21 January 2018

Jim Thorpe Fitness Center

Jim Thorpe Fitness Center was constructed in 1887 by the Indian students. The facility was enlarged in 1895, renovated in 1976 and in 2001 went through an extensive modification that included updating interior finishes and altering the structure to meet the changing demands of fitness today.

Whether you are looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers, or a variety of exercise classes, Jim Thorpe Fitness Center has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities you need in an environment that makes you feel at home, regardless of your fitness level.

Jim Thorpe Fitness Center is available for use by active duty, retired military and their authorized family members, DA civilians, reserve and National Guard personnel, DoD contracted employees, technical representatives, and employees of military banking facilities and credit unions who are working at Carlisle Barracks.



The mission of the U.S. Army Combatives School is to train Leaders and Soldiers in close quarters Combatives in order to instill the Warrior Ethos and prepare Soldiers to close with and defeat the enemy in hand to hand combat.

The Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) started in 1995 with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and has spread at the grass roots around the Army. It has been incorporated into the new FM 3-25.150 (AKO Account Required) and Basic Combatives is one of the Forty Warrior Core Tasks of the Warrior Ethos initiative.

For information on Combatives at Carlisle Barracks, call 717-245-3681.



  • Cardio Equipment
  • Free weight area
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • 1/8 Mile Rubberized Collegiate Indoor Track
  • Activity Room for stretching and self-directed exercise. {slider=Activity Room Equipment!} Equipped with bosu balls, physio balls, punching/kick bag, resistance bands, dumbells and mats. TV/DVD/VHS also available. Bring your own videos and DVDs for your own private workout.{/slider}
  • Men's and Women's Saunas
  • Locker Rooms (Daily lockers available free of charge)
  • Showers
  • Free Towel Service
  • Body and Hair Shampoo in Showers
  • Hair Dryers (available at the counter)
  • Sauna Towels (available at the counter)


Cardio Equipment

  • PRECOR Elliptical Cross Trainers
  • Treadmills
  • Versa Climbers
  • Stairmasters
  • Rowing Machines
  • Stationary Bicycles
  • Assortment of Cybex Power Stations

Weight Training Equipment

  • LifeFitness Benches
  • Cross-over Smith Machine
  • Free Weights
  • Numerous Pin Select Machines with new grip weight plates.

Exercise Classes

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All classes are FREE and held in the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center, Bldg 23. TRX and MMA Fitness is on the 2nd floor and most fitness classes are on the 3rd floor - towels & mats are provided. 6 a.m. classes are 45 minutes. Classes are taught by certified professionals. Seek physician's advice before starting any exercise program.


Note: "Classes are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please call 245-3681 for confirmation prior to classes."

Exercise Class Descriptions

Build a rock solid core.  Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.  It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.
TRX (for Adults over 40)
Exercise program designed to build and maintain strength, as well as imporve balance, coordination and mobility.  TRX is a low-impact exercise, and movements can be easily modified to address any orthopedic issues.  In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases, including arthritis.
MMA Fitness Workout
Burn off 750 calories in just an hour with this high-intensity workout.  MMA Fitness training improves your speed, stamina and strength.  Also improves reaction time and agility.  The MMA movements require you to develop balance and coordination which improves stability.  Learn about important self-defense skills, which can be used in real-life threatening situations.  MMA Fitness is also great for stress-release and promotes self-confidence. 
Boot Camp
Interval training at its finest.  This challenging circuit training class incorporates cardio and strength training for a full body workout.  Excellent for weight-loss and improving cardiovascular endurance.  Boot Camp can help you avoid and overcome plateaus by diversifying and varying your workout.
Zumba blends high-energy Latin and international rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.  Get fit while having a blast!
Spinning (or indoor cycling) scorches about 7.2 to 13.6 calories per minute and is excellent cardiovascular exercise.  All the pedaling is also great for leg toning as it strenghtens your glutes, thighs and calves.  The instructor takes the class on a "ride" that includes sprints, hill climbs and other fun exercises like intervals and circuits.  Classes are usually 45 to 50 minutes long and are set to music.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art, and is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on.  The techniques are completed with various throws and joint-locks.
Core Strength and Stretch
This class focuses on the strengthing of abdominal and back muscles, and incorporates stretching to prevent and relieve back pain.  Improve posture and muscle endurance.  Excellent class for any individual suffering from lower back pain.
Choreographed to today's hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, aerobic exercise, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing.  Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body today.
LaBlast is a fun-filled, high energy dance fitness class that will both challenge and inspire people of all ages and fitness levels, while dancing to a wide variety of music.  Whether you want to tone your body, maintain a healthy lifestyle, learn to dance or just have a great time, LaBlast offers something for everyone. It's a Blast!
Power Yoga - $10 per class or 10 classes for $90
A vigorous fitness based approach to vinyasa yoga.  Focus on strength and flexibility, but the quick pace of this one-hour class will leave you sweating. 


Instructor: John Cerifko, Fifth Degree Black Belt
Cost: $15 student/month

(717) 245-3418/4029

Tae Bo

A form of high impact aerobics that combines the moves of Tae Kwon Do, karate, boxing, ballet, and hip hop dancing into one routine that is sure to challenge you. For men and women.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that uses bare feet and hands as weapons. The literal translation is "the art of kicking and punching." Commonly called "Korean Karate," Tae Kwon Do is similar to karate in many ways, including its use of colored belts, ranging from white through black, to show rank.

Students will earn numerous benefits from the study of this class. They will learn how to effectively defend themselves from potential harm, increase their physical and mental fitness, and improve their balance and coordination. Students will also learn patience and respect towards others and, most importantly, toward themselves.

Click Here to See Shoe Policy for the fitness center!

  • Street shoes and/or running shoes are not allowed.
  • Shoes designed for the particular sports you are participating in, or all-purpose sneakers or athletic shoes are acceptable footwear.
  • Use of the tennis courts requires appropriate tennis shoes be worn.
  • While inside using the basketball/volleyball courts and/or racquetball/handball courts, the only shoes authorized for wear are basketball shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes, and shoes designed especially for indoor sports or aerobics
  • Any shoes that have been worn outside are not authorized to be worn while using the basketball/volleyball, and/or handball/racquetball courts. Shoes must be changed for use of these courts.
  • If patrons forget their indoor shoes or have none, there are loaner shoes available in all indoor facilities. These are located either on a shelf in the hallway, or behind the sign-in counter. If you don't see your size please ask staff member for assistance.



Thorpe Hall Fitness Center

Phone: (717) 245-3418, Facility Manager (717) 245-3387/3418
DSN: 242-3418

23 Lovell Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013

Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 0500 - 1930
Sat: 0700 - 1600
Sun: 0800 - 1600
Holidays: 1000 - 1500