Webster installs new fitness center equipment


During winter break, Webster University purchased and installed new workout equipment in its Fitness Center. The new equipment was in response to a request made by students at the fall 2013 Delegates’ Agenda.

Webster held a grand opening Wednesday morning to unveil the equipment. Students, staff and faculty members attended the event to check out the new upgrades. President Elizabeth Stroble gave a tour of the fitness center and cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Healthy foods and drinks were provided along with simple workout instructions to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The fall 2013 Delegates’ Agenda requested the university purchase new equipment for the Fitness Center. The university promised an upgrade of any machine or equipment that was nine years or older in their response to the Delegates’ Agenda.

Nine new Matrix workout machines, two new treadmills, new dumbbells, jump ropes, workout mats and a new television were added to the Fitness Center.

Video by Mary Eveker

Tia Hewuse, a presenter at the fall Delegates’ Agenda, said the the old Fitness Center equipment was dated or broken, and there was a lack of space in the center. She said people did not feel comfortable coming into the Fitness Center to workout.

“By getting new equipment, it would not only solve the issue of the old equipment and taking out the broken equipment, but it would also save some space,” Hewuse said.

Following the ribbon cutting by Strobel, workout demonstrations were given by Matt Saitz, Webster’s strength and conditioning coach. Saitz demonstrated how to have perfect form and safety while working out to the attendees of the event.

Saitz said the new equipment gives the athletic department some more versatility in what they can do.

“When you get new equipment, it always gets everybody a little more excited and interested to get into the weight room and better themselves,” Saitz said.

The Fitness Center posted on an average weekday about one hundred people, whether it be students, faculty or community goers come into the Fitness Center. Since the new equipment has been installed, the University said there has been significant spike in Fitness Center attendance.

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