Fit to fight: Fort Bliss FMWR hosts fitness fair, runs

Activity bustles in the main gym area at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bliss Saturday. Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation put on the 2018 Fitness Resolution Health Fair as well as the Fort Bliss Half Marathon and 5K. Photos by David Poe, Fort Bliss Garrison Public Affairs.

Activity bustles in the main gym area at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bliss Saturday. Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation put on the 2018 Fitness Resolution Health Fair as well as the Fort Bliss Half Marathon and 5K. Photos by David Poe, Fort Bliss Garrison Public Affairs.

By David Poe, Fort Bliss Garrison Public Affairs:

(El Paso, Texas, Feb. 1, 2018)

At a time of year when New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade, Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports, Fitness and Aquatics doubled down Saturday. The directorate’s sports and fitness experts hosted the 2018 Fitness Resolution Health Fair at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bliss, Saturday.   

From yoga demonstrations to one-on-one consultations, all in a one-stop shopping experience, fitness goers had the chance to sample many of the classes and services that are available to Team Bliss all year long.

“At the beginning of the year, everybody has a fitness resolution,” said Julia Petersen, the Fort Bliss FMWR group fitness director. “We’re just helping them facilitate how to get to that goal and how we can assist them.”

Petersen said the annual event, which included vendors from on and off post, was six months in the making, yet was only a segment of everything FMWR offers Soldiers and beneficiaries and their families.

A Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation group fitness instructor demonstrates a class exercise during a fitness fair at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bliss Saturday.

“We have 24 different (group fitness) formats and we’re showcasing five,” Petersen said of the mini-class demonstrations that occurred on Soto’s main floor. Guests also could receive Smart Start and body composition consultations from experts who then helped suggest plans of action based upon the individual’s data.    

Petersen reiterated that the health fair, which coincided with the 2018 Fort Bliss Half Marathon and 5K nearby, was a chance not only for FMWR Sports, Fitness and Aquatics to highlight group fitness, but to offer a more comprehensive look at everything they bring to the table at Fort Bliss.

“We have two phenomenal (massage) therapists here on post,” she said as an example, “and they’re far more affordable than what you’re going to find out on the economy. A lot of people forget that we offer massage therapy (at Soto), but it can be super important for recovery. It’s not all about working out.”

A runner finishes the Fort Bliss Half Marathon at Fort Bliss Saturday. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation put on a pair of runs to coincide with a fitness fair at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center on East Fort Bliss.

For more information on fitness classes and much more, check out Bliss FMWR Sports on Facebook at @TeamBlissSports or at www.bliss.armymwr.com.