P90X creator visits Hill AFB

Airmen work hard to keep up with Tony Horton as he leads a fitness class at the Warrior Health and Fitness Center on Feb. 2. The P90X video series creator spent the day at Hill Air Force Base with fitness and nutrition opportunities for Airmen to ask questions and learn how to enhance their fitness.
Tony Horton, creator of the P90X training system leads Airmen in a fitness regimen Feb. 2 at Hill Air Force Base.
By Senior Airman Melissa Dearstone
75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
February 9, 2012

Creator of the fitness videos P90X, Tony Horton, visited Hill Air Force Base to give Airmen the opportunity to work out and learn about nutrition and fitness Feb. 2 here.

Horton's visit included holding work out sessions, having a Lunch and Learn for all Airmen to ask questions about fitness and nutrition, and a little sightseeing around the base.

The day started with a 6 a.m. workout session opened to all military where they could do an hourlong total body P90X workout with Horton and his two trainers.

"The workout was very beneficial," said Senior Airman Brandon Carlson, 649th Munitions Squadron. "I enjoyed the fact that there were him and two others roaming around so when you weren't sure of how to do an exercise they were there to help and their motivation was inspiring. I also liked the fact that if you couldn't do the exercises one way, Horton had one if not two more ways of doing it."

Horton made the workouts doable so that anybody, no matter what their fitness level was, could participate.

The fitness expert said that when starting a fitness routine, you must have a purpose and a plan, a reason to keep you going, variety and accountability.

After the morning workout, Horton was able visit the Airman Leadership School and see a little bit of Hill.

"My visit has been really great," said Horton. "I was able to visit with the Airmen at ALS where I talked to them about the connection between their success and diet and fitness and got to see a missile area here."

After Horton's tour of the base, a Lunch and Learn session was offered for Airmen to have an opportunity to better understand fitness and nutrition and ask questions.

Horton said that fitness is important to him because he is 53 years old, but feels like he is 23 and every time he eats healthy and works out, his health improves and prevents diseases that are genetic or that his ancestors had.

During the session, Horton was asked what he thought the number one fitness myth was and why.

"The number one fitness myth is thinking that you will create dramatic physical changes by repeating the same exercise," said Horton. "To have success, you have to focus on your weaknesses."

After the Lunch and Learn, Horton hosted an end of the day workout session that was open to all Team Hill who had access to the Warrior Fitness Center.

Horton said that if you work hard, it will work and if you surround yourself with people better than you, one day you will be better than them because of the motivation and drive to push yourself harder.