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Physical fitness in the Army

October 16, 2009 | Lieutenant Colonel Kendall Mower

One of the things I enjoy about the Army is the necessity to stay fit.  I think if I did not have someone checking up on me and making sure I was maintaining a certain fitness standard - it would be easy to let things slip.

This year in particular I was pretty happy with things.  I have lost 30 lbs to date.  I have never had a problem with the PT test - always passed without any problems - but I have always had to get taped - the only time I hadn't was when I was enlisted and in basic training.

What helped me to lose the weight?  When I hit 200 lb I was shocked - never been there before.  I also wanted to pass the EFMB.  The 2 of those combined to provide the motivation I needed.  I began by portion control on foods, and preparing for the EFMB ruck march along with my regular fitness program did the rest.  I'm proud to say the last 6 months I have maintained and even lost a little more.  Now I'm running faster then I have at any other time (with the exception of basic training), and feeling great.

Here's some pictures from our PT test last friday.

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