GW Sailors Stay Fit Using Base Facilities

Story Number: NNS170619-15Release Date: 6/19/2017 10:32:00 AM
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By By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Julie Vujevich, USS George Washington Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Station Norfolk's athletic centers Waterfront Athletic Complex Q-80, Naval Station Norfolk Gymnasium N-24, and McCormick Sports Center feature numerous opportunities for Sailors to enhance their physical fitness.

The athletic centers at Naval Station Norfolk typically feature indoor tracks, cardiovascular equipment, strength training machines, free weight equipment, indoor basketball courts, racquetball courts, and group exercise rooms. Located on the facility grounds, Sailors can find outdoor basketball and tennis courts and nearby softball fields. Locker rooms with showers and a sauna are also available for use.

At the Huntington Hall Fitness Center in Newport News, Sailors have access to a variety of functional fitness equipment and programs, which support the most current fitness development regiments. Standard cardiovascular and weight equipment, rowers, ropes, free weights and other fitness tools are available for Sailors. Huntington Hall also maintains a synthetic field, designed for football and soccer, which is surrounded by a 300 meter rubberized running track.

"The programs we have are probably the best in the region, in my opinion," said Phillip Gomez, a recreational assistant at Q-80. "MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) goes far beyond trying to help and provide as much service that we can to the active military."

At some of the centers, nutrition classes, the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS), Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP), and Command Fitness Leader (CFL) training is offered for active duty personnel.

"There are 25 of us in the CFL program who run FEP and we all went to class back in April to become certified," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Louis Fierro, an assistant CFL assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). "MWR offers a lot of different programs, and the training through MWR is really great."

The centers offer numerous classes each week for active duty personnel and their families including, but not limited to, Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Piloxing, Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness, Explode Power Conditioning, Real Ryder Cycling Class, Intro to Weight Lifting, and Ladies and Weights (LAW) Power Hour.

"For me, working here is personal because I am retired military, 20 years in the United States Navy," said Gomez. "Throughout the time I was in the Navy, I used MWR facilities. I work here part-time and it's my way of paying back to MWR for what they provided to me."

George Washington Sailors are encouraged to take time out of their schedules to focus on enhancement of their physical fitness and to take advantage of the fitness opportunities the athletic centers at Naval Station Norfolk and Huntington Hall have to offer.

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