Just because you plan on enlisting into the Marine Corps, there is no reason to over-hype the physical aspect about being a Marine and especially about boot camp. Anyone can do it if they commit themselves and if they have the heart to push-on when the going gets tough.
It is important that you trust and believe in yourself and do not expect change to happen overnight. Being realistic in what is possible will also do you a lot of good. Do not expect to score a perfect IST or PFT if you are not in that sort of shape. And keep in mind that not everyone will be able to achieve this great feat. The Marine Corps is filled with people who are in shape and this does not mean all of them are PT studs. Like in anything in life, some will be better than others and this applies to PT, so don’t freak out just because you see others who are faster or stronger than you.
You must also understand that boot camp is meant to get anyone into basic shape and it is not a 13 week PT session. The physical training you do in boot camp is not hard. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the toughest, the PT in boot camp is about a 5-6. What makes it hard is that when combined with everything else going on while in boot camp, this will make any event seem harder than it actually may be. I cannot stress this point enough: Boot camp PT is the most over-hyped event in boot camp, so try not to worry about it.
Always remember that there is no “best” routine to workout like Marines do. Each of you needs to figure out a simple PT plan that works for you and then try to stick to it and improve it as time goes by. Chances are very good that you will end up trying many different plans and routines until you finally find one that works best for you.
You want to gain strength in areas that will help you in your: Pulling, dragging, carrying, lifting, and pushing events. The more natural your workout is, the better it will benefit you in most cases. Climbing ropes, bars, walls and things like this do you more good than bench pressing as an example. And always work on your endurance and stamina. Just be in the best shape you can possibly be in.
To give you an example of the PT in boot camp and while in the Marines I will use myself as an example: I never played high school sports and I naturally struggle when it comes to running. I did fine in boot camp and I served in an infantry battalion and it was nothing too hard. Like I said, all it takes is desire and heart
Remember, you are not only preparing for boot camp when you work out. You are also prepping for what comes after that, so don’t forget to do some PFT’s and if possible some CFT’s.
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Here is a list of some of the exercises that will help you prepare for boot camp and life after it. As far as how many to do and how far to run: These are things you will need to figure out on your own since we’re all different. Trust me, you will eventually figure out a good workout plan that works best for you.
There are plenty of other exercises you can do, but those are the basics to get you started. Remember, lifting weights is not necessary unless you need to gain strength or are a body builder.
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