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FSGT Stephen Weaver, Senior Instructor
at Amberley's new tness centre said PTIs
conduct the demanding military tness
training over a ten-week cycle.
"We get them uncomfortable so when
they are uncomfortable in the future,
they are more able to handle themselves
because they have increased self-esteem,
increased self-con dence, and increased
physical ability," FSGT Weaver said.
"The hard PT teaches them how to be
resilient and that they can perform a
lot better that what they think they can
-- psychologically you give in far greater
than you will physiologically."
The eighth week of the cycle normally
includes a recreational activity where the
arduous training is rewarded with a sport.
Sport improves morale, communication
ability, team skills, and also builds in a
'will to win'.
Deployed personnel use sport to
increase morale and as a way to relax and
defocus them from thoughts of home.
Another aspect of the PTI's exercise
schedule is Force Preparation Training,
which includes areas such as military
self-defence, individual survivability,
acclimatisation, nutrition and the
prevention and treatment of injuries.
"We've got the ability to conduct
Combat Fitness training, that's tness
directly related to the mission or the
environment that they are going into
- we tailor the training to what ever the
unit or squadron mission is," FSGT Weaver
"If they are going into the Middle East,
we will do acclimatisation training, if
they are going into a hostile area, we
will give them training like Military Self
Defence (MSD) or Operational Safety
Skills Training (OSST), so that in a close
quarters situation they can defend
themselves if the use of a weapon isn't
Facilities at the new RAAF Amberley
gym allow PTIs to conduct over-water
con dence courses, climbing wall and
abseiling tower exercises.
PTIs are also able to carry out
"After personnel have nished their
hands-on clinical treatment with a
physio, they come and see us and we
raise a rehabilitation exercise prescription
program," FSGT Weaver said.
The ve RAAF PTIs who sta the
Amberley tness centre were trained at
HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.
"Our basic course goes for six months,
we have an advanced course (supervisors
Keeping t for the ght
course) which goes for four weeks, and
we also have post-graduate courses that
augment what we do," FSGT Weaver said.
Postgraduate courses cover adventure
training, strength and conditioning,
bronze quali cation, and senior rst aid.
Above: FSGT Stephen Weaver, Senior
Instructor (left front) with the other RAAF PTIs
outside the new Amberley Fitness Centre.
Physical tness is a vital ingredient for a successful Defence Force, and military Physical Training
Instructors (PTIs) help ensure personnel maintain body strength, endurance and co-ordination at peak
levels through regular exercise and good nutrition.
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