Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) at Iron Works Gym- East and West

Hours of Operation- East

Monday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal and Training Holidays Closed

Contact

20700 Anzio Way, Building T
Central Fort Bliss

Tel:
+1 (915)744-5201

Military DSN Tel:
(312)978-5201

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Hours of Operation- West

Monday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal and Training Holidays Closed

Contact

2996 Cassidy Road
West Fort Bliss

Tel:
+1 (915)568-2892

Military DSN Tel:
(312)978-2892

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Ironworks Gym East and Ironworks West are both fully East and West are for unit reservations during PT hours. It has also opened its doors up to other military ID card holders and DoD civilians.

Ironworks Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Functional Exercise Program

Specific to the Mission - All training should be mission specific, working to develop and maintain mission specific strength.

Integrated It should include a variety of exercises that work on power, strength, speed, and agility..

Increases Core Stability Core stability is crucial for any mission.

  • Increased transference of power from the lower to upper body.
  • Increased ability to maintain correct athletic posture over long periods of time.

Progressive Progressive resistance training steadily increases the power/strength demand from workout to workout.

  • Utilizes varying speed of movement to make it more mission specific.

Periodization - For professional soldiers and tactical athletes, functional training needs to fit into their training cycle.

  • Will vary throughout the year to achieve optimal results, peaking for deployment and maintaining their power and strength while in theater.
  • Using there are four (4), 12 week training cycles per year with one (1) week rest between each cycle.
Mission Essential Fitness

Simply put, Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) is the training required to condition Soldiers to perform their mission, in Garrison as well as any operational environment.

A U.S. Soldier is required to have a high level of fitness, capable of performing a multitude of physical tasks, involving power, strength, speed, and agility. Functional training incorporates all of these fitness components to train Soldiers as tactical athletes both aerobically and anaerobically.

Unit PT

  • Traditional morning and non-traditional afternoons classes
  • Bosu Ball, Kettle Bells, TRX Straps, Gravity Training Systems, Traditional

Weights

  • Entry Level Circuits designed to teach form and basic strength movements
  • High Intensity Circuits combining all types of Functional Training to include
  • compound movements and explosive power
TRX Suspension Training

Training designed for athletes of all abilities, that leverages ones own bodyweight and gravity to develop strength, balance, flexibility and joint stability simultaneously.

Functional Equipment:

  • TRX Straps
  • Bosu Balls
  • Wobble Boards
  • Kettle Bells
  • Medicine Balls
  • Traditional Weights
  • Elastic Bands
  • Agility Ladders
  • Hoops
  • Hurdles
  • And other exercise equipment
Circuit Training Layouts & M.E.F. Benefits