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Senior leaders meet functional fitness in team building exercise

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By SGT. 1ST CLASS CLINTON WOOD
84th Training Command Public Affairs
Senior leaders from across the United States converged on the Modern Army/Functional Fitness Center on Fort Knox early Feb. 8.
These senior officers and senior enlisted Soldiers from the 84th Training Command and its down trace units from as far away as California and New Jersey who were attending the command’s Senior Leaders Workshop at the Saber & Quill were put through the paces.
They participated in five functional fitness exercises or the “Workout of the Day.” The exercises were wall ball shots where participants threw 8 to 14-pound balls at a wall, sumo deadlift high pulls where the leaders lifted 25 to 35-pound kettlebells, box jumps, a push press using a 45-pound barbell and the participants used a rowing machine. They had one minute to do as many reps as possible with a minute rest after all five were completed. They did this for three rounds.
Master Sgt. Phillip Mays, noncommissioned officer in charge of the center, said his intent was to introduce the leaders to functional fitness.
“(The workout) was designed for Soldiers who want to take (their physical fitness) a step further,” he said. “They were motivated and willing to learn something new.”
Maj. Henry Falcon, secretary of the general staff for the 78th Training Division, Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., said the event was a great team building exercise.
“My overall thoughts on functional fitness is it is an endurance pillar for the body proven to improve performance, raise overall fitness level and increase endurance sports potential,” said Falcon.
When asked how he stayed motivated, he replied, “By staying both mentally and physically tough throughout the workout and of course counting down the seconds on each interval of the workout. Not to mention, truly being motivated by the Soldiers to my left and right as they push through the workout.”