As part of Fort Drum's move to a more versatile style of physical training, the new functional fitness facility on post has not only helped soldiers, but other employees and even their spouses. People can even compete in events like one held Thursday. Our Brian Dwyer was there and introduces us to one woman who, for a very special reason, simply amazed everyone.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The wheels have been in motion for almost a year now. Fort Drum taking the leap from running and lifting, to workouts based on functionality.
"Years ago, working out was all about trying to get one muscle built bigger than another. A stronger muscle beach type. This is for actual everyday movements you do in your lifetime," said Randy Gillette, Function Fitness Facility Manager.
The Atkins Functional Fitness Facility not just for soldiers though. Civilians, firefighters and spouses all can take advantage of the new gym for the workouts and fun, like the competition held Thursday.
"We're lifting all kinds of different people, different sizes and different shapes. We're lifting all different kinds of equipment. We're running around in 20 pounds of gear. We're all hot and stuff. Coming here, functional fitness works out our entire body," said Private Jacob Phillips of Fort drum Fire Station 1.
Thirty-one different people took part. Awards were handed out to the three top finishes for both men and women.
"We like to do events that are physical. Instead of just running, we like to do a little more competition and have different opportunities for soldiers to participate in," said Michelle Roden, BOSS Advisor.
This is not easy. I certainly could not finish this obstacle course. We saw firefighters who are in pretty good shape struggle with it as well. So imagine everyone's surprise when they found out the woman who finished in fourth place was six months pregnant.
"Through my pregnancy, I've had to back down on some stuff, lower the weight and not do as much inverted exercises. Other than that, I've just tried to stay as up to it as I can," military spouse Hanna Squier said.
Gillette said, "She's fantastic. She comes here every day. I say, 'Hey Hannah, have you checked out with the doctors?' 'Yup, I'm good to go.' she says.'"
"Good for her. She is a diehard. She's definitely here for the competition. She's definitely here to prove that she can do it herself. She's not proving it to anybody else, just herself,” Roden said.
Squier said, "A lot of them are just kind of in awe that I can keep doing it, but I say if you're doing this stuff before you're pregnant and you keep up, it's not a big change."
And it's great exercise for when her baby comes. Learning to bend to lift a baby, perhaps shopping and grocery bags and outdoor yard work. Her husband will deploy shortly after the birth. This is their first child and they are expecting a boy.