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Even a lock down is no excuse to skip leg day

Airman 1st Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, helps a member of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, find class information at the Peterson gym, September 25, 2019. The same classes that are available at the Peterson facility are available to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station personnel through a kiosk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

Airman 1st Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, helps a member of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, find class information at the Peterson gym, September 25, 2019. The same classes that are available at the Peterson facility are available to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station personnel through a kiosk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

Airman First Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, is a fitness specialist for the 21st Force Support Squadron. He helps to maintain the facilities at Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, so every Airman can maintain their fitness standards. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

Airman First Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, is a fitness specialist for the 21st Force Support Squadron. He helps to maintain the facilities at Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, so every Airman can maintain their fitness standards. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

Airman First Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, takes a head count of individuals in each room of the gym on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, September 25, 2019. Airman McKinney helps to maintain the equipment at Peterson and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

Airman First Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, takes a head count of individuals in each room of the gym on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, September 25, 2019. Airman McKinney helps to maintain the equipment at Peterson and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. --

The Air Force places a high standard on physical fitness for Airmen at all levels, and the standards don’t stop at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado.

CMAFS has two gyms available to personnel who want to maintain their fitness: one inside the mountain that is split into two areas, and one outside of the compound. Airmen from the 21st Force Support Squadron make sure that everything stays up and running for the mountain’s personnel. Airman 1st Class James McKinney, 21st FSS fitness specialist, is one of those Airmen.

“It’s our job to make sure that all the equipment is fully functional for everyone who depends on it. We run routine checks, and if anything needs to be replaced or moved, we bring in new equipment.”

The gym inside CMAFS has a weight/cardio room and a spin/aerobics room, while the gym outside has a little bit of everything. The spin/aerobics room has a kiosk that allows people to experience a class without an instructor. It offers spin, step aerobics, kickboxing and other classes normally available at the gym on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

“The goal is to give everyone the same fitness environment that they would have at Peterson,” said McKinney. “Normally they would need a certified instructor to lead classes, and that’s not always possible, so the kiosk fills that need.”

The gyms also have all the same equipment as the Peterson facility, just in a smaller quantity.

“It may be a smaller environment, but it provides them with what they need to keep their physical fitness in check and offers an added mental break if they need it,” he said.

The convenience of having a workout space available is the main point of the gyms, according to McKinney, but it also helps in case of a lockdown situation. Should CMAFS have to lock down for any amount of time, military and civilian members can still maintain fitness standards.

If there were a lockdown situation, it could last longer than 24 hours. Understanding that chance enhances the need for the fitness areas inside the mountain, because whether they are locked down for a week, a month or longer, the service members will need to be mission ready.

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