The top 34 Active Duty Marines will compete at the inaugural High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Athlete Championship at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California, from Sept. 15-17, 2015. One male and one female Marine will be crowned the 2015 "Ultimate Tactical Athlete.”

Marines all over the world competed at their air station or installation for the chance to participate in the championship.  The preliminary HITT Tactical Athlete Competitions have concluded throughout the Marine Corps and the top male and female winners from each installation have been identified.

"The HITT Tactical Athlete Championship will bring together some of the most elite tactical athletes in the Marine Corps” said Ryan Massimo, HITT Program Manager.  “The championship events are designed to showcase a combination of tactical skills with athleticism during a grueling three day schedule consisting of five events that will challenge competitors on their mental and physical capabilities." The five events include strength conditioning activities such as running, lifting, and jumping. All activities support combat readiness increasing physical capabilities

HITT is a comprehensive strength and conditioning program that provides programming, facilities and education for active duty and reservist Marines. Information regarding the program can be found at local Semper Fit and Recreation offices or installation fitness centers across the Corps.

"Marines are always looking for a way to compete and this event will encompass skills that require determination and the competitive fire that Marines possess,” said Massimo.  “Developed through an approach consistent with the HITT program, the Championship will focus on key components with relation to superior speed, power, strength, endurance and overall combat readiness while reducing the likelihood of injury and crown the "Ultimate Tactical Athlete" within the Marine Corps."

HITT is focused on developing and maintaining a Marine’s physical resiliency and combat readiness. There are 150 pre-designed workouts for any combat conditioning leader and fitness specialist.  Phases of work out include pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment; or you can build your own workout templates. HITT is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) - Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Department.

For more information about HITT click here or visit your local fitness center.