“I want to assist (others) in their weight loss goals and journeys,” said Erica Osborne, Ab Force instructor, King Field House. “I know what it’s like to be overweight and unhappy, so that’s my goal in life.”
During the course of a year and a half, Osborne shed 60 pounds on her journey to fitness. Now Osborne helps others achieve their goals.
Osborne was one of the instructors offering free classes during the Battle of the Butterball Bulge fitness event Dec. 1 at King Field House. The event, which featured shortened versions of all of the fitness classes offered at King Field House, attracted newcomers and seasoned gym-goers alike.
“It doesn’t matter what your fitness goal is, we’ve got a little something for everybody,” said Vincent Spencer, fitness coordinator, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “Our goal is to have everyone try the classes, find out what they like and then (come back for) those.”
“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to try different classes that may not otherwise fit into their schedules,” said Jennifer Leverington, Zumba instructor.
Leverington was a trained classical dancer. She tried one Zumba class and “completely fell in love with it,” she said.
“It’s an excellent format for any level of fitness, and it’s so much fun,” Leverington said. “I think a lot of people have too many inhibitions to do Zumba, especially the men.”
Staff Sgt. Maurice Wineglass, 73rd Military Police Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion, was one of the men on the floor during Zumba.
For anyone raising their eyebrows at Wineglass, his reply is, “Whatever, I’ll do what I want.”
Wineglass’s wife convinced him to try Zumba at another post and he has kept with it.
“I’ve always liked to dance,” he said. “(Zumba’s) the only time I can get out there and try to dance a little bit.”
Wineglass also tried Ab Force during the event.
“I would try it (again),” he said laughing. “I need it.”
“I’m very excited to welcome new people in,” Osborne said. “I believe that core strength is very important to all other types of exercise. If you have core strength, the rest of your body is going to be strong and able as well.”
With New Year’s right around the corner, “a lot of people make fitness their goal,” Spencer said. “This (event) is a great way to get a taste of what you can do. (That way), you can plan out what you’re going to participate in as you get into (a) program for whatever goal you have.”
Classes included Zumba, Ab Force, Total Body X, Boot Camp, Spinning and TRX. The event drew 115 participants.
“It was a good turnout,” Spencer said.
For more information on fitness classes at King Field House, visit www.rileymwr.com/sports.
By Julie Fiedler
1st Inf. Div. Post
Julie Fiedler | POST
Zumba instructor Jennifer Leverington, right, shakes her hips during the Battle of the Butterball Bulge Dec. 1 at King Field House.