By: Alexis Miller
Delta Life Fitness had its first Sweat with a Vet event at its Ormond Beach location on Saturday, May 28.
“This is an event to keep people active,” Emma Wise, studio manager of the Ormond Beach Delta Life, said. “Combat fitness tests are done by the Marines every six months to make sure they’re both physically in shape to take care of themselves but to also take care of their comrades. I think it’s a good thing for our members and community to see what they have to do to keep our country safe and free.”
The fitness tests consisted of warmups such as running, stretching, and lifting a few weights. Then it got more difficult: bear crawls, running, fireman carry, dragging your partner, throwing items to a designated location, and lifting.
Everything was voluntary and done at each person’s own pace, making it not so much a test but something fun to do. It also helped participants reflect on what the U.S. military has to do in combat training.
The owner of Delta Life, Bobby Wise, was motivated to hold the event because he is a veteran himself.
Army veteran and Delta Life member Christina Moore noted that the event was held at a public park, so some people stopped to watch.
"Delta Life is amazing because it empowers women," she said. "There’s a lot of things that are intimidating about gyms, so seeing people like Lindsay and Emma showing up to be examples and putting it in a place where everyone can see it — it’s just positivity. And we need that in today’s world.”
Visit the Delta Life Fitness at https://deltalifefitness.com/locations/ormond-beach/, or at The Trails Shopping Center.