Fitness clinic treats all on Hovey
Participants enjoy aqua PT during a Fitness Clinic and Training Seminar held Jan. 30 in the Camp Hovey Fitness Center.

CAMP HOVEY, Republic of Korea - The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports division on U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud treated more than 50 Soldiers, civilians and Family members to a Fitness Clinic and Training Seminar held Jan. 30 in the Camp Hovey Fitness Center

Attendees were treated to 11 new and high-tech exercises and drills, ranging from plyometrics to aquatics.

"We held the Seminar to expose Soldiers, civilians and Family members to different forms of exercise," said Christi Lee, FMWR fitness specialist.

"(With the exercises) being intensive, you can't necessarily teach them in the gym if someone comes up to ask a question," she added, "so we have to focus on power-training, plan metrics and core training...a whole day of hands-on learning."

Many of the classes dealt with military physical training and improving Soldiers' test scores.

For example, programs like "Improve Your Mile" highlighted techniques that improve a person's running in ways other than just pounding out miles.

"Most people think the best way to improve your run is to run more," Lee said. "There are other techniques one can use in and outside the gym to improve your (time)."

In fact, Speed-training and decline-hill training are among the many such running techniques people learn from working with a fitness expert or sports trainer, Lee noted.

During the day-long seminar, nutritional advice also was offered. Capt. Dunning, who is the only (U.S. military) dietitian in the Republic of Korea, taught both basic nutrition and sports nutrition classes.

As for those who enjoy pool workouts, aqua physical training tips were provided. Paul Henevich, FMWR sports division aquatics specialist, said: "We target certain muscle groups: shoulders; stomach; legs. We help the Soldier increase his endurance (for) running and improving his push-ups and sit-ups.

Also, "I take the fear out of it for nonswimmers in aqua PT," he added. "They can jump in the water; get used to it; and (receive) the full benefit," he said. "Aqua aerobics has a lot of swimming and treading water for the exercises; swimmers can take advantage of this sort of exercise."

For the staff to stay current, "We train ourselves throughout the year for new and improved progressive ways to do PT," said Randy Behr, USAG Red Cloud FMWR sports director. "We make it a lot more fun than the basic moves one usually encounters."

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