September 22nd marked the opening of the new fitness center of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda. The facility measures 45,000 square feet, and features a 50-meter indoor pool, an indoor running track, and NBA/NCAA regulation-sized basketball court.
The celebration included a Fit Challenge and Fun Palooza, spearheaded by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) staff. There were basketball scrimmages for wounded warriors, fitness demonstrations, a blood drive, food, and prizes.
Battling it out on the basketball court were AMP1, the first organized stand-up amputee basketball team in the country, and the hospital staff. The Fit Challenge included the suspension fitness training TRX, and Kangoo, a fitness workout which utilizes spring boots, and is ideal for those who have bad knees or who suffered from back injuries.
There were also 5-K runs, a half-mile swim challenge, an eight-mile spin bike ride, and a wheelchair basketball scrimmage.
The new fitness center offers the following personal training services and fitness classes: BodyPump, BodyFlow, BodyCombat, spinning, yoga, boot camp, and water aerobics, among others. The gym also has racquetball courts, cardio and weight equipment, spinning and group work-out studios.
The facility is open to anyone who has a CAC and works on base, except contractors, and full time NIH employees. Intramural sports, including basketball, softball, volleyball, kickball, indoor soccer and indoor wheelchair flag football are among the things that could be enjoyed in the fitness center.
Wendy Tompkins, manager of the fitness center, shared: “We’re very proud of the variety of things we offer.” She shared further: “We are also getting ready to start a class to work with our Department of Defense dependent children focusing on teen obesity… We’re trying to entertain everyone.”