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Fitness center offers variety of workout options, programs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team 5-0 members looking for alternatives to preparing for their physical fitness test don't need to keep an eye on infomercials, invest in expensive gym memberships or even leave Schriever Air Force Base to find them.

The fitness center here offers a wide variety of programs to assist both those who have a failed PT test and those just looking to vary their routines.  The Fitness Improvement Program, Boot Camp, the indoor running track and the pool in the Tierra Vista community center are all available to base personnel. The fitness center also has personal trainers available for those with a failed PT test.

"Boot Camp runs from 6:15-7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and Bing [Hack] does a really good job of increasing strength [for participants]," said Seth Cannello, Schriever Fitness Center director. "We also have the Fitness Improvement Program Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. for those who can't make Boot Camp."

Hack, the lead instructor for Boot Camp, said while the actual workouts may vary, the schedule for Boot Camp remains the same from week-to-week. Every Monday they have a mock PT test, waist measurement, push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run; Tuesdays are interval training; Wednesdays are a 3- to 3.5-mile endurance run; Thursdays consist of circuit training with no running and Friday is a longer 4- to 5-mile endurance run.

"We want to hit the muscle groups used [during a PT test], plus help with core strength, get stronger and build endurance," Hack said.

For those who want the benefits of Boot Camp but are unable to make it by 6:15 a.m., the fitness center's FIP classes might be a better alternative. Cannello said when the program first launched it was reserved for only those Airmen who had failed a PT test, but similar to Boot Camp, has since been opened to anyone.

"It's designed for PT tests, but is open to anyone," Cannello said. "FIP helps to improve general fitness level."

Those wishing to attend FIP need to call the fitness center at least 24-hours before the day they want to attend.

Fitness center staff also offers personal training sessions, reserved exclusively for members with a failed PT test. Cannello said because of the time his staff needs to work with individuals, this program will remain open only to members with a PT failure.

"It's time consuming [for staff]," Cannello said. "[Personal trainers] are here to help people who really need it."

To get started with a personal trainer, members need to go to the fitness center and fill out a health questionnaire. Cannello will review the questionnaire and, based on the results, assign the appropriate staff member as the individual's personal trainer.

Programs aren't the only things members can take advantage of to change their workout routines.

Renovations to the indoor running track are now complete, giving members additional space for workouts during times of inclement weather. The track itself was rubberized and the infield resurfaced with turf. Free weights and some exercise equipment were brought in as well.

"This was a big project and it's a huge improvement," Cannello said.

Cannello said he's seen an increase in the number of squadrons using the facility for group physical training since the project was finished.

Additionally, funding given to the 50th Force Support Squadron has gone toward the hiring of a lifeguard at the TVC community center pool, meaning non-residents are now permitted to use the pool while the lifeguard is on-duty.

"An Air Force program gave the squadron money to reimburse programs from fiscal year 2015," said Thea Wasche, 50 FSS deputy commander. "We were able to use that money to pay for a lifeguard through September 30."

Currently, the lifeguard is on-duty Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pool is reserved for lap swim from 6-10 a.m. and open swim from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Non-residents can use the pool [while the lifeguard is on-duty]," Cannello said. "The lifeguard will grant them access. Non-residents cannot use the pool on Tuesday or Thursday or after 2 p.m."

Wasche said the wing is looking to continue funding for the lifeguard program through FY 2016.

The pool isn't the only facility offering expanded hours.

Earlier this year, the fitness center began offering 24-hour access to the facility. Cannello said so far more than 600 people have registered for 24-hour access.

After-hours access is available to active duty, retirees and Reserve and Guard military members, Department of Defense civilians, Non-Appropriated Funds employees, contractors and dependents, 16 years of age or older. Dependents under 16 must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian, and will have restricted access to the facility as outlined in Air Force Instruction 34-266 Table 1.1 and youth under six are not permitted in the facility after hours.

"There are rules participants have to follow, and members with dependents have to be extremely careful they know and comply with all age restrictions," Cannello said.

Anyone wishing to have access to the fitness center after hours will need to register with the fitness center, sign a written notification acknowledging the rules and regulations, and sign an assumption of risk.

"If people want to register they need to come in before 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 2 p.m. on weekends," Cannello said. "I want to stress that people must use the buddy system in order to have 24-hour access."

For more information about fitness center programs or facility use, call 567-6628.
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