Improving PT scores: Circuit Training

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Staff Sgt. Robert Prince, 17th Training Support Squadron unit training manager, and Master Sgt. Gregorio Escamilla, 17th Training Support Squadron flight chief, participate in one of the circuit training stations at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. This station and others were incorporated into the circuit training to focus on the abdominal sections. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Staff Sgt. Robert Prince, 17th Training Support Squadron unit training manager, and Master Sgt. Gregorio Escamilla, 17th Training Support Squadron flight chief, participate in one of the circuit training stations at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. This station and others were incorporated into the circuit training to focus on the abdominal sections. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Paul Buckingham, 17th Medical Group clinical social master, jumps rope as part of the circuit training being held at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. This circuit training included stations for squats, bicep curls and more. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Paul Buckingham, 17th Medical Group clinical social master, jumps rope as part of the circuit training being held at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. This circuit training included stations for squats, bicep curls and more. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Anna Davis, 17th Force Support Squadron Carswell Fitness Center staff member, supervises the circuit training at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. The circuit training held at the Carswell Field House changes daily, providing different workouts. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Anna Davis, 17th Force Support Squadron Carswell Fitness Center staff member, supervises the circuit training at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. The circuit training held at the Carswell Field House changes daily, providing different workouts. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Senior Airman Lorelei McCann, 17th Training Support Squadron cyber systems operations, runs a lap around the gym at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. Participants of the circuit training run a lap between each round of the circuit training that was held that day. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Senior Airman Lorelei McCann, 17th Training Support Squadron cyber systems operations, runs a lap around the gym at the Carswell Field House here, Jan. 14. Participants of the circuit training run a lap between each round of the circuit training that was held that day. (U.S Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Participants of the circuit training classes at the Carswell Fitness Center, have experienced an increase in their physical fitness assessment scores.

"Circuit training helps condition the body," said Alfredo Pizana, 17th Force Support Squadron fitness center manager. "It trains the body to handle exercises without issues. Circuit training also helps strengthen the whole body."

Pizana recommends attending circuit training exercises three times a week for visible results.

"Additional attendance is based on the level of fitness of the individual," he added. "I have seen some people attend four days a week and experience an increase in physical fitness assessment score. In the best cases, I have witnessed members come to the classes earning physical fitness test scores in the 80's and progress on to the 90's or higher."

Circuit training involves a series of exercises done in a pattern and repeated in cycles. Pizana said the workouts here involve a rotation of exercise stations. There are three cycles where the series of stations are repeated. There is also a minute of rest between each cycle for hydration and recovery.

"Units are encouraged to attend the classes together," said Pizana.

Several Army battalion members attending classes regularly earned top fitness scores for their battalion. Pizana has helped airborne school members achieve their strength goals to better execute the mission.

"Individuals can schedule classes catered to help them with their duty," Pizana added.

Pizana recommends consuming an energy food 30-45 minutes before the work out. Energy food can be fruit, energy bar or protein shake. It is also important to hydrate throughout the day and during the work out. Balanced meals are essential to maintaining activity and health.

Pizana has participated in circuit training workouts associated with the military since 2004.

"Circuit training workouts came to Goodfellow in 2009. We have been holding classes since then," he added.

Classes emulate the same techniques found in the famous "Insanity" workouts. Pizana advised beginners to start with two circuits and eventually move up to three; starting with body weight then progressing to additional equipment.

Safety is always a concern for individuals partaking in the classes.

"Staff keep a close eye on all the members," expressed Pizana.

Pizana welcomes anyone to try out the classes and improve their strength and physical condition.

Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m.