Focus on FSS: Gym helps make stronger Airmen

Senior Airman Danielle Galich, 436th Force Support Squadron sports program manager, spots Senior Airman Carnell Robinson, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, as he lifts weights April 30, 2013, at the Fitness Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. She is ensuring that he is using the equipment correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashlin Federick)

Senior Airman Danielle Galich, 436th Force Support Squadron sports program manager, spots Senior Airman Carnell Robinson, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, as he lifts weights April 30, 2013, at the Fitness Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. She is ensuring that he is using the equipment correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashlin Federick)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Constructed in 2012 the Fitness Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., uses outstanding fitness to create outstanding Airmen.

The fitness center has a variety of different fitness and group exercise classes to promote physical fitness, well being and esprit de corps while also getting in a fun workout. Each class has a different level of intensity, ranging from yoga to spin, to accommodate each individuals needs. Some of the classes they have include: boot camp, core inferno, body sculpt, high intensity interval training, cardio kick and a whole lot more.

Senior Airman Theresa Ward, 436th Force Support Squadron fitness center specialist, said the fitness center also offers a total body resistance exercise that targets to improve fitness test scores for military members.

"The most important benefit you can get out of these classes is all around physical fitness to live a long, healthy lifestyle," said Ward. "We work to increase all areas of fitness from strength and endurance to flexibility and agility depending on which class you would like to partake in."

The new addition to the fitness center, the Extreme Fitness Room, opens up May 1, 2013. It is designed to enhance core strength and conditioning programs.

Additionally they have a 90/90 program in the Health and Wellness Center. The 90/90 program is a 90 day rigorous workout routine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is designed to help build endurance, speed and strength to pass four testable components of the fitness assessment with a score of 90 or better in 90 days.

Not only does the fitness center have fitness classes but they also run an intramural sports program which includes basketball, volleyball, softball and flag football. Active duty members, reservists and dependents are allowed to participate.

Senior Airman Danielle Galich, 436th Force Support Squadron sports program manager, said they have anywhere from 100 to 200 people participating in each sport depending on what it is.

"I don't think there is anything else on base that brings squadrons together more than sports," said Galich. "For instance, it not only brings the squadron members who are playing together but it brings out the families, children and the commanders. It really brings a group on the military base together."
While active duty remains their priority, the fitness center extends its knowledge to accommodate dependents and retirees as well. Monday through Saturday they offer between two to five classes which are updated monthly.