October 22, 2018

Further upgrades to Fitness Center needed, athletes say

Zeke Spellazza, student supervisor of the Fitness Center spots Matt Saitz as he demonstrates the proper way to bench press dumbbells.

Zeke Spellazza, student supervisor of the Fitness Center spots Matt Saitz as he demonstrates the proper way to bench press dumbbells.

By Alexa Joseph

The re-opening of the Webster University Fitness Center provided students with updated workout machines and a redesigned workout area. But some student athletes are not satisfied with the university’s upgrades to the center.

“Basically all there was, was an improvement to the cable machines and the fitness machines that we don’t even use at all,” said Webster Track and Field runner George Foehere. “One of the machines that we did use quite a bit was actually taken out, which was the row machine.”

The university responded to the Fall 2013 Delegates’ Agenda by updating all equipment nine years old, or older.

The university also reorganized the Fitness center. Tia Hewuse, a presenter at the Delegates’ Agenda, said some students did not feel comfortable coming into the Fitness Center. She said the equipment was broken or outdated, and the small space was a big issue among students including Women’s Basketball player Melanie Rhine.

“We do more full body stuff and it’s still a small space,” Rhine said. “So we still have to go in the hallway or in the gym to do our workouts, so I don’t see a huge difference with the new equipment, and it’s not very helpful to me, personally.”

Before the update, the Fitness Center had about 100 visitors on an average weekday. Since the updates, there has been a spike in the number of visitors during the week, The Journal reported on Jan. 20. If the increase of visitors remains consistent, the small space will remain an issue.

“The new equipment’s easy to use, and if visitors have any questions, we at the Fitness Center are here to help,” said Carlton Poindexter, a Fitness Center employee and junior at Webster, The Journal reported. “Hopefully it promotes a more active campus.”

Foehere said that even though there is still more to be done with the center as a whole, the updates make a solid first step in increasing the use of the Fitness Center among students, athletes and faculty on campus.

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