The smell of fresh rubber fills the air as you open the door to the newly upgraded Performance Fitness Room which sits adjacent to the Yuma Proving Ground Fitness Center.
The Performance Fitness Room could be described as close to what you would see at a cross-fit or boot camp-type training center. Its mission is to provide cross-training equipment for the community and, in particular, Soldiers.
“The machinery in here will work for those working to get big numbers on their Army CFT,” explains Steve Ward, recreation supervisor.
Implemented in April 2021, the Army Combat Fitness Test (CFT), known as CFT 3.0, consists of six events: three-repetition maximum deadlifts; standing power throw; hand-release push-us; sprint-drag-carry; leg tucks or planks; and a two-mile run.
The room features rubber octagon dumbbells, medicine balls, kettle bells, and a two-inch twisted battle rope. There are two sizes of plyo boxes which are lined with durable material to avoid slips and injuries.
“The possibilities are endless here,” said Ward. “We don’t have this big of a set up in the main gym.”
The two hex bars will aid in training for the deadlift portion of the test. The rail monkey bar allows individuals to perform leg tucks, pull-ups, and a variety of exercises with resistance bands. The room is open to the YPG community with a four person limit. It’s open during regular gym hours and those wishing to use the room need to check in with the front desk staff for access.