Landstuhl Fitness Center

Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***The lowdown
The Landstuhl Fitness Center and Gymnasium was renovated less than two years ago, giving it an additional 7,000 square-feet in floor space and making it the largest Army KMC fitness facility. It’s connected to the Landstuhl Health and Wellness Center on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. It’s the site for all garrison power lifting tournaments. The next one is 10 a.m. Saturday. This fitness facility has two male and two female locker rooms, and two wooden dry saunas. Like all Army KMC gymnasiums and fitness centers, Landstuhl offers towel service. Servicemembers from all military branches work out at the gym due to its proximity to LRMC, with PT times at 6 to 8 a.m. The peak hours are 4 to 6 p.m., said Michael Seibel, the facility’s manager.

The gear
The Landstuhl gym has an indoor basketball and racquetball court. Both have viewing areas for family and friends to watch the game or match. It also sports an outdoor recreation field for softball, soccer and flag football. The Landstuhl fitness center has a fully-equipped cardio room with 11 treadmills, nine cross trainers, two free climbers, two step mills and seven stationary bikes. No sign-ups are required for use of equipment. It has a free-weight room filled with three dumbbell racks, four free-weight benches and a biceps machine, and a strength room with 23 life fitness, hammer strength and nautilus machines. There is an aerobic area for classes or personal use, and an abdominal room with sit-up benches, sit-up bars, resistance balls, a leg raise and a Precor stretch trainer.

The activities
Landstuhl offers a myriad of activities with everything needed for the classes provided, from the bike for spinning to free weight bars for muscle flex. “We offer more classes than any other Army fitness facility in the KMC,” said Mr. Seibel.  Spinning is noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Step aerobics is 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Yoga is 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Muscle Flex is 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

The facility also offers personal trainers and a massage therapist and a masseuse. “We are the only Army fitness facility in the KMC that offers massages,” said Mr. Seibel. He also said massages are done in a quiet and relaxing room with no windows.

Types of massages offered by the massage therapist are sports, Swedish, deep tissue and pregnancy. The masseuse offers wellness and hot stone massages.

Must-know fact
Landstuhl is the only Army KMC fitness facility that has a “Smoothie Zone,” ranging from “Just Great Tasting,” “Fat Burner” to “Workout” drinks, said Mr. Seibel.

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday, and Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday and federal and training holidays, noon to 6 p.m.

The bottom line:
Landstuhl has the space, equipment and quite a selection of classes and services to meet almost every workout need.