PT Program Crucial for Mission Success

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- If your current physical training program is focused on scoring above a 75 on your annual physical test, it is time to reevaluate the true reason Airmen must be "Fit to Fight."

Given the current operations tempo and world situation, Airmen are likely to get the opportunity to deploy and serve the country in a place where the climate is much more severe than here at Fairchild.

While exercising, remember the purpose is to prepare to carry out the mission in an environment with high humidity and temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, all while wearing additional gear exceeding 45 pounds. If it sounds like a daunting task, it might be a good time to take another lap or do a few extra reps before calling it a day.

This time of year, many people are casting a bigger shadow than before the holidays, but the New Year is here and all Airmen need to take a hard look at their fitness.

AFI10-248, attachment 2, states workouts should be 20-60 minutes of continuous exercise in your target heart rate. The instruction also states you must do this a minimum of three times per week to maintain current fitness and four to five times per week to take it to the next level.

Supervisors, are not exempt from responsibility in "fitting" your Airmen. The same AFI, attachment 1, directs supervisors to allow members 90 minutes of duty time three to five times per week. As supervisors, they should be involved in and supportive of ongoing training.

So if the holiday season has caused the clothes dryer to mysteriously shrink clothes and the reflection in the mirror to appear a little "puffy", the gym is open.
Stay sharp, stay fit, and remember the key to success is preparation.