Company commanders participate in 8th TSC Crossfit Challenge

By Spc. Erin Sherwood - October 16, 2013

8tscSCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Company commanders throughout the 8th Theater Sustainment Command got a chance to get their fitness on, Oct. 4th, during a Crossfit challenge on Schofield Barracks.

The tournament, hosted by the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th TSC, saw more than 40 officers participate throughout the 8th TSC.

“I’ve done Crossfit before, but this is the first Crossfit challenge I’ve done with 8th TSC,” said Capt. Catherine O’Brian, the the winner among the female Crossfit competitors and company commander for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Military Police Brigade. “I thought it was fun. It’s nice to have a little competition.”

Crossfit, a popular strength and conditioning program which combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics with high intensity repetitions, has become increasingly popular among military fitness enthusiasts.

Participants were required to cycle through five different exercises two times, with each exercise lasting one minute. The exercises included rowing, the kettle bell swing, burpees, and push-press among other exercises. Scorers tracked the number of reps each individual completed.

“The event was a great way to reach out to company commanders in particular,” said Capt. Christel Thompson, coordinator for the challenge. “The routine introduced officers to new ideas for soldier fitness. It’s something different than the same old push-up, sit up drills.”

The challenge was also a chance for officers to find out what their level of fitness is.

“As an officer and leader, it’s important to maintain a high standard of personal fitness,” said O’Brian. “You can’t have a successful Army career without being physically fit.”

The word isn’t out on whether the tournaments will be a regular event throughout the 8TSC, but so far it seems the trend of Crossfit has dug its heels into the Army fitness program with zest.