Kirtland to host Alpha Warrior competition

Tech. Sgt. Scott Underdahl, an explosive ordnance disposal instructor with the 366th Training Squadron Detachment 3, swings through an obstacle during the Alpha Warrior competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 3, 2016. Underdahl competed in the Alpha Warrior competition which is a timed obstacle course designed to push participants to their mental and physical limits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)

Tech. Sgt. Scott Underdahl, 366th Training Squadron Detachment 3, swings through an obstacle during the Alpha Warrior competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 3, 2016. Kirtland will host Alpha Warrior May 9-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)

Brent Steffensen, a leader of the Alpha Warrior competition, demonstrates how to complete the obstacle course during the Alpha Warrior competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 3, 2016. The course was composed of several obstacles including a salmon ladder, three ring ropes and a rope climb. Contestants had to finish the course in under three minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)

Brent Steffensen, a leader of the Alpha Warrior competition, demonstrates how to complete the obstacle course during the Alpha Warrior competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 3, 2016. The course was composed of several obstacles including a salmon ladder, three ring ropes and a rope climb. Kirtland will host Alpha Warrior May 9-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Air Force is putting more emphasis on functional fitness, and Team Kirtland members will have an opportunity to see it in action when Alpha Warrior makes a stop at the base May 9-10.

The Air Force Services Activity has teamed with obstacle race specialists Alpha Warrior, using equipment similar to that used on the television competition series American Ninja Warrior, to promote individual and unit resiliency while providing a new way for Airmen to work out.

“Fitness-minded individuals are always looking for ways to test themselves, and this provides that opportunity,” said Steve Bowlin, Fitness Center director. “The equipment lends itself to a different way of fitness. Our Airmen need to train in tactical fitness, rather than just be able to lift weights. Alpha Warrior provides that opportunity.”

The Alpha Warrior team will be bringing obstacle race equipment to Kirtland, allowing members of the base to test their skills, strength and endurance. Obstacles on the equipment include the salmon sadder, where competitors move a metal bar up while hanging from it, and devil steps, where competitors climb steps using their hands and rope climbs.

The equipment will be set up in the East Fitness Center’s gymnasium. Base patrons will be able to use the equipment May 10, with the actual timed competition taking place around 2:30 p.m. In addition, there will be food, information booths and inflatables set up outside the Fitness Center. 

Athletes Kacy Cantanzaro, the first woman to qualify for the American Ninja Warrior finals, and Rebekah Bonilla will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. May 9, they will be at the Fitness Center at 4 p.m., and they will be at the event May 10 to demonstrate the equipment. 

The program includes a 15-region competition with the top male and female qualifiers from each region guaranteed to move on to compete in an Air Force-wide competition at the Alpha Warrior Challenge course in San Antonio in November. The 10 male and 10 female competitors with the fastest times from across the Air Force will join the 30 regional champions for a total of 50 Air Force athletes earning a spot in the final competition.

The Air Force Alpha Warrior program incorporates the four domains of CAF – physical, mental, social and spiritual – to help Airmen achieve readiness and resilience. Air Force is hoping the program will bring enthusiasm to the service’s fitness equation. 

Those interested in competing can sign up at the Fitness Center. For more information, contact the Fitness Center at 846-5100.