Twelve years ago, a friend and I walked the Cape Fear River Trail. We met up in the early mornings of Saturdays, Sundays and a weekday afternoon, and walked the whole trail. She also introduced me to spin and step classes at Hercules Fitness Center.
The classes were full, and a phenomenal way to get a good sweat. These times were not only memorable for fitness and friendship, but they were an opportunity for mentorship and guidance.
My friend was like a second mother to me. She was my high school teacher. Her name is Maxine Dunn because it’s a “Dunn Deal.” She used to say, “It’s about accountability, morals, values, ethics and respect.” The “it” she was referring to was not just in the classroom environment, but throughout life.
After I graduated college, my Family and I moved to a different state. I continued my fitness journey on my own.
I explored various types of fitness platforms, from running to competing in USA Weightlifting. I enjoyed all of these experiences, remembering where it all began — the trail and the fitness classes at Hercules.
After moving around along the southeast coast for a few years, the U.S. Army brought my Family and I back to Fort Bragg. Once we settled in and began working, I picked up fitness classes again.
Sometimes with my colleagues, sometimes by myself, I started with spin classes at Towle Fitness Center during my lunch breaks. Now that my office building relocated, Hercules is a 5-minute drive from my job. My workouts include their spin, step, yoga, High Intensity Interval Training and kickboxing classes.
Because I would hit Hercules’ classes three to four times a week, I purchased a punch card from the Leisure Travel Office located in the Mini Mall off of Reilly Road.
I made a personal commitment with myself, like a mandatory gym meeting, to continue making fitness a part of my life, even if I do it by myself. It was a “Dunn Deal.”
A few weeks ago, a phone call from Ms. Maxine, who was still in the area, sparked a new fitness adventure. I learned that she continued working out on her own as was I.
A light bulb turned bright in our minds, why not hit the gym together? We’ll synch our schedules as best we can as we both are full-time career-oriented women, and hit the classes at Hercules, which was also nearby for her. And, so we did. It was a “Dunn Deal.”
While Hercules will have a memorable place in my heart because of history, why not find your “Hercules?”
Fort Bragg has several fitness centers throughout the installation, and a couple of the gyms offer classes — Hercules and Towle fitness centers.
If classes aren’t your slice of bread, the gyms’ facilities accommodate a variety of interests such as weight room, an area for cardio, racquetball, etc.
There are a few tracks and trails, as well. The Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website has all the details: https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/fitness-centers. Get to it, and make it a “Dunn Deal.”