Free Fitness Program for Reserve Component Families

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has teamed up with Joining Forces to support military families by offering free personal training and gym memberships to Reserve and National Guard service members and their families during deployment.

By combining personal training with time in the gym, service members and their families have the opportunity to get fit the right way!

Members of the President’s Council will support Joining Forces and Let's Move! by meeting and inspiring military youth and families at events across the country. Council members will promote the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) to recognize and reward kids and adults who achieve their recommended daily physical activity goals.

The free personal training and gym memberships are being generously donated by the members of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education, and training organization in the world with nearly 50,000 certified professionals. IHRSA is the trade association serving the health and fitness club industry, with nearly 9,000 member clubs in 75 countries.

Reservists and National Guard personnel and their immediate family members are eligible when the Reservist or Guard Member anticipates deployment within the next six months, is currently deployed, or has returned from active deployment within the last six months. Service member IDs and a copy of recent orders may be requested before participating in these offerings. Availability varies by club and may include spouses, teenage children, parents, or siblings.

Trainers are available for sessions until their donated time is consumed, while participating clubs are encouraged to offer 6 month memberships; however, it is important to contact the trainer and/or club to confirm the details and availability of their offer.

Visit the IHRSA website to find a participating club and view the details of their offer, as well as ACE's website to find fitness professionals offering free personal training and instruction.

Eligible family members should follow these steps to take advantage of the IHRSA Joining Forces Network:

  • Visit IHRSA's website to find a club in your area that participates in the IHRSA Joining Forces Network. 
  • Call the club to confirm the details and availability of their offer, and to arrange a visit. Be sure to inquire about the type of identification and documentation required by the club. 
  • Upon arrival, be prepared to provide the identification and documentation required, as well as to complete the necessary paperwork to get started.


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