Fitness and Wellness
- Fitness Classes
The Fitness Department steps in and offers a variety of fitness classes throughout the day on land and in the water using certified fitness instructors.
- We feature wellness classes as a resource for the ‘at work’ exercising employee, because fitness knows and values the healthy worker.
- Lunch time walking, yoga, lectures, aerobics, water fitness programs (and more) are all offered as options to help remove the opportunity for excuses and allow you to get your health under control.
- Special events: indoor triathlons, hiking trips, 5k runs, zumbathons, and more are promoted throughout the year to keep you engaged and excited about fitness.
- Nutrition support: We offer lectures, and menu planning to help you get the eating side of fitness under control. Field trips to local restaurants for dining while dieting or learning to be a healthy food shopper with grocery store field trips are all part of our program.
- Fitness Class Descriptions
60 minutes of boxing drills that focus on punch and kick combinations as well as single drills on a medium intensity high impact level. Light weights are optional for a more intense workout. This workout comes complete with a jump rope routine.
Cardio drills laced with muscle conditioning exercises that are timed. Goal is to work cardio and conditioning at a moderate to high pace. This is a great workout for all levels.
The combining of aerobics, barbell training, resistance balls, plyometrics and body weight exercises that tone the body. An excellent total body workout without bulking up.
Weight training total body utilizing kettle bells, medicine balls, bars and free weights
A blend of Latin, aerobics and resistance to deliver an effective workout designed to create definition and tone. A great new and exciting morning workout for all ages!
Sculpting and cardiovascular training performed on a gentler level. Group exercise designed for Special population uses modified moves for individuals who may have limitations such as: hip replacement, poor circulation, pregnant, etc. Since these classes are slower they are also great for Seniors. (special populations, seniors)
A 30 minute basic step class followed by strength training. Great for people who want to learn how to step plus learn about weight training.
(Beginner and up)
Intermediate/advanced level step class featuring complex choreography and foot work at faster music. Not recommended for beginners
Walk it Out
Saturdays at 9am offers a one hour speed walk. Meet in back parking lot at Andy’s gym with walk beginning promptly at 9am and return by 10am for members who also take the 10 am zumba class.
Fitness on demand classes featuring Virtual trainers and instructors
Hatha yoga poses that flow to provide a total body workout that brings greater awareness to the body’s alignment, spine, and abdominal. Your focus, concentration and body are all taken care of – Recommended
A cardio based workout which helps tone and sculpt the body. It uses four basic rhythms based on simplified versions of salsa, meringue, cumbia, and reggaeton (mixed with a bit of mambo, flamenco, rumba and calypso). It is another great workout to add to your current routine. Recommended)
- Aquatics Class Descriptions
Aquatics Class Descriptions
Cardio – This flowing low impact, high intensity workout brings a whole new meaning to exercise in the water. Water exercises that target the heart are great fat burners. Running, kicking, twisting and more will challenge your entire body. Water weights are encouraged to increase the intensity and offer additional toning for the entire body.
Choice – Instructor creates a workout from a selection of cardiovascular and strength training moves.
Aquatics– The natural properties of water such as buoyancy, or weightlessness combined with using water as a resistance allows people greater movement in ways that their physical limitation, disability or age might not otherwise allow. Participants learn to work the water to best meet their intensity and fitness needs. This can better prepare the body for demands required for daily living activities.
Levels: All populations, Special Populations, seniors
Total Body – Strengthen, tighten and tone all muscle groups with this effective aqua fitness workout. Begin with a warm-up and flow into a workout that works the arms, legs, back, core and more all in the water. Strengthen your lungs and heart while burning calories. Use noodles and water weights and the pool wall to exercise hips, legs, thigh, buttocks and more
Latin in the water – Taking your favorite zumba moves to the water with Latin music. Four basic rhythms based on simplified versions of salsa, meringue, cumbia, and reggaeton (mixed with a bit of mambo, flamenco, rumba and calypso). It is another great workout to add to your current routine (all levels) (recommended)
- Spin Class Descriptions
Distance Ride: Go on a real physical journey without leaving your seat! This ride comes complete with nonstop peaks and valleys. The goal for this ride is to endure. Get your sweat on with this one hour ride that is sure to deliver a calorie deficit! All levels.
