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  • 'Fitness on Request' Kiosks Can Save Air Force $10 Million

    by John Agoglia September 2013

    With tight budgets at military fitness centers, keeping services for members high and costs low is a balancing act. In an attempt to offer popular group exercise classes in the face of potential staffing cuts, the United States Air Force is expanding its "Fitness on Request" exercise kiosks to 66 bases, saving the Air Force as much as $10 million.

  • Doctors: Exercise Caution When Introducing CrossFit

    by Christopher Prawdzik June 2013

    Despite CrossFit's growing popularity among military fitness facilities - a topic that we covered in a previous article - it has its fair share of opponents.

  • CrossFit Requires Consideration, Cooperation at Military Facilities

    by Christopher Prawdzik May 2013

    Despite some detractors (which will be given their say in a subsequent piece) CrossFit's growth across the U.S. military and around the world is undeniable. But simply joining a CrossFit "box" to improve overall fitness is much different than adding CrossFit classes at a military fitness facility. It's not another Pilates or step class, and it takes some consideration.

  • Air Force 24-Hour Fitness Test Shows Early Momentum

    by Christopher Prawdzik May 2013

    Three months into a yearlong test of 24-hour fitness facilities for the Air Force, early reception appears positive, but officials will collect data on the six test facilities through December 2013 to determine their feasibility.

  • Army Readiness Study Will Shape Fitness Future

    by Christopher Prawdzik is former editor of National Guard magazine and The Officer journal. March 2013

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  • Military Fitness Programs: Not Just for Soldiers

    by Christopher Prawdzik is former editor of National Guard magazine and The Officer journal. March 2013

    As prime breeding grounds for military fitness initiatives, installations worldwide also focus on thousands of civilian employees. Behind White House and other administrative encouragement, installations offer a variety of innovative programs to address civilian fitness. Even with budget concerns creating questions about the future of many programs, fitness facilities across the services continue promoting adaptable approaches that other facilities might emulate.

  • Helping Fitness Facilities Help PTSD Sufferers

    by Christopher Prawdzik is former editor of National Guard magazine and The Officer journal. March 2013

     

    Fred Minnick, a former staff sergeant for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, spent nine years in the military, including a year in Iraq. A photojournalist and public affairs officer, he published Camera Boy: An Army Journalist's War in Iraq in 2009, which chronicled his efforts as a public affairs officer in a war zone. His experience in Iraq was tough. He saw combat, and he watched two of his close friends die. One of the great coping mechanisms, he says, was his ability to exercise, particularly running. Unfortunately, when he returned home, he broke his foot and lost that outlet. While he was laid up, he began to suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Various Fitness Options Allow Army to Trim the Fat

    by Christopher Prawdzik is former editor of National Guard magazine and The Officer journal. March 2013

    The Washington Post reported Dec. 10 that in the first 10 months of 2012, the Army booted 1,625 out-of-shape soldiers from the force, "about 15 times the number discharged for that reason in 2007."

  • Military Veterans Find Success in Fitness Industry

    by Emily Attwood July 2012

    The boot camp workout trend is still going strong in the fitness industry, once again making the American Council on Exercise's list of fitness trends to watch in 2012. Also on the list is suspension training, the invention of a Navy SEAL in the '90s.

  • 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program (Germany)

    by NAYS Staff November 2011

    For the youth sports staff at Germany's Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program, winning the 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award is the result of perseverance. "We have been trying for five years to win this prestigious award, and we finally did it," says Allen Fleming, youth sports director at KMC. In 2010, the program received Honorable Mention recognition for the award that is presented annually by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business. It recognizes five youth sports programs across the country that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches.