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    The Navy Workout, or preparing for boot camp

    I just got sworn in to the Navy, and promised a position as a Master at Arms(military police). I don't neccessarily need to really know how to swim, but being at the top of my class graduating basic training is the easiest way to gain recognition early. I want 3 things, to master the strokes in swimming, be able to blow away the running, and to the one arm pushup or 100 pushups straight before I leave, on the 13th on March 2007. Here's where I stand:

    10 crappy looking one arm pushups, 300 pound squat, 425 deadlift, 180 clean and jerk, 170 snatch, 50 straight pushups(elbows out, palm, shoulder width), 120 straight situps, 120 BW squats(feet shoulder width apart, ass to grass), 35 straight burpees with pushups.

    Swimming, I can keep afloat, basically, and I'm slowly mastering the breaststroke, and the full stroke, but I do it with my head above water. I can tread water for about 2 minutes, I'm very energy wasting with it, I flap my feet around a lot, but I've got that back and forth movement with my arms on top of the water down pretty good. Basically, I think If I was miles from a beach or got ripped under by an undercurrent or rip tide(I don't know the terms), I think I could struggle, note that I didn't say not die.

    Running: I can do a full running HIIT session, as per true HIIT, which lasts only 4 minutes, 20 second sprints(as fast as possible, i.e., running for my life), 10 second rests, only 4 minutes. Long distance running is much harder for me, as in, I get gassed out after a mile, because I'm flat footed, and I'm trying to run on the balls of my feet, which isn't working too good, but I'm trying anyway. I do hill sprints, and mix them in after I'm gassed running, sprint up one side and sprint down the other.
    Here's my full workout. Monday, rest.

    Tuesday: After a simple warmup of "cardio-like" broomstick cleans and jerks, snatches, overhead squats, and baseball swings, and alternating sides shotput 12 pound medicine ball 10 reps. 18 reps, from the free pdf "From the Ground Up", "The Rapid Ascent Program" by Daniel John. Me and my buddy, who's joining the Navy with me, he's going in for a promised IT position same date. Me and him, for the 18 reps, we go from watcher to lifter, doing the clean, front squat, and push press as one movement, 8 reps, 6 reps, then 4 reps. Or we do overhead squats, the follow up with snatches, or do them as one movement. Then we go and do 16 minutes of tabata, 8 minutes alternating BW squats and pushups, and 8 minutes alternating BW rows and situps, or an obsticle course ran with these exercises, or variations. Then, I alternate plate pinch farmer's walks, or towel grip deadlift walks and seated or standing good mornings 3 times each, then finish up with hill sprints, or sled pulling, or sparring, as we see fit. We like to mix things up, then 2 hours of Kajukenbo later on in the day, which mixes calisthenetics, stretching, sparring, and technique practice, for 2 hours.

    Wednesday: Long run mixing pavement and grass and other terrain, going the way the eagle flies(a straight line) to a semi far off location, and we'll do stupid crap like mix side movement and backwards jogging in on the way there, when we get there, we'll mix up hill sprints, striking technique practice, a full 4 minute HIIT sprinting session, sparring, shuttle runs, T drills, and other such things for 45 minutes to an hour, then run back.

    Thursday: See tuesday

    Friday: See wednesday.

    Saturday: See tuesday and thursday, without the Kajukenbo.

    Sunday: See wednesday and friday.

    I need to be ready for the PT practice test by the 11th, and the real test about a month or so later. I need to be ready for boot camp by March 13th. I just want to graduate at the top of my class. Any suggestions on anything will be greatly appreciated.

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    Dude,

    Nobody cares about bootcamp once you get out in the fleet.

    You'll get laughed at.

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    Just run 2 miles a couple times a week, do lots of push-ups, swim a good bit (especially sidestroke, it'll help you master the combat side stroke later on), lots of sit-ups, some pull-ups, and a good bit of mountain climbers and flutter kicks can't hurt either. That's all you need.

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    I am in a similar situation but I think you are overdoing it. Your physical performance is important, but your overall performance in Basic is going to weigh more heavily than how good your PT scores are.

    Worry less about what people think of you, and worry more about how seriously you will take things. The difference is external motivation vs internal motivation. If you are constantly seeking praise, attention, etc you may find bootcamp to be very difficult on you. Instead you should focus on self improvement for its own sake.

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    It sounds like your already in pretty good shape. Much better shape than I was when I joined the army. Basic is more than just PT, its about learning the "basics" I don't know much about navy basic, but its more about overall accomplishment. Range scores, how well you grasp first aid, marching, leadership skill, discipline. PT does play a role as well though, but you are already in much better shape than 40 percent of your company, I almost guarantee. I imagine the requirements for joining are getting looser and looser as long as this war goes on, and enlistment goals are continually not met. And like someone else said, if your looking for acceptance or recognition from basic, forget about it, your going get torn up no matter how good your pt scores are going in. And nobody cares about basic after you get done.

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    Do they even care about swimming in Navy boot camp? I've met plenty of Navy people who couldn't swim so I kind of doubt it.

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    Unless you are going for SpecWar, you won't need to be a super duper fit guy.

    Everyone in my company passed their PT.

    If you want to shine in Boot, start memorizing your 11 General Orders right now, from top to bottom, forwards and backwards.


    1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

    2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

    3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

    4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guard house than my own.

    5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

    6. To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only.

    7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

    8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

    9. To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.

    10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

    11. To be especially watchful at night, and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
    Also learn your "Chain of Command" from the President on down to your CO.

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    LMFAO at the idea of stressing out about Navy PT. It's the Navy!!! You're not going to BUDS. You've definitely never been on a ship and seen all the fat-ass sailors walking around. Trust me, you'll be fine physically. If you want to prepare for the Navy, learn how to paint. HAHAHAHA. Fucking swabby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devil
    LMFAO at the idea of stressing out about Navy PT. It's the Navy!!! You're not going to BUDS. You've definitely never been on a ship and seen all the fat-ass sailors walking around. Trust me, you'll be fine physically. If you want to prepare for the Navy, learn how to paint. HAHAHAHA. Fucking swabby.
    Truer words were never spoken. I remember coming out of boot and seeing PO2's and up wearing their Dress Blues with their guts hanging out the bottom showing their white shirts underneath.

    I had a Senior Chief that used to do his PT run, by walking and smoking a cig at the same time.

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    Anthony, that's a great list. I wish more guys in my line of work were ex-military and had a standard conduct code like that. So many goddamn idiot slackers around here, i'm tellin' ya.

    Quote Originally Posted by devil
    If you want to prepare for the Navy, learn how to paint. HAHAHAHA.
    Hilarious.

    However, I knew one guy who was a naval cadet. Watched him climb a 32-foot rope ladder without using his legs. Still trying to get to that level of fitness.

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