Troops Seek Relief at Gym

By Pfc. Leah R. Burton

Deployment offers its own unique setof stressors, from coping with the extreme temperatures to coping with the daily barrage of mortar and rocket attacks. Many Soldiers seek an escape from these realities of combat in the fitness center.

They sweat and grunt their frustrations out in the racquetball court, on any one of five treadmills, six crosstrainers and six recumbent bicycles.

In addition to equipment, the fitness center staff offers martial arts classes, aerobics classes, indoor and outdoor basketball and indoor, and volleyball.

Recently, the staff began holding sporting tournaments.

"The gym is so important for Soldiers because it gives them camaraderie. It keeps them in touch with the sports they liked so well in the States," said Johnnie Johnson, Morale, Welfare and Recreation's KBR manager. "On an installation with multiple services, these tournaments give the units bragging rights, which is good for morale. It gives them something to be proud of."

Another facility next to Dining Facility 4 is scheduled to open in August. It will be equipped with two racquetball courts, an aerobics room, a weight room, as well as a recreation center, complete with Internet Café, library and music room.

Starting July 11, the fitness center will no longer be open 24 hours a day. It will close from 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. for cleaning.

The post fitness center is adjacent to the outdoor stadium.

Editor's Note: Pfc. Burton is a member of the 28th Public Affairs Detachment. She is currently supporting the 13th COSCOM at LSA Anaconda.


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Troops Seek Relief at Gym Photos