Follow Duffel Blog: Nearly a year after changes to Air Force PT rules went into effect, service officials announced on Monday the adoption of a new service-wide fitness conditioning program commonly known as Prancercise, Duffel Blog has learned. Defined as “a springy, rhythmic way of moving, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation,” Prancercise will become the backbone of the Air Force physical fitness program on Sept 1. According to a new Air Force Instruction, the goal of the new fitness program is to motivate airmen to participate in the freedom of a year-round free spirited fitness regimen. The new program will emphasize self-expression and enhance the inner-child of service members as they prance and galavant down the 1.5 mile fitness course. “Based on feedback from our airmen, we believe tying our physical training to tired ‘workout’ routines and exercising in confined, unnatural environments like gyms is dehumanizing,” said Air Force spokesperson Capt. Steve Stephens. “We’re not like those poop throwing rock-apes they have in the Marines — hanging around a weight room full of meatheads lifting heavy objects and putting them down again is a redundancy beneath every airmen.” Prancercise practitioners use imagery to picture themselves as a beautiful horse — a symbol of strength and endurance — freeing their minds of any negative self image which could directly affect mission accomplishment. “Allowing airmen to fulfill their own sense of self-expression will lead to proper aerobic conditioning, strength and flexibility,” said Stephens. “Other benefits include increased productivity, optimized health, and decreased absenteeism because coming to work will be just so gosh darn fun!” The new Air Force fitness test will not only measure physical strength and cardo-respiratory fitness as it did in the past. Airmen’s PT scores will now also be determined based on gait, rhythm and regularity, canter, and suppleness. In a related story, the U.S. Navy has set aside $4.2 million to study the viability of adopting a program centered around the Shake Weight. Navy officials cite the vibration plate technology-based program as being a more functional and realistic biomechanical movement sailors actually perform on a daily basis. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/AoZUq Antone Cheeko says: October 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM The shakeweight is what helped me get SrA BTZ Chawl Shepard says: October 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM What? When did the Air Farce get red PT shirts? I am retired military so I can go to Offutt AFB in Nebraska and buy some at clothing sales. Red is the color of the Nebraska University Cornhuskers. Go Big Red! Tom Braider says: September 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM Phew…it must work. I’m worn out just reading about it. Robert Duncan says: August 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM Rock Ape? Gun Bunny. Hector Zavala says: August 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM cool’ Ian Jardine says: August 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM The original Prancercise (for real): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew Sharen Skylar says: August 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM I would love to see a video…lol Michael Werner says: August 12, 2014 at 4:59 AM Air Force Officers will also receive paid membership at the local Curves. O-4 and above will be allowed the picture themselves as Unicorns with their horns painting the sky with rainbows. Flag officers have the option of “The Full Pegasus” imagery. Bob Pickett says: August 11, 2014 at 10:43 PM This could work, but to bring more intensity to the movement, will there be a wiggle-wiggle with each prance, or with each foot-fall? Wayne Harvey says: August 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM Prancerise is definitely a Commie plot to ruin the youth of America! Jake Blake Drake says: August 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM That last paragraph oh god. Hahaha Anonymous says: August 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM Holy my little ponies!!! What has the AF become? You mean they don’t ride stationary bikes for the PT test no more? Guess they need to cut the spin class at the Pentagon gym and start galloping down the corridors. Butooka Nkomo says: August 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM They will do the Pony Prance as it is so “gay.” No doubt the homosexuals in the Air Force demanded this pony prance form of exercise. In the end, Allah will show them their faults and damn them to hell. Joeand Melissa Hudson says: August 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM Anna Hudson Lancaster Adam Daniels says: August 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM does no one realize duffel blog is satire? plese someone just get it Jennifer Atack says: August 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM Isn’t this what North Korea and other countries that cause trouble do? Hmm? Another Muslim thinking socialist nonsense from Obastard? Let’s do pony play folks?! eyeroll Brian Pop says: August 11, 2014 at 7:43 AM Wow, that’s just what we need……another way for our branch to be made fun of! No wonder our military is getting weaker and weaker! Allen Everett Richards says: August 11, 2014 at 7:43 AM Glad to see the Air Force finally worried about physical fitness. BTW Shake weight is legit! I lost 150 lbs. without lifting a finger. Ian Jardine says: August 11, 2014 at 6:28 AM Wow…Navy Shakeweights……just….I just can’t breath…ROTFL. Mike Griffith says: August 11, 2014 at 5:43 AM Its about time………Prancercise Erich Maria Plumsteel-de Villiers says: August 11, 2014 at 5:43 AM Why not ? The Navy for years has had MINCERCISE, which mimics the motion of walking around on the heaving deck of a warship in a rolling ocean – one hand on the hip and the other held out for support.