Fundamentals class keeps Sabers fit

U. S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark Salzman, a 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 17 F-16 avionics instructor and level one certified trainer, observes participants in the Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class April 8, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Combat Fitness Center staff offer the class to military members and their dependents. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U. S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark Salzman, a 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 17 F-16 avionics instructor and level one certified trainer, observes participants in the Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class April 8, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Combat Fitness Center staff offer the class to military members and their dependents. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class participants begin a sprint during the session’s workout of the day April 9, 2014, at the base track at Spangdahlem, Germany.  The class begins with a warm-up exercise and transitions into the workout of the day. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class participants begin a sprint during the session’s workout of the day April 9, 2014, at the base track at Spangdahlem, Germany. The class begins with a warm-up exercise and transitions into the workout of the day. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U. S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholaus Grassl, a 52nd Contracting Squadron contracting specialist and level one certified trainer, keeps track of time during a Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class April 9, 2014, at the base track at Spangdahlem, Germany.  The Combat Fitness Center offers the class Monday through Friday in the morning and afternoon. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U. S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholaus Grassl, a 52nd Contracting Squadron contracting specialist and level one certified trainer, keeps track of time during a Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class April 9, 2014, at the base track at Spangdahlem, Germany. The Combat Fitness Center offers the class Monday through Friday in the morning and afternoon. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class participants stretch after completing the workout of the day April 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The trainers modify the workout to each participant’s ability. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Combat Fitness Center fundamentals class participants stretch after completing the workout of the day April 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The trainers modify the workout to each participant’s ability. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- With the first quarter of 2014 already over, many people may look back at their physical fitness New Year's resolutions and their success or failure to keep them. Some people may feel they are on track while others may have given up. Regardless of your current status, the Combat Fitness Center can help Sabers keep their resolutions on track.

The facility staff offer a free fundamentals group workout class led by level one-certified trainers who incorporate a variety of exercise plans and platforms.

"The Combat Fitness Center is community-forged," said Kelli Capehart, wife of Senior Airman Sean Capehart, a 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman. "Our coaches make sure that we have the proper training, but at the same time they hold us accountable to give our maximum output in the program."

The class begins with a warm-up exercise and then transitions into a demonstration of the exercises participants will be doing for the workout. The class then completes the workout, which can last from an average of 20 to 50 minutes. Upon completion, the trainer leads the class in cool down stretches.

Apart from these regular features, the trainers strive to make each session uniquely challenging for all participants.

"We can modify anything for your ability," said Tech. Sgt. Mark Salzman, a 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 17 F-16 avionics instructor and level one-certified trainer. "There is always something we can substitute so you can still get a good workout and have fun with the group."

The progress participants make during the sessions is just one of the rewards for volunteer trainers. First-time patrons who could not perform some of the exercises now can, said Salzman.

"It really excites me seeing the gains in class participants," he said. "I like to see everybody improving, and the results are quick."

The fundamentals class is offered to military members and their dependents in the Combat Fitness Center at the following times: Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., and Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.