By Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly, U.S. Army Garrison-HawaiiJanuary 13, 2014
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Jan. 10, 2014) -- It's a new year, and those looking to shed some weight, build lean muscle or just improve their overall physical health and well-being are in luck.
Martinez Physical Fitness Center (PFC), located along Kolekole Avenue, here, recently completed a facility renovation and expansion project to better service Soldiers, families and Department of Defense civilian employees.
"These upgrades have provided a lot more functional space for workouts," said Gaylyn Hoshide, supervisory sports specialist, Sports Fitness and Aquatics; Community Recreation Division; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.
"It's so crowded with so many Soldiers on this base, and what we had before in terms of square footage was so small," Hoshide explained. "Martinez averages about 30,000 participants per month, so these renovations have really made it more user-friendly for the Soldiers to get their PT at the gym done."
Renovations began in June 2013 and wrapped up in late October.
Among the facility improvements are the following:
•Concrete resurfacing of the central courtyard to accommodate workouts and agility drills;
•Two additional multipurpose fitness spaces;
•A new multipurpose/assessment training area;
•Complete circuit of hammer strength ground-based equipment and lifting platforms; and
•A 30-foot TRX training structure ideal for hybrid workouts.
To facilitate the necessary upgrades, Hoshide said they tore down the walls separating racquetball courts 8-9 and 6-7 and combined the spaces into two multipurpose fitness areas. Also, the once-grassy expanse in the middle of the facility was resurfaced with concrete in order to provide steadier ground for agility drills.
Other enhancements to Martinez PFC include the addition of more athletic training equipment, such as bumper plates, kettlebells, barbells, technique bars, plyo boxes, medicine balls, AbMats and white boards that can be staged inside or out on the courtyard.
"This has made for more functional space for fitness workouts," Hoshide said. "People have been commenting about how they like the space and how they've been enjoying the workout areas and equipment provided."
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, fitness program oversees six physical fitness centers (PFCs) that offer equipment, classes and fitness services, seven days a week. They include the following:
•Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center -- Building 582, across from Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks; open 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
•Fort Shafter PFC -- Building 665, Fort Shafter; open 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday and most holidays.
•Tripler PFC -- Building 300, Tripler Army Medical Center; open 5 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 5 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday and holidays.
•Aliamanu PFC -- Building 1780, Aliamanu Military Reservation; open 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed Saturday-Sunday and holidays.
•Helemano PFC -- Building 25, Helemano Military Reservation; open 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed Saturday-Sunday and holidays.
•Martinez PFC --1476 Kolekole Ave., Building 488, Schofield Barracks; open from 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday and most holidays.