MWR Fitness helps patrons get a new start in 2018

Frieda Chandler leads the group in Tahula, a class that incorporates hula movements into the workout, during New Year, New You at the Hickam Memorial Fitness Center. FFR Marketing photo

Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Hickam Memorial Fitness Center was filled with smiling faces as customers worked up a sweat at a new promotion held Jan. 27. Participants at the free “New Year, New You” got a sampling of various exercise programs offered at the center.

Dozens of patrons turned out for this first-time event, with many sticking it out for almost the entire three-hour, six-class session.

The schedule was both varied and challenging, starting with the more intense cycling and Turbo Kick classes. The schedule progressed into Tahula (hula as exercise), Strong by Zumba and regular Zumba before ending with yoga. Patrons also received free smoothie samples and could get five-minute massages from onsite therapists.

Frieda Chandler, fitness program director, organized the event and was very pleased with the turnout.

“We had new people, regulars and people that are just testing it out. I think it’s gone really well. I’m very happy,” Chandler said.

Chandler said a similar program is done each year at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center. She thought bringing it to the Hickam side would be a good way for customers to get to know the instructors and classes.

“We called it New Year, New You not just because of the physical perspective, but more of getting out there, engaging with people, finding out that they don’t have to be scared of the fitness classes,” Chandler said.

She added it’s about them having fun while they work out.

“The mindset, the perspective is to not be afraid, and say ‘I can do it, I can do the classes,'” Chandler said.

According to Chandler, feedback was very positive. Some who thought classes like Tahula and Turbo Kick wasn’t for them told her it was a good workout, allaying their fears of trying something new.

“You look at the people smiling, they’re enjoying it. That’s the best part ever,” Chandler said.

“The best customer comments are coming from people who aren’t even in the class,” said Dawn Pierce, director of JBPHH Fitness Department.

She observed other patrons watching and looking very interested.

“They didn’t feel good enough to get out there yet, but they were really enticed by what they saw,” Pierce said.

Chandler credits Pierce for supporting her to make the program a success in its first incarnation and hopes to improve on it.

“It’s going to get better each time. We learn what we should do, what we need more. We want to give what the people want,” she said.

She is hoping to have different activities throughout the year.

As a fitness specialist, Chandler said it’s important to engage in something.

“People think they have to make big plans and that’s why they fail. Start with little things, take one class, come to the gym once a week, or get out and go hiking. It’s about trying to change the mindset,” Chandler said.

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