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Chievres Fitness Center

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Welcome to the Chievres (CHVR) Fitness Center at the USAG Benelux. We offer a wide variety of services that are available to all U.S. and NATO ID Card Holders ages 18 and older.

In 2023 the fitness center expanded its footprint and programming by offering 40+ group classes per month, personal training, and nutritional consulting. Along with our top-notch services, the Chievres Fitness Center boasts 35,000 square feet of state-of-the art machines and equipment featuring two fitness areas and an indoor track.

  • A dedicated functional fitness zone with eight platform squat racks, a full jungle gym rig, barbells, kettlebells, hex bars, sleds, med balls, ropes, and much more.
  • A dedicated free weight and workout room with over 35+ machines targeting chest, back, legs, arms, shoulders, and core.
  • Cardio zone with treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, arc trainers, Jacob’s latter, recumbent bikes, spin bikes, and rowers.
  • One full size basketball court.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms, each containing a dry sauna and ample locker storage.
  •  Indoor 150m track.

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  • Functional Fitness area

    Functional Fitness area

  • Functional Fitness area

    Functional Fitness area

  • Cardio Zone

    Cardio Zone

  • Cardio area

    Cardio area

  • Weight room

    Weight room

  • Chievres Fitness Center overview

    Chievres Fitness Center overview

  • Basketball Court

    Basketball Court

  • Sauna

    Sauna

Group Fitness Classes

40+ class sessions per month! Select from a combo of Functional Fitness (W.O.D), ACFT Bootcamp,  Boxing, HIIT, and Pilates classes. Our classes are as diverse as the patrons we serve and can be modified to any fitness level.  We offer all 40+ class sessions per month at one low rate of $40 for an unlimited class pass.  Guests can also purchase a single day pass for $5 or a 10 class punch card for $50.  The Chievres fitness facility only accepts credit card payments.  

The Chievres community calendar has the full schedule of fitness classes. 

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Personal Training

Our coaches create individualized programing based on each customer’s needs. We specialize in strength training, fat loss, stability, mobility, endurance, core strength, and much more. Whether it be to achieve the highest score for the ACFT or just to maintain a year-round vacation body, we have you covered. Sessions are 50 minutes in length and can be booked between 6AM-7PM, subject to trainer availability. Each client will receive a FREE consult and will be partnered with the trainer that best suits their goals and needs.

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Nutrition Consulting

Our nutrition consultants provide advice on healthy lifestyle choices, food plans, macronutrient education, healthy grocery shopping lists, and even how to read those confusing food labels. Meet one-on-one for personalized nutrition consulting or participate in the monthly Chievres healthy shopping trip to the commissary with our nutrition enthusiasts.

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Meet the Fitness Center Staff

Cody Butler

Arriving from Austin Texas, Cody joins the USAG Benelux community with over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. In 2006 he founded HEAT Bootcamp, which became the most tenured and recognized fitness studio in Central Texas. As the new Benelux Fitness Director, it is his mission to bring innovation, programming, and leadership to the expanding community and beyond.

Ian Pratschler

Ian a third generation U.S. "Shapian", born and raised in Belgium, and is a passionate scuba diver and travel enthusiast. With a natural talent for customer service and business, he currently serves as the Lead Recreation Assistant at Chievres Fitness Center. Fluent in English and French, he effortlessly connects with our diverse community, fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Approach Ian for any inquiries or even just a friendly chat; his goal is to make your fitness journey enjoyable and memorable.’

Monica Schutt, DPT, NCPT

Monica has been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. After attaining her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, she went on to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy followed by a comprehensive Pilates™ certification.  As a wellness enthusiast, she served the Naples, Italy and Rota, Spain communities as the Health Promotion and Wellness Manager offering guidance in Fitness and Nutrition.  She is excited to be overseas again and to bring her unique skill set to our community!

Chelsea Scutter

Growing up as a U.S.A.F military brat, Chelsea has always had a passion for fitness and love of team sports.  For 15+ years she led the national scene as a competitive cheerleader in New Mexico.  However, in recent years, weightlifting and Crossfit™ (functional fitness) became her new focus and ignited her passion into her new career as a fitness coach and wellness guru. Chelsea is excited to be working with the military community and their Families as a group fitness coach and nutritional consultant.

Terrance Peters

As both an Army Veteran and personal trainer, Terrance is well-versed in the physical and mental demands of the military. He is a knowledgeable and dedicated personal trainer with a specialization in weight training, ACFT testing score improvement, strength conditioning, and mobility correction.  He truly encompasses a well-rounded professional expertise that can cater to any client’s needs. When out of the gym, Terrance is either spending quality time with his family, producing music, or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of the Belgium culture.

Estera Chereji-Brown

As a native to Arad, Romania, Estera spent the last 20 years of her life in the beautiful city of Vicenza, Italy before moving to Belgium in 2021. She has been a part of the MWR family for over 3+ years as a recreational aid to the top fitness centers in Europe. Her greatest passions are encouraging others, creating workout plans, and helping patrons achieve their true potential. Her goal in the next year is to expand her professional portfolio by receiving a personal training and nutritional certification.

