SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
As the end of January approaches, this time of the year is when commitment to New Year’s resolutions may begin to wane.
According to Forbes.com, only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolution.
Fortunately, for Schriever’s Airmen and their families, the Fitness Center has rolled out a new and improved palette of aerobics-based fitness classes designed to help people stay fit, year-round.
Aerobic exercise encompasses a wide variety of sustained, vigorous exercise designed to improve cardiovascular health. The new classes being offered include cycle fitness, functional fitness, group exercise, kettlebells and much more. Classes rotate and are held at 10 a.m. once a week.
Aerobics Class Schedule:
February: 3, 6, 15, 21
March: 2, 13, 17, 24, 28
April: 5, 13, 17, 28
May: 4, 9, 19, 22, 31
“Everyone can benefit from aerobics classes,” said Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron Sports and Fitness manager. “Aerobic-based exercises burn calories and that ties into weight management. Additionally, they improve your cardiovascular fitness, which is the most important component of fitness, in my opinion.”
The Fitness Center strives to maximize its space and cater to the wishes of Schriever’s Airmen, hence, the additional aerobics classes. However, the center also features a wide range of fitness opportunities, to include a Fitness on Demand kiosk.
The kiosk is located in the aerobic room and features more than 100 popular, name brand exercise activities. Patrons simply use a touch screen to select the workout they desire and a projection screen lowers. A video recorded fitness instructor then leads the selected class. Classes range from the popular P90X to Insanity and are updated once a quarter.
“The kiosk is great because if you get a break in your schedule, you’ll always be able to follow or take a class,” Cannello said. “We can’t have live instructors teaching classes 24/7, but the kiosk allows us to have instructor-led classes 24/7. If you want to do something fun or different, it’s great to have options.”
Boot camp is another Fitness Center staple. The camps are held Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.
“Boot camps are a group exercise class and it’s up to the instructor what the day’s exercises will be,” Cannello said. “We mix it up. It’s geared to improving cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance so you can pass your physical fitness test. Once a month we do a mock test. The rest of the month you might go on a long run, or exercise with kettlebells.”
Boot camp is often mandatory for Airmen who fail their PT test. Because of that, Natalie McCoy, 50th FSS Wing Fitness Program trainer, says the program sometimes gets a bad rep.
“While many Airmen do have to take the class as a remedial measure, the class is designed to be preparatory in nature,” McCoy said. “We want people to attend boot camp before their PT test so they are prepared.”
McCoy said another misconception is that only Airmen can attend boot camp.
“Anyone who has access to the fitness center can take the class and we encourage it,” she said.
The Fitness Center also offers War Fit, a class similar to Boot Camp, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees must preregister at least 24 hours in advance. War Fit incorporates many of the same concepts as boot camp, but allows people who cannot attend regularly scheduled boot camps a chance to experience a similar style of workout.
While the abundance of class options for Schriever’s Airmen and their families abound, McCoy pointed to an intangible attribute as key to success in their classes.
“Just because we have classes, if you’re not working hard enough--if you don’t want it--you’re not going to get fit,” McCoy said. “It’s more than just classes. It’s a mindset of commitment, diet and effort.”
Cannello agrees people have to find their own motivation and said success can be longer lasting if the motivation is positive instead of negative.
“A negative motivator, like failing a PT test, can be good in the short term because it will motivate you to take classes and get where you need to be. However, once that happens, many people hit their goal and then slack off. With a positive motivator, like caring enough about your long term health to make lifestyle and behavioral changes, people can see more permanent success.”
For people who score a 100 on their PT test, fame is the prize in the form of a display board at the Fitness Center. Airmen get their name etched in a metal nametag in a color designating how many consecutive perfect scores they’ve achieved.
“The nametags start with blue and go to red, white, black, gold,” McCoy said. “After that we start adding stars. You can include scores from previous bases as long as they’re consecutive. The goal is to motivate and push people.”
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For more information on classes at the Fitness Center, call 567-6628.