Volkswagen may be taking the idea of fighting the competition a bit too literally. The popular car maker now requires many of its workers to undergo fitness training programs.

“Since April, fitness trainers have had new hires taking part in ‘on-the-clock’ workouts that follow health testing and are individually tailored to their future production jobs that include the paint shop, body shop and assembly,” the Associated Press reports. The goal of this program is to transform workers into “industrial athletes” who will be fit and able to handle all the physical tasks that lie ahead of them on the job.

A spokesperson for Volkswagen told the Associated Press that the training and fitness programs are geared toward “getting each and every one of us, no matter what our job is at the plant, prepared to show up and perform at the highest level of professional excellence."

So far, 150 workers have entered into the program and more are expected to in the future. These workers have access to a special training facility, which Volkswagen officially launched at its manufacturing plant in Tennessee, and they also have access to personal trainers. According to the Associated Press, the program doesn’t just improve the fitness of employees but may also boost the level of comradery.

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While this plan may sound unique, there are several other companies that offer employees financial incentives to lose weight.

What do you think? Should companies be involved with the physical health of their employees, or is this an overstep? Let us know in the comments!

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