Due to the popularity of this service, there are times when participants are required to put their names on a waiting list. Our Staff works to ensure that this list remains as short as possible, adding new trainers to accommodate our expanding clientele.


  • All clients must complete the following forms prior to starting their training sessions:
    • PAR-Q & You,
    • Health/Medical Questionnaire,
    • Exercise History and Attitude Questionnaire, and
    • Physician’s Approval form (when applicable).
  • In the instance that neither of your top two personal trainers that you request on the registration form are available, another trainer will be assigned to work with you during your personal training sessions.
  • Personal training sessions that are not rescheduled or cancelled 24 hours in advance will result in forfeiture of the session.
  • If the client arrives more than 15 minutes late for the scheduled appointment, forfeiture of the session will result and the personal trainer has the right to leave the premises.
  • Sessions are one hour in length, and the hour begins at the scheduled meeting time.
  • It is recommended that all program participants work with their personal trainer at least 2-3 times per week. However, due to scheduling conflicts and financial considerations, a combination of supervised and unsupervised workouts is possible.
  • All personal training sessions must be held in the Student Recreation Center.
  • The expiration policy requires completion of all personal training sessions within the number of weeks equivalent to the number of sessions purchased. Personal training sessions are void after this time period.
  • Refunds will be given if submitted within five business days of purchase with receipt only.
    Exception: No refunds will be issued once the first session with your trainer has been scheduled.

Small Group Training

Do you enjoy exercising in a group environment but still need some extra guidance and motivation? If so, our small group training program may be perfect for you! With our Personal and Small Group Training Suite, small group training clients will have access to an exclusive, exciting, environment with some of the best equipment in the industry. Take advantage of our FREE “try before you buy” weeks that occur just before each Small Group Training Session begins.

Summer 2020 Small Group Training Offerings

  • At this time, no small group training sessions are being offered. Please check back periodically for more information.

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Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Training Certification Prep Course

Rec Sports typically offers our Personal Trainer Certification Prep Course during the spring semesters. This semester long course helps prepare participants to take the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) personal trainer exam. Course participants will receive a discount on the exam registration upon course completion.

If you are serious about becoming certified and potentially working for Rec Sports, or have questions about our Personal Training Prep Course, please contact: