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Stay fit-to-fight all year at Freedom Hall

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Being stationed in Wyoming often means members of the Mighty Ninety find themselves staying indoors when inclement weather arrives.

Those who enjoy exercising outdoors can continue to get a workout, even when winter weather arrives, by utilizing the facilities at Freedom Hall and Independence Hall Fitness Centers.

Freedom Hall sees an average of 400 people in its facilities every day, according to Airman 1st Class Brian Macomber, 90th Force Support Squadron. In the winter months that number tends to increase he added.

"We offer a clean, friendly and safe environment," Macomber said. "There are classes held every day and we offer special events on a regular basis."

Warren members trying to keep their feet moving when the snow and wind arrive have the choice of running on the indoor track in Independence Hall or on a number of treadmills available in Freedom Hall.

Classes are also offered throughout the week including Zumba, spinning and yoga.

While classes are offered every day, individuals are welcome to lead their own classes as well, Macomber said, provided they have the proper safety training and certification.

Those looking for an individual workout have a wide selection of equipment when using Freedom Hall.

Servicemembers and their families, as well as retirees may choose from free weights, machines, treadmills and spin-bikes, all cleaned and maintained by the 90th FSS staff.

"I come here every morning," said Airman 1st Class Javier Duran Gutierrez, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron. "It's a great way to stay healthy and build my physique."

Duran Gutierrez added that he enjoys using the gym for its convenience.
"They have everything you need in one place," he said.

Convenience and accessibility is a common theme among responses from those using the gym when asked what they enjoy the most about it.

Those are not the only factors that keep people coming back.

"The price is right," said Dan Curtright, a retiree who served 21 years in uniform. "I can't begin to tell you how much this service is appreciated in the community."

Curtright makes an average of three visits to Freedom Hall, each two-and-a-half hour visit he has broken into an aerobic and weightlifting routine.

"Having a free place to get a complete work out allows me to do the things I enjoy," explained Curtright. "I like to go hiking and biking when the weather allows it and this is a great way to strengthen my legs and knees."

"Having a regular exercise routine also helps keep you out of the doctor's office," he added. "That's important at any age, but even more so as you get older."

A schedule of classes can be found by visiting Freedom Hall Fitness Center or online at http://www.funatwarren.com/; exercise equipment is available between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends and Federal Holidays. Independence Hall Indoor Track is available 24-hours with the weight room open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., closed on weekends and Air Force Global Strike Command family days and Federal Holidays.