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HITT smartphone app helps Marines get fit on the go

Apr. 7, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Screenshot of the Marine HITT app for a smartphone shows different PT training exercises.
Screenshot of the Marine HITT app for a smartphone shows different PT training exercises. ()
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Mobile music is a must for most Marines during gym time, and now right along with it they can access workout tips and tricks from Semper Fit.

A High Intensity Tactical Training program mobile application has recently become available for download, giving Marines access to hundreds of exercise videos and workouts at their fingertips. An announcement on the rollout was made via Marine administrative message 166/14 on April 1.

By April 3, the app had already been downloaded 8,000 times, said Ryan Massimo, Semper Fit’s combat fitness program manager.

“Marines will be able to view over 500 exercise videos and over 100 workouts associated with the HITT program,” Massimo said. “With the virtual access, both the website and mobile app will allow them to download and access workouts and exercises anytime, anywhere.”

Users can scroll through exercises and workouts based on their equipment availability and exercise goals in mind, he said. There’s also a search function so Marines looking for something in particular can find it easily, he said.

Marines have been doing HITT for about a year and a half. The program includes hundreds of exercises designed to complement the various phases of a Marine’s deployment cycle, emphasizing injury prevention while helping to enhance and sustain strength, speed and agility.

The Warrior phase is designed to get Marines to their peak performance as they deploy. Combat HITT is geared toward preventing injuries during a deployment, and Athlete HITT — which focuses on strength and speed — can be used pre- and post-deployment.

Massimo said Marines can expect to see workouts that coordinate with each of those categories within the next six weeks.

“Marines will have full access to the workouts on the app as they currently do on the website,” he said. “Both the website and app will be maintained and updated as needed to include new workouts and exercise videos.”

Officials at Semper Fit are also listening to Marines’ feedback in order to provide an app that tracks with what they’d like to see. Marines have shown interest in having easy access to a workout of the day, Massimo said, so they made sure the app provided that.

“This takes out the guesswork as it provides a full workout to include all of the major components for each HITT module,” he said. “The workout of the day changes every morning, and the movement of the week changes every Monday.”

Like the website, Massimo said the app was built with the goal of injury prevention in mind. Marines should read the exercise descriptions and coaching tips before performing the exercises so they understand the movement and lessen the risk of injury, he said. That includes each week’s featured movement.

“The movement of the week is designed to teach Marines proper biomechanics of exercises in order to reduce the likelihood of injuries,” Massimo said.

Marines with iPhones can download the app by searching “HITT” in the iTunes app store. Those with Android smartphones can find it in Google Play.

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