MFT prevents injuries, enables warfigher readiness
March 10, 2014
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- Preventing injuries is the idea behind the Master Fitness Trainer program, which is why approximately 50 Soldiers with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and throughout the island of Oahu dedicated the past four weeks here, Feb. 10 through March 7, to train and become MFT qualified.
The program is designed to lead units' Soldiers in their daily physical readiness training and prepare them for the rigors of war.
The first two weeks are mostly classroom time where the students learn about exercise and muscle physiology, said Devan Icsman-Wethington, personal trainer and master fitness trainer, but in weeks three and four, the students apply what they've learned and pump up the workouts.
"It's really fun to see the non-PRT believers fully embrace the program," said Icsman-Wethington. "They typically become the program's biggest supporters and implementers."
In the fall of 2012, the army field manual, Physical Readiness Training, became doctrine. The following year, mobile training teams began traveling to Army installations across the globe.
"Depending on the number of cadre needing training, that will determine the number of month-long classes the teams will hold," Icsman-Wethington said.
The Soldiers who graduated the training agreed with the program's training and philosophy.
"We want to train like we fight," said Sgt. Tarisha Sanders, plans noncommissioned officer with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. "We need to be ready and effective, and injuries will prevent us from being combat ready. We learned the fundamentals of PRT and how to execute the program properly by using precision, progression, and integration. The precision aspect of the training really cuts down on injury."
After graduating, Soldiers return to their units with the title of MFT, and with that title come obligations, said Icsman-Wethington.
"We hope that every person we graduate will go forward with the principles they learned over the past month and apply them to their lives and, of course, with their Soldiers," she concluded.