By Ms. Jessica Marie Ryan (IMCOM Europe)September 14, 2017
CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- "Get Fit. Don't Quit!" was the motto of the day as people gathered for an afternoon of fitness at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, for U.S. Army Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe's Fitness Day Sept. 12.
Joining other garrisons in IMCOM-Europe, the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux community participated in Fitness Day by attending fitness classes including WELLBEATS Spin, Family Zumba, Adult Circuit Training and TRX Suspension Training.
"Basically, we want to get people to the facility so they can see what we have to offer," said Jonathan Hopkins, recreation assistant for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Chièvres Fitness Center.
According to the MWR website, the fitness center has two full-size basketball floors, saunas and an outdoor multipurpose field with a quarter-mile running track. In addition, there is a large physical exercise area with cardiovascular machines, strength equipment and free weights.
The website also states that all programs, including fitness classes, are offered at no cost to their patrons.
The IMCOM Europe Fitness Day featured those classes as both new and returning participants joined.
Rebecca Zubia, a special education assessor for the Department of Defense Education Activity, completed three classes that afternoon. Even though she works in the SHAPE area, she regularly makes the drive to Chièvres for TRX.
"Our instructor is really good at focusing on each one of us and making sure our posture is right and that we make the correct movements so we don't injure ourselves," she said.
"For a lot of us, it is just not physical, but it is mental. We have to think about each and every single muscle in our body. Everything has to be at a certain angle. We have to think about where our hands, our feet, our shoulders, and our knees are and that we are engaging our abdomens all the time."
To her, the fitness classes have more than just health benefits.
"We [the classmates] all really support each other," she added. "We all do it for health, but we also built some strong relationships."
IMCOM Europe Fitness Day will occur Sept. 16 in Brussels and Schinnen. Class listings and other activities are posted on their website. To learn more about fitness programs at USAG Benelux, visit https://benelux.armymwr.com.