Anne-Marie Atkins

Originating from the UK, Anne-Marie served as a Suffolk Police Constable before relocating to Belgium. Currently she serves as a tenured recreation assistant for the Chievres Fitness Center.  It is her passion to support the mission of MWR which is exemplified through her keen customer service skills, continuous drive to create solutions to challenges the organization faces, and unwavering dedication to helping others. More than anything, she enjoys spending time with her four children and four grandchildren.  Often her love of hiking, bike riding, and running is a family affair and is her optimal way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Francesco Cassano, Boxing Specialist

After having spent three decades of his career for the Italian Army as a Special Air Operations Flight Engineer, Francesco continued his service as the logisitic manager for the Italian NMR on SHAPE. Francesco is now the Chievres Outdoor Recreation Lead and expert boxing coach for the Chievres Fitness Center. After his years of experience in physical fitness specialities and logistics, he is excited to serve our Chievres community through Outdoor Recreation programming and boxing classes. 

Cost of Services
Group Classes Personal Training Nutrition Consulting
Mo. Unlimited Class Pass: $40 1 Session: $35 5 Sessions: $165
10 Classes Punch Card - $50 5 Sessions: $165 Group Programming: $15
Single Day Class Pass: $5 10 Sessions: $300  

 

Class Descriptions

Functional Fitness:
T/Th 6:30-7:30AM

Soldier’s and civilians alike, we all need to train for everyday life! Through lifting and loading, while using weights, compound movements, and cardio this class will prepare you for it all. 60 min.

Boxing Fundamentals
T 5:15-6:15PM & F 9:30-10:30AM

This non-contact boxing fundamentals class is for all fitness levels. Classes will include a variety of bag work, shadow boxing, mitts, and footwork. Also, a variety of core, flexibility, and strength exercises. Each class is designed to teach boxing and self-defense skills. You will gain strength, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and confidence in a full body workout. 60 min. 

ACFT Bootcamp
M/W 5:15-6:15PM

The ACFT provides the Army an assessment of all Soldiers' muscular strength, muscle endurance, power, speed, agility, coordination, flexibility, and balance. This class will focus on elements of each test event to help Soldiers achieve the best possible score. 60 min.

HIIT
T/TH 9:30-10:30AM

High Intensity Interval Training is a full body class that combines strength training with cardiovascular exercises. Expect a slightly faster pace with a wide variety of compound movements to ensure your entire body is getting both stronger & leaner. 60 min.

Pilates
M/W 9:30-10:15AM

Mat-based Pilates class focuses on strength, stability, posture, proper breath control, and flexibility. Each class will work to balance all muscle groups', with an emphasis on strengthening your core with each movement. 60 min.

Access After Hours

Monday – Friday: 6AM-7PM

Saturday & Sunday: 9AM-5PM

24/7 hours access for eligible members*:

To gain access after hours (24/7), you must register your Common Access Card (CAC) at the Fitness Center during business hours.  Available to U.S. ID card holders, their dependents 18 years and older, and retirees. If you would like to register your card, please give us a call and we will be delighted to assist you! 

*Privileges will be revoked if there is any violation of the 24/7 facility rules.

Rental Information

The Chievres Fitness Center is also available for rent!  You can rent the basketball court to host your next party or event.  Please contact the Fitness Center at +32 (0)68-25-5297 for complete details.

Locker Rentals

There are ample lockers available for daily use. However, reserved / dedicated lockers are available for patrons who wish to have long term storage. The monthly fee is $25 per month or $125 per year.

Sauna Rules

The sauna will be turned off 30 minutes prior to closing time, as well as every Monday from 6-11AM for cleaning.

Do not put any liquids on the rocks! (Sauna is electric)​
The use of body lotion or oil is PROHIBITED​.
You must shower prior to entering the sauna.​
NO shoes are allowed.
NO children under the age of 18.​
Towels must be put underneath you while in sauna. ​
Food is PROHIBITED​

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible to use the Fitness Center?
Eligible patrons include active duty Military, retired Military, and reservists along with their ID card-holding Family members; DOD, AAFES, DECA, APF, NAF employees and their Family members; NATO and Host Nation civilians directly employed by USAG Benelux.

2. What are acceptable forms of ID for access to the Fitness Center?
All patrons are required to present a valid U.S. Military ID card or a NATO blue ID card in order to register in the RecTrac  data base. Patrons will be required to complete the Family and MWR RecTrac Pass Registration Application prior to their first admittance to the facility. Swiping of U.S./NATO ID card is mandatory for all patrons.

3. How does an authorized patron access the facilities?
Sign in by swiping ID card with each use. Be prepared to show identification upon request when signing into the Fitness Center. Please note that Host Nation employees may be directed to use the Fitness Center during non-peak hours.

4. What is the youth age policy for the Fitness Centers?

  • Teenagers 16 and older may use the Fitness Center without parental supervision
  • Children 12-15 and may use the Fitness Center only with direct parental supervision.
  • Children under the age of 12 may not use fitness center equipment or be allowed in any part of the fitness area.
  • Children 4 years and older must use gender-appropriate showers, locker rooms and restrooms.

5. Do the physical fitness centers have a dress code?

Yes. Appropriate and clean athletic attire must be worn. No street clothes or shoes with cleats are allowed while utilizing the facility. Shoes worn on the courts must not mark the floor. Soiled garments and shoes will not be worn in the facility. If working out in uniform, boots are not allowed in the cardio room, on upholstered surfaces or on the Nautilus Equipment (weightlifting equipment). Jeans, dress pants, cut offs, etc. are prohibited. Shirt and shoes are required at all times. No exposed midriffs. Flip-flops are prohibited. Appropriate athletic attire will be determined by facility personnel on a case-by-case basis.

Visit our other Fitness Centers in USAG Benelux:

Brussels Fitness Center

Brunssum Fitness Center

SHAPE (NATO: )

Dulmen: Coming soon

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