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Master Sgt. Tomekia King, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron NCO in-charge, performs squats during Post Pregnancy physical training at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. “I was worried about my [physical fitness] before learning about the program,” King said, “I definitely see improvements in my [physical fitness] as far as cardio and strength. I think Post Pregnancy PT should be a mandatory program.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Master Sgt. Tomekia King, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron NCO in-charge, performs squats during Post Pregnancy physical training at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. “I was worried about my [physical fitness] before learning about the program,” King said, “I definitely see improvements in my [physical fitness] as far as cardio and strength. I think Post Pregnancy PT should be a mandatory program.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. Kristina Plunkett, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron dental assistant, holds a plank during a Post Pregnancy physical training session at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field Fla., June 17, 2013. The Hurlburt Field Health and Wellness Center has offered the program since January 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. Kristina Plunkett, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron dental assistant, holds a plank during a Post Pregnancy physical training session at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field Fla., June 17, 2013. The Hurlburt Field Health and Wellness Center has offered the program since January 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. Marcia Deloach, 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician worksout during a Post Pregnancy physical training session at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. Each session consists of full body movements, pushups, squats and sprints. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. Marcia Deloach, 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician worksout during a Post Pregnancy physical training session at the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. Each session consists of full body movements, pushups, squats and sprints. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

April Royster, Health and Wellness Center health and fitness specialist, left, helps Senior Airman Chelsea Bolding, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron dental laboratory technician, keep pace during a mile-and-a-half run outside the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. “My goal is to train each individual on how to progressively increase their physical training after pregnancy and prepare them for their upcoming fitness assessment test which is due 180 days after delivery,” Royster said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

April Royster, Health and Wellness Center health and fitness specialist, left, helps Senior Airman Chelsea Bolding, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron dental laboratory technician, keep pace during a mile-and-a-half run outside the Riptide Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2013. “My goal is to train each individual on how to progressively increase their physical training after pregnancy and prepare them for their upcoming fitness assessment test which is due 180 days after delivery,” Royster said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The Hurlburt Field Health and Wellness Center offers a special physical training program for active-duty mothers who are six weeks to six months post-partum.

April Royster, HAWC health and fitness specialist who runs the program, said Post Pregnancy PT is designed to recondition active-duty members coming off maternity leave.

"My goal is to train each individual on how to progressively increase their physical training after pregnancy and prepare them for their upcoming fitness assessment test which is due 180 days after delivery," she said. "They also learn how to maintain fitness on their own. After the member tests they are released to their regular squadron's [physical training]."

During the initial appointment, Royster said she discusses expectation of the program and intent of the workouts. Also, moms can use the "bod pod" to calculate their muscle mass and fat percentage.

The new moms meet three days a week during which they participate in high-intensity exercises and circuits to increase their VO2 max, which is the measure of maximum amount of oxygen used during physical activity.

Each session consists of full body movements, pushups, squats and sprints.

Mothers, who are worried about physical fitness after child birth and maternity leave, can give Post Pregnancy PT a try.

"I was worried about my [physical fitness] before learning about the program," said Master Sgt. Tomekia King, 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron NCO in-charge of records and reception. "I definitely see improvements in my [physical fitness] as far as cardio and strength."

For more information on Post Pregnancy PT or to make an initial appointment, contact April Royster at (850) 884-4298.