Alpha Warrior Fitness Challenge tests warrior strength

by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- As part of the Air Force’s fitness initiative, the 18th Force Support Squadron hosted the Alpha Warrior fitness challenge July 28, at the Risner Fitness Center.

The challenge was hosted on the ‘battle rig’, a course designed using equipment similar to that of a popular obstacle competition television show. Open to all services, the event gave participants the opportunity to test the physical and mental pillars of the Air Force’s Comprehensive Airman Readiness program.

Standing at 15-by-30 feet wide and 12 1/2 feet in height, the battle rig is no easy task to complete – competitors faced 11 obstacles and a two-strike elimination system. Adding to the difficulty of the challenge, they were given a time limit to complete the course.

“The most challenging part for the competitors is to run through the battle rig without a strike in less than two minutes,” said Tech. Sgt. Javier Osorio, 18th FSS fitness program manager.

Despite the challenges, seasoned competitors such as Staff Sgt. Homer Valdez, 18th Medical Support Squadron NCO-in- charge of acquisitions and former Alpha Warrior regional competitor, were excited for their chance to try all 11 of the battle rig obstacles.

“I’ve always been into competition, and anything that would get my blood flowing,” Valdez said, “so I found out about it and decided to compete.”

Obstacles included sets of swinging metal rings and the devil steps, which competitors had to use their core and upper body strength to maneuver through during the challenge – something that may not be common in every-day fitness.

“The Air Force’s intent is to incorporate the battle rig into squadron fitness P.T. programs,” Osorio said. “We are hosting a two-day battle rig fitness course in September.”

Hosting Alpha Warrior challenges adds an interesting dynamic to physical training, helping service members stay fit to fight.

“Alpha Warrior is a functional fitness program that provides a new, exciting way for Airmen to work out,” Osorio said, “As well as build unit cohesion and promote a sense of community with fellow Airmen and families.”

For more information about upcoming Alpha Warrior events, please visit www.myairforcelife.com.

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