• New fitness equipment installed at Gruber

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    After six months of preparation, Gruber Fitness Center has installed new equipment where the basketball court was previously located as an additional venue for soldier physical training.
    “Its intended purpose is to afford soldiers another venue for physical training to support readiness, and we think we have provided the right equipment to do that,” said Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Glenn Hewitt. “It’s a comprehensive soldier fitness package provided by the Army, which includes cardiovascular equipment and other equipment.”
    The new equipment includes eight squat racks with platforms, three treadmills, two ellipticals, two bikes, four rowers, four sets of dumbbells, four sets of kettlebells, four medicine balls, four sets of plyometric boxes, two glute and hamstring developers and four battling ropes.
    The basketball court at Gruber was sacrificed for installation of the new equipment, but courts are still available at Harney Sports Complex.
    “We put a flooring over the basketball court to save the court area in the event something changes in the future and we revert it back to a basketball court,” Hewitt said.
    Command and General Staff College Athletic Director Capt. Andrew Bryant said he is happy to have another place for physical training.
    “I greatly welcome the idea of additional facilities and equipment on post for use by (Command and General Staff Officer Course) students during both organized physical training sessions and individual physical training, especially during inclement weather months,” he said.
    Maj. Michael Tiffany, CGSOC student, had the first PT session with his staff group Jan. 23 and said it went well.
    “The new equipment brings a needed diversity to our morning routine. The additional (equipment) and open space adjacent to the equipment helps us plan more anaerobic and strength physical readiness training to improve our fitness levels,” Tiffany said. “The purchase and installation of the equipment will certainly help staff groups improve their state of readiness and allow more complex, multi-joint activities. This is definitely a step in the right direction.”
    Tiffany said finding adequate space for a large group PT session is difficult, but the space provided at Gruber has proved to be a solution.
    “I look forward to seeing more equipment and/or another facility established to provide needed resources in our efforts to maintain a high state of physical readiness,” he said.
    Though intended for soldier PT, anyone can use the equipment.
    Matthew Price, gym, sports and aquatics manager, said the response from patrons has been positive.
    “People love the new equipment and they love the space they now have in that area to do different types of functional exercises and athletic training,” he said. “We just started doing a (Total Body Resistance Exercise) class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the functional fitness area.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Price said he has high hopes for the new equipment.
    “We just hope people enjoy the new equipment and take full advantage of it,” he said. “We also hope that with this addition that, even though we may not be one of the bigger fitness centers in the Army, we might be one of the better fitness centers in the Army.”
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