After a years-long process the Warrior Way Fitness Center will have a soft opening Oct. 18.

The building it was in was previously the Warrior Way Post Exchange. The newly refurbished facility is 36,000 square feet with all new equipment, some that cannot be found at other physical fitness facilities on post, like two stretching machines, tires, and Assault Fitness air runners.

“We are excited to have this state-of-the-art equipment which includes a rig, six lifting platforms, new assault bikes, 12 multi-Jungle System, concept rowers, new bikes, treadmill-like dumbbells, kettlebells, ropes and medicine balls and a host of other new equipment,” Sonia Armstrong, supervising sports specialist, said. “We are here to make sure we focus on all areas of the body and each one focuses different muscle groups.”

Celismarie Rivera, manager of the Warrior Way Fitness Center, describes the facility as two gyms in one.

“We have a full functional gym and then we have a full traditional weightlifting gym. Here, they get all of it in one,” she said.

“It’s a big multifunctional gym that everybody can come out and enjoy, no matter if they’re doing functional fitness and the move over to strength. It’s all there,” Armstrong added.

Though there is no sauna, the shower spaces are new and the largest out of the gyms on-post.

Both Rivera and Armstrong are very happy that the long process of refurbishing the space has finally come to a end and agree the final result was worth the wait.

“A lot of gyms have been geared toward functional lately, and a lot of the desires that Soldiers wanted was to keep that weightlifting. I feel like when they see this gym that they were heard. This is literally what they’ve been asking for, so they have their weights, and we still cater to the Soldiers that want functional,” Rivera said. “We’ve had a couple of sneak peek people that walk in, and they’re amazed by how big it is – how much space they’d have to work out.”

“Warrior Way is a state of the facility that our Soldiers will enjoy,” Armstrong said. “It will help them to prepare their body for real-life movements and activities such as squatting, reaching, pulling, and lifting.”

Warrior Way will have raffles all day, Oct. 18, to celebrate its opening. Prizes will be free tickets for gym and race events with swag bags.

Keep a watch on the Fort Hood Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation website for updates on all of the new gym hours being implemented on Oct. 18, at