To help improve total force fitness levels, the Air Force is installing “Fitness on Request” kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at base fitness and sports centers.
“The goal of this program is to encourage Airmen to live healthy lifestyles and provide alternative avenues to staying fit,” said Scott Nunnelly, the AFPC fitness program manager. “The ‘Fitness on Request’ kiosks allow many individuals to come together and participate in group exercise without the need of a live instructor.”
The fitness kiosks enable fitness staff or customers to schedule group exercise classes during which exercise videos will play on a large screen. Each “Fitness on Request” kiosk comes with 30 pre-loaded workout videos, which will be updated quarterly.
Workout routines include kinetics, technical knockout kickboxing, step aerobics, cycling and fusion, which will run for 20-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments. Each installation will determine how its kiosk will be scheduled for workout sessions.
Although designed for groups, classes are also set up to allow individuals to follow at their own level. Videos feature a virtual instructor and two assistants who perform the exercise routines at different skill levels.
Some workout routines, such as kinetics, cycling, and step, require specialized equipment to participate in the class. Attendees must contact their local fitness and sports center to for information on what kind of equipment is available in the kiosk area.
“With many Air Force fitness facilities losing all or part of their local group exercise instructor contract funding, this program will help supplement or replace the group exercise programming,” explained Anthony Alcala, fitness program specialist. “We want to provide customers an alternative at bases that lost these funds to ensure fitness and sports centers continue to provide a variety of programs.”
For more information about the “Fitness on Request” kiosk and other quality of life programs visit www.usafservices.com or www.myairforcelife.com. To set up a class, contact your local fitness and sports center or unit physical training leader.