May is For Mental Health!

   As we navigate through the ups and downs of this pandemic, it is really important to make sure that we take care of ourselves, not only physically, but mentally as well.  We can do this by participating in yoga and meditation exercises.  It can also be as simple as getting together with friends and going for walks outside in the sunshine, treating yourself to a massage or going to the spa with some friends to get your hair and nails done.  You can play games of basketball outside or play horseshoes with some friends on campus.  We also have a disc golf course on campus for students.  This is a great opportunity for friends to get together while still keeping distance.  

     I will be teaching a yoga session on Friday, April 30, at 2, either outside near the soccer field or in the MPR in the Campus Center if it is raining.  Come join me to relax before you enter into final exam week.    

     The Riverside Farmer’s Market will start the beginning of June on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  This is such a wonderful market to get fresh vegetables, eggs and meats from local farmers.  Now is the time to get those grills ready to use all summer.  Here is a great summertime grilling idea!  


Chicken Kabobs:

You will need chicken breasts, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes and whatever you like for a marinade.  I like teriyaki or sweet Thai chili sauce.  Cut up all your vegetables, and then cut your chicken and let it marinate for a couple of hours.  Then put on skewers and season with salt and pepper and cook them on your grill.  This is the perfect low calorie meal.

Spring Fever at UMPI!!

     We are all starting to find it hard to stay on task in classes, and we are all tired of winter.  Now is the time to get moving and go for walks and enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine.  Maybe that might be running outside or walking on the bike path with some friends up to Mantle Lake Park.  It’s a nice relief knowing that the semester is coming to an end, and we did it!!  What an accomplishment to make it through this whole year with all the restrictions in place.  We did it and you should be proud of yourselves!

     If you are looking to get outside and go hiking, don’t forget that Aroostook State Park, Nordic Heritage Center and Big Rock Mountain are great places for hiking and mountain biking.  If the weather is really nice, don’t forget that Gentile Hall has kayak and canoe rentals if you are interested in going with some friends down the Aroostook River.  Getting outside for some physical activity is very important for us to stay healthy physically–but also mentally–as we start preparing ourselves for final exams.

     I know some of us are ready to lose the COVID weight that we may have gained during this pandemic.  Now is the time to start thinking about eating more fruits and vegetables.  A healthy tip to weight loss is to start eating your greens.  You can put green grapes, kiwi, green pears, green apples and some honeydew into a bowl.  For vegetables you can cut up some cucumbers, green peppers, broccoli, pea pods and some cooked green beans.  Place the veggies on a plate and add your favorite dipping sauces, such as ranch dressing or hummus, for a nutritious lunch or snack.

Spring Cleaning at Gentile Hall!

     Spring is such a great time of the year for mud and water!!  We sure have a lot of it with all the snow melting.  So here at Gentile we have decided to stop cleaning the facility until mud season is over.  So we welcome all to come on in and wear their muddy, wet shoes in the facility for the next month.  

     I know this is the time of year that everyone is getting beach body ready with summer right around the corner.  So we have decided that it’s OK to go shirtless in the fitness center.  We find it very entertaining watching people take selfies and flexing in the mirrors.  We encourage our weight room users to slam the weights as much as possible. We have all decided that we miss summer and enjoy listening to the sound of thunder throughout the building.  Not only is it great for the plates and barbells, but it marks the floors in beautiful patterns.  We also challenge anyone willing  to use copious amounts of chalk in the fitness center because we have decided that it looks good on the black mats.  

    It should be a wonderful spring here at Gentile and we challenge everyone to a window decorating contest.  Feel free to put your sweaty hands and foreheads on all our windows and doors because we think it will make the facility look prettier.  

     Due to COVID 19 concerns, I feel it would be best if everyone workout in HAZMAT suits.  This will be a great way to lose extra water weight and it will protect everyone and you against the deadly virus.  Workouts with HAZMAT suits are better than Fitbits!  For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

2021 Brings Hope That COVID Will Come to an End!

     Happy New Year from Gentile Hall!  Hopefully 2021 will bring hope and less stress to everyone.  You can kick start your diet with a cleanse that consists of eating no chips, no soda, no candy, no cake, no doughnuts, no French fries, no pizza, no ice cream, no juice, no white bread and no fried food for one month.  If you need motivation for a workout routine please email me so that we can set up a Zoom appointment.  I have been doing Zoom appointments only for personal training because of the pandemic.  My email is

     Don’t forget that Gentile Hall is open for students, faculty and staff.  Our hours of operation have changed, so look at our website at  If working out inside makes you nervous, then check out our ski and snowshoe rentals.  You can get outside and enjoy some fresh air at Aroostook State Park or the Nordic Heritage 

Center to get some exercise.  Stop by our front desk or email Dick Gardner at

     Mental health is just as important as physical health, especially as we navigate through this pandemic.  Staying connected with friends and family is very important.  Try doing things virtually with friends and family.  Sip and paints are a nice and relaxing way to be with friends and family without putting yourself at risk of getting sick.  Try downloading Headspace. It’s a free app that has many useful tips on meditating, yoga and other mental health techniques that can help with stress and anxiety.  

