94th AAMDC starts new PT program

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Spc. Ashley Armstrong
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Soldiers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command conduct an Interceptor Body Armor run, May 27. The unit has been including more battle-focused fitness in its physical training program in preparation for the Advanced Tactical Athlete Conditioning program that is scheduled to be implement in the unit’s PT program for six months, starting June 7. FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers of  the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command are starting a new physical fitness program, here, June 7, that is designed to not only prepare them for the Army Physical Fitness Test, but also for combat situations while preventing injury and inspiring self-motivation.   

The new program is an Armywide intent to move away from assessment-focused physical fitness programs and more toward training that is battlefield focused, according to the recent Army Times article, “Army updates PT for new battlefield demands.” 

The 94th AAMDC intends to do just that.

“By committing to a program like Advanced Tactical Athlete Conditioning, or ATAC, my hope is to better prepare our unit for the rigors of combat,” said Capt. Matthew Inglis, battery commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th AAMDC.

“This program will really highlight intervals, sprints, football drills and ruck marches,” Inglis added. “The goal of this combat-focused PT is to develop Soldiers who are physically fit, tactically agile and more resilient to injuries.”

Inglis decided to implement the program within the 94th AAMDC after learning about it from his neighbor, Capt. John Mason, a physical therapist and program director at Tripler Army Medical Center. 

“The biggest reason to change was that the battery had stopped making progress,” Inglis said. “We continued to have an increase in profiles, and Army physical fitness test scores were decreasing.”

The founders of ATAC at the Tripler and Schofield Barracks Physical Therapy departments hope to use HHB, 94th AAMDC, as a study group to determine the success of its program, said Inglis. 

“The cooperation with Tripler Physical Therapy clinic is key as they shape this program on the individual level,’ Inglis said.

“Our intent is to track APFT scores and profiles over the next six months and determine if there is improvement,” Inglis said. “Captain Mason and his associates will help develop and track training for our Soldiers who are on profile. 

“In the past,” Inglis continued, “I feel those Soldiers with profiles were excluded from the intense training. With the physical therapists on board, we can essentially focus an individualized plan, not only to speed recovery but prevent re-injury.”

With about a fourth of the HHB, 94th AAMDC, on profile, Inglis believes it is a real concern. 

“My hope is to reduce profiles within the Army and within the unit,” Inglis said.

”Hopefully this program, while working with the Physical Therapy Clinic, will do different types of exercise and different types of warm-ups and stretching and education to help limit the amount of injuries we have,” he added.

About a year ago, Inglis sent three groups of Soldiers through ATAC training at Tripler, but “the program didn’t stick,” he said. With the longer time period and larger group, he hopes this time will be successful.   

“I think that the program will benefit our unit because it will wake up muscles that you haven’t used before, and it changes the way that you start a workout,” Inglis said.

“The warmup and stretching is designed to loosen your body in preparation for exercise and will reduce injuries,” said Sgt. Justin Scales, human resource noncommissioned officer, HHB, 94th AAMDC. 

Scales was included in a group that went through the program, last year.

Scales added, “It will benefit me because it will make me want to do PT more because it’s something different, it’s something new and it’s challenging.

The six-month test period will determine what future changes are needed to ensure PT success within the command, Inglis said.

“This new PT program should offer new ways to help Soldiers to be physically fit and motivate them to want to be physically fit,” Inglis said.

“If you do it the right way and go with it, you should see results faster than the old program, and results should create motivation,” said Scales. 

“I believe that after doing this there is no way shape or form that we should ever go back to doing our old program,” Scales said. “Just keep adding on to the new one and keep challenging ourselves.”

Check out more photos from 94th AAMDC online at Flickr.

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