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Maintaining fitness goals with Ramstein classes

Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community participate in a class led by Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. From indoor cycling to yoga, the 786th FSS offers entry-level classes that anyone in the community can participate in. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community participate in a class led by Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. From indoor cycling to yoga, the 786th FSS offers entry-level classes that anyone in the community can participate in. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, leads an exercise class at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Ramstein Air Base is home to the Northside and Southside Fitness Centers. Both centers offer a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, fitness classes and active intramural programs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, leads an exercise class at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Ramstein Air Base is home to the Northside and Southside Fitness Centers. Both centers offer a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, fitness classes and active intramural programs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Kaiserslautern Military Community participates in a class at the Southside Fitness Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Alongside classes, the 786th FSS is also taking registrations for the annual Biggest Loser challenge starting Dec. 12 and ending Jan. 6. The challenge tasks participants to earn as many points as possible over a period of time via taking part in classes and events. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Kaiserslautern Military Community participates in a class at the Southside Fitness Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Alongside classes, the 786th FSS is also taking registrations for the annual Biggest Loser challenge starting Dec. 12 and ending Jan. 6. The challenge tasks participants to earn as many points as possible over a period of time via taking part in classes and events. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, leads an exercise class at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Ramstein Air Base is home to the Northside and Southside Fitness Centers. Both centers offer a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, fitness classes and active intramural programs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Andrea Brooks, 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center class instructor, leads an exercise class at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016. Ramstein Air Base is home to the Northside and Southside Fitness Centers. Both centers offer a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, fitness classes and active intramural programs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only 1-in-3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all U.S. adults, approximately 115 million, will be obese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- — Whether it’s bulking up or trimming down, reaching fitness goals requires dedication and motivation. When it comes to fitness, the 786th Force Support Squadron can assist through their motivating fitness classes and programs.

Ramstein Air Base is home to the Northside and Southside Fitness Centers. Both centers offer a variety of cardio equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, fitness classes, and active intramural programs. Both centers also offer parent and child workout rooms.

Staying true to one’s goal is a matter of motivation, and people find it in many different ways. One Airman that works at the Southside Fitness Center, Senior Airman Emily Sharp, 786th FSS special events and programs representative, believes classes can help people find that inspiration to improve their health.

“Working out in a group helps motivate people to push themselves,” Sharp said. “Personally, I’m a very competitive person. I’ve taken every class available, and I love them all.”

Instructors for these classes help ensure participants don’t feel isolated, which creates an environment for everyone to stay involved.

“The instructors are very motivating, and the classes become more energetic and fun as a result,” Sharp said.

Although challenging, the classes are a fun and inspiring way for people to either maintain fitness or elevate their level of physical ability, says Andrea Brooks, Southside Fitness Center class instructor.

“People come by and all they need is a little motivation to get into a rhythm,” Brooks said. “I’m very happy to help people start their year off well. The more people I see, the more opportunities there are to make a difference in the community.”

From indoor cycling to yoga, these sessions provide a variety of entry-level opportunities for people to not only become more active, but maintain a higher level of physical fitness. With the help of a highly-qualified staff, the 786th FSS is able to keep Airmen and their families in shape, and fit to fight. For Team Ramstein, that’s a New Year’s resolution worth fighting for.