The fitness center in the Sparkman Center will open Monday under new management: the Aviation and Missile Command.

“AMCOM was offered the opportunity to ‘take ownership’ of the fitness center located in building 5300,” Bill Baxter, AMCOM wellness program manager, said. “Our leadership saw an opportunity to provide a convenient and important benefit to the workforce and they stepped up.”

The Sparkman Wellness Center was completely renovated. The newly remodeled center is now outfitted with new cardio equipment, carpet and paint. The showers were remodeled and the televisions were upgraded. The center now provides more options for wellness activities.

“With all the employees working in the Sparkman Center daily, this newly upgraded fitness center provides a great place for our employees to reach their fitness goals,” Baxter said. “Readiness is the Army’s number one priority and employee wellness equals readiness. Employees who are healthier, are at work more and allow us to meet the Army’s readiness challenges.”

Here are some Sparkman Wellness Center questions and answers:

Who will be able to use the Sparkman Wellness Center?

Anyone who has access to the Sparkman Center via Common Access Card will be able to access the Sparkman Wellness Center.

What are the hours of operation for the Sparkman Wellness Center?

The wellness center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Will employees need their CAC to gain access to the Sparkman Wellness Center?

When the wellness center is not staffed, employees will use their CAC to access the center.

Can family members use the Sparkman Wellness Center?

Family members who do not have independent access to the Sparkman Center are not allowed to use the wellness center.

Are there any training/briefing requirements before employees can use the Sparkman Wellness Center?

Employees must register (before first use) with the wellness center staff between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays or Thursdays. At that time, they will receive a tour and see how to use the equipment in the center.

Are there any time limits on the cardio equipment?

Cardio equipment is limited to 30 minutes if there are people waiting.

What types of equipment will the Sparkman Wellness Center have?

The Sparkman Wellness Center will have a variety of workout equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, weight machines and free weights.

Will there be a trainer/staff available to assist users?

While there are no personal trainers at the Wellness Center. AMCOM has purchased the InBody system, a body composition system to help participants meet their fitness goals. InBody composition analyzers break down body composition data on an organized, easy-to-understand result sheet. The results help participants understand fat, muscle and body levels to use as a guide to help achieve goals, whether that is shedding a few unwanted pounds or a complete body transformation.

Are lockers available and do employees need to have a lock?

Lockers are available and are for daily use only; there is no fee to use the lockers. Employees are encouraged to bring their own locks to secure lockers while they work out. The Sparkman Wellness Center is not responsible for participants’ personal items. However, any locks left on lockers for an extended period of time will be removed -- cut off.

Will towels be available in the Sparkman Wellness Center?

Towels will not be provided by the Sparkman Wellness Center; employees must bring their own towels.

Can employees use the Sparkman Wellness Center shower/changing room if they run outside?

Yes. Employees who would like to run/walk outside can shower in the center’s facilities after their workouts.

For more information about the Sparkman Wellness Center, call Baxter at 876-6090 or email at william.h.baxter.civ@mail.mil.

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