Campus Rec offers free training sessions and upgrades

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So your New Year’s resolution went out of the window around Jan. 2, but you still are committed to starting that new workout routine. Now the question is, “How?”

The Rec Center’s free personal training sessions will help you get started getting in shape.

UAB’s Campus Recreation Center staff is offering all faculty and staff non-members one free personal-training session and four more free sessions to those who sign up for a 12-month membership, says Jennifer Babl, assistant director of marketing.

“We know getting into a fitness routine can be hard and challenging,” Babl says. “Many people don’t know where to start. Some know what they want to do but don’t know how to achieve their goals. We want to help our faculty and staff reach the personal fitness goals they have, and we think these free personal-training sessions are a great way to get them started.”

The offer is valid through Aug. 31 on new, primary and annual memberships. Call Member Services at 996-5038 with any questions, and visit for more information.

Various changes have been implemented at the Rec Center to help make it more accessible for faculty and staff. The ground floor of the Ninth Avenue parking deck recently has been converted to public parking; faculty and staff can park there free of charge during a workout — just get your ticket validated by Campus Rec Center staff.

Free transportation also is available to faculty and staff through Campus Ride.

Some changes for the spring include:

  • Extended hours: Rec Center weekend hours have been extended to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • Family Fun Night: Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring the kids and meet other families who are part of the Campus Recreation Center community the third weekend of the month beginning in May as part of Family Fun Night. The evening includes a cookout and movie on the Green. Later in the summer, events including water safety seminars, kid-centered sport clinics and a climbing event will be included. 
  • Locker room upgrades planned: The Campus Rec Center plans to add 150 additional half-size lockers for annual lease in each locker room (66 men’s and 84 women’s), convert 60 quarter lockers into men’s lockers for annual lease and convert an additional 108 quarter lockers into daily rental half-size lockers.

In addition, individual body-wash dispensers have been added in each shower. Installation of multiple fans also is planned to increase air circulation and make the locker rooms more comfortable.

“Many of these changes have been implemented due to the feedback we receive from our members,” Babl says. “We are always reviewing our policies and procedures, and we’re happy when our members give us feedback and tell us what they would like to see.”