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Peterson Fitness Center, try something new

By Michael Golembesky

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  —  A two mile run, maybe some pushups or perhaps lift a few weights, but sometimes the best way to stay motivated about maintaining your fitness may benefit from trying something new and different at the base gym.

So why not mix it up and try something new? There is no better place than the Peterson Fitness Center to explore options.

“We offer such a large variety of ways for people to come out and enjoy fitness,” said Roger Hill, fitness and sport manager at the Peterson Fitness Center. “Being in good shape is just a part of who we are and what we do as Airmen. We offer more than 32 different types of classes from aerobics and spinning to Zumba.”

But it’s not all about sweating; maybe you have always wanted to try yoga? Stretching, practicing good posture; along with relaxing from the stresses of everyday life is also important to overall fitness and wellbeing.

“We also have many different activities going on throughout the day and the months, like tennis and racquetball tournaments, lots of intramural sports  —  and other things of that nature  —  that adds a little competitiveness to your workout,” said Hill.

The Peterson Fitness Center has a team of fitness specialist who have the knowledge and training to help you succeed; from showing you how to use a new piece of equipment to answering questions about nutrition and living a healthier lifestyle.

“We offer many different things that help you look at fitness in a different light. A lot of people look at ‘fitness’ as going for a run or maybe lifting some weights. We have a brand new functional fitness room where people can go to challenge themselves with kettlebells, pull-up bars and jump boxes,” said Hill. “Fitness is a lifestyle and a mentality that stays with you for the rest of your life.”

Some people are content with a simple run and pushups, but to challenge yourself and to improve takes dedication; and sometimes maybe a little encouragement from your fellow wingman.

“Team Pete is already leading the way in being active about their fitness; we have many dedicated people who come to the fitness center on a regular basis, from active duty to Reservist, retirees and spouses. These people are dedicated to their fitness and their actions prove it,” said Hill.

The Peterson fitness center rivals any you will find in the local Colorado Springs area. The base gym offers a large assortment of activities, classes and equipment for to try something new. The majority of classes are free of charge, with the exception of a small fee for all Zumba and Zumba step class. Best of all, the membership is something everyone can afford — free.

For more information about activities and classes available at the Peterson Fitness Center, visit or stop by the gym located at building 560/570.

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