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Personal trainers help patrons reach goals

Shauna Attaway leads a previous kickboxing group fitness class. Attaway is one of many fitness specialists available for personal training sessions. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Shauna Attaway leads a previous kickboxing group fitness class. Attaway is one of many fitness specialists available for personal training sessions. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: March 31, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 31, 2016) -- No matter the fitness goal, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Branch fitness specialists can help anyone achieve it.

Combining hands-on fitness instruction with a wealth of fitness equipment, both the Fort Rucker and Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Centers provide a solid foundation for any fitness goal, according to Lynn Avila, fitness programs coordinator.

Individuals can receive individualized training through the PFC personal trainer program after completing a personal training packet, which is available at the front desk of both facilities, she said.

Each fitness specialist brings a bit of their personality to each session and finding the best fit can be crucial to personal training sessions, Avila said.

“We have a terrific staff,” she said. “They are all highly knowledgeable and professional, but no two trainers are the same. Each instructor brings their own personality and fitness philosophy into the session. Finding the right instructor can make each session more relaxed and help you achieve your fitness goal.”

Training sessions last about one hour and are $25 per person or $40 for two people.

“Our personal trainers are certified by nationally accredited organizations,” Avila said. “A routine is built to accommodate each person individually to fit the requirements and outcome desires of each person. Clients can be seen three to five times a week, or further out slots are available such as once a week or even once a month.

“Our available trainers are Shauna Attaway, Aimee McDonough, Shaun McElderry, Megan Oldorf, Kris Rach, Micah Topham, Rachael Scroggin and Angel Riggs,” she added.

Before personal training sessions begin, participants must complete paperwork and measurements to determine their starting point and overall goals.

“We collect information to help us determine where your fitness journey should begin,” Avila said. “No matter your starting point, our fitness specialists can help you get where you ultimately want to be.

“Some people already have a trainer in mind and we try to accommodate such requests, schedule permitting,” she added. “Others might not know who the best fit is for them. After establishing your goals and desires, we can work to pair with a fitness specialist suited to guide your journey.”

 Training sessions go beyond establishing an exercise routine, according to Avila.

“If patrons are interested, personal training sessions also include advice on proper nutrition,” she said. “The proper meal plan can help fuel your body to maximize the impact of your time in the gym. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced energy and can negatively impact your progress toward achieving fitness goals.”

Hydration is another essential element to achieving fitness goals and to overall health, Avila said.

“Proper hydration has many health and performance benefits,” she said. “Our muscles and organs depend on water for proper function. Water helps flush out toxins and reduces excess sodium in the body. Maintaining proper hydration can also aid in weight loss because it frees fat stores so they can be burned as an energy source.”

According to Avila, recommended water intake varies based on weight and length of physical activity.

“Many people remember the old rule of drinking eight glasses of water a day,” Avila said. “However, the amount of water an individual should consume varies from person to person. A good starting point is to take your overall body weight and divide it by two. The number you get from that calculation is your recommended daily water intake in ounces. For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds should consume at least 75 ounces of water a day.

“If you engage in physical activity throughout the day, then you should drink even more water to compensate,” she added. “The exact amount required to compensate for the activity will depend on the intensity of the activity and our fitness specialists can help you determine just how much water you need to replenish what you’ve lost.”

For more information on personal training sessions, call 255-2296 or 255-3794 or visit either PFC.

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