The New Year’s way to keep your fitness goals

Members of the Fort Bliss community attend Body Pump at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center here May 3, 2017. Classes take place at the Soto PFC and the Mitchell W. Stout PFC several days a week at a variety of times. Courtesy photos.

Members of the Fort Bliss community attend Body Pump at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center here May 3, 2017. Classes take place at the Soto PFC and the Mitchell W. Stout PFC several days a week at a variety of times. Courtesy photos.

By Jonathan LeBlanc, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff:

(El Paso, Texas, Jan. 11, 2018)

At times the challenge of maintaining goals we have set for ourselves seems like an uphill battle. With all of the best intentions, sometimes we lose sight of why we set the goal in the first place.

Discouragement, embarrassment and a lack of motivation can be crippling to a person’s drive, but getting into shape and becoming physically fit and leading a healthier lifestyle is one of the top New Year’s resolutions, and it’s worth it.

Knowing that 80 percent of people drop out of the fitness game within three short months of starting their New Year’s resolution, the group fitness team at Fort Bliss has several options to teach, mentor and keep people exercising long past the status quo.

Members of the Fort Bliss community attend Aquafloat at the Aquatics Training Center here May 15, 2017. The class takes place from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays and 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

To start, the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center will host its 8th Annual Health and Fitness Resolution Fair from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27. The event will provide free mini-classes provided by Fort Bliss Group Fit, body composition analysis provided by Fort Bliss personal trainers and chair massage by Fort Bliss massage therapy. Additionally, there will be multiple vendors from the Fort Bliss and El Paso area to provide health and wellness related opportunities.

Also, year round, the team offers a large selection of group fitness classes at various times of the morning, day and evening.

Julia Petersen, group fitness director, Fort Bliss, has been working for Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for more than four years, and has seen the group fitness program grow immensely for the last two-and-a-half years.

“We have grown and expanded the classes to roughly 80 classes per week between the four locations on Fort Bliss,” Petersen said.

With this wide variety of classes from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., led by more than 20 instructors, there is something for everyone. The biggest change coming to group fitness this year is the Smart Start program.

“Fitness trends usually take place at the beginning of the year. As we see, people stick with it for about a month and then they fall off. What we have learned from research is that people try to go too hard too soon,” Petersen said.

The Smart Start program is a six-week program that customizes itself on an individual basis.

“We help the person by discussing the best course of action for them. We help chose which classes to go to and when. We try to incorporate everything from strength, to flexibility, to cardio. This is basically a guide for six weeks. We hope this leads to success for everyone,” Petersen said.

For more information, contact Fort Bliss FMWR Sports, Fitness and Aquatics at 744-5798.

For a full schedule of fitness classes, see the organization’s page on Facebook.