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20th FSS to open functional fitness facility

20th FSS to open functional fitness facility

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Burkes, 20th Force Support Squadron (FSS) fitness assessment cell manager, left, and Senior Airman Scott Schreve, 20th FSS fitness specialist, put together a wall mount rig at the main fitness center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 21, 2017. The fitness and sports team is assembling a functional fitness area to support Team Shaw’s ability to stay fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

20th FSS to open functional fitness facility

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Burkes, 20th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell manager, reads wall mount rig instructions to his team at the main fitness center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 21, 2017. The mount rig is a piece of functional fitness equipment that is used for resistance and gymnastics training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

The squat rack is part of a functional fitness area the 20th FSS sports and fitness team is working on, which is scheduled to open in October.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Stephanie Farrell, 20th Force Support Squadron (FSS) fitness and sports section chief, left, and Staff Sgt. Robert Johnson, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment craftsman, put together a squat rack at the main fitness center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 21, 2017. The squat rack is part of a functional fitness area the 20th FSS sports and fitness team is working on, which is scheduled to open in October. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Force Support Squadron main fitness center is scheduled to open a functional fitness area in October.

The facility features more than $96,000 of new equipment including battle ropes, pull-up bars and weight-lifting platforms.

“Our team’s belief and thought process is that we’re ready for war at all times,” said Tech. Sgt. Stasia Smith, 20th FSS fitness and sports noncommissioned officer in charge. “Combat-ready means, no kidding, you’re ready for combat.”

Shango Shetfield, 20th FSS assistant fitness director and Level 1 certified functional fitness expert, said functional fitness combines aerobic and anaerobic activities while improving strength and flexibility.

“A lot of people get caught up doing just strength exercise, and they’re lacking cardiovascular, or vice versa,” said Shetfield. “We want to have a well-balanced warrior Airman. My motto has always been, ‘fit to fight.’ I live by that. I’d love for everyone to get a chance to look at (the fitness area) and work out.”

Exercise equipment like the Alpha Warrior rig and sleds can help condition Airmen to endure the physical stressors of the battlefield, such as wearing heavy gear and buddy carries, said Smith.

After the area is set up, the fitness team wants to create functional fitness classes. Airmen with instructor qualifications are encouraged to contact the main fitness center if interested.

“Ideally, we’ll be able to do a 15-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio in a class of about 30 people, but anybody can individually come through and do a functional fitness workout,” said Shetfield.

The 20th FSS main fitness center and annex provide equipment to individuals with Defense Department identification cards. By staying fit, Shaw Airmen and Soldiers can ensure they continue to meet occupational standards and prepare themselves for future deployments.