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Physical fitness is par for new course

By Tony Perez | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Dec. 13, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Recently the Fitness and Sports program added a new Parcourse FitCircuit along the 1.1-mile dirt track at the LTA Medina Fitness Center located on the Lackland Training Annex.

The Parcourse FitCircuit has a series of 15 exercises that are spread out over eight separate stations located along the track. The course is designed to begin with stretching and warm-up exercises followed by more challenging exercises and finish with a series of cool-down exercises.

Each fitness station has instructional signs which fully describe the exercises at each station.

"It has all the components of the fitness program: strength muscle endurance and cardiovascular exercises," said Fitness and Sports Director Steve Reichert.

The Parcourse FitCircuit was also installed with unit physical training in mind.

"You could have your unit come out and have guys spread out and jog and use the different stations at different times," Reichert said. "It provides unit cohesion."

The course FitCircuit replaced old equipment that had been outdated and damaged for several years.

"Some of the equipment was in such dilapidated condition that it had become a safety hazard for those using it," Reichert said.

Medina Fitness Center Manager Dave Craig hopes that the new equipment will bring new customers to the facility and the course.

"We get some retirees and squadrons on this end of the base to come out, but there still aren't a lot of people who know about us," said Craig.

Reichert also hopes that the new FitCircuit alleviates some of the morning congestion at the Warhawk Fitness Center.

"On a Monday morning the Warhawk is packed," Reichert said. "There are lots of other options out there and we want to make sure that people are aware of them."