APL's state-of-the-art fitness facility is available to staff. The facility contains both a Strength and Conditioning area and an Aerobics and Exercise area. Each of these areas is managed by members of the Exercise or Fitness Clubs with oversight by the APL Recreation Office. Membership is available for a modest fee, and locker rooms and showers are available.
Strength and Conditioning Area
Access to the facility is gained through membership in the Exercise Club. Staff members organized the club and maintain the area, which is open year-round 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cardiovascular, selectable-weight, and free-weight units offer a variety of user-selectable programs. All equipment is user-friendly, handicapped accessible, and suitable for the majority of members. All cardiovascular equipment (treadmills, elliptical trainers, and life cycles) has heart-rate monitors compatible with the Polar Heart Rate unit.
The gym is wired for a wide array of audiovisual options. Three TV monitors currently run the Laboratory's CNN feed, audio is available via FM transmitter through personal headsets, and music is available from a five-disc CD changer. Mats are available for stretching.
Exercise Club members offer an orientation/tour of the gym, including basic principles of working out and a tutorial on proper use of the equipment. Future plans include fitness assessments and one-on-one personal training with a certified personal trainer (for an additional fee).
Aerobics and Exercise Area
This area is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all APL staff, resident subcontractors, and retirees who are members of the Fitness Club. The club offers exercise and personal well-being classes in step aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Jazzercise, Awareness through Movement, Shiatsu, Oi-Gong, and Feldenkrais. Lectures and literature on issues of personal health, well-being, and fitness are also available.