Spin & Pump: Cardio and strength come together where riders use medium weights for upper body exercises while riding at a rapid, steady pace. All levels.
Circuit Ride: Instructor will ride you through a 45 minute routine where 5 minutes of ride is followed by a physical challenge: push ups, squats, lunges, etc. that last one minute
Total Spin: Get your legs in peak condition with challenging resistant tension simulating hills and mountains. This workout is designed to develop the muscles in your legs giving you great definition. All levels
Soul Cycle: A 60 minute spin, with connected resistant tubes to the handle bar to deliver a total body workout performed to familiar old school music under a fantastic disco lights show. All levels
PEP (Peak Exercise Performance) is a blend of several exercise techniques: interval, cross training, circuit training, and power lifting
POD (Performance of the Day – performed on your own) these workouts are developed to help you get maximum workouts for your entire body on your own All levels
Fitness on demand classes featuring Virtual trainers and instructors – ALL LEVELS
Hatha yoga poses that flow to provide a total body workout that brings greater awareness to the body’s alignment, spine, and abdominal. Your focus, concentration and body are all taken care of – RECOMMENDED
- Aquatics Class Descriptions
This flowing low impact, high intensity workout brings a whole new meaning to exercise in the water. Water exercises that target the heart are great fat burners. Running, kicking, twisting and more will challenge your entire body. Water weights are encouraged to increase the intensity and offer additional toning for the entire body.
Instructor creates a workout from a selection of cardiovascular and strength training moves. Levels: All
The natural properties of water such as buoyancy, or weightlessness combined with using water as a resistance allows people greater movement in ways that their physical limitation, disability or age might not otherwise allow. Participants learn to work the water to best meet their intensity and fitness needs. This can better prepare the body for demands required for daily living activities.
Levels: All populations, Special Populations, seniors
Strengthen, tighten and tone all muscle groups with this effective aqua fitness workout. Begin with a warm-up and flow into a workout that works the arms, legs, back, core and more all in the water. Strengthen your lungs and heart while burning calories. Use noodles and water weights and the pool wall to exercise hips, legs, thigh, buttocks and more
Latin in the Water
Taking your favorite zumba moves to the water with Latin music. Four basic rhythms based on simplified versions of salsa, meringue, cumbia, and reggaeton (mixed with a bit of mambo, flamenco, rumba and calypso). It is another great workout to add to your current routine (all levels) (recommended)
- Coleman’s Fitness Class Descriptions
This is a non-stop 30 minute routine designed to sculpt and tone your entire body in a fraction of the time. This instructor led workout features 1 minute drills in strength and cardiovascular exercises. This combination of cardio and strength drills is grantee to deliver results fast (all levels)
Weight training class performed in the weight training room. This one hour class offers total body sculpting and abdominal conditioning (all levels)
Join us in the cardio room and grab an elliptical, treadmill or stair climber for the run/ride for your heart. This non-stop one hour class is driven by instructor commands to run or crunch, or squat or push up…you name it! You get that cardio you crave and need with this class (all levels)
Hatha yoga poses that flow to provide a total body workout that brings greater awareness to the body’s alignment, spine, and abdominal. Your focus, concentration and body are all taken care of – recommended (all levels)
Fitness on demand classes featuring Virtual trainers and instructors – (all levels)
- Fitness Class Calendars
Andy's Fitness Center
- Upcoming Events
Biggest Loser Challenge 2018
Monday, January 2, 2018 through Monday, April 2, 2017. Choose one of these categories: Fitness, Weight Loss or Total Lifestyle Change. Our staff will help you reach your goals with personal training, healthy eating consultations, and group exercise.And remember, all classes are free! For more info, call at (803)751-3700.
Black History Trail Hike
February 17, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meet at Sesquicentennial Park (parking lot), 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223. $5 (park fee). For more information, call Pam Long at (803)751-3700.
WHACK That Ball Fitness
March 23 at 5 p.m. and March 24 at 10 a.m., Perez Fitness Center. First 20 registrants sign up today and get your game on! Trophy award ceremony and refreshments. Sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods and First Command. For more information, please call (803)751-3700 or (803)751-6258.