     Let’s all stay safe and healthy!


Kick Start 2020

Happy New Year from Gentile Hall!!  Now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions

and the hard part is sticking with them.  This year I kick started 2020 with a diet cleanse.  It’s

nothing really extreme, but it’s good to do to get your diet back on track after the holidays.  It

consists of avoiding chips, soda, candy, doughnuts, cake, ice cream, white bread, French fries, fried food, cookies and pizza for one month.  If you are looking for some motivation with your workout routine, come see me and we can talk about goals and what you want out of your fitness program.  For more details about personal training, diet, workouts and body fat testing, you can email me at

Welcome back students for a second semester!  Let’s get active with some intramurals.

Basketball intramurals will start soon and then volleyball will follow.  If anyone is interested in

playing or has any questions, please contact Jonathon Bowman at

Students, faculty and staff, don’t forget about all the rentals Gentile Hall has for you  to take part in outdoor activities.  Get outside and enjoy some fresh air skiing or snowshoeing.  We have skis, boots, poles and snowshoes for you all to use.  There are wonderful ski trails and snowshoe

trails at Aroostook State Park and the Nordic Heritage Center.  Stop by our front desk for any

questions concerning our rentals or email Dick Gardner at

February is heart health awareness month.  Some healthy tips for lowering your

cholesterol are increasing your omega 3’s by eating more fish.  Salmon is very high in omega

3’s.  Almonds, olive oil and avocados are also high in omega 3’s.  Increasing fiber in your

diet has also been proven to help lower cholesterol levels.  Oatmeal for breakfast is a great

choice with lots of fiber.  Fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants such as strawberries,

blueberries, spinach and broccoli have also been proven to lower cholesterol levels.


Here is a heart healthy protein smoothie that is a perfect option for breakfast or lunch.


½ Banana

½ Cup Strawberries

¼ Cup Oatmeal

½ Scoop Protein Powder

1 Cup of Yogurt

1 Cup of Juice




Happy Holidays from Gentile Hall!!

The Holidays are approaching fast, and Gentile Hall has the perfect gift ideas for your family and friends.  You can purchase a Gentile Hall gift certificate or a fitness class punch card!

Perfect stocking stuffers for your loved ones!  Also don’t forget about our bookstore in the Campus Center.  It has some wonderful gift ideas for family and friends.  Another perfect stocking stuffer is a Starbucks gift card.  Starbucks is located in the Campus Center as well.

All fitness classes will be free for everyone Dec. 16-20 during finals week.  This is a good time to bring friends and let them try a new fitness class!!  Students, stop by and bring a group of friends to a fitness class and destress during finals week!!

Students who are interested in participating in intramurals, please check with Jonathon Bowman for details at

Students, faculty and staff, don’t forget about all the rentals we have in Gentile Hall.  Once we get a lot of snow, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy winter activities.  We have snowshoes and cross country skis, boots and poles.  For any questions concerning our rentals, you can stop by our front desk or email Dick Gardner at  for more information.

If you enjoy downhill skiing, we have Big Rock Mountain in Mars Hill and Quoggy Jo out toward Fort Fairfield.  For those who love cross country skiing and snowshoeing, check out the Nordic Heritage Center and Aroostook State Park.  They both have wonderful trails to enjoy.  If skiing is not your thing, then check out the Forum in Presque Isle for ice skating.  Make sure you bring your student ID card for a discounted rate.  They have skate rentals available if you do not have skates.

Make sure everyone checks out our website at for any changes in our facility hours during the holidays.

Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake:

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

½ scoop chocolate protein powder

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

½ cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp cloves

1 tbsp molasses

Place all ingredients in a blender and then serve.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Show your support of breast cancer awareness this month.  Don’t forget to

wear Pink during the month of October.

Students, always remember that my fitness classes are FREE!  Fit Camp is Monday,

Wednesday and Friday from 5-5:45 p.m.  Tuesdays I have Total Body Circuit Training from

12-12:45 p.m.  Fusion Training is on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m. in the

Campus Center, room 112.

Intramurals are a great way to stay active and meet new people.  Basketball will be going

on for the fall semester on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-10 p.m.  Soccer will start

during the month of November.  If any students are interested in playing intramurals, you can

contact Jonathon Bowman for more details at

This is the best time of year to enjoy hiking with all of the wonderful colors.  Get outside

and enjoy hiking Haystack Mountain in Mapleton, Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle with

some excellent trails and Big Rock Mountain in Mars Hill.  Come see us for tents, sleeping

bags and backpacks for an overnight hiking trip.  We also have canoes and kayaks to rent!

