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Resolution Solution: Semper Fit offers a variety of programs

18 Jan 2013 | Cpl. Ali Azimi

The holidays are notorious for weight gain. Between Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas sweet treats, it’s no wonder that the numbers on the scale have risen, leading to New Year’s resolutions to get in shape.

Luckily, Semper Fit has programs to help quickly shed unwanted weight or reach your New Year’s resolution to get in the shape you’ve always wanted.

The gyms on base have already seen a rise in patrons, mostly people with New Year’s resolutions, according to Jacalyn McArthur, manager, East Gym and Fitness Center. They call this surge of patrons the tour season of the gym because within two months, those faces begin to disappear.

“Working out shouldn’t be something you hate,” McArthur continued. “You should find something you enjoy and that makes it that much more beneficial to yourself.”

The East and West Gym and Fitness Centers provide a number of options for group exercise classes and one-on-one sessions with fitness experts to challenge you and help you reach your goals.         

Personal trainers are available to Marines and spouses of the Combat Center at flexible hours throughout the work week. Sessions, which cost approximately $50 or more at other gyms, are free of charge.

The first step is to set up an appointment with Semper Fit personal trainers at either gym. They conduct cardiovascular tests and measure body fat of their trainees to get a base line of their fitness levels.

From there, they sit down and talk with patrons about their fitness goals.

Each trainer holds a degree in exercise or nationally accredited certifications and can help patrons reach any goals, whether it’s to lose some weight or train for a triathlon.

In addition to one-on-one sessions, the gyms and community center hold many different free group exercise classes, ranging from spin class, to kickboxing or yoga classes. Whatever the interest or fitness goal, there’s a class offered to meet any interest.

“People need to take advantage of what they have here,” McArthur said. “They may move and it could cost more or they won’t have the same programs. You need to do this for yourself.”

For more information on classes or getting a personal trainer, call 830-6440 or 830-6451.

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