|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Want to get into shape or improve your physical conditioning? Authorized
patrons of Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center can get one-on-one
assistance from personal fitness trainers.
Jeff Utesch, Rumpel Fitness Center manager, said the Fitness Center,
building 1122, has three personal fitness trainers, including himself.
All of the trainers have attended in-depth training to learn about
fitness and take continuing-education courses or attend conventions to
keep their knowledge current.
Kregg Koscal (left) helps Cherryl Burkey with an overhead press
as part of the personal fitness trainers program at the Rumpel
Authorized patrons include servicemembers and Department of the Army
civilians and their Family members and Department of Defense contractors
who are 17 or older. All of the services, classes and up-to-date
equipment at the Fitness Center can be used for free.
“The personal fitness trainers can help you set up a program to meet
your needs,” Utesch said. “They also can draw from the myriad of fitness
classes and equipment we have to design a personalized plan that can
help patrons achieve the results they desire.”
Kregg Koscal, a personal fitness trainer, said the process begins with
an initial meeting. Both parties educate the other about their ideas of
The next step is to set up a program, which typically spans eight,
“Generally, the people who come to me want to talk about
weight-management or -control,” Koscal said. “We come up with ways to
enjoy exercise and look for a program that will tell them what to do,
with recommendations of the most-efficient way to exercise, to attain
the desired results.”
Currently, the clientele is about 40 percent military and 60 percent
civilian, he said. The military personnel seek tips to help meet weight
standards or to help pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. Koscal added
personal trainers can help people who have advanced fitness goals, as
Participants are encouraged to engage in fitness activities on a daily
basis, so part of Koscal’s training regimen includes using exercise
balls and bands and walking. This helps keep patrons at a high level of
fitness, encourages them to keep up on a daily basis even if they can’t
make it to the Fitness Center and better allows them to reach their
desired results, he said.
Koscal encourages participants to use all Fitness Center opportunities,
including weekday classes. Classes are held before and after work and
also during the noon hour. Two of the newest classes that Koscal teaches
are micro sculpt and micro abs, which each run 15 minutes.
“The intent is to have a good deal of intensity and work efficiently and
effectively with little rest and an emphasis on feeling good,” Koscal
said. “When they’re done with a workout we hope they will continue and
make it a part of their lifestyle.”
Utesch said participants in the personal fitness trainer program can use
the activities to participate in the Family Connection Program.
Participants who meet the requirements are entered in drawings for
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation prizes.
Fitness Center classes include several water-based activities, such as
hydro riders, aqua fit (water aerobics) and swim conditioning or classes
in the Rumpel Fitness Center indoor pool. Other classes, such as body
blast, cycling abs, etc., also are offered.
Classes all have qualified instructors who bring a variety of experience
including instructing in other venues, such as fitness clubs, or public
organizations, such as YMCA/YWCAs or school settings.
Julie Pressler also is available as a personal fitness trainer at the
Fitness Center. Utesch said they are working to certify additional
personal fitness trainers to ensure they can meet the demand for the
For more information about available classes or equipment, call the
Fitness Center at 608-388-2290 or view the current monthly schedule at