News: 18th MP Bde. Soldiers ‘Get Fit, Stay Fit’ during Fitness Expo
Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed
SEMBACH, Germany - Soldiers, civilians, and Family members assembled at the Sembach Fitness Center for the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Sports and Fitness “Get Fit, Stay Fit” Fitness Expo on Jan. 11.
Patrons came to sample a variety of fitness classes, rotating through at 25-minute intervals. They enjoyed Yoga, Zumba, stationary bicycle spin classes, weight training, fitness trainers, massage therapists and more.
“This event was hosted to introduce the community to the fitness instructors and the variety of classes that are offered in the K-town footprint,” said Steffanie Paoletti a fitness instructor from the Kaiserslautern area and native of Oklahoma.
“K-town has nationally certified fitness professionals. We also have over ten personal trainers working at all the fitness facilities and two massage therapists in Landstuhl and Sembach,” Paoletti explained.
First Lt. Victoria L. McDonald, a member of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade and native of Rochester, N.Y. was one of the interested participants mentioned by Paoletti.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the fitness expo; my favorite fitness activity was the Warm up Zumba,” said McDonald, “I really like Zumba.”
The fitness expo was also attended by other military members and civilians who found they could have fun getting fit.
“I really enjoyed the fitness expo,” said Sgt. 1st Class Latoya Lowe the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th MP Bde., 21st TSC senior human resources noncommissioned officer and native of San Diego. “It was a great opportunity to get fit and have fun! The cycling class was my favorite; an awesome change from the everyday workout routine. I hope to see more events like the Halloween Zumbathon, and this year's fitness fair which challenge individual fitness levels.”
In the past, the Kaiserslautern Military Community only hosted fitness expos once per year, but the interest peaked at this event may change that in the future.
“We used to only host these once a year,” Paoletti said. “Now we will have to look at hosting them twice a year since so many people showed an interest in these programs.”