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| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Devan Icsman-Wethington, MFT instructor, explains the proper foot position for the side bridge exercise of “Four for the Core” to Staff Sgt. Aiyana Watson, medic,  Tripler Army Medical Center.

Devan Icsman-Wethington, MFT instructor, explains the proper foot position for the side bridge exercise of “Four for the Core” to Staff Sgt. Aiyana Watson, medic, Tripler Army Medical Center.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from units throughout the 25th Infantry Division have spent the past few weeks learning everything they can about fitness and the science behind it from the Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) mobile training team (MTT), here, from Fort Jackson, S.C.

The MTT is just one of the many ways that Lightning Strong is building more resilient Soldiers within the division.

Sgt. Maj. Francis Citizen, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID Fires, and lead on the physical aspects of Lightning Strong, said the initiative is something Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID, wanted to do to help Soldiers in the division effectively transition from being in an Army at war to being a mostly garrison force.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Staff Sgt. Kyle Martin (left), 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, and Staff Sgt. Rosvin Recinos, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, perform pull-ups at the pull-up station of strength circuit training during Master Fitness Trainer class, here, recently. An MFT Mobile Training Team is at Schofield Barracks for the next three months teaching Soldiers how to be Master Fitness Trainers as part of the division Lightning Strong initiative.

Staff Sgt. Kyle Martin (left), 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, and Staff Sgt. Rosvin Recinos, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, perform pull-ups at the pull-up station of strength circuit training during Master Fitness Trainer class, here, recently. An MFT Mobile Training Team is at Schofield Barracks for the next three months teaching Soldiers how to be Master Fitness Trainers as part of the division Lightning Strong initiative.

“We’re trying to get Soldiers back in the mentality of ‘we’re back in garrison, and these are things we do to get back to the basics in our division,’” said Citizen.

Bringing the MFT MTT here to train noncommissioned and junior officers in all aspects of physical training and taking care of the body was the easiest way to make sure the force was following the relatively new guidelines set forth in Field Manual 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training (PRT).

“To bring the MTT to Hawaii is more cost effective than having 50 Soldiers go from Hawaii to Fort Jackson. It saves the Army a lot of money,” said Capt. Todd Jones, MFT team lead. “Additionally, a lot of Soldiers aren’t familiar with PRT, so by training the NCOs and junior officers, it develops that baseline that allows them to go back and brief their superiors on what right looks like.”

One of the things the MFT stresses is using this training to avert injuries.

“You shouldn’t get hurt training to do your job as a Soldier,” said Tyler Henry, the MFT civilian lead instructor. “We’re trying to train to be effective, trying to improve physical readiness and prevent injuries.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. James John, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, performs the supine press chest as part of strength circuit training during a Master Fitness Trainer class, here, recently. An MFT Mobile Training Team is at Schofield Barracks for the next three months teaching Soldiers how to be Master Fitness Trainers as part of the division Lightning Strong initiative.

Sgt. James John, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, performs the supine press chest as part of strength circuit training during a Master Fitness Trainer class, here, recently. An MFT Mobile Training Team is at Schofield Barracks for the next three months teaching Soldiers how to be Master Fitness Trainers as part of the division Lightning Strong initiative.

“All of the movements we teach are functional,” said Jones. “They create a solid core and a solid foundation to help reduce injuries. If you follow the guidelines in FM 7-22 and train endurance/mobility one day, and strength and conditioning another day, you never get that over-training that you see in some advanced fitness trends and workouts.”

This class is the first one taught by the MFT MTT. The team is here until April, teaching two more classes after this one graduates Jan. 31.

(Editor’s note: MTTs provide flexibility for the requesting unit so that units can maximize attendance and minimize travel and per diem costs.)

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