News | May 1, 2020

Fitness Center offers free online options for staying in shape during social distancing

By Kristin Molinaro DLA Land and Maritime Public Affairs

The Defense Federal Community may no longer be able to attend in-person fitness classes at the Defense Supply Center Columbus Fitness Center but they still have a variety of virtual options for staying in shape to choose from thanks to the center’s fitness experts.

When fitness centers across Ohio closed in late March to comply with the coronavirus pandemic’s social distancing requirements, the installation’s Fitness Center quickly responded by adding free virtual workout options, On-Demand videos and Workout of the Day plans.

“These innovative workouts were created for those staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Jennifer Russell, DSCC MWR’s marketing manager.

The center typically provides more than 25 instructor-led classes weekly, serving approximately 12,000 customers a month including military and civilian employees, their families, retirees and veterans.

When the center closed its doors, fitness instructors immediately went to work adapting and modifying classes for the home environment.

On-Demand classes and Workout of the Day plans were added to the DSCC Morale, Welfare and Recreation website, with video links to their YouTube and Facebook pages.

"One good thing to come out of the closure is that we were able to put more time into offering these virtual workouts for our customers,” said Tiara Crowder, manager of the DSCC Fitness Center.

Crowder said the at-home Workout of the Day plans she designed – referred to as WODs – factor in what people may have on hand at home, with the workouts focusing on using the person’s own body weight. Household items like water bottles, canned vegetables, water jugs and chairs replace traditional fitness center amenities that many may not have available at home.

There are a wide variety of WODs to choose from including beginner chair workouts, yoga, cardio, strength-training, healthy back, high intensity, walking and running plans. 

Instructor-led On-Demand video class offerings include Zumba, Tabata, bootcamp and circuit training.

Crowder said she anticipates continuing to offer virtual workouts and WODs even after the Fitness Center reopens.

“These workouts are a great option for those who telework,” she said, adding, “It’s so important to offer opportunities to keep people moving and it’s also a great way for people to challenge their friends.”

The Fitness Center remains closed until further notice. Visit the DSCC MWR website for status updates.