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NEWS | June 20, 2013

JBSA-Randolph receives virtual fitness kiosk

By Alex Salinas Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

The Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Rambler Fitness Center will kick off an innovative set of classes June 24 with "Fitness on Request," a program of preloaded workouts from a kiosk led by a virtual instructor.

Each class, held in room 128 at the fitness center, will accommodate 35 people with gym access on a first-come, first-served basis and is cost-free.

Randolph's listed courses are core arms aerobic, fusion, kinetics, step and TKO-kickboxing.

"The classes will be displayed in our studio using a 120-inch projector screen and surround sound," Rey Salinas, Rambler Fitness Center fitness programs manager, said. "It's a nice setup."

Partly to engage unit physical training sessions in a new way and partly to "spice up" old exercise regimens for everyone else, "Fitness on Request" arrives at Randolph at a perfect time, adding variety to the fitness center's existing courses, Kim Rennert, Rambler Fitness Center fitness assessment cell evaluator, said.

"Because of home workout videos already on the market, some people might feel more comfortable with a virtual instructor," she said. "The setting will be more relaxed and people can go their own pace."

Each video shown on the projector features one virtual instructor plus two assistants who perform routines at different skill levels, so anyone can achieve a sufficient cardio workout, Rennert said.

Classes will last 45 minutes.

"This program is an extra stepping stone to fitness," Salinas said. "It will help people better utilize our facility, and different class times should accommodate those who are interested."
Debut classes happening June 24 are kinetics at 6 a.m., TKO-kickboxing at 7 a.m. and another kinetics session at 3:15 p.m. On days when "extreme" is notated on the schedule, workouts will be more challenging than usual, Rennert said.

Fitness center staff members will update the "Fitness on Request" schedule and rotate courses on a week-by-week basis.

All three JBSA locations received a "Fitness on Request" kiosk.

The kiosks are part of a Total Force Fitness Initiative to save millions of dollars Air Force-wide, Anthony Alcala, AFPC fitness program specialist, said.

For more details, call the Rambler Fitness Center at 652-2955.