Cutbacks in military funding have left voids in places civilians might never think of; fitness training is one of them.
The Air Force has found a work-around for lack of money for fitness instructors. They have installed “work out kiosks” at bases around the U.S. By months’ end, they will have 66.
Dubbing them “Fitness on Request”, Air Force personnel will no longer be able to use “no aerobics instructor” as an excuse for dodging the work-out routine.
The kiosks are essentially a big screen TV with a virtual instructor calling out commands and participants following along with kickboxing, cycling, and step aerobics. The longest workout video is 60 minutes.
The Operational Fitness Program is pre-programmed with 30 workout videos and is scheduled to be updated quarterly for variety.
The kiosks are open to Airmen, their families, and retirees and will be administered on the local level to set up group or individual workouts.
Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts have already deployed the kiosks. The schedule for the remaining 58 installations has not been released.
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