Fall is the best time for fresh apples and pumpkins!  Check out our local school farm

on State Street in Presque Isle.  They have a variety of delicious apples to choose from, fresh

apple cider, wonderful vegetables, sweet homemade jams and pumpkins.

Diet and exercise are so important to keep our bodies healthy and strong.  Here is a

healthy applesauce recipe that you and your kids will love!


Fresh School Farm Apples of your choice:

5-6 cups of Apples cut, peeled and sliced into a pot.

½ cup to 1 cup of water

Bring apples to a boil and cook until apples are soft and mushy.

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Optional if you like cinnamon.

1 teaspoon of sugar

Optional if you like it sweeter (most apples are sweet enough that you won’t need the sugar).

Let it cool and refrigerate.  So good!

You can make a double or triple batch and store in containers and freeze them.




Gentile Hall’s Wellness Programs!

Welcome back to campus everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing summer vacation.  We are very excited for the 2019-2020 school year to get started!  We have so much to offer here at Gentile Hall, so come stop by and take advantage of this beautiful facility.

We have an elevated indoor track, basketball courts, a 25 yard swimming pool, a 37-foot rock climbing wall and bouldering wall and a wonderful fitness center equipped with strength machines, free weights and cardio equipment.  If you need help with anything, I will be more than happy to show you how to use the equipment.

I will be hosting a variety of events during my Wellness Week from Sept. 23-26. All events and fitness classes will be free to all.  Sept. 23 I will kick the week off with coffee, treats and orientations to all the fitness equipment from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Then I will have Fusion training from 12-12:45 p.m. in Gentile Hall.  The last event that day will be Fit Camp from 5-5:45 p.m.

Sept. 24, Nancy Roble from Cary Medical Center will be doing blood pressure screenings from 9-10:30 a.m. in Gentile Hall.  So if employees need some insurance incentives, this would be a good event to come to.  Then I will have Circuit Training from 12-12:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, I will have coffee, treats, healthy recipes and protein supplements from Bike Board and Ski.  Stop by and check out all they have to offer.  Then the last event that day will be Fit Camp from 5-5:45 p.m.

Sept. 26, I will finish off my Wellness Week with Fusion training from 12-12:45 p.m. in Gentile Hall.

I offer a variety of fitness classes to accommodate different levels of fitness that are free to all students.  Fit Camp is on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 5-5:45 p.m. This is a high-intensity boot-camp-style class.  Total Body Circuit Training is on Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m.  In this class I focus on core training and strength training for the lower body and upper body.  Fusion training is a combination of yoga, pilates and barre.  This class is from 12-12:45 p.m. in the Campus Center room 112 on Mondays and Thursdays.

We have a variety of intramural sports that will keep everyone busy.  Last year Jonathon Bowman did futsol, pickle ball, water polo and much more.  Check our website for details at or email Jonathon Bowman at

Faculty, staff, students and community members, do not forget that Gentile Hall has canoe and tent rentals through the Outing Club.  If students are interested in being a part of the Outing Club, stop by our front desk for more information.

Students, make sure you get your student I.D. validated at the business office.  For all other questions, concerns and hours of operation, you can contact Keli Marston at 768-1202 or email at  Or check out our website at

Just a little food for thought: let’s not forget about our wonderful Farmer’s Market in the area.  This is the best time of year to get fresh, home-grown vegetables in the county!  They also have a variety of soaps, lotions, crafts, baked goods, eggs and much more to choose from.

The Farmers Market is on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Riverside Pavilion.  The great news is that it’s within walking distance for our students, faculty and staff.


Spring Cleaning at Gentile Hall!

Spring is such a great time of the year for mud and water!!  We sure have a lot of it with all the snow melting.  Here at Gentile we have decided to stop cleaning the facility until mud season is over.  So we welcome all to come on in and wear their muddy, wet shoes in the facility for the next month.  We feel that this will be great for all the cardio equipment and people walking barefoot in the locker rooms.  The more sand and dirt you bring into the pool area will make it feel like we are at the beach, which will really help with the winter blues. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning at Gentile Hall!”

Spring Fever at Gentile!!

We are getting ready for spring here at Gentile Hall with the Sportsman show on March 22-24.  Come stop by and see canoes, kayaks, bikes, ATVs, fishing supplies, hunting supplies, a real fish pond and much more!

Warmer weather is right around the corner, so if you are going somewhere sunny over spring break, now is the time to start getting into shape with my fitness classes.  Students, all my fitness classes are free!!  Fit Camp is on MWF from 5-5:45 p.m., Circuit Training is on Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. and Fusion Training is on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m.  For more information about my fitness classes or personal training, you can email me at Continue reading “Spring Fever at Gentile!!”