October 15, 2009
Staff Sgt. Matt Kostielney, a Scout Sniper instructor, implements CrossFit in his training program and sees dramatic results.
I currently serve as an instructor at the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, and I will give my best effort to explain what I do, what my students do, what we were doing before, and what we are doing better now with the direction given by Greg and Lauren Glassman and the rest of the CrossFit team.
Data I have collected shows the fitness achieved at the end of every Scout Sniper course far exceeded the end state observed in previous courses when we were not using CrossFit. The men who were fast are now fast and strong. Those who were strong can now carry that same strength to the fight over a longer distance—and quickly.
There is no other physical regimen better suited to produce the results needed by the combat athlete in existence today. Moreover, the CrossFit program is scalable to the needs of all, providing the individual with a fitness that is applicable in any and all eventualities.
I enjoy witnessing my students overcoming hardship, and I similarly enjoy the leadership and camaraderie created after a brutal physical task has been undertaken and overcome. These Marines learned to thrive in such predicaments, and I would with great confidence employ them anytime and anyplace because they now see no physical or mental task as insurmountable.