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Marines, civilians learn to properly use fitness machines

By Sgt. Joshua Bozeman | | April 9, 2003

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According to Life Fitness athletic equipment officials, Daniels Family Fitness Center possesses some of the most current workout equipment available.

The equipment should help Marines and Department of Defense civilians here either maintain or obtain a high level of physical fitness, said Deborah Plitt, Life Fitness academic trainer, at the Men's Health Fair April 3. Plitt travels to various gymnasiums that use Life Fitness equipment to answer any questions and talk about the equipment.

Plitt described the various features of the Life Fitness equipment at the center, which included treadmills, stair-steppers and the elliptical bike. As a physical fitness trainer, Plitt occasionally travels to various gyms to describe the best way to use the Life Fitness machines to get maximum results and to answer any question users may have.

The Fitness Center has three Life Fitness 9700 treadmills, which Plitt described as the "macDaddy" of treadmills.

"This is the first place I've seen that actually has these," she said.

Plitt pointed out that one unique Life Fitness machine was its ability to, simulate the running portion of the Marine physical fitness test, as well as the equivalent Army and Navy standard tests.

Plitt encouraged users to use various workouts to find individual levels of physical fitness and work from there.

According to Plitt, using the machines correctly will not only increase physical fitness, but could also prevent injury.

Russ Hosmer, master trainer, was also on hand to answer questions about the Body Master machines used in the used to simulate lifting weights. Hosmer set up a circuit in which those attending spent one minute working at one machine, then had 20 seconds to move to another machine and adjust the seat. Participants rotated among 10 machines.

According to Hosmer, completing a circuit is a good way to get a full body workout in a relatively short period of time. Hosmer also travels to various gyms upon request to answer questions or help people become more familiar with various pieces of workout equipment.

Several handouts and free gifts, including power bars, cups and information pamphlets, were also available.

For more information about the equipment at Daniels Family Fitness Center, call 639-6234.

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