By Ola Iduma
There are new changes in the CSU Bakersfield student recreation center, and some existing problems have been fixed.
At the beginning of the semester, the card swipe machine at the SRC was faulty. Nobody could use the machine to gain access to the gym, so the SRC staff had to input names manually into the system for students to be checked in, which was time consuming.
Gabby Parada, student staff at the SRC and human biology major said, “The machine was outdated. That’s why it wasn’t working. It had to be updated for this semester.”
The machine was fixed on Friday, Sept. 29. Students and members can now do a card swipe in the machine and go in without having to wait.
There are new programs at the SRC this semester.
They include the buddy training, small group training, personal training ticket purchase, and Olympic weightlifting. The buddy training is now available for only two participants per session. The participants pay for 3, 6 or 12 sessions.
The small group training consists of 3-10 participants who aim towards similar goals. It is only open to CSUB students and All-Access Members. It is free of charge, but participants must register before entering the class.
Chris Smith, an electrical engineering student staff at the SRC, said group training involves goal setting.
“You have to tell the trainer what your goal is, and they help you reach it,” said Smith.
This training uses circuits to improve overall strength, endurance, and muscle toning. Participants have intense workouts that will also help cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility and body composition. Equipment such as, ladders, dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands and kettlebells are used.
At the SRC front desk, there are now personal training packages for sale. Personal training sessions were free last semester, but now participants are charged to work one-on-one with trainers to help them meet their individual fitness needs.
According to the SRC services page on the CSUB website, after buying the package, “the fitness and wellness coordinator or student manager of fitness will be in contact to pair you with a personal trainer on staff.
Following this, communication will occur directly with the trainer to set up the initial session and when scheduling dates/times for subsequent sessions.”
Personal trainers also educate and engage the SRC community through better fitness and health.
Justin McKinley, Associated Students Inc. vice president of finance, said that a survey was conducted last semester at the SRC. Students gave their opinions and suggestions on what changes they want at the SRC for the following semester. In the survey, there was a huge demand for Olympic lifting equipment.
This led to the Olympic lifting section being added to the SRC.
“Students are now able to do power/Olympic lifting on the fit floor, and this service was not available last semester,” McKinley said.
The Olympic lifting section is to the left of the fit floor.