Free personal fitness training

11 Jul 2006 | Lance Cpl. Patrick M. Fleischman

New running shoes $55,
New tracksuit $65
Not paying for a personal training: priceless.

French Creek and Tarawa Terrace Fitness Centers are offering free personal training to active duty servicemembers as part of Semper Fit’s sports recreation and fitness program.
The program begins with a computerized physical fitness assessment, which evaluates body composition, blood pressure, aerobic capacity, flexibility, muscular strength and muscle endurance followed by a printout detailing the results.

Following the assessment, a trainer will tailor a fitness program to meet the specific goals of the trainee.

"I try to generate a well balanced workout with cardio, strength training abdominal work and flexibility,” said Cheryl Henley, personal trainer and group exercise instructor for Semper Fit.

Trainers then guide the trainee step-by-step through any one of a number of programs for example weight loss, sports specific, performance enhancement and strength gaining to ensure the exercises are performed correctly and efficiently.

After six to eight weeks, trainers perform a physical fitness retest that consists of the same physical fitness assessment that was conducted upon beginning the training this helps trainers continuing to tailoring the program to their needs, said Tanya Hewitt, the personal training and workshops coordinator for Semper Fit.

“I go home sore but full of energy and motivation every day after training with Cheryl, and it gets us ready to go with the Marines,” said Navy Seamen Andray A. Clark, a student at Field Medical Service School at Camp Johnson and training to become a Marine Corpsman.

A health history questionnaire to determine physical ability is required to begin a training program, added Hewitt.

We monitor trainee’s range of motion, manage the amount of weight they work out with and make adjustments through out the workout to ensure their safety, said Henley.

Family members 17 and older can take advantage of this program but have to pay a per-session rate of $10 or purchase a value package consisting of eight lessons for $70.

Peak hours to gain appointments for personal trainers are from 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4:30 – 8 p.m.

To register for training contact French Creek at 451-0471 or Tarawa Terrace at 451-0471 and for additional information E-mail Tanya Hewitt at