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Military Fitness Workwear

by Naomi Frazier

If you're planning on working as part of a military fitness team or running your own company, there are a number of workwear items you'll need in order to allow yourself and your employees to participate in the activities and keep safe. Military fitness camps are becoming ever more popular and are a fantastic way to keep fit. However, using heavy tyres, sledgehammers and running on rough terrain can create wear and tear on your body, especially if you are running multiple sessions a day. If your own military fitness company wishes to remain authentic, surplus military workwear may be an ideal solution to kitting out your staff safely.

Boots 

If you're setting up obstacle courses for your fitness sessions, then it's recommended that you wear boots which support you in a number of ways. Firstly, they need adequate ankle support just in case you are lifting heavy gear over rough terrain. Secondly, they should have steel toe caps to protect your toes should you drop anything on them. If you need to supply your staff on a budget, you could visit an army surplus store. There, you'll be able to get cheap boots, and if you get boots made for engineer regiments, they should have steel toe caps built in. 

Running Gear

With regards to running gear, your workers should be wearing appropriate trainers designed to support the arches of the foot, accommodate the roll of the foot as they run and provide suitable cushioning. This is where the costs may mount up if you decide to purchase on behalf of your staff. However, good custom insoles can also be used with their own trainers to enhance wearability and prevent injury. Injuries could include knee pain caused by overworking the ankles and lower back pain from the impact of running. Therefore, trainers that compensate ankle movement over undulating terrain such as forest trails is essential.

Rucksacks

Military fitness instructors should also consider what type of rucksack they will wear when running a session. It's important to have adequate padding in the back to prevent sores. However, if your instructors are carrying extra water or medical supplies, then it could be a good idea to get waist belts. These fasten above the waist and allow the hips, not the back, to take most of the bearing load. This can further reduce the likelihood of injury and allow instructors to work for long periods of time without fatiguing. 

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