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New Year, new you: Fitness Center’s resolution

The Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base

The Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., is offering a variety of new classes and events to help members get in shape and stay active in 2018. For more information about what is offered contact the Fitness Center at (660) 687-5469. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Phifer)

A variety of exercise equipment is available for use in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The cardiovascular room is equipped with stair steppers, treadmills, recumbent bikes and cross trainers, which are fitted with cardio-theater featuring cable television and satellite radio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A variety of exercise equipment is available for use in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The cardiovascular room is equipped with stair steppers, treadmills, recumbent bikes and cross trainers, which are fitted with cardio-theater featuring cable television and satellite radio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Lavaring, a fitness instructor assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron, performs a barbell squat in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The weight room has a variety of specialty weight equipment and a large assortment of free weights for those with strength training and muscle toning in mind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Lavaring, a fitness instructor assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron, performs a barbell squat in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The weight room has a variety of specialty weight equipment and a large assortment of free weights for those with strength training and muscle toning in mind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas Mastroiani, an installation controller assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron, performs dumbbell bench presses in the Fitness Center weight room at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The Fitness Center features specialty weight equipment and a large assortment of free weights for those with strength training and muscle toning in mind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas Mastroiani, an installation controller assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron, performs dumbbell bench presses in the Fitness Center weight room at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. The Fitness Center features specialty weight equipment and a large assortment of free weights for those with strength training and muscle toning in mind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Lisa Webster, an Air Force spouse, performs a barbell curl in the Fitness Center weight room at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Active duty, reservists, guardsmen and dependents over the age of 16 have the option of registering for 24-hour access to use the equipment outside of the normal hours of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Lisa Webster, an Air Force spouse, performs a barbell curl in the Fitness Center weight room at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Active duty, reservists, guardsmen and dependents over the age of 16 have the option of registering for 24-hour access to use the equipment outside of the normal hours of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Archer, an instructor for the 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 6, performs a barbell squat in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Personal trainers are available at the center to provide one-on-one training to help members achieve their fitness goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Archer, an instructor for the 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 6, performs a barbell squat in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Personal trainers are available at the center to provide one-on-one training to help members achieve their fitness goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A member of Team Whiteman uses the parent/child activity room in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Exercise equipment such as treadmills and assorted weights are available to use while children play in an enclosed area with toys and playsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A member of Team Whiteman uses the parent/child activity room in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Exercise equipment such as treadmills and assorted weights are available to use while children play in an enclosed area with toys and playsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Members of Team Whiteman use rowing machines in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Each year the Fitness Center hosts a rowing challenge, and this year, for the month of February, members of Team Whiteman are competing against five other Air Force Global Strike Bases to win the first rowing challenge traveling trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Members of Team Whiteman use rowing machines in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Each year the Fitness Center hosts a rowing challenge, and this year, for the month of February, members of Team Whiteman are competing against five other Air Force Global Strike Bases to win the first rowing challenge traveling trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A variety of exercise equipment is available for use in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Basketball, racquetball and volleyball courts are located inside the gym, while an outdoor track and field is open for running, football and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

A variety of exercise equipment is available for use in the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 24, 2018. Basketball, racquetball and volleyball courts are located inside the gym, while an outdoor track and field is open for running, football and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- 2018 is here and it’s time for those New Year resolutions to kick in. Many people are vowing to do things like eat healthier, get organized or learn a new language. For those making a commitment to health and fitness in the New Year, the Fitness Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, is a good place to get started.

“Being active is an important piece in having an overall healthy life,” said U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jacob Casey, the section chief assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron. “With all the options we offer, working out doesn’t have to be a chore. We want members to realize fitness can be a fun way to get out and spend time with family and friends.”

Varying from yoga to weight training, the Fitness Center gives members a variety of class options to get people moving.

“A new class we’ve just added this year is called Movement is Medicine,” said Staff Sgt. Amy Tordera, the fitness program manager assigned to the 509th FSS. “This gives you a personal trainer while still being in a group setting. The class focuses on improving your mobility, flexibility, stability and maintaining correct form while working out.”

For those who don’t want to workout with a group, there are personal trainers to work with members in a one-on-one setting. With help and guidance from a trainer, members can stay accountable and get an extra push toward their 2018 fitness goals.

Along with personal trainers to drive members toward achieving their resolutions this year, the Fitness Center added the new Iron Warrior Challenge, derived from the previous running club, that members can be a part of with no charge. The challenge includes four-mile markers that are set at: 131, 442, 509 and 1955 miles and members can reach these markers by accumulating miles from running, biking and swimming. To motivate members, the Fitness Center will reward those who hit these mile markers.

“With only a year to complete this challenge, we want it to motivate people to get out and be active in 2018,” said Tordera.

Along with the Iron Warrior Challenge, there are other challenges, tournaments and opportunities for members to get involved in throughout the year. February’s month long base vs. base rowing challenge, the Mustache Dash 5K in March, the upcoming indoor soccer tournament, adult triathlon, and the homerun derby to kick off the softball season are just a few events the Fitness Center will be offering this year.

“The main goal for the Fitness Center is to provide our members with many different classes, intermural sports and other fun events that they can get involved in while achieving their goals and having a good time,” said Casey.