*Mention of Sponsor Does Not Imply Endorsement by the US Army or Family and MWR
Cooper River Bridge Run 2018
The Cooper River Bridge Run is an annual 10-kilometer (6.2 mi) one-way road running event across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge held in the cities of Mount Pleasant and Charleston in South Carolina, on the first Saturday in April. The Bridge Run is the only competition in South Carolina sanctioned by USA Track and Field as an elite event. Based on number of race finishers, the event is the third largest 10K and the fifth largest road race in the United States.
On April 7, 2018 we head to Charleston, SC for this adventure walk/run getaway. Reserve your bus seat by calling (803)751-3700. To register for run, please visit www.bridgerun.com.
- Past Events
Merry Fitness 2017
A Multi-Workout Extravaganza
Merry Fitness is an opportunity for the FMWR Fitness Department to give thanks to all our patrons for their continued support for greater health and wellness. Our mission continues to be to spread the gift of health by offering programs, classes and services that directly relate to wellness needs. Our society recognizes how important it is to do your part for your health. Patrons, families and friends came together to help celebrate wellness. Our event focused on our appreciation for our patrons. We delivered great exercise segments, refreshments, variety of instructors and highlighted some of the personal services we now offer as well. It was a great event and we look forward to doing it again December 2018. Please take a moment and view our photos from the event.
Merry Fitness 2017
2017 Annual Natural Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Competition
June 24, 2017
Family & MWR Fitness Department – Natural Body Building Competition
The event was held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Solomon Center. The event featured 25 Natural Body Building competitors.
There were approximately 300 spectators that came out to see the successful show
New category this year was Unit Participation Award. Award was given to Team SSI as first place in participation in several divisions as well as overall unit competitors.
2017 Annual Natural Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Competition
Merry Fitness 2016, Multi-Workout Extravaganza!
December 5, 2016
Merry Fitness 2016
2016 Diabetes Awareness 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
Exercising is great regardless of the occasion, but takes on meaning when done to bring awareness to a cause. That is what the Family and MWR Fitness Department did on November 19, 2016. To bring awareness to diabetes during Diabetes Awareness month we held a 5k and 10k here on Fort Jackson. This event was inspired by Kim Ellerson, wife of Fort Jackson Garrison Commander, COL James Ellerson. Participation was wonderful as more than 120 people came together to run or walk for the cause.
Please join us next year in November for our annual Diabetes Run/Walk event. Take a moment and look at the photo gallery and make plans to be there next year 2017!
2016 Diabetes Awareness 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
Family and MWR Fitness Department – Domestic Violence Indoor/Outdoor Bike-A-Thon
Our event was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Solomon Center. The event featured an indoor and outdoor cycling riders to bring awareness to domestic violence. A combination of indoor and outdoor bikes generated 50 riders to bring awareness to the importance cause.
During event, our floor show featured Zumba, Kickboxing and Body sculpting for non-riding participants that attended the event but did not ride. We wanted to take care of them with exercise classes offered during the Bike event. The event featured Col. Michael Katona of the 193rd Brigade and Major Stephanie Snowed of Richland County Sherriff Department.
Check out the photos gallery of the event and make it your business to be there next year, October 28, 2017!
There were approximately 100 participants at this very successful event!
2016 Domestic Violence Indoor/Outdoor Bike-A-Thon
2016 Do It In Pink
Cooper River Bridge Run 2016
The 2016 Cooper River Bridge event was a successful event once again. We gathered together and made our way across the bridge with thousands of other participants. This event is such an exciting and nostalgic event that many look forward to every year. Family and MWR Fitness Department loves having this opportunity to spread the gift of health. Check out the photos from this year’s event in the photo gallery. Go ahead and mark your calendars for April 1, 2017! Get it on this fun side of fitness!
Cooper River Bridge Run 2016
- Fitness Instructor Profiles
Offering you the very best in instructors at Andy’s is what we are all about. Take a moment and find out more about the instructors who teach our land and water aerobics program.
Pam holds various certifications including AFAA and ISSA, Pam has been teaching for more than 12 years. Her favorite style of class is yoga. She enjoys building a stronger relationship with Christ on her Christian walk. She is a fitness trainer and organizer of various wellness programs that promote greater health and fitness.
Fitness philosophy: “Everything is better when you work it out!”
