West Virginia Universitys Student Recreation Center is now offering free personal training sessions to members.

Sessions are up to one hour and are designed to help members set fitness goals and show them how to achieve those goals, said Colleen Harshbarger, the Rec Centers manager of fitness, wellness and informal recreation. Some sessions include body fat, flexibility or other assessments, depending on each members fitness goals.

Free personal training provides a service thats needed,Harshbarger said.It helps bridge the gap between members and staff and increases awareness among members that we have people available to help.

Personal trainers act as coaches and help demonstrate how to properly use Rec Center equipment. The personal trainers are exercise physiology students, some of whom have been nationally certified and others who have been trained by Harshbarger.

It is preferred that interested members sign up for one session at a time at the upstairs fitness desk. Sessions are available at certain times throughout the day and members are encouraged to check the sign-in book for availability.

Previously, personal training services were offered to members for $88 for 8 sessions or $15 for a single session.

Personal training is one of many free programs available for members at the Rec Center. The programs and services are part of WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.s Wellness and Nutrition Initiative. The initiative was set forth to get students, faculty, staff and the WVU community more physically active and aware of campus wellness options.

To schedule a personal training session, visit the upstairs fitness desk in the Rec Center or call Nancy Oliverio, 304-293-5065.