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VFW Magazine June/July 2017 : Page 23

David Hudson and Craig Idacavage, co-owners of CrossFit Unconquered in Leavenworth, Kan., cheer on Todd Coulson as he completes CrossFit Open workout 17.5, which consists of 10 rounds of nine thrusters and 35 double unders to be completed within a 40-minute time cap. Coulson’s wife, Army Reserve Capt. Nina Coulson, a member of CrossFit Unconquered, encourages him, along with others in the community. It wasn’t until his deployment to the Philippines that he started working out in a group. “That’s where I was really sold on it, on CrossFit, because it’s a great workout by itself, but the social aspect, being with other people suffering along with you... and competing against them as well,” Hudson said. After one year of CrossFit, Hudson became certified as a Level One coach. It wasn’t long until he was stationed at Fort Leavenworth and coaching at the base’s military affiliate, Iron Major CrossFit. Since then, he also has coached at Red Point CrossFit in Fayetteville, N.C. Hudson has been with CrossFit Unconquered since June 2016. Asher Boucher, a member of VFW Post 2016 in Amesbury, Mass., said his journey to CrossFit has been “a spiritual experience.” He served in Iraq in 2003 as a field radio operator with the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion attached to A Co., 1st Bn., 4th Marines. After his discharge in 2005, Boucher “chased an accounting career” through Boston to New York. He was first drawn to CrossFit a few years ago after dropping in at CrossFit Total Control in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., with a friend. At the time, he was training for a half Iron Man race. CrossFit Total Control started a “flex-ible-diet challenge” about one-and-half years ago, according to Boucher, and he became “heavily involved” with that. “There always just felt like there was something missing,” Boucher said, “and so my life’s changed a lot in the last year. I found Christianity [and] decided to move away from a promising accounting career to really start from scratch with this performance nutrition coaching.” He later established Flexible Dieting Consultants, which, as of mid-March, had been active about four months. Boucher, who currently lives in Florida, continues to partner with CrossFit Total Control. tute for biobehavioral health research at the National Development and Research Institute, is currently studying the effects of a CrossFit-inspired exercise program in the military. He published a review article with five other researchers (Is High-Intensity Functional Training (HIFT)/CrossFit Safe for Military Fitness Training?) in Military Medicine in 2016. The article states that in 2014, 281 nonprofit CrossFit affiliates were located on military installations. Within the U.S., affiliates were found with the following: • Army (50) • Army National Guard units (6) • Air Force bases (37) • Air National Guard units (6) • Coast Guard stations (12) • Navy installations (16) • Marine Corps bases (17) • Joint Base installations (5) Hudson is one of those who start-ed a military affiliate while stationed in Afghanistan. He did so during the CrossFit Open, a three-part, worldwide competition to determine who is the fit-test on earth. Participants are judged on their workouts. They also can sub-mit videos of themselves completing the workouts to the CrossFit Games website. Military affiliates, according to Hudson, are a good way for deployed soldiers to find “a group of folks” to share workouts. “Having an affiliate and someone obvi-ously trained to coach and teach you the movements gives you a little bit of a reprieve from the hurry up and go of being downrange in a war zone,” Hudson said. Additionally, the review article states that Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams imple-mented CrossFit five years ago for soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division during his time as commanding general. A lot of military fitness program-ming focuses on passing fitness tests, an upper-body strength component and a core-endurance component, according to Poston, who served in the Air Force from 1989 to 1995 in the biomedical sciences. HIFT, such as CrossFit, “tries to mimic things that you might actually do as part of your job if in a tactical profes-sion,” according to Poston. “You pick up ammo cans, for exam-JUNE/JULY 2017 • WWW.VFW.ORG • RESEARCHING THE WORKOUT REGIMEN PHOTO COURTESY OF KV PHOTOGRAPHY Dr. Walker Poston, senior principal investigator and director of the insti-23

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