"Shape Shifter: Path to Fitness Paved with Small Victories" article
"Do It in Pink " article
"Aerobic Sculpting" article
AFAA and Pilates certified, Cyndy has been teaching since September 2005. Her favorite style of class is Pilates. She devotes her free time to studying and exercising. She is a full time Occupational Therapist.
Fitness philosophy: “Just do it!”
ACE certified for 25 years and Pamela has been teaching for over 10 years with Family and MWR. Her favorite style of exercise is working with special populations. She is married and a mother of two. She enjoys reading, classical and ballroom dancing as well as opera and is an instructor of water and land classes.
Health Directions Certified as well as holding a certification in Zumba, Harry has been teaching for more than 14 years. His favorite styles of exercise are step, jazz aerobics with Zumba a real favorite as well. Harry works as a full time art teacher for Lexington Middle School.
Fitness Philosophy: “Fitness belongs to everybody and fitness is for every body.”
James A. Lewis
An ACE certified trainer since 2009; Jim is also a register yoga teach at the 200 hour training level. He has been teaching yoga for over 8 years. When Jim is not exercising, he enjoying fixing and restoring old houses, snow skiing as well as working with wood.
Fitness philosophy: “Fitness is a journey to make ourselves better. Keep moving and everything will work out."
Cortez Benson is AFAA Aquatics certified and teaches water aerobics here on Fort Jackson on Thursdays at 5:30pm. You can also join Cortez on Mondays at 6pm training groups in TRX at Vanguard gym. Cortez is also a part of our personal training program and is available.
Fitness philosophy: "Embrace the variety of fitness."
The love for Zumba began in 2009. I got certified in Zumba April 2013. I am a full time mom and a proud army wife. In my spare time I like to go out with the family and see new places.
Fitness & Health Philosophy: "Fitness provides a better lifestyle, keeps you healthy and positive."
SFC, Kimberlee Hilliard
Meet Kimberlee. She has been teaching spin for over 4 years and group fitness over 3 years. Currently Hilliard teaches spin at noon on Wednesdays at Vanguard Gym.
Fitness & Health Philosophy: “Fitness should be more than just a daily grind, it should be fun and rewarding. Train hard and play even harder. Enjoy life through fitness and health and love yourself thoroughly!”
Ledesma “Desi” Terry - Reflexologist
Certified in Hand and foot Integrated Reflexology. Licensed in South Carolina as a Nail Technician, and Esthetician Wellness provider.
Hobbies: Traveling, music and volunteering
Fitness Philosophy: Health is a priority. Being Healthy consist of one’s mental and physical wellbeing. Staying healthy is a continuous journey. It is a lifestyle, it is a choice. Be good to your body and it will be good to you.
- Massage Therapy
Hello Pamela Long here to tell you about our latest program. Massage Therapy is the newest wellness service offered through the Family and MWR Fitness Department. We have created a private environment to perform total body or partial massages to meet the needs of our Fort Jackson Community. We offer the following styles:
Swedish is the most common form of massage. This form is a soft manipulation of the superficial tissue and muscle. Often performed with fluent strokes to promote relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue is a more direct approach providing a deep intense massage to work out the kinks and knots on the body to create muscles that are more relaxed. This massage requires more effort and is done at a slower pace to allow deeper penetration of the muscle and connecting tissue.
Hot Stones is one of the quickest methods to relax the nervous system. During this massage the therapist incorporates heat using basalt stones to promote a quicker method of relaxation. This massage is recommended for those who use hot showers, steam, or sauna as a form of relaxation. Not recommended for those with sensitivity to heat, high blood pressure, and those taken certain medications.
Treat yourself or your loved one to this refreshing service that will rejuvenate and bring you back for more!
Contact Pam Long at 751-3700 to make your appointment or online at WebTrac.mwr.army.mil.
Sharad McNulty, LMT
A 2010 graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a 2014 graduate of the Clinical Massage Therapy Program at Midland Technical College.
Specialty: Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, and Hot Stone Massage.
Wellbeats…fitness on demand
by Pamela James-Long, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
Our world is high tech and people want things in an instant and on their time. As technology advances, on demand options continue to pop up in areas of our lives to fulfill a need. One main area on target is fitness. Family and MWR on Fort Jackson will roll out the latest response to exercise with Wellbeats, an Exercise System and more.
