Firefighters encouraging community fitness with workout program

Posted By | March 24, 2014 12:00 am

Men, women, boys and girls are all participating in the fitness classes.

On a recent Thursday night, the Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department parking lot was completely packed with cars, but there was no fire or emergency call.
The volunteer firefighters were simply leading one of their workout classes held three times weekly at the department.
Tammy Kay Gongaware, who serves as the class instructor, begins the workout by reminding everyone to breathe, and encouraging them with the message of the day: You can’t be upset about what you didn’t achieve with the work you didn’t do.
Gongaware, who points out that she is not a personal trainer, keeps the class upbeat, though it can get intense. Beginners are encouraged to jog in place so they can keep moving, even if they get tired.
The atmosphere stays fun and encouraging as everyone makes strides towards reaching their own personal aims-whether that be to lose pounds, inches or meet their cardio goals.
The class was created by the volunteer firefighters because they wanted to promote health in their community. Through the class they can motivate each other to get fit and to improve overall health.
Gongaware says they do a little of everything in the classes; weights, aerobics, calisthenics, and circuit training. The entire body gets a work out.
The department invites the community to bring your mat, hand weights and water and join them on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays. Saturday workout times are scheduled each week to fit work schedules so the time can vary from 12 and 2 p.m.
There is no charge for the class, but donations are always welcomed to help with the cost of electricity in the building.
Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department is at 2351 Sullivan Knowles Rd.

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