Strength, support and self-discipline are three fundamentals that Andrew Kingsley lives by. As the facility manager for Fort Bragg’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and the Basic Barbell Training Course and Barbell Strength and Conditioning Program instructor at Tucker Performance Enhancement Center (PEC), Kingsley remains a creature of service.
“I served 10 years. I was active duty from 1997 to 2001 here on Fort Bragg with B Co., Support Battalion, Special Warfare Center and School,” Kingsley said. “I served in Iraq in 2004 to 2005 with the North Carolina Army National Guard, A Co., 230th Support Battalion, 30th Brigade as a specialist/E-4.” Kingsley said he now has the opportunity as a strength coach to give back to Soldiers and help them prepare for Army expectations.”
Kingsley viewed fitness as a way to give back to both citizens and Soldiers in a community that was in need of education on the importance of strength and conditioning. As the program coordinator for the Basic Barbell Training Course and Advanced Barbell Strength and Conditioning Program at Tucker PEC, Kinsley teaches primary barbell movements and exercises to develop an individual’s strength and capacity, increase fitness and provide comprehensive plans focusing on injury prevention. With 15 years’ experience coaching, a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, various specialist certifications in his discipline and a seasoned powerlifter, Kingsley is no stranger to the field or its importance.
“I recognized strength as a foundation due to my own body’s wear and tear,” Kingsley said. “If we don’t have strength as a base and follow proper movement in the pursuit of strength, then we really can’t do anything. Longevity in any pursuit is not possible without it.”
Kingsley reminisced about his days in the Army and running the Army Ten-Miler race in Washington, D.C. every year.
“When I was active duty, I used to run the 10 mile race every year, and my joints would start hurting. I didn’t know anything about strength,” he said.
Serving in Iraq, Kingsley was a truck driver. With a 140 pounds of equipment on his back, he maneuvered every day, all day long with continuous and repetitious compression, pounding and twisting.
“The funny thing is, I fell into strength training when I was active duty because I was passing my PT test, but my body mass index was out of range,” Kingsley said. “I was running like a mad man and I was losing muscle and holding onto fat. And I was hurting too. Implementing strength in to my routine is what turned me around,” Kingsley said.
The new Army PT test standards require Soldiers to successfully complete five strength portions and one endurance portion. Strength and conditioning as part of a training regimen is one of the best and most efficient ways to accomplish your short-term PT goals.
“As a strength coach, my greatest accomplishment is providing civilian and military athletes with the tools they need to build a foundation of strength. Strength is the single most important physical attribute a person can improve upon. It is a vital support system and enhances everything else,” Kingsley said.