As exercise continues to gain popularity; more and more people want to get on board and begin taking better care of their bodies. Gym memberships and attendance is up (for the most part) as more and more people view exercise as part of their daily lives. An area that has seen substantial growth is group exercise. People love the opportunity to work out in a group setting. The exercise is just a portion of what people show up for. The comradery adds togetherness as like minds meet for the same mission. A healthy form of competition generates and participants show up because they know their fellow exerciser is waiting for them.
Now when you arrive too late for class or class schedules never seem to fit your busy lifestyle, Wellbeats is the answer to instructor led workouts guaranteed to deliver a great workout with professional tips and techniques to ensure you get the most out of your workout. It is like having a personal trainer on your time. Wellbeats features a variety of exercise programs so you never get bored with the same routine. From beginner to the more dedicated exerciser you are sure to include Wellbeats in your current workout scheme.
Family and MWR will develop Wellbeats classes at all gym locations to reach out to soldiers, stay at home spouses, retirees and more. Patrons can take advantage of Wellbeats as each facility staff employee will be trained to assist. The list of excuses has just gotten shorter. Wellbeats gives the Fort Jackson Community fitness on demand. Visit us online for a complete listing of class times or just go by any gym facility and try out a workout on your time on demand with Wellbeats.
- Family and MWR Fitness and Wellness DIY Resources
The Family and MWR Fitness & Wellness Department strives to be a leader in Alternative natural approaches to fitness, wellness and beauty.
As we begin 2017 we would like to offer online resources for your wellness needs. Please click on the link below to learn more out our natural DIY services.
This list is updated with new DIY approaches to fitness/wellness and beauty so please visit us often.
- R.O.W - Running on Wednesdays
Running on Wednesdays
This class was created to provide another option in fitness. People that love running or like running will enjoy ROW (Running on Wednesdays). This class meets once a week, at 5:30 pm outside Aerobics door in the Solomon Center, for a 3 Level option run. Comes complete with weekly current route, running coaches and a water station.
- "Watch Your Steps," An Employee Wellness Program
If you hate running, but love its results…join a team of walkers!
The Family and MWR Fitness and Wellness department presents Watch Your Steps, a walk and wellness Family and MWR program created to get employees moving. This program runs on a 10 week cycle and is designed to help you improve your wellness through walking and other ways to get in physical activity.
Registration now open through January 12, 2018 and begins January 16, 2018.
Form a team in your work area or get placed on an existing team. When you are part of an exercise group your success rate and overall enjoyment are greater.
• Meet up to 4 days a week to walk required steps or activity.
• Can meet together or individually based on availability.
• Each team participant’s steps (or wellness activity) are documented each time and totaled up at the end of the week.
• Weekly numbers are turned into your team captain who submits numbers to Pam Long, wellness programmer for tracking.
The team with the most points at the end of the 10 week cycle will receive in-house rewards and be featured on the Marketing board with complete bragging rights as winners in wellness.
Each participant receives a ‘Watch Your Steps’ Passport booklet to track their steps. There is also space for points earned from participating or performing other specific types of physical activities (listed on Passport).
Participants receive a pedometer (or can use their own fitbit/health device) to calculate their steps into miles walked each week.
Remember to document real steps and activities only.
Cheater steps include:
• Marching in place.
• Wiggling for movement.
• Attaching device to your pet.
• Attaching device around ankle and tapping your foot.
• This list could on go and on!
Cheater steps hurt and hinder progress – resist and get real results. If you love walking or want to become more physically active, sign up today.
For questions or to register; contact Pamela Long at (803)751-3700.
- Fit To Read Article Selection
- The Red Meat Dilemma: Will It Give You Cancer?
- Live Healthy: Your Body on the Clock
- Excuse Proof Your Diet
- 7 Ideas to Stoke Your Passion for Practice
- The Telomere Treatment
- Drink Up! Optimizing Health with Coffee
- 10 Studies to Help Shape Your Health
- Mirror Images
- Top 10 Rituals for Self-Care
- Dead of Winter Detox
- The Lowdown on Pre and Probiotics
Hours of Operation
|Monday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Thursday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Friday||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
Under the umbrella of the Sports department you will fine fitness. Our mission is to bring variety and spice to your fitness life. Unlike sports, fitness is described more like the daily maintenance people give their bodies to keep themselves healthy and fit to participate in other sport activities.