Recreational Specialist Ian Johnston leads a Battle Fit session at the Wright Field Fitness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Loren Deer)

Stay active during winter at Wright-Patt’s fitness centers

With temperatures dropping and the holidays nearing, people may have a harder time finding ways to stay active. Having a workout facility readily available makes getting and staying active easier throughout and after the holiday season.

The Wright Field Fitness Center in Area B and Dodge Fitness Center in Area A offer various indoor fitness classes open to base employees. While the Jarvis Fitness Center in the Kittyhawk Area does not offer many classes, it has a gym and track. Taking advantage of these facilities is a great way to stay in shape and motivated throughout the season or get back into shape after the holidays.

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As the biggest and busiest gym at Wright-Patterson with more than 500,000 visitors a year, Wright Field Fitness Center alone offers more than 40 classes a week. Most of the classes are free to patrons, but some cost a small fee that varies depending on the type of session.

The more popular classes offered are Zumba, cycling, and Battle Fit. All classes are designed with all levels of fitness in mind.

“We offer a comprehensive approach to fitness,” said Kevin Ball, 88th Force Support Squadron, fitness and sports manager. “Anybody is able to partake in our classes. Whether you are a beginner or expert, we are always willing to help accommodate you so that you can have an effective workout.”

New classes are continuously added to the schedule to give instructors and guests new workouts and routines. Classes can range from strength training, cardio and high-intensity interval (HIIT). Classes typically fill up with around 20 participants, and more popular classes are scheduled accordingly so that everybody has a good, hands-on experience.

For those new to fitness, WFFC also offers instruction for new patrons through equipment orientation. Getting started out with any type of physical fitness is a great change, Ball said.

“Beginning with any exercise at any level is vital. Once you get comfortable with the gym and figure out your personal goals you will be able to go further and start to see change. There are many benefits to exercise, and you will see fast results especially if you are normally sedentary,” Ball said.

A group setting in fitness is also a good incentive for people to start and continue to exercise.

“When there is a social aspect combined with your fitness routine, the chance that you will enjoy it and return is much higher,” said Ball.

One example of fitness and community at Wright Field is the HIIT to Fit class instructed by recreation assistant Amy Szwerluga.

WFFC will also be renovating the facilities for improvements. Beginning this month the wood floors of the basketball courts will be refinished. According to Ball, the process is expected to take five weeks. Once the court floors are finished, wood flooring in the racquetball courts and group exercise room will be replaced over three more weeks.

“The plan to renovate over the holiday season was the best option because we get less patrons throughout November and December. These repairs are meant to protect assets like the fitness center and the facility will be refreshed and open again for the Wright-Patt community,” Ball said.

The renovations will alter the fitness class schedule, canceling some larger classes and moving smaller class at WFFC. Dodge and Jarvis fitness centers will continue normal hours though the season.

For updates and information, call the WFFC at 937-255-1961 or visit the Facebook page at Wright-Patt Fitness and Sports.

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