CrossFit Fort Vancouver has more to offer than a 2010 CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup win. Every couple of weeks the affiliate brings a group of soon-to-be soldiers to CrossFit as part of the Future Soldier training program. The program uses CrossFit to physically and mentally prepare future soldiers for basic training. CrossFit also provides grounding in a supportive community, something the soldiers can draw upon once they join the military.
“You will look back and say that you’ve done something today that’s harder than anything else you’re going to do today. And you’re going to carry it on in your careers, and you’re going to do very well,” says Sgt. 1st Class Reocel Mercado, who coordinates the program with CrossFit Fort Vancouver owner Adam Neiffer.
Learn how CrossFit can benefit the troops before they even begin their service.
Additional reading: U.S. Army CrossFit Study: May 2010 by the U.S. Army, published Sept. 2, 2010.