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NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — The Atsugi MWR Health and Wellness department wants patrons to get in shape, stay in shape and feel good about the shape they are in.

They’re rolling out two programs to help the cause, said director Leigh Wierichs, recent recipient of the Japan Region Morale, Welfare and Recreation Manager Award.

Atsugi will be become the first base in Japan to offer BodyPump and BodyCombat, two worldwide programs launched by fitness company Les Mills.

Wierichs said the programs fit into her vision of pushing the fitness envelope as quickly and “aggressively as possible.”

BodyPump is a full-body, 60-minute barbell-based workout. BodyCombat is a martial arts-based cardio workout, according to the company’s Web site.

Kendall Kimball and Justin Sanchez, master trainers who came to Atsugi to teach instructors, said both programs are based on what they call a “Starbucks theory of fitness,” in that all instructors teach it the same way wherever they go.

“Consistency is the key,” Sanchez said. “Consistency gives people the ability to work harder and work smarter.”

For more information, call Atsugi’s Ranger Gym at DSN 264-6160.


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