Bring up your fitness, join Club '100'
Staff Sgt. Wesley Cure is a Defense Finance Administrator from the Holm Center. He is also this week's Club '100' Airman. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz)
by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz
Air University Public Affairs
10/12/2012 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Starting this month, Maxwell Air Base will recognize Airmen who earn a perfect score of 100 on their annual physical fitness assessment. These Airmen have improved their score from their last physical training test in order to get into Maxwell's Club 100, or have had a score of 100 previously.
Name: Staff Sgt .Wesley Cure
Unit: Holm Center
Time in service: Five years
Q: Tell us about your background in fitness.
A: I started working out on 1 Jan 12 when I, which was the date I deployed to Soto Cano AB, Honduras. I started running six days a week, and by the time I got back I was 70 pounds lighter and well into my training for the AF marathon. I went on to place 70th out of 3300 in the USAF marathon this year, and 28th out of almost 1000 active duty participants.
Q: What was your previous fitness assessment score?
A: I was previously scoring in the low to mid 80's.
Q: Why retest?
A: I would only retest if I failed to meet the standards, which I would never let myself do.
Q: What did you do between March and January to prepare?
A: I worked hard on my fitness 6 days a week.
Q: What did that involve?
A: I ran 6 days a week for distances between 3-22 miles per run. I also incorporated sprint drills and hill repeats. Additionally, I lifted weights six days a week, focusing mainly on body weight based exercises, i.e. pushups/pull-ups.
Q: Did you pass?
A: I scored 100% without having to push hard at all.
Q: What was your nutrition like during this time?
A: It was a well balanced diet consisting of almost all whole foods.
Q: In your opinion, how would you describe a balanced diet?
A: Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and smaller portions of lean meat/poultry. I tend to go heavy on carbohydrates, particularly those high in fiber, to help fuel my running.
Q: What other factors do you feel were important to your success?
A: Dedication. Fitness is an ongoing process, and top-end fitness is not something that is achieved overnight. However, if you remain dedicated, you will see results and eventually achieve your goals, and probably sooner than you expect.
Q: Any last words of advice?
A: Educate yourself. With the internet, we have a plethora useful information at our disposal, so use it. But be smart about which sources you choose to listen to. Two of my go to source have been the Food and Drug Administration and the Mayo Clinic. Gather information, find a training plan that works for you, and stick to it.