Canadian Infantry School Austere AOFP Program Results Briefing

By Wade Rutland, JT Williams, Jeff Bird

In LEO/Mil

August 01, 2006

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This article is a 2006 briefing document that uses a series of slides, photographs and bullet points to provide an overview of the Canadian Forces Infantry School’s seven week long Austere AOFP project. Weekly breakdowns, testing protocols and results, and candidate perceptions are among the topics covered by Capt LW Rutland, Capt JT Williams and Capt Jeff Bird.

Our soldiers need realistic training where commanders use all the available resources to train as we intend to fight. The Austere AOFP program was designed to gauge physical capacities most closely associated with combat. It was developed by CrossFit and The Infantry School.

The intent is to provide soldiers with an operational fitness routine that will produce the required physical, mental, and emotional fitness to be effective in today operating environment. The program is designed to be flexible and utilized while in garrison, the field, or deployed to austere environments with only common military equipment and readily available local resources (rocks and sand).

The AOFP Austere Group made substantial increases in all evaluated events. It matched or bettered the results of a control group, with shorter workouts and no commercial gym equipment. The AOFP group obtained increased aerobic gains while performing limited, medium distance running and no long distance running.

Candidate perceptions, as recorded on anonymous questionnaires, included the following: “I feel the PT sessions have prepared me physically for the field” and "Logistically, this program is realistic for army group PT. "

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5 Comments on “Canadian Infantry School Austere AOFP Program Results Briefing”

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I found this very interesting, mainly because I'm currently an officer cadet, albeit on the blue side of things.
I'm happy to see the Army is actively investigating CrossFit, hopefully some of this stuff will 'leak' over into the rest of the Canadian Forces.

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Goodwork Mr. Rutland, Mr. Bird,
I personally use mass-cycle.com right now but I still like to keep my fingers on the pulse. If you have a good routine I would like to see it for my own personal intrest.

Thanks

Ludwig

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Ranger Buddy!!
This is great stuff. I read the articles and I am hooked. You guys are doing some great work up there and I will work to incorporate some of this in my unit. Thanks a lot. Shoot me a line when you get some time!
Miller

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Good stuff.. I wish they actually did this with more than one unit more than once in a blue moon! In my infantry reserve unit we're too focused on OBUA.

Also, please proof read the article, as it contains looped-text in midsentence and although its nice to hear everything again, it would look a bit better :)

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Interesting study, though I am unclear from the outline given in the Power Point presentation what's actually being estimated here. Are they comparing an "austere" version of Crossfit training to other types of Crossfit-led training? I would like to see a study that compares Crossfit-led instruction to a more standard (i.e., routine) physical training regimen. Surely if there are substantial gains from Crossfit, these will be apparent in such a study.

Militaries are one of the only places where this type of experiment can be done, so I'd be very interested in seeing some results that stands Crossfit up against alternatives.

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