• CAMP CASEY, South Korea -1st Lt. Karon Purnell, a native of Baltimore City, Md., the signal officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, performs push-ups during the Thunder Fitness Challenge Oct. 30, 2013 on Camp Casey. Of the 104 Soldiers who competed, only 14 Soldiers achieved the standard of the challenge. To qualify for the competition the Soldiers must have scored 270 or above on the Army Physical Fitness Test prior to the competition. During the event the Soldiers completed five events that tested them both physically and mentally. The fitness challenge included the push-up event for two minutes, the sit-up event for two minutes, the pull-up event for 10 repetitions, the dip event for 20 repetitions, and a three-mile run in 22 minutes or less. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs/Released).

    Thunder Fitness Challenge

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -1st Lt. Karon Purnell, a native of Baltimore City, Md., the signal officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, performs...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Capt. Shaohong Lu, from Atlanta, Ga., the fire direction officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, renders a salute to the flag during the Thunder Fitness Challenge Oct. 30, 2013 on Camp Casey. Of the 104 Soldiers who competed, only 14 Soldiers achieved the standard of the challenge. To qualify for the competition the Soldiers must have scored 270 or above on the Army Physical Fitness Test prior to the competition. During the event the Soldiers completed five events that tested them both physically and mentally. The fitness challenge included the push-up event for two minutes, the sit-up event for two minutes, the pull-up event for 10 repetitions, the dip event for 20 repetitions, and a three-mile run in 22 minutes or less. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs/Released).

    Thunder Fitness Challenge

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Capt. Shaohong Lu, from Atlanta, Ga., the fire direction officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, renders a salute to...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Lee, a native of Saratoga, Calif., a multiple launch rocket system crewmember assigned to A Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, performs pull-ups during the Thunder Fitness Challenge Oct. 30, 2013 on Camp Casey. Of the 104 Soldiers who competed, only 14 Soldiers achieved the standard of the challenge. To qualify for the competition the Soldiers must have scored 270 or above on the Army Physical Fitness Test prior to the competition. During the event the Soldiers completed five events that tested them both physically and mentally. The fitness challenge included the push-up event for two minutes, the sit-up event for two minutes, the pull-up event for 10 repetitions, the dip event for 20 repetitions, and a three-mile run in 22 minutes or less. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs/Released).

    Thunder Fitness Challenge

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Lee, a native of Saratoga, Calif., a multiple launch rocket system crewmember assigned to A Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, performs...

CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- More than 100 Soldiers came out to see if they were up to the Thunder Fitness Challenge.
The 210th Fires Brigade held a fitness competition on Camp Casey Oct. 30, 2013 to see who is the most physically fit in the brigade.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment earned the top three scores. Army 1st Lt. Ka'Ron D. Purnell from Baltimore City, Md., and the battalion signal officer, took first place. In second place was Capt. Shaohong Lu, from Atlanta, Ga., the battalion fire direction officer. Third place went to Sgt. 1st Class Jordan R. Lee a platoon sergeant from Battery A, and a native of Saratoga, Calif. These three leaders from the 'Steel' battalion set the standard for future Thunder Fitness Challenge candidates.
All three agreed that working out and training on their own played a vital role in how they dominated the challenge.
"I liked the idea of challenging myself and my Soldiers, and think that the Thunder Fitness Challenge was a good way to challenge us," said Lee.
The fitness challenge consisted of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, as many pull-ups and as many dips as the individual could do, followed by a three mile run.
Each of the top three contestants said that a good night's sleep the night prior played a key role. However, Lu added that fuel was also important to his success.
"I went down to Jihang to eat a huge dinner of beef and leaf with the chaplain, and then went home and to sleep early," said Lu.
In the days leading up to the challenge, after the event the three competitors did not change their regular exercise habits. However, both Lu and Lee said they would alter their work routine a bit during the weeks prior to the next Thunder Fitness Challenge. Lu suggested doing more body weight exercises leading up to the challenge. Lee said that he hopes he is not in the field the week prior to the next challenge so that he can prepare better for it.
Purnell who dominated the competition overall had the top score in push-ups and pull-ups. His tips for success went beyond just physical fitness.
"For Soldiers who are looking to try this type of competition, the best advice I can give them is to stay motivated. Set a goal and strive to achieve it, and if you keep working towards that goal, good results will follow," he said.
Purnell, Lu and Lee all showed how physically fit they were during this vigorous challenge and proudly represented the 1st Bn., 38th FA Regt. in the first of many Thunder Fitness Challenges.

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