Story and photo by Amanda Sullivan
Public Affairs Office
Soldiers who want to train for the Army Combat Fitness Test can go to 3rd Chemical Brigade’s Shea Gym. New equipment additions to the gym arranged to mimic the stations of the ACFT allow Soldiers to get realistic hands-on experience with the six events they will be graded on in the future.
Additions include new pull-up bars, sleds, deadlift bars, power racks and 15 meters of indoor turf where Soldiers can train for specific aspects of the new test.
“The intent for the additions at Shea Gym is to align with the ACFT and nest with the culture of fitness within 3rd Chemical Brigade,” said Capt. Andrew Rhodes, 3rd Chemical Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander.
“The ACFT will become the test of record for everyone within the next year, and Shea Gym will assist Soldiers with preparing for the ACFT,” he added.
Using the new equipment is a good way for Soldiers to prepare for what is to come.
“This new test is here, but how do we train for it? This is the way that our brigade has tried to bridge that gap,” said Master Sgt. Daryle Rogers, 1st Sgt., Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Chemical Brigade.
“My team recognizes that managing the gym’s modernization is about enabling the culture of fitness that is part of our everyday lives within 3rd Chemical Brigade,” he added.
Purchasing the equipment was only the first step. The entire gym was reorganized to better facilitate physical training and functionality in the facility.
Sgts. Darien Cox and Sgt. Jeffrey Hataway, supply specialists with 3rd Chemical Briagde, installed the equipment and reorganized the facility to better represent the stations of the ACFT.
“We moved (equipment) around to make it a little more functional and (add) a little more flow. We added the power racks to give more workout capabilities,” Rogers said.
“Right now we have the capability on this turf to run two sprint and carries at the same time,” he said.
Rogers said the equipment improves functionality of the facility and provides a way for Soldiers to improve their scores on the ACFT.
“My ultimate goal is to improve the readiness of the force and hopefully up my ACFT scores and to provide familiarity,” Rogers said.
The gym is open from 4:30 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Over the holidays, the gym will operate Monday through Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Shea Gym will be closed Tuesday, Christmas Eve.