Navy Leaders Stress a Culture of Health and Fitness Across the Fleet

Navy Leaders Stress a Culture of Health and Fitness Across the Fleet


LEADERSHIP AND COMMAND FITNESS LEADERS WORKING
TOGETHER CAN PROMOTE A CULTURE OF HEALTH AND FITNESS ACROSS THE FLEET. “COMMAND PT IS IMPORTANT FOR BOTH THE COMMAND
AND THE SAILOR. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMAND. IT GIVES THE COMMAND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASSESS
EVERY SAILOR ON A REGULAR BASIS. IT’LL HELP IDENTIFY SAILORS WHO HAVE ISSUES OR MAY BE
STRUGGLING WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL ROUTINES AND IT’LL ACTUALLY HELP THE SAILOR IN LEARNING
NEW ROUTINES OR DIFFERENT AREAS THAT THEY MAY BE STUCK ON.” “IF YOU CAN GET SOMEBODY EXCITED ON A FITNESS
ROUTINE, YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THAT THEY LIKE. THE COMMAND HAS TO GET OUT OF WHAT
WE USED TO DO IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, WHAT WE DID IN EARLY BOOT CAMP, WHAT WE DID
AT THE SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT FITNESS HAS COME A LONG WAY. WE’RE JUST NOT DOING
THE PUSH-UP, THE CURL-UP AND RUN ‘TILL WE PUKE. THAT IS OLD-STYLE.” “KEEP SAILORS INTERESTED. IF THEY’RE DOING
THE SAME THING DAY IN, DAY OUT, THEY GET BORED AND THEY DON’T WANT TO SHOW UP BECAUSE IT’S
BORING. DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS AEROBICS OR SOME SORT OF STEP HAS BENEFITS THAT MANY
SAILORS MAY NOT BE AWARE OF; ONE, IT BREAKS UP THE ROUTINE OF THE SAME OLD MONOTONY OF
JUST RUNNING AND RUNNING AND RUNNING. YOU START USING MUSCLES THAT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW
YOU HAD JUST BY TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. AN EFFECTIVE COMMAND PT PROGRAM IS ONE THAT
HAS THE LEADERSHIP ACTIVELY ENGAGED. IF THE CO AND THE XO AND THE CMC ARE MAKING IT TO
COMMAND PT, SAILORS WILL MAKE IT TO PT, EVERY TIME.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE NAVY PHYSICAL
READINESS WEB PAGE ON WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL. FROM NPC, I’M PETTY OFFICER ANDREA PEREZ.

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