What is P.O.W.?
What does the P.O.W. program cost?
Will I need to buy sports equipment or pay for a gym membership?
I’m not sure I qualify for participation in P.O.W. What are the participation requirements?
Your discharge status, previous or current rank, personal and professional affiliations, cultural or ethnic background, creed, gender affiliation and physical ability and/or current fitness level are completely irrelevant. P.O.W. is proud to be a welcoming and supportive community.
P.O.W. seems like a cool group and a really effective way to bump up my fitness regimen. I never served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Reserves or the National Guard but I would like to come to classes.
I meet participation requirements, but I think I would get more out of the program if I brought my spouse or partner. Is that permitted?
Where are P.O.W. classes held and do I need to register?
Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m. to approx. 9:00 p.m. Thursdays: 8:00 p.m. to approx. 9:00 p.m. Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. to approx. 12:30 p.m.
Is this an advanced-level class?
Do I need to know MMA or some form of martial art to participate?
Isn’t P.O.W. really geared more for men?
It’s not clear to me why veterans and active military need another gym? Aren’t there plenty of fitness facilities around already?
P.O.W. has been particularly successful at reaching active military and post 9-11 veterans, some of whom are combat veterans, and most of whom report difficulty transitioning from military to civilian life.
The idea of MMA seems really violent. Do people participating in the P.O.W. program get hurt?
Why does the P.O.W. program employ Mixed Martial Arts to treat veterans and active military?
A recent survey of program participants shows:
- 90% of P.O.W participants report an improvement in physical health
- 80% report improved ability to cope with stress and symptoms of PTSD
- 79% report decreases in feelings of despondency, helplessness and/or anger
- 75% report an improvement in long and short-term goal planning
- 100% report a reduction of feelings of isolation