Fitness center provides virtual workout

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  • By Jason Heavner
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs

 If one wants to lose weight and get fit but easily gets intimidated by avid fitness enthusiasts, the Malmstrom Fitness and Sports Center has the right amenity for you.

Fitness on Demand, a virtual group fitness computer kiosk, provides a diverse array of workout programs.  Whether it’s cardio exercises to improve heart rate or kinetic exercises to burn fat, Fitness on Demand has videos that will play at the push of a button.  Once the video is prompted, a projector screen will lower on a wall and the video will commence.  The videos range anywhere between 20-60 minutes.

The system provides more than 30 workout programs from popular workout series such as Insanity and P90X, and has become an efficient tool for those active duty members who needed a bit of structure in the workout regimen. 

“I used to be a (physical training leader) and I would bring my Airmen in here to try this out and that would keep them from wondering around the gym not knowing really where to begin,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Flores, Malmstrom Fitness and Sports Center staff member. 

Since 2013, the kiosk has been a permanent fixture to the center and it gets used by an average of 80-100 people a week.  Weekday mornings are the usual peak times according to Flores.

“I like the machine because it provides the workout programs that I like to do and they’re affective,” said Ariane Rice, Air Force dependent.

Flores adds that the machine saves the Air Force money in the long run. 

“We find this to be a more cost-efficient method of providing aerobic classes here at the gym rather than hiring someone out in town, especially considering this machine is fully paid off,” added Flores. "It’s a nice feature to have.”

The Fitness on Demand kiosk is available during the fitness center hours, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during federal holidays and wing down days.  For more information, contact the fitness center at 731-3600.