Hess updates to retain family fitness area, add cardiovascular portion

By Mary Lou Gorny
Hilltop Times Editor
November 10, 2011

Funding authorized by the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2011 will be used for renovations set to begin in the Hess Fitness Center on Nov. 21.

The renovations will enhance the facility and add overflow capacity to the Warrior Fitness Center by converting two-thirds of the gymnasium to a functional fitness area with cardiovascular equipment and strength equipment, including both free weights and selectorized machines. The remaining one-third of the gymnasium will provide a refinished sports court for basketball and volleyball, as well as unit PT sessions.

"The Warrior Fitness Center doesn't meet the full needs of those who are currently eligible to use it so by renovating the Hess we are going to dramatically increase our fitness capabilities for what we can provide to our community," said Roger Braner, 75th Force Support Sustainment Flight Chief.

The popular family fitness area will be temporarily relocated to the Warrior Fitness Center in the current X-bike area. The X-bike program will relocate to the bubble during the renovations. Although this area will be slightly smaller than what is currently provided in the Hess, there will be a selection of cardiovascular and strength equipment, and a portioned child's area will be more suited for passive play.

The family fitness area transition will begin before the renovations and will start Nov. 16. The area will re-open in the Warrior Center Nov. 18, but it is possible it could reopen even earlier. Braner recommends checking with the front desk at the Warrior Center front desk if interested, 801-777-2761.

The X-bikes classes will move to the bubble on Nov. 16.

The pool will remain open during the nine month renovation period and can be accessed through the pool doors on the side. There will be access to the locker rooms.

"All of the current programs and services available in the Hess will remain upon re-opening," said Braner of the renovation plans. Youth program activities have been relocated temporarily during the renovation and will be able to reuse the center once renovations are complete.

Plans include the replacement of windows and the fire detection system and a different space will be created for the massage therapists. A fully renovated fitness assessment cell area is also planned.

"For the most part it's just going to be a facelift of a lot of things but the capability increase is happening in the gymnasium area," said Braner.

"The renovated Hess Center could potentially provide us opportunities for programs," he added. "During nonpeak hours we could bring in certain groups of individuals such as active duty in the fitness improvement program. However, all that has yet to be determined."

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