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Boot camp helps people shape up for summer

Published: March 25, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 25, 2016) -- Whether the goal is to trim up for summer, set a new personal record, or simply get back into a fitness routine, an upcoming program may be the key to success.

The Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness and Aquatics Branch hosts a six-week spring boot camp March 28 through May 6.

“The program can be adapted to all fitness levels,” Lynn Avila, fitness programs coordinator, said. “If you want to get back into a fitness routine, our certified instructors can safely and effectively guide you toward that goal. If you are relatively fit and want to be challenged, however, our instructors can also help you safely push to new personal records.

“Our program is developed to five areas of fitness – functional fitness, strength, flexibility, high intensity interval training and endurance,” she added. “We design a program that encompasses those areas and we include a fun day to add friendly competition.”

The six-week transformation program challenges participants to run the hills, trails and stairs of Fort Rucker, conquer an obstacle course, enjoy game day on the football field and practice yoga at Lake Tholocco.

“Each day we will travel a different avenue of fitness,” Avila said. “Whatever your goal might be – endurance, weight loss, adopting a new routine – we can help you achieve it at boot camp.”

The camp will help people increase their fitness, boost their energy levels and have fun, according to Avila. Participants can also expect to see improvements in cardio fitness, stamina and strength, along with body composition.

“We have well-trained, professional fitness instructors who can help anyone at any fitness level safely push and better themselves to reach their individual goals,” she said. “Whether we have 10 people or 30 people in the class, our instructors can adjust their approach to meet any fitness level and meet each person’s needs.”

Avila said it is important to challenge your physical abilities and explore new fitness venues or activities.

The program is from 8:30-9:45 a.m. five days a week, starting March 28. The cost of the program is $100 per participant, due in full by March 28.

The price includes: training with certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors, access to all group fitness classes during the six weeks, a 2016 Spring Boot Camp T-shirt, and nutritional tips and information.

Orientation will be March 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center.

Each registration packet will be reviewed for high-risk participants and people will be contacted if a doctor’s release is needed before the orientation. Packets can be picked up either Fortenberry-Colton or Fort Rucker PFC.

For more information, call 255-3794.

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