Innovating fitness

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  • By Nathan Barbour
  • 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 355th Fighter Wing commander invited U.S. Airmen to showcase their original ideas during a base Desert Lightening Team Innovation event.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Camille Galang, 355th Fighter Wing Command Post emergency action controller, was one of the nine innovators presenting their ideas to the panel; which included the 355 FW commander and Airmen ranging from senior airman to colonel.

Galang felt the CrossFit program needed attention because they were having difficulties retaining coaches.

"My idea for innovation, to continue the program, was to get enough funding and sources, in order to be able to send people to get the appropriate credentials that they need to coach classes at the CrossFit affiliate on base," said Galang. "The program really thrives off of coaches. Without coaches we can't run classes."

In order to coach at a military CrossFit affiliate a potential trainer must attain a level one CrossFit certificate.

"It's a two day course where you learn the basic foundational fundamental movements and methodology behind CrossFit, also how to program, how to complete the movements safely and how to teach others to preform those movements effectively," Galang said.

Galang's vision is to have a fully manned CrossFit program ready for when the Haeffner Fitness center finishes renovations and reopens.

"That was really great, to be able to present something regarding fitness, something that I do and love, but also something that can impact the military and our greater community here at D-M," Galang said. "It's very important for people in the military, as we all know, to get your voice out there. I think [that the] innovation [program] has been a great platform for that."