MILITARY MONDAYS: Fort Sill CSM joins 7News reporter for ACFT workout

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 9:06 PM CDT
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FORT SILL, Okla. (TNN) - In this week’s Military Monday, 7News reporter, Hunter McEachern, broke a sweat alongside a top official on Fort Sill: CSM John Foley.

Hunter and CSM Foley studied the board listing the workout of the day, got in a quick dynamic warm-up, then it was go time.

Deadlifts, hand release push-ups, kettlebell swings, goblet squats, then knee raises on the pull-up bar.

“Pretty challenging, even for somebody that’s conditioned, and that’s what we want,” said CSM Foley. “We want it to be challenging. Those short workouts, high intensity, short bursts, is what we’re really going after.”

All of the exercises part of functional fitness, something Fort Sill is especially focused on.

“It works and focuses on the eleven components of fitness. So anywhere from agility, power, speed, flexibility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, all those components of fitness is what we’re focused on now,” said CSM Foley. “We have shifted so that we can have an athlete, a soldier athlete, prepared for combat.”

CSM Foley said the Army has a multitude of resources to help soldiers achieve excellence.

“We have experts, we have drill sergeants, we have leaders that can help you along, train you, train you on proper form, and when they do, you’ll get the repetition, you’ll get the confidence to be able to achieve and to excel in all your fitness tests,” said CSM Foley.

In addition to physical excellence, Fort Sill officials teach the importance of mental excellence, such as controlling your counterproductive thoughts for optimal performance.

“We know that when it comes to performing, those things aren’t going to allow us to be at our best,” said Briana Salter, master resilience trainer and performance expert on Fort Sill. “So we need to take care of them in a way that we can do this quickly and get back to the tasks so that I can perform.”

One strategy soldiers can use is the AIR approach, which stands for Aware Interrupt Replace.

“Just literally stopping the thought by initially being aware that it’s even happening, interrupting it in some way, and then replacing it with something that’s more task relevant in the moment that’s going to direct my attention to the here and now,” said Salter.

Salter said adapting and thinking in new ways is critical to the way we perform. She said utilizing this strategy can help one overcome challenges, such as the events in the ACFT, when they come to mind.

Tune in next Monday at 10 p.m. as Hunter gets her final body composition results and does a practice run of the Army Combat Fitness Test.

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