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Fit to fight: Airmen enhance workout environment

Two men in military uniform stand in a room with workout equipment.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Andrew Conger and Eric Crumpton, 19th Force Support Squadron fitness specialists, finish cleaning up the functional fitness room after all the equipment was installed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 16, 2018. Fitness center patrons can use free-weights, ropes, squat racks and other workout equipment in the functional fitness room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The Little Rock Air Force Base Fitness and Sports Center staff have been transforming their facility to maximize amenities and enhance the environment for Airmen and their families at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.

Starting in June 2018, one of the racquetball courts began a five-month conversion into a functional workout room where fitness center patrons can use free weights, ropes, squatting racks and other workout equipment to provide more variety to their exercise routines.

"A lot of what we decided to do with the functional fitness room had to do with customer requests," said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Conger, 19th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist. "I asked people who work out here a lot and discovered what would appease most people in enhancing the workout environment."

Dumbbells are in focus with workout equipment in the background.
Little Rock Air Force Base Fitness and Sports Center customers are able to utilize the functional fitness room in case the aerobics room or other open spaces are being utilized for a class or a physical training session. Free-weights, ropes, squat racks and other equipment are available for patrons to do a variety of workouts in the room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)
Dumbbells are in focus with workout equipment in the background.
Functional Fitness Room
Little Rock Air Force Base Fitness and Sports Center customers are able to utilize the functional fitness room in case the aerobics room or other open spaces are being utilized for a class or a physical training session. Free-weights, ropes, squat racks and other equipment are available for patrons to do a variety of workouts in the room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell
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Patrons now will be able to use this area for any number of workouts they may have previously accomplished in the aerobics room or parent-child room. Fitness center staff thought of transforming the space for individuals who have a limited amount of time to work out when a class is taking place in the aerobics room.

Being able to utilize the space at the fitness center in regard to customer requests ensures Team Little Rock members are taken care of and fit-to-fight at home and abroad.

“Our goal is to take care of Airmen and their families by creating a workout environment that suites our customers,” Conger said. “Changing up our space so they can work out without being interrupted or having to come back later ensures our customers don’t waste their time and can keep to their routine while being efficient.”

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