U.S. Soldiers at Combat Outpost Bari Alai in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province do not have access to a gym, a treadmill or even a running track, but they are not sitting idle.
In fact, a group of Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, are following a new program to improve their physical fitness.
Their tactical fitness workout, which is modeled after the Task Force Mountain Warrior CrossFit program, uses a repetitive circuit of exercises to focus on core muscle groups and increase cardio fitness.
“It doesn’t make me great at anything, [but] it makes me good at everything,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Donnelly, of Coconut Creek, Fla. “Everything I do as a Soldier has gotten better.”
Donnelly, the unit platoon sergeant, has been involved with CrossFit for five years and started the tactical fitness program partly as a way to prepare for the unit’s return to Fort Carson, Colo.
The day after their first workout was a painful education for many of the Soldiers.
“I couldn’t move my arms for a couple of days,” Sgt. Joshuah C. Koboldt, of Beavertown, Mich., said.
Koboldt, a squad leader, said he nonetheless began seeing improvements just a couple of weeks after starting the program.
“I’m trying to learn more about it so I can do it with my squad,” he said.
A typical tactical workout for one day – after a warmup – included five rounds of the following exercises for time: 30 squats, 25 pushups, 20 situps, 15 kettlebell swings, 10 burpees, five deadlifts and one rope climb.
Source: Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte for CJTF101.