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TLR Airmen take on Alpha Warrior Battle Rig

An Airman swings on a ladder

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ansley Williams, 19th Maintenance Squadron fuels systems apprentice, navigates the swinging bars portion of the Alpha Warrior Battle Rig at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 5, 2019. The battle rig offers Airmen a way to challenge themselves physically and mentally. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

An Airman throws a medicine ball

Physical training leaders throw a medicine ball as part of the tab test for the Alpha Warrior program at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 6, 2019. A tab test assess the capability of the Airmen to complete the battle rig in a given time limit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marcus Taylor)

An Airman in a harness low crawls on the ground

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas Kastner, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, uses the bungee accelerator on the Alpha Warrior Battle Rig at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 5, 2019. The directors of training for the battle rig instructed physical training leaders on the proper way to use the battle rig before passing it along to fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

An Airman wings battle ropes while outside

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas Kastner, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, uses battle ropes on the Alpha Warrior Battle Rig at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 5, 2019. Kastner successfully completed the tab test by completing 13 different exercises on the battle rig before the set time limit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airman stand around outside listening to a brief

Alpha Warrior directors of performance instruct Airmen on how to use the battle rig at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 5, 2019. The Alpha Warrior instructors tour different military bases around the world educating service members on how to properly use the battle rig. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Team Little Rock welcomed Alpha Warrior professional athletes to teach a course and educate U.S. Air Force Physical Training Leaders on how to properly use the Alpha Warrior Battle Rig at Little Rock Air Force Base, March 5-6, 2019.

The Alpha Warrior program, managed by the Air Force Services Activity, is an Air Force three-phase fitness initiative focused on the conditioning and readiness of Airmen. The course shows PTLs and fitness center staff members how to incorporate Alpha Warrior equipment into daily workouts, not just competitive runs through the rig.

“We’ve built a fitness curriculum consisting of strength, conditioning and cardio,” said Chad Leith, Alpha Warrior director of performance. “Everything’s mixed into one training regimen that you can use daily.”

The battle rig is made up of 12 modifiable exercises catered to every level of fitness experience. The rig operates around the idea of functional fitness and working muscles that traditional routines tend to overlook.

“Through the training curriculum we provide, we certify PTLs so they can run our program once we leave base,” Leith said.

PTLs who participated in the course had the opportunity to take a tab test, which assesses their capability of completing the rig in a given time limit.

“After this training, I plan to implement it the same way the instructors did,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Edilberto Sampang Jr., 19th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell assistant manager. “We will start off small, learning how to modify the workouts before moving to the rig.”

With phase one complete, LRAFB will move on to phase two in May 2019. It will increase the intensity of the workouts and implement more complex exercises and equipment such as assault bikes, kettle bells and dumbbells.

“My favorite part is seeing their progression,” Leith said. “Typically when we start, we have individuals that don’t really know what to expect but, over the course of two days, truly become experts on the rig.”

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