Search turned up nothing on this topic so I thought I'd ask
I enlisted about a week ago in the army, and I was hoping some of the Military/Former Military guys on this board could give me some advice.
I'm in good shape and my workout consists mostly of stretching, weight lifting and running. I'm weigh a little less then I'd like but nothin major. Is there anything I can do to prepare for Basic?
Any exercises you'd suggest, changes in diet, lifestyle, whatever?
I'm in the DEP program so I got a good amount of time before I leave.
I'm not in the military but I can tell you one thing, start working on your endurance and bodyweight excercises. Pushups, pullups, sprawls, dips, long-distance running with a weighted pack, lots of ab work are going to be essential. Good luck with the government owning your ass and all.
Everything you do from now on is going to be bodyweight. Do pushups until you bleed, dips, full unanchored situps, pullups and chinups till you drop, and for god sakes hit the pavement. The army ranks you based on how much road you can run.
Run, and run, then run somemore, then add 45lbs to a backpack and run some more and when you are through running, don't forget to run.
If you're training Muay Thai, and training it properly, you should have no problem. Bat Ronin is correct, run, run, and run some more. Also get used to running at a slower pace. If you train with a walkman, you might even want to get one of those cadence call tapes to get used to running in cadence.
I would also pick up a used ALICE pack at a surplus store and put 50 lbs in it and get used to marching with it.
Pushups, eight counts, and all of the other calisthenics are also a good idea to get used to. None of it is hard, but the better shape you're in, the better able you'll be to handle all of the other added stressors of basic.
Be sure to get your back and abdomen really strong, it will help when carrying around your combat equipment.
ok, so maybe stop weight training for awhile and jsut do pushups, situps, pull ups, etc.
along with some weighted endurance running?
And even though I'm technically enlisted I'm still clueless to alot of the jargon...whats an "ALICE" pack?
I wouldn't necessarily stop lifting, unless you want to stop. I would just do the body weight stuff in addition to lifting, but that's just me.
Originally Posted by Painful Delight
ALICE pack is the backpack you'll be issued. It's the same basic design we've been using since Vietnam, so the surplus stores are full of them.
Originally Posted by lawdog
Well, after I do weight lifting I'm tired for hours, I jsut lift until I cant lift anymore, so I'll have to cut back just so I have the energy to do bodyweight stuff...maybe alternating bodyweight and resistance training work days would be a good idea?
I'll go get an Alice pack tomorrow, I know a good surplus store right around me.
What bodyweight exercise can I do to work my Lower Back?
Lie on your stomach. Put your arms out like you're Superman.
Keeping your arms and legs straight, lift your right arm and your left leg off the ground. Now your left arm and right leg. Keep alternating.