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USS Emory S. Land personnel did some heavy lifting to set up a new resistance gym.

About 100 people on the submarine tender, assigned to La Maddalena, Sardinia, volunteered to construct the facility.

“What we’re most proud of is this facility was built 100 percent by Emory S. Land crew, no contractors whatsoever,” said Rob Davenport, the ship’s fitness director.

The 2,600-square-foot gym officially opens next month. The old resistance facility, in a 600-square-foot mesh cage, closed in December. While the ship was under way on deployments to Souda Bay, Crete, and Gaeta, Italy, Land personnel set to work converting the supply center into a new gym.

The transformation was a workout in itself. Personnel moved 109 300-pound cabinets, 300 shelves and 5,000 repair parts.

“We had to take 8,000 pounds of decking material up four flights of ladders,” said Lt. Cmdr. Philip Murphy-Sweet, assistant supply officer.

The gym will feature a wireless cardio theater system with four televisions. There are free weights and 20 cardio machines paid for by the Navy Personnel Command, including treadmills, elliptical trainers and stair climbers.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jhovany Vaca designed and painted a 6-by-7-foot mural of sailors and the ship. Nine smaller murals of people exercising are scattered around the facility.

“Out in the civilian world, you’d have to have a membership to use a gym like this,” Murphy-Sweet said.

Another gym in the Mediterranean region is getting a face lift.

Naval Air Station Sigonella II fitness center in Sicily is undergoing a $900,000 renovation expected to be complete early next year.

Some equipment has been moved to the gym’s basketball court and the locker rooms and showers are closed temporarily.

The project is divided into three phases. After completion of the cardio room and locker rooms, work will begin on the racquetball courts. The final phase will be renovation of the basketball court.


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