Personnel in the Fort McCoy community looking to turn over a new fitness leaf in the new year don't have to look any further than the offerings at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The Fitness Center has a number of programs and classes to help authorized patrons reach their goals. Authorized patrons also can use a wide variety of fitness equipment to pursue their own health and well-being goals.

One of the programs personnel may want to join is the Family Connections Fitness Program, which is designed to encourage families to spend time together and help them learn to live a healthy lifestyle, said Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Marketing. The program has just completed its first quarter.

Participants must participate in 12 recreational/fitness events/activities, one educational event, and one installation/community event each month to be eligible for prizes. Events have individual or family categories and can be done on or off post. Family Connection Cards are available at the Fitness Center front counter during operating hours.

Fitness Center classes can be used to fulfill the qualifying physical fitness events, said Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Sports & Fitness/Outdoor Recreation Director. Among the new class offerings are the Hydro Rider, which is held from 11:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 4:15-4:45 p.m. Thursdays. Other class offerings include pilates, cardio kick/abs, step/abs, cycling/abs, flexibility training, water aerobics, etc.

Class schedules can be accessed by calling the Fitness Center at (608) 388-2290 or by visiting the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site at and clicking on Rumpel Fitness Center. Classes won't be held during the holiday season from Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

Patrons who want a less structured workout also are welcome to come to the fitness center and take advantage of the new gym floor, Budda said. The gym can be set up to support volleyball and basketball players.

A new area offers opportunities to engage in Army Physical Fitness Test events, such as push-ups and sit-ups. Exercise bikes and an indoor walking/running area also are available.

"The new floor is cushioned, which will make it easier on anyone who wants to play sports or participate in indoor walking or running," Budda said. "I encourage everyone to come down and check it out."

Authorized personnel also can take advantage of the Cardio Theater, and several weight rooms. The Cardio Theater has a number of fitness opportunities, including treadmills, exercise bicycles, etc.

Personnel also can use free weights or weight resistance training. The Fitness Center indoor pool offers a number of water sports/fitness opportunities.

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16