By Andy Newberry
Angie Reay was teaching fitness classes before the Bruce and
Graciela Redwine Student Wellness Center opened in 2009.
Reay was working to improve her physical fitness when the
nearest weight room was a small office spot in D.L. Ligon.
But progress happens quickly at MSU Texas, and Reay, the
Director of Recreational Sports and Wellness Center, is excited to see the
Redwine Wellness Center turn 10 with a celebration Fall Kick Off 3-7 p.m. Sept.
The Wellness Center was built for students, giving them a
place to relax and have a stress-free getaway from studies. It also serves
faculty, staff, and alumni.
Reay feels there’s still a newness to the facility and a
chance for growth, too.
“I always love being connected with students,” Reay said. “I
definitely enjoy hearing about why they like to come to the Wellness Center,
and what motivates them.
“We have a top-notch facility, and this should be the
non-stressful time of their day. It’s a chance to get away from school and any
pressures in life.”
Reay's belief in fitness was developed long before becoming
the director of the center in 2017. She played college basketball at Midwestern
State in 2004-06 and averaged 10.9 points in 54 career games. She’s made MSU
her home ever since.
“I wanted to stay connected with fitness and wellness, and
when I was in housing and this position came open it seemed like a natural
fit,” Reay said. “I wanted to incorporate wellness into my life, and the
competitiveness with our rec sports program, having always had athletics as a
part of my life.” Christopher Reay, her husband, is an assistant women’s
basketball coach under Noel Johnson.
Active MSU athletes and former athletes work at the Wellness
Center, but the focus is on making fitness available for everyone.
“We’ll help people get started on programs, and we have good
beginner programs,” Reay said.
A recent goal she’s been happy to see realized is having
more students teach fitness classes at the Wellness Center. It gives everyone
“Our group fitness instructors are fantastic,” Reay said.
“It’s a huge variety of classes. We have avid cyclists who teach spin class. They’re
cyclists and that’s how they teach their classes. And then we have traditional
spin instructors, and their classes are on beat and to music.”
FINDING YOUR FIT
The Wellness Center has drawn in beginners and experienced
fitness enthusiasts already this fall. Reay noticed the first few weeks were
busy as students returned and newcomers discovered the valuable resource.
Senior mass communications major Tommy Chhe is glad to be
back in the fitness groove this fall. “There are a lot of activities you can
actually do; a lot of activities in the gym,” he said.
Chhe said it’s been a great place to get away from everyday
stress and believes what he accomplishes at the Wellness Center increases his
self-confidence. “It’s my escape from the real world when it comes to education
and a job. This is a great escape for me, and I can say it is the same for a
lot of people I know.”
Friends can provide a morale boost, and having a friend
nearby can keep the motivation to stay fit at the forefront. "That
accountability helps a lot," Reay added. There are orientations offered
and programs for beginners. “And if you want to take it a step further, that’s
when we incorporate personal training,” she said.
Trey Reed, Assistant Athletic Director at MSU Texas, has
seen the Wellness Center give him an outlet to achieve better health and make
lasting friendships, too.
“Having access to a great facility has not only helped me
maintain a healthier lifestyle through exercise, but it has also helped me form
relationships with others throughout campus,” Reed said. “It is a great way to
relieve stress and provides a break from work to split up a day. Throughout the
years, the staff – full-time and student – has always been wonderful. It is a
great place to come together with each part of the campus community.”
Exercise Physiology professor – “I use the Redwine Wellness Center almost every
day. As a Professor of Exercise Physiology, a variety of equipment is essential
to meet the needs of a wide-ranging group of individuals seeking to improve
their health, wellness and everyday function through exercise. The Redwine
Wellness Center provides this variety, and it does so in a professional manner.
I have not only facilitated my own fitness within the center, but I have gone
through two major rehabilitative processes within the center. At a time when
health-care costs are skyrocketing, preventative care through exercise has
repeatedly shown to be a viable modality to reduce the cost of chronic
diseases. We at Midwestern State University are fortunate to have this facility
to enhance our lifestyle through movement.”
Claudia Nuno, freshman
student – “The times are very reasonable for college students. It’s open
from 5 a.m. to 12 (midnight) with very good availability. It offers a lot of
machines for everything, and there are a lot of amenities. The staff is very
friendly. They make you feel welcome, and they motivate you to finish your
Tom Clinton, student
– “Around the gym, everybody is pretty friendly. I’ve been to gyms where the
culture was different and maybe everyone was a bit of a muscle-head. It’s a lot
more relaxed, and no one takes themselves too seriously. The pool is pretty fun
when the weather is good.”
“You can’t beat the price,” Reay said of the Redwine
Wellness Center. For currently enrolled students, it is a benefit that comes
with their ID card. It is free for faculty and staff. For online students, the
cost is $130 per semester.
And the Wellness Center is another benefit of Alumni
Association membership. The cost is $270 per year for members and $270 for
their partners. With all that is offered, Reay believes that’s a better deal
than they will find elsewhere.
The fall hours for the Wellness Center are Monday-Thursday
5:15 a.m.-midnight; Friday 5:15 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10
p.m. The pool is open 3-7 p.m.
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The fall rec sports season kicked off Aug. 29 with table
tennis and will run through Dec. 4 with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. For
more information on leagues and tournament competition, visit
“There are many benefits to participating in our
Recreational Sports programs, and they all depend on what the participants want
to gain from it,” Wellness Center assistant director Mike Richardson said.
The rec leagues are for students, faculty, and staff, and
Richardson said those involved receive many benefits. “Some use it to remain
competitively motivated; others use it as a social outlet; and many use it as a
de-stressing activity from long hours of working/studying,” he said. “While all
reasons may be different, it is very fulfilling for me to see the programs we
offer being used for such a positive effect on our participants.”