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Where to Get in Shape on FLW: FMWR, Unit Gyms Offer a Range of Choices Item



FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Looking to improve your fitness? There are five fitness facilities on Fort Leonard Wood that serve most Defense Department ID holders: Specker Gym and Davidson Fitness Center, which are operated by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Cunningham Gym, Shea Gym and Swift Gym are managed respectively by the 1st Engineer Brigade, 3rd Chemical Brigade and 14th Military Police Brigade.

While the five facilities can offer a great workout, each one has certain aspects that make them unique. The following is a brief guide to fitness centers on the facility:




Training stations are located on the gym floor of the Davidson Fitness Center.
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FMWR Fitness Centers

The Davidson Fitness Center and Specker Gym are open to all authorized Department of Defense personnel, including active duty members, civilian DoD employees, retirees, members of the National Guard or Reserve, and military personnel. family members aged 18 and over with a DoD ID card.

“The main difference between FMWR fitness centers and unit fitness centers is the standard lens,” explained Jeffrey Barrett, FMWR Sports Manager. “Our FMWR fitness centers not only respond to our military by providing them with the outlets they need to be ready for any situation, but we also offer many complex programs, such as fitness classes, recreational sports , ceremonies and water sports.

With COVID-19 mitigation measures still in place, DFC and Specker facilities are closed for up to an hour a day for cleanup. Customers are encouraged to check the latest schedules online at https: // leonard wood.armymwr.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/mwr.ftwood for updates.

– Davidson Fitness Center, located in the building. 1300 to 1300 South Dakota Ave. Starting today, the center is open to all authorized clients from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on statutory holidays. DFC is the world’s largest on-station fitness center, at 68,000 square feet featuring four basketball courts, a weight room, an elevated indoor running track, a cardio room with a variety of treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, stair climbers and more; with an indoor swimming pool. Although currently closed due to COVID-19, three racquetball courts, an aerobics studio and locker rooms are also part of the facility.

“DFC is also the primary facility for intramural sports and recreational leagues during the winter seasons,” Barrett said. For more details, visitors can call DFC at 573.596.4359 or visit https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/davidson-fitness-center.


Specker Gym is known as the facility's premier weight training center and is the site of several past weight training competitions.



Specker Gym is known as the facility’s premier weight training center and is the site of several past weight training competitions.
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– Specker Gym, located in the Bldg. 1714 at 6060 Michigan Ave., is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on statutory holidays. Known as the facility’s primary weight-training center, the Specker Gym features a 9,000-square-foot weight room with a variety of machines and free weights, as well as a 2,000-square-foot cardio room, spin room , equipment control and more.

Visitors can call the center at 573.596.7377 or visit https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/specker-gym for more details.

Unit gymnasiums

– Cunningham Gym, located in Bldg. 746 on West 11th Street, is operated by the 1st Engineer Brigade. It is currently open 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and is closed on weekends, public holidays and training vacations. The gymnasium will be open 24 hours a day during the month of April as part of a special pilot program (see related article here). Open to permanent party service members, their families, and DoD civilians, the gymnasium features weight rooms, a cardio room, and a functional fitness / wake-up room. To access the facility, clients log in and out with a DoD ID card.

1st genius Bde. Command Sgt. Major Rodney Russell said all guests are encouraged to follow gym policies and ensure compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures.

“Although masks are not mandatory during training sessions, he is encouraged to wear masks when entering or leaving the facility, or when interacting with gymnasium executives to log in or out,” a Russell said.

For more information, contact 1st Engr. Bde. at 573.596.3628.


Staff Sgt.Nate Tolbert, G Company, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade, performs shrugs in the weight room at Shea Gym.



Staff Sgt.Nate Tolbert, G Company, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade, performs shrugs in the weight room at Shea Gym.
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– Shea Gym, located in Bldg. 640 on West 6th Street, is operated by the 3rd Chemical Brigade and is open to all DoD ID card holders aged 16 and over.

The gym is open from 4.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, with military use only with the respect of the APFU uniform required before 8 a.m.

Equipment includes multiple power stands, benches, free weights, Olympic and hex bars, machines, cardio equipment, pull-up bars, and turf to accommodate sprint / slide / carry exercises.

“It’s a great facility for fitness goals,” said Sgt. Major Jason Duncan, 3rd Chem. Bde.

For more information, contact the brigade at 573.596.0805.

– Swift Gym, located at the corner of West 16th Street and Buckeye Avenue, is operated by the 14th Military Police Brigade and is open 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, with military training times booked with the requirements of APFU before 8 a.m.

The facility is open to all DoD ID card holders.

“We follow the rules of the FMWR to determine who is allowed to enter the gymnasium and not impose any additional restrictions,” said 14th MP Bde. Command Sgt. Shift. Paul DeSanto.

The facility includes a basketball court, functional fitness areas with an Army combat fitness test track, climbing ropes, two cardio rooms with mat running, ellipticals, rowing machines and more, fight mats and two weight rooms.

Although it is currently closed due to COVID-19, the facility also includes showers, changing rooms and a sauna.

For more information call the 14th MP Bde. at 573.596.0424.