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The 43rd Adjutant General Battalion’s Fitness Training Unit hosted a Pose Method Specialist Certification Course Oct. 26 and 27, taught by the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training in an effort to help prevent running injuries.

According to Lt. Col. David Feltwell, CIMT command physical therapist, Army Physical Fitness Doctrine primary developer and Master Pose coach, it’s all part of the Army’s new approach to holistic health and fitness.


…although everybody can run, they don’t know how to create that movement or coach it to someone who is having trouble.


Feltwell said this new system includes training and testing that is “cutting edge” and will have a doctrinal base supported and spread across the enterprise.

“We’re in the early stages of writing and completing that doctrine and of pushing out that system to the force,” he said. “This training block is the proponent office moving out ahead of that to see how well we can train and teach this to our Soldier population especially in the initial entry where it might have the biggest impact on Soldiers.”

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The Pose Method of Running Training Course is now available online to all soldiers.



Running has always been part of military training. It is an essential activity that is part of virtually everything else soldiers must do on regular basis. And it’s been known for years, that as an activity, running is also the most dangerous athletic movement solely due to the amount of injuries that soldiers sustain. More than 2 out of 3 injured soldiers face injuries from running. However, running itself is not the issue.


Soldiers are trained and taught how to do everything else, but, when it comes to running, they were always left to figure things out on their own. Until now.


Health and Holistic Fitness, or H2F is a big initiative by the Army to revamp training protocols. One of the major updates in the new doctrine is the addition of Running Skill (Pose Method) in FM 7-22 (Chapter 7).

Running Skill training is now available, on demand – forcewide – through the ArmyIgnitED program. Individual Soldiers can watch Pose Method running skill training videos online.


Members of all branches of the military have participated in the The Pose Method of Running courses since 2008. On October 1, 2020 the updated US Army Holistic Health And Fitness Field Manual (FM 7-22) and Holistic Health And Fitness Drills And Exercises Army Techniques Publications (ATP 7-22.02) were published and they included the Pose Method as the method for the running skill program and running technique drills.

The Pose Method of Running training course and the Certified Running Technique Specialist credential are aligned with the Soldier Common Core (MOS) and P5 Master Fitness Trainer (ASI).