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August 10, 2012


Rumpel Fitness Center patrons shape up while staying cool with new system

Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

The cool interior of the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, is a big change from the conditions patrons faced before the installation of a new air-conditioning system.
PHOTO: Soldiers enjoy the air conditioning inside the Rumpel Fitness Center. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
The recently installed air-conditioning system inside the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center provides respite from a recent hot summer day for Soldiers participating in the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy Warrior Leader Course.

Prior to the new system being installed in the gym and free-weights area, temperatures would be over 85-degrees on summer days, said Jeff Utesch, Rumpel Fitness Center manager.

“The new system keeps the areas at a cool and constant 75-degrees.”

Someone who hasn’t been to Rumpel in the past couple years also will immediately notice it’s nowhere near as busy as it was when the mobilization mission was at Fort McCoy, Utesch said. “It’s not the old sweat box it used to be, it’s a comfortable, climate-controlled facility with lots of quality amenities.”

Other upgrades to the facility have been completed including new flooring installed in locker room areas, new energy-efficient lighting in the gymnasium, and new asphalt in the parking lot, Utesch said.

In addition to the facility upgrades the fitness center also has several new pieces of fitness equipment. Two rowing machines, with interactive built-in games, now are available for use, Utesch said. One is located in the Cardio Theater, and the other is in the circuit training area.

Four new Livestrong brand stationary bikes also are available. “We hope to slowly replace each of the older bikes with the new ones,” Utesch said.

Another new piece of cardio equipment is the adaptive motion trainer, which combines elliptical-, treadmill- and stair-climber-type workouts.

The fitness center will install TRX suspension-training equipment to the outside of the gym. The equipment can also be brought indoors.

“The fitness center gets new and updated equipment yearly,” Utesch said, “Unlike commercial gyms, we always maintain and upgrade equipment and offer everything for free.”

Work on the facility will continue, with upgrades to the pool, atrium, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room expected to start in the August or September time frame, Utesch said.

Upgrades include a new pool liner, energy-efficient opaque paneling to replace the windows in the atrium and a humidity-control heating and cooling system to increase patrons’ comfort year-round.

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