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The J.R. Holder Wellness Center is a 42,000 square foot facility that houses many features including an indoor track, racquetball courts, Cybex resistance equipment, and 15 pieces of cardiovascular equipment. Each locker room has ventilated lockers, showers, and a steam sauna. The Yvonne Carmichael Aquatics Center has a four-lane, 25-meter lap pool and a hot tub. Other amenities offered at the Wellness Center include personal training, massage therapy and daily exercise classes.  

The Wellness Center provides an environment that will contribute to the process of wellness and further enhance the dimensions of being of multiple populations. The focus is on the process. Healthy lifestyles, rather than what a person can do, constitute process. If a person does the process (i.e., adopting a healthy lifestyle), positive changes will occur to the extent that change is possible for that person. Healthy lifestyles are within a person’s individual control. Any person can benefit from lifestyle change, and any person can change a lifestyle. These lifestyle changes will make a difference in health, fitness and wellness for all people. 


Monday-Friday, 6 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm
Sunday, 4 pm - 8 pm

Richard Burdick, Director of J. R. Holder Wellness Center
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8109

Catherine Engelken, Assistant Director of J. R. Holder Wellness Center
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8105

Mission Statement
Wellness is not simply a concept to be applied at an individual level, nor is it exclusive to those in the medical and health profession. Wellness is a continual process that should include Northwestern Oklahoma State University students, employees and citizens of the community. It should be cooperative efforts in helping people improve all five dimensions of being: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.


Each member will be required to present a valid membership ID at the front desk before admittance will be allowed. 

1. Northwestern full-time students who possess a properly validated ID. 
2. Full-time employees of Northwestern who possess a properly validated ID. 
3. Any person 17 years of age or older who possesses a valid membership. 
4. Any person ages 11-16 who is accompanied by their parent. Parent must possess a family membership. (Family is defined as spouse, and natural and adopted children under the age of 18, or 23 if currently enrolled in college.)
5. Any person who is referred to the Wellness Center by a physician for rehabilitation purposes.


For those who would like the guidance and the motivation of a fitness expert, the Wellness Center can provide you with your own personal trainer who can help you learn how to get in shape safely and effectively. You and your trainer can arrange workouts at a variety of times on an hourly fee basis. Buddy sessions are also available with your trainer.

Current Personal Trainers are: Connie Foote, Kandi Hughart and Kyle Ward

12 Session Package - $255
6 Session Package - $132
3 Session Package - $68
1 Session - $25

Discounts available for Medicaid/Medicare recipients. See director for details. 


Fitness and wellness classes, at the Wellness Center, are free with your membership. 

M/W/F @12:30 PM
Instructor: Debbie

This 30 minute "lunch break class" uses a variety of workouts (and beats) to keep you motivated while improving your overall fitness. By using everything from ladders, bosu balls, body bars, kettle bells and much more you will improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, energy, and overall fitness level. This class is designed to allow you to change clothes, exercise, and get back to work without missing a beat! Open to all fitness levels.

M/W @ 5:30 PM
Instructor: Debbie

Experience a high-intensity, full body workout that targets major muscle groups for the upper and lower body specifically designed to keep your heart rate up and burn fat. Cardio kick incorporates circuit style routines that jump start cardio fitness by creating muscle toning exercises using: dumbbells, exercise bands, kettle bells or even the participant’s body weight. Each class brings a new level of challenge and is perfect for the beginner or advanced fitness enthusiast. No two classes are the same! As a participant of the class you can expect to improve cardiovascular stamina, core strength, muscle strength, and flexibility.  ((FITNESS LEVEL?))

M/T/W/TH @ 8:30 AM
Instructor: Jan

This workout uses a series of workout routines designed to increase your core strength, improve posture, energy and flexibility. Pilates is powered by breathe, flow and centering. By focusing on the mind-body connection and using more efficient form, this workout helps develop a stronger, leaner, healthier body. Designed for all fitness levels.

T/TH @ 5:30 PM
Instructor: Stacy

Indoor group cycling is a class that is designed to be an individually paced journey to mental and physical well being. By adjusting the resistance knob on your bike, all fitness levels can participate and work at your own individualized fitness level while being motivated and encouraged in a group setting.

T/TH @ 5:30 PM
Instructor: Aleta

Jump right in to our Water Aerobics class and build cardiovascular fitness and strength! Water aerobics is easy on your joints, yet challenging enough to help you reach new levels of fitness. Due to the low impact format, water aerobics are suitable for any age and any fitness level from beginners to elite athletes. This workout is a swimming blend of cardio resistance training, and may incorporate resistance tools such as buoyant water weights and noodles.

T/TH @ 3:00 PM
Instructor: Connie

Yoga is designed to improve health, performance and mental acuity. This class blends power, strength and flexibility in a fitness format to help you achieve the best results. Yoga reduces the risk of injury and augments recovery for ailments including stress, lower back pain, and tension. This workout introduces fundamental principles of yoga through step by step verbal description and demonstration.

*For more group fitness information please contact the front desk. 



The Wellness Center offers a wide variety of group exercise classes taught by personal trainers and certified instructors. These classes are a free service to members of the Wellness Center. Also, aerobic videotapes may be checked out at the front desk.

The Wellness Center’s cardiovascular area contains 4 treadmills, 4 ellipticals, 5 stationary bikes, 2 stair climbers, and a rower. There are also 8 televisions with FM transmitters that allow you to listen to the televisions through headphones. Anyone using this equipment must be age 14 or older unless special permission is granted.

Enjoy the use of our state-of-the-art Cybex equipment or the wide variety of free weights we have to offer.  Our 18 Cybex machines are designed for your needs and safety.  We also have squat racks, benches, and dumbbells. Young people, ages 11-16, may use the weight training facilities only under direct supervision of a parent.

Our two regulation size racquetball courts can provide a great workout while still having fun!  Courts may be reserved a day in advance through the front desk.  Racquets, balls, and goggles are provided at no extra cost to members of the Wellness Center.

The track has four lanes and is designed for running, jogging and walking.  Faster runners should use the outside lanes and slower joggers and walkers should use the inside lane.



The pool is 25 meters in length and has four available lanes. At least two lanes will be open for lap swimming.  Pool will be closed 30 minutes prior to the facility closing.


  • Pool cost is $50 per hour - this includes a lifeguard. 
  • Must have no more than 15 kids per lifeguard.
  • Extra lifeguard is $10 per hour.
  • Pool parties can only be held on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. or Sundays before 4:00 p.m.
  • Please pay with 2 separate forms of payment, 1 for the party and 1 for the lifeguard.

Call the front desk at 327-8100 for more information or to schedule a party.



Small locker room lockers and hallway lockers are available for use on a daily basis and are a free service to Wellness Center members.

Towels will not be checked out for showering or swimming purposes. Users must provide their own towels.

Large locker rooms can be rented for a fee. Keys will be checked out at the front desk and must be returned and the lockers emptied before the member leaves the Wellness Center. As of 1/1/16 you will able to purchase one large locker room key. 





















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