By Chelsea PlaceDecember 16, 2011
The Fort Myer and Fort McNair Fitness Centers will be changing the way they run fitness classes come January. Starting Jan. 9, participants will be charged a nominal fee to participate in all but PT time fitness classes.
"The class rates will run $3 for a drop-in class, $25 for 10 classes and $40 for 20 classes," said Brandie DeRemer, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports program manager at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. "The more classes you buy the lower the fee per class."
Charging for classes is a tough topic with many patrons who have been receiving classes and programs at no charge for several years, said DeRemer. "Times are changing and it is extremely important that we continue to offer these demand-driven classes to our patrons," she said. "The overall budget cuts throughout the Department of the Army is what is driving this decision."
The income generated from these classes will allow the fitness centers to continue offering the classes and cover the cost of the instructors doing the classes, said DeRemer.
According to the flyer released by DFMWR, payment can be made with cash or check at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Note that classes during physical training (PT) times from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. will not be charged.
As far as the cards go, the drop-in cards will be turned in upon use while the multiple class cards must be punched prior to the class being taken. Cards expire six months after purchase and lost cards will not be refunded.
There are eight classes offered by the Fitness Centers: Boot Camp, Spinning, Never 2 Late, Fit Chic, Pilates, Power Yoga, Yoga and Zumba.
DeRemer explained that the cards can be used for any of the classes; there's no need to buy a card per class.
Due to the new floors being installed at the Fort Myer and then Fort McNair gymnasiums at the beginning of the year, the Never 2 Late and evening Bootcamp classes will be relocated to alternate sites to be determined.
DeRemer said they expect numbers to flux during the period of change, but "Because of our quality instructors, we expect patrons to return and receive the quality exercise their bodies will be missing."
For more information call the Fort Myer Fitness Center at 703-696-7867/7868.