Sports

April 11, 2014

Sports Shorts – April 11, 2014

A glass box displays boxing equipment available for use at the Bryant Fitness Center. Members can sign out equipment at the fitness center information desk during normal operating hours.

Punch your way to good health

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

“A boxing workout is the heaviest thing, but it’s the best. The worst part is that boxing gyms are the smelliest things in the universe. You have to lie down on the floor, where everyone has been sweating and spitting, and do 1,000 sit-ups and push-ups.” – Gael Garcia Bernal

At the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center, Airmen don’t have to worry about the spit covered floors, but they can find all the equipment and tools they need to get involved in a sport that provides one of the best workouts for getting in shape.

“We have everything that deals with boxing,” said Pernell Stoney, 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center director. “We have boxing gloves, chest and groin protectors. We just don’t have boxing instructors, but we do have the equipment for people to box.”

There is a heavy bag and speed bag by the basketball courts. A heavy bag is used for practicing powerful body punches and developing power. The speed bag helps fighters learn to keep their hands up, improves hand-eye coordination and develops strength and endurance.

A 150-pound person who spends an hour hitting the heavy bag can burn up to 500 calories, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. In addition to cutting weight and toning the body, boxing is also a terrific exercise for relieving stress.

“Boxing is one of the greatest training regiments you can go through if you want to get in shape,” Stoney said. “It’s a great conditioner. You are doing cardio 90 percent of the time and cardio keeps the metabolism high, so it keeps you in good physical condition.”

From 2010 to 2012, the fitness center held boxing tournaments and trained boxers, and Stoney is trying to get it back.

Stoney is a U.S.A. Boxing certified official and is qualified to keep score and judge competitions.

For more information, call fitness center at 623-856-6241.

AFA golf tournament

The 15th Annual Air Force Association Benefit Golf Tournament is 7:30 a.m. May 2 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The cost is $45 per activity-duty military member and $65 for others, and includes green fees, cart, range balls, door prizes and awards luncheon. Sign-in is 6:30 a.m. For more information or to preregister, call Harry Bailey at 623-846-7483.

White Tanks hike

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a hike Saturday at White Tank Mountains. The bus leaves the fitness center at 7 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. Hike the Ford Canyon trail, a 10-mile hike, or a less challenging hike is to the waterfall. Open to members of the Luke community including older children. The cost is $5 per person, or if driving to the park, there is a $6 park entry fee. Breakfast and lunch are included, but bring a filled water jug or bottles. There will be water for refills. For more information or to sign up, call 623-856-6241.

Trampoline outing

Hearts Apart, a program for families with deployed or remotely assigned military members, is featuring a trampoline experience noon to 1:30 p.m. April 26 at Sky Zone, 9040 W. Larkspur in Peoria. Sponsored by American Legion Post 62, pizza and beverages are free. For more information or to RSVP by April 18, call 623-856-6550.




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