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Event exhibits fitness opportunities

Participants learn yoga poses during the Fitness Expo at The Hub Jan. 27.

Story and photos by Samantha B. Koss

Special to the Mountaineer

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials held a Fitness Expo at The Hub Jan. 27 to showcase fitness opportunities available on and off post.

“A lot of times (Soldiers and Families) don’t know what we offer, so it’s important to do these kinds of events,” said Jennifer Pearson, event coordinator. “We want them to know that we have four gyms on post, that we have an Outdoor Recreation Center, yoga, spin … and tons of other things.”

The event reached out to those interested in making fitness a part of their lives and who wanted to learn more about what is available.

“I think people see our gyms and think we just have a gym … they don’t know we have personal trainers, group classes, ski trips, golf and bowling,” Pearson said. “Recreation goes far beyond the gym.”

Gyms on post conduct group classes throughout the week to include weekday spin classes at Waller Physical Fitness Center and Total Resistance Exercise training weekday mornings at Garcia PFC.

“We want to help them find what their passion is,” Pearson said. “You may enjoy rock climbing, but that doesn’t mean you will like running.”

The expo featured 15-minute classes of Zumba, yoga and spin.

Family member Marcos Zurita learned how to use the TRX training system at the Expo.

“It is a lot harder than it looks,” Zurita said. “It is definitely a workout.”

Nick Nicholson, personal trainer, taught participants, like Zurita, TRX beginner exercises and explained the benefits of the system.

“The TRX system works very well with the new Army regulations on Army fitness,” Nicholson said. “This equipment goes from the battlefield to the training room and back again.”

Nicholson coaches Soldiers on the TRX system for physical training at Garcia PFC. The system focuses on improving core strength, endurance and mobility.

“It is core all the time, anywhere anytime,” he said. “Many installations have included TRX into their training programs.”

Along with TRX, participants were introduced to the fitness benefits of kickboxing. Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, an off-post sponsor of the event, provided boxing gloves and punching bags to teach participants beginner kickboxing methods.

Jenny Vohsman, Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping owner and instructor, said kickboxing is a whole-body workout.

“We guarantee results,” she said. “Kickboxing is a great way to have fun and improve fitness through a cardio workout.”

Vohsman taught participants proper standing, punching and breathing techniques.

“I think kickboxing is great to add to a physical training program,” said 1st Sgt. Stephen Roberts, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, who donned the boxing gloves for a quick lesson with Vohsman. “Whatever keeps Soldiers on their toes and agile is very beneficial to the mission.”

Visit http://mwrfortcarson. com/physical-fitness-centers.php for information on upcoming classes, monthly activities and schedules.

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