One Easy Cheat Sheet to See if You’re Physically Ready for OCS

I challenge all candidates to achieve these minimum benchmarks before getting to OCS, and using them as training goals. This will put you in decent standing, but not the top of your class if these are your max sets. MALE Pullups: Max set 18 Pushups: Max set 65 Run: 21:00 3-mile Run: 880 meter sprint in 3:15 in boots (2:45 running shoes) Flutterkicks: Max set 60 … Continue reading One Easy Cheat Sheet to See if You’re Physically Ready for OCS

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Burn Off That Pie, No Equipment Necessary: The Stair Workout

This is a guest post from Chad Howse. Did you wake up with a pumpkin pie-induced hangover this morning, feeling more like a butterball than a man? You’re ready to slough off that tryptophan haze and get yourself moving again. You want to do a full body workout that’s really going to make your muscles burn. But maybe you’re a college student home for the holiday … Continue reading Burn Off That Pie, No Equipment Necessary: The Stair Workout

The Full Body Twenty Minute Fartlek Workout

Warmup (3:00) 2:00 Jogging Ten burpees Five pullups Twenty mountain climbers The Fartlek Workout (15:00) Sprint 60 meters Max set of pushups in 45 seconds, alternate diamond and wide hands every 10 1:00 Run, high-tempo Max set of pullups, alternate palms in and out every 4 pullups 2:00 Run, medium tempo 45 seconds of crunches, 45 seconds of flutterkicks 1:00 lunges Max 1 set of dips … Continue reading The Full Body Twenty Minute Fartlek Workout

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The Ultimate Marine Corps Combat Fitness Buddy Workout

What You Need: A motivated buddy Boots and utes (or boots and any pants, like jeans) A pull-up bar Two 30-lb ammo cans (or 30-lb dumbbells) A stopwatch What You’ll Do: Warm Up Start out with a quarter-mile jog then two minutes of easy jumping jacks Mix in high knees and arm circles on the jog The Circuit Alternate with your partner, completing 10 total … Continue reading The Ultimate Marine Corps Combat Fitness Buddy Workout

Guest Post: Yoga Routine for OCS or Boot Camp

When you’re getting ready to join any branch of the military, boot camp is something you’ve got to prepare for— both mentally and physically. While the mental preparation is a bit more of a personal solution, getting your body ready for the stress and challenges of boot camp will require a lot of exercise, with a heavy emphasis on core and stamina training. The physical side … Continue reading Guest Post: Yoga Routine for OCS or Boot Camp

Workout Review: Should I Try P90X before OCS?

What is P90X? P90X is an extremely popular 90-day DVD workout program by the ageless, irrepressible Tony Horton. It consists of hour-long workouts emphasizing bodyweight exercises, pullups, circuit-style workouts, dumbbells, and many, many ab workouts. If you haven’t heard about it, check out reviews on Amazon or Google, or just stop living under that rock. The Good P90X is not easy per se, but it is a … Continue reading Workout Review: Should I Try P90X before OCS?

Printable Armstrong Pullup Program Workout Tracker

This tracker was born out of the frustration of one Marine officer. A year since his last Armstrong program participation, he struggled to find a concise and visual reminder of each day’s workout. This is one man’s attempt at a clean, useful one page summation to help guide and track workouts. Feel free to save, print, and share the tracker to your heart’s content. If … Continue reading Printable Armstrong Pullup Program Workout Tracker

Recommended Workout: Armstrong Advanced for Pullup Plateaus

This is great. Armstrong got me from zero pull ups to a steady 15-16 over the last year. I’ve been stuck there for the last few months and hopefully this will help me bust the plateau. On the tendonitis – constant body weight push/pulls and Armstrong over many months was wearing down my left elbow to the point where it was painful to do anything. … Continue reading Recommended Workout: Armstrong Advanced for Pullup Plateaus

The Ultimate OCS Preparation Workout

Candidates, this is my recommended pre-OCS workout. I would do you a disservice if I only laid out a formula to follow. Instead, I’m going to show the process I worked through to generate this plan, so that you can copy the process and get a personalized workout for yourself. First: Rank Your Goals First, I ranked my workout goals: OCS-specific type activities Run for … Continue reading The Ultimate OCS Preparation Workout

Use the 10-20-30 Training Concept to Run Faster by Running Less

Hate running? Want Less Train and More Gain? It sounds like a late-night commercial gimmick, but according to recent scientific studies, you can improve health and aerobic performance with less training. Work Smarter, Not Harder They say it’s easy to work hard, but hard to work smart. This is especially true of the community known as “Jarheads” or “Leathernecks”. So how would you increase your … Continue reading Use the 10-20-30 Training Concept to Run Faster by Running Less