Soldier readiness takes holistic approach

By Alexandra Shea, Public Affairs Specialist
Thursday, August 09, 2018 at 12:10 PM

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Students of the first Pose Method running class evaluate mock students training to improve their running pose recently at the Army Wellness Center, Fort Carson, Colorado. The Pose Method for runner is being offered to Soldiers to become faster runners, improve endurance and reduce injuries. Once the class completed the training, they became certified to conduct the Pose Method of running within their units.

Fort Carson Soldiers will soon see changes in physical fitness programs as they prepare for the newest changes in the Army Physical Fitness Test and training. These changes include tailored plans to prevent injuries, reduce pain and boost speed.

Students gathered at the Army Wellness Center behind Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, Fort Carson, Colorado, recently to learn the Pose Method for running, a program designed to evaluate a runner’s stride and make improvements.

Not only did these students learn the method, they learned it from two of the Army’s top officials in training and doctrine who are responsible for writing the regulation that will govern the program as it is implemented throughout the Army.

“Based on demands from commanders to improve Soldier performance readiness, we are teaching the Pose Method, a version of a running skill,” said Lt. Col. David Feltwell, command physical therapist, Center for Initial Military Training, Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. “This running skill will be a part of the Army’s new holistic health and fitness system and doctrine.”

Soldiers have heard rumors for years about a new fitness test and finally saw the test unveiled earlier this year. Much like the Physical Readiness Training program, commonly known as PRT, the Pose Method will be incorporated into physical training to teach Soldiers how to be more energy efficient while running.

The program involves video recording Soldiers as they run to evaluate their stride. The instructor then creates an individual plan of stretches and drills to help a runner achieve the ideal running pose. Some of these drills include falling forward into a wall to achieve a forward stance while running and toe taps to gain muscle memory to help runner’s foot landing.

“This is a new program to the Army,” said Physical Therapy Inpatient Services Officer in Charge for Evans Army Community Hospital, Capt. Brianna Startzell Nuñez. “I’m particularly excited about this program and see what it can do for our forces. I’ve seen incredible changes with this method here (at Evans ACH).”

According to Lt. Col. Charles Blake, director, U.S. Army Physical Fitness School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, participants of the program have been able to take minutes off their run times and he has seen Soldiers pass their run on their physical fitness tests in as little as two weeks.

“We send an awful lot of Soldiers home because they can’t run well, often times they go home with broken bones or metal,” said Blake. “This program will be a huge change and improvement for readiness.”

Now that the first class of students have completed the Pose Method and completed their certifications, Soldiers throughout 4th Inf. Div. can expect to see the method offered within their brigades.

A running clinic featuring the Pose Method will be offered Sept. 22 to all Department of Defense ID card holders and their Family members. The clinic will be held at the Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center in conjunction with Mountain Post Living. For more information about the clinic, visit the Mountain Post Living website at

Sasha Straub begins her run as she is videotaped during the Pose Method training class recently at the Army Wellness Center, Fort Carson, Colorado. Class members from across 4th Infantry Division and Evans Army Community Hospital received training to study a runner’s pose, provide individualized exercises to improve the runner’s pose and become certified to provide this training within their units.

Sgt. Troy Biancone, a physical therapy specialist for 10th Special Forces Group (A), creates resistance for Capt. Chad Evans, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as he runs during the Pose Method class recently at the Army Wellness Center, Fort Carson, Colorado. The class provided students the training needed to evaluate a runner’s pose and tailor exercises for the student to help improve their running pose. Once the class completed, these students became certified trainers for the method within their units.


By Alexandra Shea at 12:10 PM