By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

It's all about family and military at the Copperas Cove Armed Services YMCA Family Center.

Monday marked the official opening of the new fitness room at the center. Until Friday, guests can use the equipment and fitness center without charge to test it out.

With a name change and new mission geared toward families, the center has been trying to tailor programs that accommodate families, including the child watch program that allows parents to leave children from 6 months to 6 years old while they work out.

Throughout the planning process, the center's director, Doreen Vasseur, said the hardest part was deciding what equipment to put in the room. She is relieved to see the project finished.

"This is my baby," Vasseur said, adding that traffic through the center was steady on opening day.

The center's personal trainer, Christina Hon, walked new guests through the equipment in order to ensure they use the machines safely and efficiently.

The fitness room is equipped with stationary bicycles, treadmills, elliptical machines, strength training machines and free weights. Vasseur said, depending on demand, she hopes to offer cycling and yoga classes also.

Military personnel and their dependents can use the fitness room free of charge if they use the fitness center eight times a month, which can include any member of the family. Families can buy a $50 monthly membership with a one-time $50 registration fee. Individual memberships are $25 with a one-time $30 registration fee.

Each membership includes the use of other YMCA facilities and programs and discounts on YMCA services.

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