Master of the Fitness Universe

Texas Army National Guard SSG Anthony Delagarza, a Master Fitness Trainer Course instructor, demonstrates a correct push-up on the parade field at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.Texas Army National Guard SSG Anthony Delagarza, a Master Fitness Trainer Course instructor, demonstrates a correct push-up on the parade field at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.

HOW TO BECOME A MASTER FITNESS TRAINER

Did you know you have the opportunity to make a difference in your unit’s morale and readiness by becoming a Master Fitness Trainer?

Launched Army-wide in 2013, the Master Fitness Training Course (MFTC) is designed to embed a Master Fitness Trainer in every unit. The program was developed as part of the Army Chief of Staff’s directive to not only assist unit commanders in developing and teaching physical readiness programming to units, but also in advising individual Soldiers and monitoring their readiness.

Designed to train selected Soldiers in all aspects of the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) system, the MFTC is an academic, as well as physical, course. It focuses on the concepts of physical fitness and the readiness levels needed to continue the transition of the Army into an even more agile and ready force.

SSG Anthony Delagarza and SFC Athan Schindler, both Master Fitness Trainer Course instructors, Texas Army National Guard, demonstrate proper form during a round of circuit exercises at Camp Mabry as part of the Master Fitness Trainer Course.
SSG Anthony Delagarza and SFC Athan Schindler, both Master Fitness Trainer Course instructors, Texas Army National Guard, demonstrate proper form during a round of circuit exercises at Camp Mabry as part of the Master Fitness Trainer Course.

Soldiers who become Master Fitness Trainers are taught the skills required to increase Soldier physical readiness, decrease accession losses, reduce injury rates, standardize unit training in accordance with Army training doctrine and provide easier integration of new Soldiers into operational units.

What to Expect in the MFTC

MFTC coursework includes instruction in exercise science; healthy lifestyle habits; PRT policies, procedures and responsibilities; PRT exercises, drills and activities; and individual/unit program planning considerations.

 

The Course is Taught in Two Phases:

  • Phase 1: 60 hours of exercise science classes in the form of a self-paced online course
  • Phase 2: 76 hours of PRT exercises and drills in the form of a two-week in-resident course

The in-resident course for Guard Soldiers may be taken at the Yakima Training Center at Fort Lewis, Washington; Camp Mabry, Texas; or at the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia.

At the start of Phase 2, participants must complete the APFT. In order to continue in the training, Soldiers must earn a total passing score of at least 240 points and a minimum of 80 points in each event.

Upon graduation from Phase 2, Soldiers are awarded the Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) of P5, if enlisted, or 6P, if an officer.

 

The Course is Taught in Two Phases:

  • A rank of E5 up to O3
  • Recommendation by unit commander
  • Height and weight within Guard standards (including BMI)
  • Current APFT score of 240 or higher
  • General Technical (GT) score of 110 points or higher

If a Soldier meets the above requirements, the unit training officer or NCO may enroll them in the MFTC.

Soldiers 40 years and older may participate in the course, but must pass a medical screening prior to attendance and participate in a PRT program for at least 90 days before the course start date.

Master Fitness Trainer Course instructors SSG Sara Elkins and SFC Athan Schindler demonstrate shuttle runs during a round of exercises on the parade field at Camp Mabry as part of the Master Fitness Trainer Course.
Master Fitness Trainer Course instructors SSG Sara Elkins and SFC Athan Schindler demonstrate shuttle runs during a round of exercises on the parade field at Camp Mabry as part of the Master Fitness Trainer Course.

For more information about becoming a Master Fitness Trainer, go to www.Benning.army.mil/Tenant/WTC/MFTC.html or call 706-544-6133.

By: Joe Writer

National Guard photos by 2LT Alicia M. Lacy