By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest ::
Sailors from around the country completed the Command Fitness Leader (CFL) course held at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor Fitness Center, March 29.
The five-day course provides CFLs with the necessary tools and knowledge to maximize physical readiness within their command.
“We want to give the CFLs a basic understanding of everything and expand on that so they can bring it back to their commands,” said Lisa Bertolacci, CFL Instructor, NBK Bangor. “Having a toolbox of different exercises will allow them to teach to a wide variety of participants.”
The course focused on numerous topics including physical training, nutrition, weight management, body composition assessments, and the proper way to conduct of physical readiness test (PRT).
“Nutrition is a big part of being healthy,” said Bertolacci. “You need to understand what is going into your body.”
Bertolacci said the most important thing the CFLs needed to learn during the course was leadership skills.
“The CFLs need to realize that they are responsible for someone else’s career, so it is imperative they know all the updated instructions and that they are able to take them back to their command and teach it to their people,” said Bertolacci.
Much of the classroom time was spent discussing policies, waivers, and other administrative procedures associated with physical readiness and how to reference them.
“We learned a lot of great exercises,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Christopher Peacher, Ship Shape program leader at Naval Hospital Bremerton. “The biggest thing that we learned though was where to find all the updated instructions and new techniques. With the Navy moving more digital this is very important for us CFLs to know where to find new information.”
There are seven more scheduled CFL courses around the Pacific Northwest. For more information contact your local gym to find out dates and to sign up for the course.