Day in and day out, hundreds of soldiers burn countless calories at the Greywolf Physical Fitness Center lifting weights, running on treadmills and playing racquetball.
In addition to enjoying the facilities at the fitness center, soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division assist the gym staff in providing various, free services to its patrons.
“They don’t have a lot of civilians working here,” said Spc. Matthew Christiansen, an infantryman with the brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment. “Having a couple soldiers pick up some of the workload helps make sure people who come into the gym can get the most out of their experience at the gym.”
To support the fitness center, six soldiers were assigned to report to the gym starting Aug. 1 for 180 days. The soldiers work during the gym operating hours, and they report to the shift leader, an employee of the fitness center.
Since Abrams Physical Fitness Center closed for renovations, many of its regular patrons now use the Greywolf gym. Though there wasn’t an increase in staff, the influx of people using the gym causes its employees to work harder and faster to keep up with the daily cleaning and maintaining tasks.
“It’s important to support the fitness center, because soldiers from our brigade like to workout a lot, and it’s located almost in the center of the brigade’s footprint,” Christiansen said. “Most of all, it’s free. Not like the gyms off post, which could get pricey.”
The fitness center offers a variety of services, including physical training classes, and is open every day of the week.
“I see soldiers in here until the last minute trying to work out as much as they can before we close,” said Spc. Jack Streeter, a cavalry scout with the same battalion. “We flicker the lights to let them know that we are closing in one minute. They know what that means.”
The fitness center accommodates physical training classes and is open every day.
The center tries to include a variety of classes, he said.
“Since this is the main gym on post now, we are open on the weekends,” Christiansen said. “We provide the rooms for physical therapy and spin classes.”
It gets really busy around morning physical training hours and during lunch.
As one person watches the desk, the others focus on sanitation. The soldiers are expected to be proactive by walking around looking for weights or equipment that haven’t been put back after it has been used.
Along with putting equipment back where it belongs, the detailed soldiers carry spray bottles with cleaning solution and towels to wipe sweat off of the machines and keep the equipment sanitized.
“It’s great to work here,” Streeter said. “Since this is the gym I use, to work in it gives a feeling of ownership. I feel pride in having a clean gym.”