Natural workouts are a great way to toughen your ass up from the inside out and they are a great way to gain power and strength in many key areas that will help you excel as a Marine.
I have noticed that many who are obsessed with going to the gym are not always interested in working out in a manner that is most beneficial to them. They seem to be more concerned with their appearance and image which is why they hit the gym. If you are into that crap, that is fine. Just understand if you are looking to gain true raw power and strength, and if you are interested in also gaining mental toughness, then you may want to look into more natural workouts.
I want to give you an example and how natural workouts benefited me as a Marine. Growing up I would often tag along with friend who was a career mason. His work specialized in building block walls, tearing out concrete or asphalt driveways, pouring driveways, building brick or cement patios and things of this nature. This work was not done with machinery. Shovels, picks, sledge hammers and wheelbarrows were the trick of the trade. The constant bending over and lifting heavy objects and the constant digging or moving wheelbarrows filled with concrete or dirt ended up being the best mental and physical preparation I could of asked for.
This type of work naturally built my arms, forearms, hands, legs, feet, and back muscles. Without ever stepping foot in a gym and without ever playing high school sports, because of these natural workouts I was often able to out perform many recruits and Marines who were visibly muscular when it came to things such as hikes, obstacle courses, circuit courses, rope climbing, and events of this nature.
It’s no secret that boot camp and most combat jobs such as infantry require a lot of mental strength and toughness and they will often measure your strength in areas such as, pulling, pushing, lifting, carrying, dragging, and grasping. Working out in a natural manner will often make a huge impact in these key areas., so do not be afraid to give these types of workouts a shot.
So how can you work out in a more natural manner? Here are some examples and some tips about natural workouts:
Just get creative and do things that are done without having to go to a gym or are done without the aid of any fitness equipment. Use the environment you live in to create natural workouts. There are hundreds of things you can do to make you tough from the inside out. Remember, natural toughness is much better for you while in the Marines than being able to bench press 225 pounds, as an example. No one in the USMC really cares how much you can bench press or squat. What they do care about is how long can you drag a heavy load for, or how much weight can you pull up and over a wall or some other obstacle.
I know many of you have this image of a huge muscular Marine who is a bad ass. Just understand that this type of physique is not required to perform well as a Marine and in some cases being this way can slow you down. Think about it: If being huge and muscular made you a better Marine, don’t you think the USMC would stress this during boot camp and all throughout your USMC career?
There is a reason the Marine Corps added the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) to its requirements and natural workouts are a great way to prepare for this. It’s not always about how fast you can run or how many pull-ups you can do, so remember this when preparing for the Marine Corps, especially those of you who wish to serve in the combat side of the USMC.