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Master Sgt. Herbert Smith, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Marine Air Control Squadron 2 tactical air operations center detachment, conducts buddy squats March 15 during a squadron-wide High Intensity Tactical Training class.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom

Squadron gets HITT hard

21 Mar 2013 | Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom

More than 100 Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 spent the morning sweating on their physical training field, where Semper Fit instructors led them in a squadron-wide workout designed to boost Marine Corps warrior athletes’ skills.

High Intensity Tactical Training, implemented on Marine Corps installations Oct. 1, uses a variety of strength and cardio workouts to improve multiple aspects of Marines’ athletic abilities, said Anthony Woodfolk, a strength and conditioning coach with the HITT program.

“The purpose behind HITT is to help all service members develop into greater warrior athletes,” said Woodfolk. “This workout program helps improve the function of the Marine and is developed around sports science.”

The MACS-2 Marines split into 10-man teams and performed a circuit course that included Spiderman crawls, frog jumps, buddy push-ups and ladder drills.

“Each exercise is used to create a more functional flow of movement and sharpen skills needed for quicker movements and faster reflexes,” said Jalenda Flewwellin, a strength and conditioning coach with the program. “Not one aspect of this course is more important than another. All of it is meant to create a greater tactical athlete.”

MACS-2 Marines endured two rounds of the 10-exercise circuit, pushing themselves beyond their perceived physical limits and motivating each other to work through the pain.

“Motivation and camaraderie are paramount late in any workout,” said Sgt. Kyle R. Husted, the MACS-2 career planner. “With the HITT program, everyone gets out what they put in. If you try hard and push yourself and the Marines around you, you will work harder, and so will they.”

To schedule a personalized squadron or section HITT class, email Vicky Lee at or attend classes at the HITT center located at the old Hancock racquetball courts in building 3471 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point