|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public
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.
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
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.