News: New Master Fitness Trainer Course
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD,Wash -- Soon, members of the Washington Army National Guard will have a fitness certification course conveniently located in their back yard.
Starting in fiscal year 2015 the 205th Training Regiment, headquartered at Camp Murray, will offer the Phase II Master Fitness Trainer resident course open to all members of the active Army, Reserve and National Guard at Yakima Training Center.
The purpose of a Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) is to be the advisor to the commander and to develop a physical training program based on the doctrine lined out in Field Manual 7-22. The MFT is a subject matter expert on all things related to physical training.
The Army recently overhauled its physical training guidlines that were covered in the now outdated FM 21-20. In its place is the new physical readiness training (PRT) which is a comprehensive collection of science-based facts, principles and methods for training Soldiers and units for full-spectrum operations.
"The intent of the Master Fitness Trainers Course is to provide units with subject matter experts on proper execution of PRT and proper exercise prescription based on a unit’s METL (mission essential task list)," said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Massey, MFT Team Leader. "MFT’s should manage Army Regulation 600-9 violators, they should manage the reconditioning of profiled Soldiers to integrate them back into the formation."
Unit level MFT's will also supervise Army physical fitness test (APFT) failures and design a program to help get them back to a point where they pass the test.
Army PRT is based on the principle “Train as you will fight;” therefore, the primary focus of PRT goes far beyond preparation for the APFT. Soldiers will improve their physical readiness capabilities through PRT.
The step toward introduction of MFT's within the Army ranks is a cost saving one. PRT is designed to minimize injuries within the units by using everyday functional movements based off of warrior tasks and battle drills thus reducing the number of injuries which cost time and money.
"This is functional for the Soldier," Massey said, "This is designed to help Soldiers with warrior tasks and battle drills like litter carries, buddy carries, and negotiating obstacles."
The course will be divided into two phases: Phase I is a distance learning phase conducted over a two week period. Students will learn about exercise science, training priciples and kinesiology, the study of the mechanics of body movement.
Students must have Phase I completed prior to attending the Phase II resident portion at Yakima Training Center and be able to pass the APFT with at least 80 points in each event.
Soldiers interested in becoming a Master Fitness Trainer are encouraged to talk to their unit readiness NCO.
See also the following link for more information: http://www.army.mil/standto/archive_2014-08-25/?s_cid=standto