USS Carl Vinson Sailors Set High Goals for Physical Readiness

Story Number: NNS080311-10Release Date: 3/11/2008 12:40:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew DeWitt, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Members of USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) fitness team are setting high goals for the Spring Physical Readiness Test (PRT) cycle aboard the aircraft carrier by offering preparation classes and special incentives to crew members who perform well on the next readiness test, scheduled to begin April 7.

To assist in this effort, members of Carl Vinson's fitness team are providing crew members with education on healthy lifestyles and fitness instructions aimed at helping Sailors achieve better PRT scores.

"The main focus for the exercise opportunities we offer is not just for passing your PRT, but for staying active and leading a healthy life," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st class (AW/SW) Dessamba Diop, Carl Vinson command fitness leader. "If you are worried about failing your PRT, find your weakest area and concentrate on that first. We are available to help Sailors who think they need it."

For Diop and his crew of fitness trainers, the goal is to have zero PRT failures aboard the ship, a goal Diop said he believes is very realistic.

"No one should fail the PRT, because it's always achievable if you keep active with your fitness," said Diop. "The PRT is inevitable; it's part of our culture of fitness so we all must embrace it."

To help encourage an active lifestyle on board, Carl Vinson's leadership offers incentives for scoring well on PRT tests. As part of a rewards program, the ship provides special liberty and awards certificates to crew members who achieve certain benchmarks in the PRT program. The end goal; to help Sailors get fit for the next PRT test, and remain fit for the rest of their careers.

"I think that the PRT is essential to adhering to Navy's way of life and healthy living," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Airman Keegan Hartman. "There are a lot of special privileges this command offers to motivate us to do well, so there isn't any reason not to give the test your best effort."

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