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Schriever Sentinel

Comprehensive Airman Fitness Sports Week kicks off

By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

4th Space Operations Squadron

In 1888 German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously penned the words, “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” These words often prove true not only in the military community, but also in fitness. Sports week, part of the Air Force initiative Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, kicks off Monday.

Although the Physical Pillar makes up one of the four pillars of the CAF, Chaplain (Capt.) Amber Kiesel illustrates the importance of keeping each of the supports strong.

“Obviously the human is not a dissected individual,” Kiesel explains. “The CAF initiative is built off the truth that humans are innately physical, social, mental and spiritual; the four pillars. If one area is weak or damaged hopefully the other pillars are strong enough to withstand the storms life sends our way.”

As important as each of these pillars is, keeping the body strong doesn’t have to be a chore.

“The CAF program came out and we just decided to try and get more people focused on the fitness pillar” said Seth Cannello, Schriever Sports and Fitness Director. “We thought of different programs that we could do throughout the week that would get people excited about exercising.”

The week kicks off with a double-elimination racquetball tournament on Monday. Additional events include an obstacle course, 100 Burpee Challenge and the Fitness Survivor Challenge.

In the obstacle course individuals run through a new inflatable obstacle, maneuver over a rope ladder, carry a weighted bag, hop over plyometric boxes and test their balance and endurance.

The Fitness Survivor Challenge is for those looking to push themselves even more. Participants hang from a pull-up bar, low crawl across the gym floor, wall sit, balance on a beam and other physically grueling tasks. One person is eliminated each round until there is only one person left standing.

“What we’re doing is just trying to get people to focus on fitness, maybe do some things they normally wouldn’t do to try to push themselves a little bit harder than normal,” Cannello said.

Additionally, the burpee challenge takes place to see who can complete 100 correctly-executed burpees in the quickest amount of time. CAF Sports week culminates March 16 with the St. Patty’s Day 5k Run. To keep things interesting a prize is being awarded for the best St. Patty’s Day costume.

Most events are still open for registration. For more information contact Cannello at 567-6558 or email

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