By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Fitness hosted the first Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Course of Fiscal Year 2015 at NBK-Bremerton’s Concourse West Fitness & Aquatics Center, Nov. 3-7.
The course entailed 40 hours of instruction regarding administrative procedures detailing conducting a Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), Fitness Enhancement Program, how to prepare Sailors using Navy tools and resources for the PFA and administrative duties regarding the programs.
“I believe in selecting CFLs based on someone with strong integrity,” said NBK Command Master Chief David Lynch, a Lewistown, Mont. native. “Someone who can be an influential leader will have more of an impact on command fitness than just a super athlete.”
During the course, participants participated in a mock PRT, maintained food logs, were personally trained in official Navy dynamic warm ups, cool downs and the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System; then ended with breaking into groups to design their own work out tailored to various fitness levels while preparing individuals for the PFA.
“Everyone seemed to have a different approach,” said Ramona Palk, a Silverdale, Wash. native and CFL course instructor. “Stations seemed to be a common theme, but some groups changed CFLs while other groups had their CFLs follow through each station.”
The CFL course attracted 12 Sailors from Navy Region Northwest commands and USS John C. Stennis’s (CVN 74) Fit Boss, John Ciecko.
“Although the course is made for Sailors, I took the opportunity to absorb the knowledge from the MWR Fitness trainers and get more of an understanding in what Sailors undergo while preparing for a PFA,” said Ciecko, a Mililani, Hawaii native. “I always have Sailors who want to start a fitness class and now I can tailor them to making those classes safe according to Navy standards and better prepare Sailors for the PFA.”
While the course is open to Sailors who are CFLs, Assistant Command Fitness Leaders and those who have been through the course previously, the course now counts toward a Navy Enlisted Classification.
“Although I’ve been an ACFL for more than 11 years and previously took the course back in 2005, I jumped at the chance to refresh on the numerous changes to the whole program and an NEC was not offered when I first took it,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jessica Rosales, a Tualatin, Ore. native assigned to USS Shoup (DDG 86).”
The course is also offered at Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and registered through Enterprise Naval Training Reservation System.