Friday, January 30, 2009

What is REAL Physical Readiness?

Ken and Dar working on their physical readiness.

The Navy's "Physical Readiness Test" (aka PRT) is max push-ups and "sit-ups" in two minutes each, followed by a 1.5 mile run. However, when one looks at the physical demands that will be placed on a Sailor when the feces hits the oscillator, they are hard pressed to find the corelation between the test and real life. With the Navy heading full steam ahead and putting boots on ground in combat zones through the Individual Augmentee (IA) and Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment (GSA) programs, maintaining a high level of fitness (physical readiness) deserves a much more attention. The following is an excerpt from an article written by a member of Naval Special Warfare on how CrossFit can help prepare an individual for combat.

"The first rule of war is if you want to win, you have to kill as many of the enemy as possible. Period. The more physical assets you have to do that in any environment, under any conditions, the better. CrossFit's unique combination of Olympic lifting, basic gymnastics, and functional movements performed at high intensity with constant variation will greatly enhance a soldiers ability to do that."
Whenever someone who has been there, done that (BTDT) starts talking about preparing for the unknown and the unknownable, I tend to open up my ears and my mind. CrossFit provides us with the tools to be ready for anything that life, mission, or game might throw our way. To take this one step further, what about the challenges that we face on a daily basis in our everyday lives? What about a worst case scenario? I personally would rather fill up my toolbox with all "ammunition" I could, then worry about how my "gunz" and "chesticles" look. To each their own I guess...

Read the rest of A Soldier's Perspective on Functional Fitness HERE!

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