Airmen strengthen ‘fit-to-fight’ potential

Man does inclined bench press, while another man stands over him.

Senior Airman Christian Tellez, 19th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuels system journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Terrique John, 19th MXS aircraft fuels system journeyman, use the bench press Feb. 06, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Fitness Center has 24-hour access available to base members with a registered common access card. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Individuals lift weights.

Team Little Rock members participate in the Vital 90 Class Feb. 06, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The class is held multiple times throughout the day and week for members who may not be working a typical day shift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Woman does deadlifts.

Tech. Sgt. Jaclyn Cole, 189th Air National Guard recruiter, participates in the Vital 90 class Feb. 06, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Vital 90 class has multiple instructors throughout the day who provide a variety of workouts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Airmen run on a track above a weight room.

The 19th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center has over 400 pieces of equipment. The Fitness Center is designed to offer Team Little Rock members a diverse workout. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man pulls weights on weight machine.

Ret. Master Sgt. Robert Radford performs the mid row Feb. 16, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The HOIST machine Radford is using is designed to target muscles sets more acutely than most. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Feet run over treadmill.

The 19th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center has over 400 pieces of equipment. The Fitness Center is designed to offer Team Little Rock members a diverse workout. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Becoming fit-to-fight doesn’t require running a marathon or scaling a mountain; it does require dedication, time and effort necessary to become a physically capable Airman.

Attaining this goal may be harder for some than others, yet it’s possible for everyone. The tools to achieve this aspiration can be found through the doors of the Fitness and Sports Center here.

“Our mission is to provide the resources for Airmen to become fit-to-fight and accomplish the mission,” said Aaron Leach, 19th Force Support Squadron fitness and sports director. “We have a lot of programs available to help facilitate that.”

The journey toward achieving physical fitness may seem intimidating, but no Airman has to go it alone with the help of the popular Vital 90 class which is available 19 times a week. The class promotes proper movement, high intensity intervals and combined strength training. The classes are varied, with members sometimes finding themselves transitioning from jogging to deadlifts all in one class.

“I go to Vital 90 and I feel like if you’re struggling with any part of your PT test it’s definitely the class to go to,” said Airman 1st Class Astacia Richardson, 19th FSS fitness specialist. “It helps with all aspects of your PT test, and out of all of the classes available it’s the most intense.”

Using such a dynamic tool for developing physical fitness is an efficient way to get started towards the ultimate goal of being an Airmen capable of supporting their comrades. One way to train for this is to diversify workouts and not focus on one muscle group or method of working out.

Man lifts weights on bench.
Tech. Sgt. Larry Best, 19th Communications Squadron NCO in charge of plans and programs, works out Feb. 16, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center is designed to have different work out equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)
Man lifts weights on bench.
Airmen strengthen ‘fit-to-fight’ potential at Fitness Center
Tech. Sgt. Larry Best, 19th Communications Squadron NCO in charge of plans and programs, works out Feb. 16, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center is designed to have different work out equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)
"Our workout room has a lot of diversity with the machines and other equipment available,” Leach said. “The focus is on diversity, not specificity.”

The Fitness and Sports Center has 24-hour access available for Airmen who don’t make it to the gym during the typical duty day, although they must first register their common access card at the front desk of the facility. Providing so many avenues for Airmen to build themselves into a physically capable asset in the field shows the importance of customer service at the Fitness and Sports.

“My mission is to provide good customer service and the necessities for everyone to be able to pass their physical fitness test,” Richardson said. “If you’re having trouble, then come on down.”