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Warrior Training Fitness program instills warrior ethos for Team Kadena

Missy Cornish, fitness professional, leads a Muay Thai exercise as a part of a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish developed the Warrior Training Fitness program as a way to reinforce physical resilience and promote alternative workout methods. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Missy Cornish, fitness professional, leads a Muay Thai exercise as a part of a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish developed the Warrior Training Fitness program as a way to reinforce physical resilience and promote alternative workout methods. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Missy Cornish, wife of Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing Commander, leads a Warrior Training Fitness session June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish lead and helped start the Warrior Training Fitness workout series. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Missy Cornish, wife of Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing Commander, leads a Warrior Training Fitness session June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish lead and helped start the Warrior Training Fitness workout series. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Service and family members warm-up for a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workout emphasized physical resiliency of the four pillars based on the Life of a Warrior ethos. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Service and family members warm-up for a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workout emphasized physical resiliency of the four pillars based on the Life of a Warrior ethos. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Warrior Training Fitness workout attendees use the tire exercise station June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workout consisted of multiple exercise stations that rotate between varieties of training techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Warrior Training Fitness workout attendees use the tire exercise station June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workout consisted of multiple exercise stations that rotate between varieties of training techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Samantha Park, 18th Security Forces Squadron defender, jumps through a plank exercise station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Warrior Training Fitness workouts occur every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Samantha Park, 18th Security Forces Squadron defender, jumps through a plank exercise station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Warrior Training Fitness workouts occur every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Military members participate in a kettle bell exercise station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Each workout station varies and attendees are at each location for roughly five to ten minutes per station. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Military members participate in a kettle bell exercise station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Each workout station varies and attendees are at each location for roughly five to ten minutes per station. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force MSgt James Prim, 18th Civil Engineering Squadron staff superintendent, participates in a kettle bell station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workouts help improve the physical resilience for service members and families through a variety of high intensity exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force MSgt James Prim, 18th Civil Engineering Squadron staff superintendent, participates in a kettle bell station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The workouts help improve the physical resilience for service members and families through a variety of high intensity exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jonathon McKnight, 718th Civil Engineering Squadron OIC requirements & optimization officer leads a workout station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. McKnight and other leaders volunteered to help run the fitness program, and motivated attendees to push through the each high-intensity exercise station. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jonathon McKnight, 718th Civil Engineering Squadron OIC requirements & optimization officer leads a workout station at a Warrior Training Fitness workout June 28, 2017, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, Japan. McKnight and other leaders volunteered to help run the fitness program, and motivated attendees to push through the each high-intensity exercise station. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The day started like most summer days at Kadena Air Base with a scorching hot sun and thick humidity that fogs up glasses. However, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, there was a level of positive energy that suggested less oppressive weather. 

As attendees approached the exercise field, they could hear upbeat music from speakers and the voice of Missy Cornish, fitness professional and Warrior Fitness Training program director.

Cornish started the event with a cardio warmup to get people moving. Then, attendees moved on to a circuit of workout stations, each targeting different muscle groups and cardio techniques. 

Circuit training is a full body workout, and the Warrior Training Fitness program is designed to work every aspect of the body. 

“It is a whole body workout, and you get out of it what you put into it,” said Mr. Charles Kimble, the director at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex. “If you aren't a little bit more resilient after that workout, then bad on you.”

The workout is also designed in a way to be challenging and fun for participants.

“If they're having fun, and they see that working out is fun, they'll continue to do it,” said Cornish.

The Warrior Training Fitness workout program is one that the Cornish family started at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The program builds on the four pillar concept of physical strength, mental toughness, social connection, and spiritual faith.

When the Cornish family came to Kadena, the workout program came with them, and they hope the program continues to grow and impact the lives of everyone it touches in a positive manner, creating a deeper sense of the Life of a Warrior concept.

“You're hitting all four pillars with this,” said Cornish. “The goal is not just to have this workout, but to have everything else kind of go into those four pillars with what you do every day.”

Program organizers aim to create a culture shift with the Warrior Fitness Training workout as a part of the Life of a Warrior program.

“That's what we're trying to get to, a healthy lifestyle culture,” said Kimble. “It is an ethos culture that we're looking at continuing and building on.”

The program will continue after the Cornish family moves on from Kadena, and the workouts are scheduled to take place every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 

For more information, contact the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex at 634-5128 or visit www.kadenafss.com for calendars of scheduled events.