Memorial Fitness Center receives extensive upgrade

Jason Miller

FORT IRWIN, Calif. ­— Last month, the Memorial Fitness Center completed a $140,000 upgrade to its strength training equipment, adding and replacing more than 60 machines and individual fitness mechanisms.

The upgrade marks the largest equipment improvement to a gym facility on the installation in over eight years.

Joshua Villagomez, fitness facility manager for Memorial Fitness Center, said most people are enthusiastic about the changes and new equipment.

“Most people are excited we have more leg machines,” he said. “We have the Jammer, which gives you a full body workout, depending how you use it.”

Along with the new “Jammer” machine, the facility added two squat rack platforms, a squat machine and various chest machines. The upgrade also included subtle changes, such as pulling the new dumbbell rack away from the mirror.

“We had several suggestions to free up mirror space so people can focus on their form,” Villagomez said.

He added that fitness facility staff are more than happy to give instructions on any of the new equipment.

“We‘re not trainers, but we know how to use the equipment safely,” he said. “We can show you how to use proper form and how to use the machines properly.”

Memorial Fitness Center is a 24-hour facility. In addition to regular business hours, the facility provides keyless entry hours Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., and all hours of the day on the weekends. Those interested in after-hours access can stop by the front desk at Memorial Fitness Center with a military ID, pay a $7 deposit and sign an agreement understanding the after-hour rules.