Military Matters: Soldier creates CrossFit WOD Programmer app for smartphones

Military Matters: Fort Benning soldier creates CrossFit WOD programmer app for smartphones
Published: Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM EDT
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CrossFit WOD Programmer app created by 1st LT Derek Wales
CrossFit WOD Programmer app created by 1st LT Derek Wales

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - CrossFit training is a highly popular way to get in shape. Now, one US Army soldier has created an app to help enthusiasts plan their workout of the day (WOD).

First Lieutenant Derek Wales calls his app the WOD Programmer.  The idea came to him in Kuwait while on deployment with his troops.

"I was running one of the CrossFit gyms over there, and realized there's a pattern to how the workouts were built," says Wales. "I was lead trainer, and I was writing all the workouts at the time, and a computer can take these preferences and build it much more quickly than a person would."

Wales demonstrated how the app allows users to select the equipment they have available and the days they want to do functional fitness training.

Sergeant First Class Sam Woodhead, who normally does his training in Virginia, was in Columbus on military business. After trying the new app, he gave his assessment of it. "I recently got my level one CrossFit trainer status, and so I've been training some soldiers with the Army band," he says. "I've been looking at the app and it looks fantastic."

Wales is pleased with the reception so far, but is modest about his reasons for creating it. "I really don't have any sort of financial goals or anything along those lines, but it is one for me to develop something that helps a lot of people out," says Wales.

The CrossFit WOD Programmer app is available for both iPhone and Android, and costs just under $3.

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