May 11, 2010
Greg Halmi explains how Pathfinder CrossFit is helping produce fitter cadets in the Purdue Army ROTC Boiler Battalion.
Since the debut of our video Pathfinders on CrossFit.com, I have received numerous e-mails about how we began CrossFitting at Purdue and how we have incorporated CrossFit into our physical-training program at Purdue Army ROTC. In explaining the process, I’ll give a little history about how Pathfinder CrossFit started and then detail how our program works, as well as the results we have had from using CrossFit.
Through the ROTC, I took part in a program that sent cadets overseas with other cadets from around the country. We all converged on the United States Military Academy at West Point, and from there we would fly out from New York to our destination country. While at West Point, I was introduced to CrossFit by some of the cadets there. Over the summer I cherry-picked workouts I thought I would be good at. The intensity of the workouts I did do immediately improved my level of fitness. I became less tired from doing things at intensity in the real world.
When I returned to school in the fall, I talked to some of the other cadets and midshipmen about trying CrossFit out in the evenings instead of the routine we had been doing. CrossFit was an instant success.