|By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
The Wake Up and Ride class is a way to bring the feeling of outdoor
cycling inside, said Jessica Pater.
Pater, an indoor-cycling instructor at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness
Center, building 1122, teaches the class, which is offered Mondays and
Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:15 a.m.
Members of the Wake Up and Ride
class work out at the Rumpel Fitness Center under the guidance
of Jessica Pater, an indoor-cycling instructor. The class is
offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 a.m.
(Photo by Sheila Peterson)
The high-intensity cardio class uses stationary bikes that can be
adjusted to varying degrees of resistance, Pater said. By adjusting the
resistance riders can simulate hills or flat terrain.
Pater also likes adding interval and isolation training during the class
to help increase caloric burn and intensity.
A participant typically can burn 400-500 calories per class, Pater said.
Because participants can work at an intensity best-suited to their
fitness level, the calories burned can be higher or lower.
The cycling class also can help build strength, stamina and muscle tone;
increase muscle tone; improve cardiovascular fitness and heart health;
and reduce stress, Pater said.
Personnel who never have participated in an indoor cycling class
shouldn’t be intimidated, Pater said. Just bring a towel and a bottle of
water and be prepared to sweat a lot.
Pater also encourages first-time participants to talk to her before the
class begins. She can answer any question and help the cyclist properly
adjust the bike to fit the rider correctly.
“Although I have a specific goal for each class (intervals, hills,
endurance, race), each rider is encouraged to follow their own
performance goals,” Pater said. “There are a wide range of fitness
levels in the class. The class is what you make of it; I’m just there to
Pater incorporates a variety of music during the class, from classic
rock, to top 40 and even some country, which helps pace the ride. “It’s
also a good motivational tool to get people going,” she said.
Getting people going is exactly what’s needed for an early morning
“It is tough to wake up sometimes to get to the gym prior to the 5:30
a.m. start,” said Staff Sgt. Michael J. Desjarlais. “But overall it is
not difficult because it fits into my work schedule.”
Desjarlais, who is training for a triathlon, uses the cycle class as an
opportunity to add variation to his normal biking training. He also
likes the group motivation and the way indoor cycling can shock the body
in ways that aren’t typical to riding on a road.
Pater said finding a friend or a group of people to work out with and
getting into the routine of an early morning workout can make things
“Getting your workout in the morning gets your metabolism going. It
energizes you and wakes you up,” Pater said. “You also get it over with
so you don’t have to worry about doing it later on.”
Groups or units of up to 20 authorized personnel also can schedule a
private class by calling the fitness center.
For more information about the Wake Up and Ride class or other fitness
opportunities, call the fitness center at 608-388-2290.