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Buckley Road Warriors host fitness clinics

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of Team Buckley begin the Buckley Remembers 5k on Sept. 9, 2011.  Service members run in remembrance of the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of Team Buckley begin the Buckley Remembers 5k on Sept. 9, 2011. Service members run in remembrance of the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Service members from Team Buckley looking to improve their run times, host running clinics designed to condition the body, and in preparation for fitness assessments.

The Road Warriors' goal is to create a motivating running community for a variety of runners to come improve their abilities, hone their technique, and to have fun! Casual runners can work on running fundamentals and refresh on the basics. Serious runners can identify hidden areas for extra performance and share their knowledge as well.

Buckley Road Warriors' practices focus primarily on form and endurance. A typical workout is broken down into two phases. The first is the agility phase where they focus on mechanics, form and speed. "All too often people exercise a bad running form without knowing it sets off a cascading chain of events within the body that affect breathing, circulation, muscle fatigue and ultimately your speed and times," said founder and spokesperson Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Clark.

The second phase boosts endurance through interval training. Interval training consists of alternating periods of sprinting then jogging to condition the body to perform at higher levels for longer periods.

"Interval training sucks," said Clark. This phase may not be the most enjoyable, but it will help reduce run times.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, Staff Sgt. Clark encourages all Team Buckley military and civilian personnel to attend the program. "Fitness is a way of life. It's not just about eating right or working out, but conditioning. I will be honest, I'm not a fan of running either, but I do it because it is a way of life for military members. This is a great opportunity to come out and improve your run times under your own discretion."

The workouts are scheduled to take place twice a week on Monday and Wednesday at the base track at 1500. In inclement weather, the practices will be held inside the fitness center. The club also plans to add morning sessions to better coincide with squadron PT schedules.

Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Clark contributed to this story.

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