AAFES holding ‘Be Fit’ online workouts
Roy Montez, who is AAFES’ official ‘Be Fit’ ambassador, demonstrates crunches during a previous workout shown online. AAFES kicked off the workout series during the summer. New editions of ‘Be Fit’ workouts featuring Montez and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sonja Berry are being shown at 11 a.m. Mondays on the Fort Leonard Wood AAFES Facebook page. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Fort Leonard Wood Exchange is featuring a series of online workouts on its Facebook page designed for service members, family members and other patrons. The 30-minute “Be Fit” workouts are shown at 11 a.m. Mondays at https://facebook.com/shopmyexchange.

The workouts are led by Roy Montez, the official Army and Air Force Exchange Service “Be Fit” ambassador, along with Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sonja Berry. This is the second round of “Be Fit” workouts Montez and Berry are hosting, which includes interval training, core workouts, strength exercises and more.

The program began during the summer, established by AAFES as a way to promote wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“‘Be Fit’ live workouts are a reminder of the importance of staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle, especially during the pandemic,” said Beth Pritchard, Exchange general manager. “Following along with Roy and Senior Master Sgt. Berry on Facebook is a great way to build resiliency and a sense of community through fitness.”

Several new features are planned this year, including spotlighting items and exercise equipment available at the Exchange, such as kettlebells and resistance bands, and how they can develop specific muscles.

At least once a month, sessions will feature targeted workouts that focus on certain muscle groups.

Montez hopes to eventually take outdoor workouts on the road occasionally to area installations if conditions permit.

“These onsite workouts will be conducted with the Exchange’s COVID-19 protocols at the forefront,” Montez said. “We want to make sure people can participate in a safe, secure and sanitized environment.”

During each session, health and wellness will be highlighted, including proper nutrition, the importance of sleep and recovery and staying active. The goal of the initiative is to empower military customers, their families and the broader community to make healthy lifestyle choices, Montez said.

For more information about the “Be Fit” initiative, visit the Facebook page above, or check out the Exchange’s Community Hub at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/community/befit.

(Editor’s note: Information provided by AAFES Public Affairs.)