Capt. Matthew O’Neil Uses CrossFit to Set Positive Example for Texas Airmen

April 9, 2023 by
Photo Credit: US Air Force - Senior Airman Ethan

Why do CrossFit? 

There are multiple reasons that are unique to each participant. United States Air Force Captain Matthew O’Neil uses CrossFit to set a positive example for his fellow service members. 

One big thing: Capt. O’Neil is the 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron general dentist and the physical training leader for the 17th Medical Group at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. He helps fellow Airmen maintain their level of physical fitness using varied workouts during Flight PT, and he also does CrossFit while taking a direct approach to improving his own physical fitness. 

  • “We try to do – because I like the physicality of it – more the high intensity like what a CrossFit workout would be,” said Capt. O’Neil. “Just kind of more on a way beginner level.”
  • “Making sure that we offer the idea of scaling methods. So, we’ll typically do run-based stuff because running is one where most people express that that’s what they struggle the most with for the PT test.” 
  • Flight PT generally includes a strength workout with some running. There is also an emphasis on push-ups and sit-ups given their pivotal role in the fitness test that all Airmen must pass, albeit with a CrossFit twist.

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