Joseph Salamon, News Editor

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Recreation and Wellness Center made a change to improve the quality of their customer experience. On February 1, the Recreation and Wellness Center opened a brand new personal trainer lounge for students, faculty, staff, and clients.

The lounge is an addition to all of the RWC’s current amenities, offering clients a more personal experience in training and rehabilitation. After the opening of the RWC in 2015 with state of the art training equipment and facilities, UMSL has been working to keep their space as up-to-date as possible in order to fulfill the needs of their broad clientele.

Before the opening of the lounge, the personal trainers would meet with their clients in the lactation offices, offering little space for any advanced screening process that may be necessary. Danny Provencio, coordinator of fitness and wellness for RWC, provided insight on the switch to the new space. He said, “We just wanted a more open space for our trainers and clients to come in to have more room for assessments.”

The personal trainer lounge allows the trainers a fuller experience with their clients, having more room to conduct functional movement screenings. Though the space used to be Jamba Juice and is slowly transitioning to the personal trainer lounge, it currently has a pneumatic air workout machine, a scale, and various other machines to record and track progress for clients.

The new space might also inspire a spark in interest for personal trainer jobs among students, and Provencio is ready. “We have personal trainer workshops so no one needs to be certified right away,” he said.

The personal trainer lounge is located on the second floor of RWC down the foyer from the entrance by the front desks.