Joint Base Andrews


SVS opens multipurpose fitness center, focuses on health for 2007

By Airman 1st Class Andrew Polvino | Capital Flyer staff writer | January 26, 2007

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- The West Fitness Center opened two new indoor basketball courts recently, kicking off their 2007 Fitness Revolution program.

"The multipurpose fitness area used to be four tennis courts," said Charles Rose, 316th Services Squadron fitness center director. "It was one of three indoor tennis centers in the entire Air Force."

The basketball courts were repaired and completed in 10 working days during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

"The 316th Civil Engineer Squadron painted the lines," said Mr. Rose. "Master Sgt. Anthony L. Spears, 316 CES training NCO, and the fire department helped put the basketball hoops together over the holidays."

The two tasks remaining for the multipurpose fitness center renovation are the tennis court repair and ceiling repainting.

"There's not much more to fix here," said Mr. Rose. "We're bursting at the seams as it is (with new equipment). Moving the Health and Wellness Center will be the next project as funding becomes available."

"We plan on having more fitness challenges, assessments and an increase in fitness incentive programs," he said. "We want this to not only have an impact on the wing, but an impact on the whole base."

This year's fitness program is intended to have fitness center staff members work with, assist and provide oversight to unit physical training leaders and individuals.

"By summer, the fitness centers will be fully manned," said the fitness center director. "Most of the staff will become certified personal trainers to help personnel and unit PTLs create effective training programs."

The next upcoming fitness events hosted by the Andrews fitness centers will be the Heart Throb 5k Fun Run and a Push-up and Crunch Challenge in February.

For more information, contact the West Fitness Center at 301-981-7101.