Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing base with a new way to workout

Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing a new innovative way to workout

Col. Melissa Stone, 42nd Air Base Wing vice commander, gives the opening remarks at the Alpha Warrior Rig unveiling alongside the Alpha Warrior professional athletes, April 24, 2018, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Alpha Warrior professionals gave a demonstration on how to properly use the rig before the crowd was given the chance to use it themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing a new innovative way to workout

A Maxwell Airman uses the bases new Alpha Warrior Rig, April 24, 2018, in the Maxwell Wellness and Fitness Center annex here. Members of the base community were invited to the rig’s unveiling which included a demonstration from three Alpha Warrior professional athletes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing a new innovative way to workout

An Airman shows off his strength during the Alpha Warrior Rig competition, April 24, 2018, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. According to the Alpha Warrior team, the rig itself offers a more dynamic and fun workout than most other pieces of gym equipment which is beneficial to both Airmen and civilians alike. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing a new innovative way to workout

An Airman tries out Maxwell’s new Alpha Warrior Rig, April 24, 2018, in the Maxwell Wellness and Fitness Center annex here. The rig is planned to remain in the annex permanently and is available for use with the same rules as any other piece of fitness equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

Alpha Warrior Rig arrives at Maxwell providing a new innovative way to workout

An Airman competes in the Alpha Warrior Rig competition, April 24, 2018, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The competition was part of the event to unveil the new piece of equipment which is now available for use in the Maxwell Wellness and Fitness Center annex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

This is the new addition added to the Maxwell gym annex.

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The 42nd Force Support Squadron hosted an event to unveil Maxwell’s new Alpha Warrior Battle Rig, April 24, 2018, in the Maxwell Wellness and Fitness Center annex here.

 

Members of the base community were invited to watch a demonstration of the obstacle course from three Alpha Warrior professional athletes and were then given the opportunity to give it a shot themselves.

“The mission of Alpha Warrior is to create a functional fitness program through obstacle training,” said Barclay Stockett, an Alpha Warrior professional athlete. “Say you’re out on the battlefield, it’s constantly changing and you have to be adaptable. This course has so many different avenues, techniques and ways to get through it, it really works on quick decision making and problem solving.”

Members of the Alpha Warrior team said that through this equipment, they are trying to cover the four Air Force pillars: exercising mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness, as well as providing a fun and exciting way to workout.

 

“Before I found out about obstacle course training I wasn’t exercising or training in any way because I couldn’t find anything I enjoyed,” said Stockett. “As soon as I started obstacle course training, it all completely changed. I am more fit and healthy than I have been in my entire life because I enjoy what I do and want to do it more often.”

 

Currently the team is touring around the country hosting events just like this one with hopes to get at least one variation on every military installation.

 

“We are very thankful to have Alpha Warrior at Maxwell,” said Col. Melissa Stone, 42nd Air Base Wing vice commander. “This is right in line with what we’re doing with comprehensive Airmen fitness. We definitely want to thank the Alpha Warrior organization for the time and effort they put into this, we greatly appreciate them, and I know we are going to enjoy the rig.”

 

The rig will remain in the Maxwell fitness annex permanently and is available for anyone to use with the same requirements as any other piece of fitness equipment.

 

Regional competitions for the rig are scheduled to take place this fall with the winners of that going to San Antonio for a national competition. Members of the Alpha Warrior team are planning to return to Maxwell in mid-June to host a coaching session for anyone interested in improving their performance on the rig.