Story and photo by Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Being physically fit is a significant part of being a Soldier, in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Helping to maintain the Army’s standard in physical fitness, Soldiers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command have incorporated a high-energy CrossFit training regimen into their physical readiness training strategy.
The CrossFit strength and conditioning program provides a varied and highly intense workout.
“We want to incorporate CrossFit into our PRT so that we can expand on some of the workouts and really push the Soldiers to maximize their potential while doing it safely and (while) getting the workout intensity that is required of us as Soldiers,” said Capt. Eric Blewett, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th AAMDC.
Workouts are typically 20 minutes or less, and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, weightlifting and carrying odd objects.
They use barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettle bells, medicine balls and many bodyweight exercises. These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed “Workouts of the Day.”
Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress.
“I think mixing CrossFit and PRT is very beneficial because it gets away from the normal PRT, and it gets the Soldiers to use different muscle groups that they normally wouldn’t use,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Jones, 94th AAMDC’s motor pool shop foreman.
The objective of PRT is to enhance the Soldier’s ability to meet the physical demands of war.
“I’m hoping to achieve a more physically fit, agile and capable unit,” Blewett said.
One of the reasons CrossFit is ideal for a great workout is because it provides a variety of exercises.
“I started doing CrossFit in the Captain’s Career Course in 2010, and the best thing about CrossFit is that you can adjust the workouts for any type of body style and profile and still allow everyone to participate,” Blewett explained.
CrossFit is also viewed as a unit morale booster.
“Morale is everything in today’s Army,” said Blewett. “By changing up the PRT program, you really boost the Soldiers’ morale. When Soldiers are happy and willing to work for you, the unit functions better because the morale is high.”