Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) participated in a Holistic Health and Fitness training course at Fort Drum, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2020.
The Soldiers participating were taught proper strength and conditioning principles through interactive presentations and projects. They also designed and executed workouts based on real-world scenarios and limitations, so they could learn to tailor workouts to the needs of specific Soldiers.
The Soldiers represented many different units from across the brigade, ensuring they can pass on their newly gained knowledge to others in their unit by leading physical training sessions.
The training was conducted in support of the Army's Holistic Health and Fitness initiative. The initiative aims to change how Soldiers workout and stay healthy by not only altering the way they exercise, but also by promoting a more safe and healthy lifestyle. The Holistic Health and Fitness System, or H2F, is designed to generate capable Soldiers who are physically, mentally, and spiritually ready to overcome challenges they may face in the field. The upcoming Army Combat Fitness Test is another part of the H2F initiative.
"We are showing them different ways they can design workouts for other Soldiers, factoring in time constraints, the ability of the individuals, and equipment constraints," said Ryan Carroll, a tactical strength and conditioning coach at the installation.
By giving the Soldiers 'tools' to create a better workout, the hope is that they'll be able to use those tools to create a holistic workout with any constraints they may have during their upcoming deployments, Carroll said.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) is slated to replace 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the Department of Defense's commitment to Operation Freedom Sentinel.