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- 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
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)
- Upcoming Events
Lot Party Workout
August 14, 11 am, Solomon Center Parking Lot, 6510 Strom Thurmond Blvd.
A monthly in-person and virtual workout session event providing a physically fun family outing; celebrating the importance of staying and being well with fitness.
- Past Events
10th Annual Do It in Pink Workout Aerobathon
Your Family & MWR Fitness Department came out for the 10th year in a row with Do it in Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Aerobathon. The event kicked off at 10am on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Special Events area at the Solomon Center.
This free event only required that your Do it in Pink. Our event featured your favorite instructors, guest instructors, BMI personal training clinic, Self-exam breast display, complimentary chair massages, complimentary reflexology food treatments, refreshments, door prizes and a FANTASTIC workout.
Please check out our photo gallery of the event below.
Biggest Loser lecture Night at the Post Library
Greetings, the Family and MWR Fitness Department 2019 Biggest Loser Program was a complete success. We had over 100 interested participants this year and eager to get their health under control! Our program featured live workout classes, healthy eating lectures, healthy living lectures, food journaling and so much more. Participants really learned more about themselves when it comes to eating and exercising. That is what it is all about. December will be here before you know it and we will kick off our 2020 Biggest Loser Program.
9th Annual Do It in Pink Workout Aerobathon
Your Family & MWR Fitness Department came out for the 9th year in a row with Do it in Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Aerobathon. The event kicked off at 10am on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the Special Events area at the Solomon Center.
This free event only required that your Do it in Pink.
We broke our attendance record this year and worked out with more than 165 Pink wearing participants; from the stroller to the older…they were out there getting that exercise on.
Our event featured your favorite instructors, guest instructors, BMI personal training clinic, Self-exam breast display, complimentary chair massages, complimentary reflexology food treatments, refreshments, door prizes and a FANTASTIC workout.
Please check out our photo gallery of the event below. Mark your calendars for September 28, 2019 and help us get the word out and Do it in Pink.
2018 Natural Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Competition Journey
Getting into the best shape of your life is rewarding. Having the journey captured photographically is priceless. This year as we prepared for the 2018 Natural Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini competition, the journey is made available here online. Visit the Competition Journey Gallery and see our competitors transformed as they got ready for the stage to compete.
2018 Natural Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Competition
The 2018 Family and MWR Fitness Department’s Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini competition was once again a TOTAL success! Thank you. With over 300 spectators; competitors gave their best FLEX from all angles. The level of body definition displayed on each competitor let the audience know…they worked HARD for the BODY! Please take a moment and check out our photo gallery of winners. Again we thank Jim Hudson Automotive Group for sponsoring us this year. Go ahead and mark your calendars for June 29, 2019 for once again…our BEST show yet!
Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride
The Family and MWR Fitness Department held its annual Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Each rider was given a treasure map and biked their way around Fort Jackson searching for Fitness Markers (prizes). Once the markers were turned in the ride selected prizes for a search and ride well done.
Families came out in record number this year and enjoyed the sunshine and family recreational fun. We can’t wait until next year to do it again.
Until then…we will see you at the next workout or fitness event!
Please take a moment and visit the gallery featuring photos from the event.
Live Well Yoga Retreat
The Family and MWR Fitness Department held its first Live Well Yoga Retreat on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event comprised of three hours of hands on learning for individuals interested in starting to practice yoga. More than 30 patrons filled the room as newbies learned about postures such as Down Dog, Triangle, Eagle and more. Patrons not only learned how to perform the postures, but learned the health benefits connected to each posture. This made each pose special and meaningful. Healthy eating lecture followed with general tips and techniques recommended for those interested in learning how to get more out of their yoga practice by eating foods that are easier on the digestive system. The final hour focused on relaxation and how to build a practice. Each patron received a handmade workbook featuring a 6 week journey into a yoga practice for themselves. The event was a complete success.
Please take a moment and visit the gallery featuring photos from the event.
The Family and MWR Fitness Department believes in helping the Fort Jackson Community getting their health under control. We will see you at the next workout or fitness event!
Whack that Ball Racquetball Tournament
The 2018 Whack that Ball Racquetball Tournament once again displayed the passion and love these players have for the game. Regardless to the size of the crowd, the event was well organized and those that participated embraced every ball that was Whacked their way. Please take a moment and visit the photo and film gallery created to show the love these players have for the game. Grab your racquet and join us next year!
Fort Jackson’s DFMWR Fitness & Wellness Department held its annual Black History 10 mile Trail Hike at Sesquicentennial Park. Beautiful weather welcomed 30 participating hikers to celebrate greater health awareness during Black History Month. Opening announcements included information about pioneers in natural health during times when health care was mostly non-existent. Each hiker received a keepsake booklet created by the Fitness Department (also available on the fitness webpage) with reflections of health and natural healing options. The course covered scenic sights in the State Park along with challenging hills for a great workout; 22 hikers participated making this event. It was a huge success!
See you next year.
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.
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.
Merry Fitness 2016, Multi-Workout Extravaganza!
December 5, 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!
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!
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!
- 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!”
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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."
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."
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.
Dr. Tina Simon
Tina holds a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Health and Nutrition. She is NASM certified personal training for over 7 years. Her favorite style of exercise is weight training for bodybuilding. Tina’s approach to training to achieve the body you want is refreshing and popular here in the Fort Jackson community. Currently Tina competes as an NSL women’s Physique Pro for the Nspire Sports League. Her competition focus is on good health: healthy competition rather than performance enhancement at the risk of good health. Her favorite pastime involves outdoor activities; hiking, kayaking and more.
Fitness Philosophy: “Anyone at any age can get and stay fit; it is being consistent and having the right tools and knowledge to get there.”
Meet volunteer instructor, Laurie Boarts. Laurie is a certified BODYBLAST 4X4 instructor for 2 years and now brings this new class to FMWR Fitness Department. She holds a Bachelors of Art degree in education. She enjoys painting furniture, cooking and finding ways to stay active. Laurie teaches BODYBLAST 4X4 Mondays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at our 24 hour Coleman Gym. Join her.
Fitness Philosophy: “It’s all about keeping yourself active and having fun!”
- 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.
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.
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 contact Pamela Long at (803)751-3700.
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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.
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