Get Up, Get Out, and Get In Shape
By Melanie Arvonio, 61st Mission Support Squadron
/ Published April 04, 2007
Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Looking for that extra edge to maximize your workout or are you looking to get back into shape? Regardless of individual fitness level, the Los Angeles Group Fitness Program offers a wide range of challenging group activities to meet your needs.
Group exercise helps forget the working out through great music, moves and coaching! Participants will also learn how to exercise properly, safely and effectively, as well as enjoy great camaraderie in a social atmosphere.
Classes are free and are offered at both the El Segundo and Fort MacArthur Fitness Centers at a variety of times to fit your schedule. Check the Fitness Center's front desk for a current schedule of classes.
Class formats include kickboxing, sculpting, step, yoga, indoor cycle and cardio core. Core training can be any exercise that is focused on improving strength and stability in the torso or trunk. This is important because it is where all of our movements originate. If conditioned properly, the core provides a solid foundation on which we can build strength, move more efficiently, and reduce risk of injury. Don't let a weak back get in the way of core training. Most low back pain is caused by bad posture, excess body weight, inactivity and faulty body mechanics. Core training reduces risk of lower back pain through exercises that are designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support and protect the spine. As with any fitness program, be sure to talk to a doctor before starting a new program.
Group fitness helps increase physical activity and reduce excess body weight. For military, the next physical training test is almost here, so now is the time to focus on honing your fitness skills. By mixing up the workouts, different muscles will be challenged and strengthened. It will add much-needed variety to hold one's interest in becoming and staying fit.
Humans weren't created to sit at a desk all day! Get up, get out and get in shape with Los Angeles AFB's Group Fitness Program! For more information, contact the El Segundo Fitness Center at 310-653-6771, the Fort MacArthur Fitness Center at 310-653-8361, or e-mail the Lead Group Fitness Instructor, Melanie Arvonio, at M_Arvonio@yahoo.com.