Group Fitness Instructors
Dr. Chen is a Physics professor at OBU. He enjoys teaching Physics as well as practice the BaiYang Damoa Gong. He and his wife (Grace) have exercised this martial art for more than 15 years. Both Dr. Chen and Grace Chen will teach this group workout program. The BaiYang Damoa Gong has been introduced as the OBU community over 5 years. It is a non-offensive, stretching, and breathing-based traditional martial art. Incessantly practice this exercise will improve the physical condition as well as mental strength. There is no pre-requirement. It is an exercise for all ages and you can join in at any time.
Teresa Gardner is a former Bison and has been leading the OBU beginner’s running club for the past few years. She has been helping runners train for the Bison Stampede and Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Teresa developed her love for running with a group of people from her church and has helped them train for 5ks to Marathons. She has literally traveled Coast to Coast competing in multiple races. She competed in The Walt Disney “Goofy Challenge” by running a Half Marathon on Saturday and running the Full Marathon on Sunday to complete the 39.3K in two days. She loves working with those with little to no experience running, as well as helping seasoned runners improve their times. “Running is a great stress relief and way of life. The only thing better than crossing the finish line is watching someone you’ve helped along the way complete one of their goals.”
Candi grew up overseas as her dad was in the Air Force, which ultimately sparked her interest to serve. She has served in the Air Force for 5 years. Candi obtained a Master's in Psychology and has a passion for helping guide people. She fell in love with Zumba when she attended a class in Germany because it was such a fun way to work out and burn calories. She has been teaching Zumba for 10 years and Yoga for two. Candi is also working towards becoming a certified Health/Life Coach. Candi has two children and enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, and roller skating.
Sheryl Mitchell has a BA from OBU and an MEd from OU. She has taught fitness classes for 16 years. She was the director of fitness classes at the RAC at Southwestern Seminary. Sheryl also was high school math, history, and art teacher, and was Housing Director at OBU. She has four grown children who are all OBU graduates. She and her late husband have served as pastor and pastor’s wife at churches in Oklahoma and Texas. She says that she sees teaching fitness classes as a ministry. She loves to travel and spend time with family.