FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (May 10, 2012) -- Beginning Monday, Gaffney Fitness Center will offer a new selection of aerobics and fitness classes.

The gym is adding water aerobics, yoga and power pump courses to its schedule, while keeping its most popular classes intact.

The schedule change is a result of a new contract that will bring in new instructors.

"We decided to grow our aerobics program, and to do so, we've gone with a contract where we can provide our customers with more variety of classes," said Lauren Williams, acting chief of Athletics, Fitness and Aquatics for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Previously, classes at Gaffney were taught by volunteers and were free to patrons. But to cover the cost of the certified instructors and new equipment, the fee will be $65 for unlimited classes during an eight-week span, or a $5 drop-in charge per class.

When the new schedule begins Monday, there will be a period of free courses until May 18. Beginning May 21, customers must obtain an aerobics card from the gym to join a class.

Although the contract will bring in new instructors, the volunteer instructors were invited to continue to teach their classes at the gym.

"Our volunteers have been great and have been here for years," Williams said. "We want to thank all of our outstanding instructors."

The new schedule will continue to feature popular courses, including Zumba and early morning spin sessions, but also will add three new courses.

Power pump, a complete body muscle conditioning workout using bands, dumbbells and body bars, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

Those looking to develop strength, muscle tone and flexibility can attend yoga classes on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Water aerobics also will be offered at the Gaffney pool. The course consists of a series of workouts including running, jumping jacks, and leg and arm movements.

To prepare for the new classes, the gym purchased new yoga bands, stability balls and weight bars.

All of the courses will run on an eight-week cycle. DFMWR may modify the schedule by adding or dropping classes at the end of the eight weeks, depending on customer feedback.

"Say one class doesn't work, or one's really great," Williams said. "We can tweak the schedule every eight weeks to customize it to our patrons and what classes they want."