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Contestants prepare to compete in the shuttle run during the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018.

Contestants prepare to compete in the shuttle run during the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018. The competition consisted of a series of five events that combined physical and mental challenges that pushed competitors to their limits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Competitors, spectators and volunteers pose for a photo after the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018.

Competitors, spectators and volunteers pose for a photo after the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018. Approximately 33 contestants competed in tests of strength and ability to score maximum points and earn a prize and title. (U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Haylie Belts, 39th Logistic Readiness Squadron quality assurance inspector, prepares to perform a deadlift during the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Haylie Belts, 39th Logistic Readiness Squadron quality assurance inspector, prepares to perform a deadlift during the Incirlik Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018. Belts lifted more than 200 pounds during the deadlift event. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

U. S. Air Force Capt. Theresa Whittler, 39th Medical Diagnostic Squadron patient care manager, tackles the rowing event during the Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018.

U. S. Air Force Capt. Theresa Whittler, 39th Medical Operations Squadron patient care manager, tackles the rowing event during the Throw Down CrossFit competition at Incirlik Air Base, Sept. 29, 2018. Rowing was one of five strenuous exercise sequences members had to complete during the competition. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

From marathons to powerlifting, service members represent the U.S. Air Force by living the core values, as well as staying in shape to maintain the mission.

Since fitness is an important initiative throughout the military, members at Incirlik Air Base have found different methods of physical activity to be mission ready. On Sept. 29, 2018, the base held its first CrossFit competition, which showcased different events, such as box jumps, deadlifts and sprints. A total of 33 competitors, from various organizations, services, skill levels, as well as NATO partners, participated to test their strength and endurance.

“We wanted to provide the base with a fun, yet competitive event where people can test their fitness,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Sharon Aradine, 39th Medical Operations Squadron dentist.

Teamwork was crucial as each team member simultaneously performed workouts in an effort to win the competition. Each series of events combined simple tasks with physical duress to challenge teams both mentally and physically.

“The whole competition was challenging, but that’s the best part. Challenging yourself and proving to yourself you can do it,” said U.S. Airman 1st Class Haylie Belts, 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron quality assurance inspector.

The event served a twofold purpose, as a competition and to promote overall health across the installation.

According to Aradine, the health promotions flight came out and provided information on proper nutrition, while the USO provided healthier food options. 

U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th MDOS dietitian, educated competitors and spectators on health, nutrition and supplement usage to help promote healthier lifestyles.

The top three winning teams earned the title of ‘Incirlik’s most fit Airmen’ and exemplified the importance of exercising to maintain our health and wellness.

CrossFit workouts can be intimidating, but in reality, CrossFit is meant to help individuals live a healthier life, according to Aradine.