Free Weights vs. Machines


by Taylor Mogg

If you walk into any gym or fitness facility there is an overwhelming amount of exercise equipment, consisting of free weights and machines. How do you know which equipment is best for you? Below is a list of advantages of both free weights and machines to hopefully make it easier to choose the next time you’re in the gym.

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Learn to Love Exercise

Learn to Love Exercise

by: LeShelby Winrow

Are you one of those people that hates exercising or find it to be a hassle? As research has proven is important to engage in physical activity almost daily. It is beneficial for every aspect of health. It can help improve body composition, cardiovascular health, flexibility, and can increase life span. The . . .  read more


by: Lauren Clonts

For some people, stretching is a mandatory way to end a workout while others end their workouts and leave as fast as possible. Whether or not you stretch and how you stretch can improve or decrease your performance. Stretching before a workout is crucial to prevent injuries and stretching after is to help with muscle soreness and . . .  read more

2016 Central Oklahoma Debate Institute

If you are looking for information on the 2017 CODI, click here:

Dates: July 24-30, 2016


Registration Before June 1 Cost of Institute: $300 Cost of Housing: $200

Registration After June 1 Cost of Institute: $350 Cost of Housing: :$225

Meal Plan: Cost $150 Covers 3 meals a day, M-F of the camp. The Institute will provide Dinner on Sunday July 24 and Breakfast on Saturday July 30 for everyone. . . .  read more

Are Muscle Imbalances Your Issue?

Normally, when we think of muscle imbalance, we think of the guy with a huge upper body and tiny legs. While that is imbalance, it isn’t what health and fitness professionals use the term as. Muscle imbalances occur when one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle causing restricted range of motion of the joint, increase risk of injury, and . . .  read more

Why Resistance Train?

By: LeShelby Winrow

What is resistance training and why should we be doing it? Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscle to contract against an outside force. This can be done using weight, resistance bands or bodyweight. Resistance training can be done separately or combined with a cardiovascular routine. The American College of . . .  read more

Why We Need Sleep

By: Taylor Mogg

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being. Yet, millions of people do not get the proper amount of sleep that is needed every night (around 8 hours); with reasons varying from sleep disorders to simply watching too much Netflix at night. We all know how we feel the next morning when we did not get enough sleep the night . . .  read more


Exhibit Dates: February 18-March 18, 2016
Opening Reception: February 18, 2016 | 4-6:30 p.m.

adjunct/art is a show that honors the work of the full-time professional artists that support the Department of Art at the University of Central Oklahoma. There are a lot of words that can be used to describe the nature of adjunct faculty, . . .  read more

Why You Need HIIT in Your Life

High intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is a fairly new workout trend that may just stick around for a while. HIIT is a type of training of repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by less intense activity and varied recovery times. As an athlete, I have always favored strength training over cardio. When I think of cardio my . . .  read more

Benefits of HIIT Training

By Ryan Brooks

High-intensity interval training or “HIIT”, is the training technique of using short intense anaerobic exercise bursts with less intense breaks in-between. HIIT has many different benefits for individuals who decide to try it. Below are some of the benefits you could see while starting a HIIT program.

  1. Time Efficient – HIIT is deal for persons with a busy work schedule. As little as 15 minutes is needed to see the same benefits as an hour on a treadmill. (1)
  1. Increased Calorie Expenditure – HIIT burns more calories during a workout than continuous training does. Also, HIIT burns calories even after you are done with your workout, burning more calories when your body is returning to homeostasis. (2) 
  1. No Equipment – With HIIT, no equipment is necessary. Running, jumping, high knees, quick feet, or any plyometric exercise is sufficient. HIIT is costless and can be done anywhere. (1) 
  1. Boosts Endurance – HIIT has been found to increase endurance with as little as 60 second bursts. This improved endurance can lead to better performance in other exercises. (2) 
  1. Heart Health – HIIT is very good for your heart. HIIT can increase flexibility and elasticity of arteries and veins. HIIT is also safe and more tolerable for people with coronary artery disease than a moderate level workout. (2) 
  1. Increased VO2Max – HIIT increases VO2Max. In a recent study with persons with type 2 diabetes, HIIT increased their VO2Max while a continuous exercise program did (2)

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