‘Cacti’ leaders learn principles of CrossFit fitness, gain insight

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Spc. Jazz Burney
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – A handpicked number of leaders from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, trained with certified CrossFit professionals during a five-day train-the-trainer program, May 30-April 2. 

Battalion leaders selected to participate at the CrossFit gym in downtown Honolulu learned cross functional fitness principles. 

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, swing kettle bells as part of a CrossFit program in Honolulu that works numerous muscle groups to stimulate the body. Working multiple muscle groups at the same time produces better results than a single muscle group exercise. Skills learned during the five-day train-the-trainer class will benefit Soldiers’ fitness levels during future deployments. CrossFit teaches cross-functional fitness that works numerous muscle groups at the same time that produces results that a single muscle group exercise could not.

“We are instructing ‘Cacti’ leaders on basic strength conditioning knowledge, full range of motion exercises, correct technique and proper body alignment,” explained Bryant Powers, the head coach at CrossFit Oahu and a  Cacti veteran from Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004..

“These are the fundamental concepts for successful fitness programs,” Powers said. 

CrossFit Oahu designed the training to produce skilled physical fitness instructors who could generate holistic and measurable workouts for their Soldiers in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming deployment.

“We have seen that the type of training CrossFit offers, prepares and trains Soldiers to identify fitness weaknesses such as improper form, which prevents Soldiers from receiving well-balanced physical results,” said 1st Lt. Dan Long, the battalion assistant operations officer.

Long said this type of fitness will help Soldiers on their next deployment.

During the training, Soldiers learned that by using common movements (such as squatting, lifting objects and shifting body weight, while applying proper muscle technique) the body becomes stronger and naturally more resilient, according to Powers.

“The program taught me the value of proper technique versus intensity,” said Cpl. Robert Aikanoff, a scout with Headquarters Company. 

“I understand now with these new insights that using this training with other Soldiers will pay off in our upcoming deployment,” Aikanoff, said.

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