Get Army Strong with Proper Army Fitness

By SGT Volkin

Army strong is more than just a statement with physical meaning, its mental too. The purpose of this blog post is to talk about the physical aspect of military fitness, in particular, Army fitness.  

The Army fitness standards can be found in a dozen or more places online, so I wont discuss them here.  Lets discuss how to prepare for the Army physical fitness program you will be exposed to in basic training. 

 Tip #1, dont go to the gym.  There is no gym at basic training, so don’t go to the gym to prepare for basic training.  That makes sense right? To prepare for an Army basic training workout you should mimick the exercises you will do with your drill instructors.

Tip #2, whether your going into Air force boot camp or the Army, or any other branch, you still have to be prepared.  Many of you have heard that the Air force basic training schedule is easier than the Army basic training schedule. So what, they still both require preparation, so get off that couch and follow Chapter 2 of The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook. No other chapter in any book will get you in shape for basic training faster. 

If you truly want to focus on surviving boot camp, you would put some effort into the mental side as well. You have to know how to deal with drill sergeants, or you will mentally break down before physically break down.

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Sergeant Michael Volkin is a U.S. Army veteran and one of America's most successful military authors focusing on basic training. He served in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as a Chemical Operations Specialist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts and for the military fitness programs he designed to help his fellow soldiers. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and also a Real Estate Brokers Degree. Note from the author: "I knew absolutely nothing about the military when I entered basic training. I had no immediate military family history and no prior desire to ever join the military. It was on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001 that I realized what I was taking for granted all these years. Freedom, as wonderful as it is, is an uphill struggle, and comes with an enormous responsibility. It wasn’t so much a decision, but a calling, that I joined the military - the Army Reserves. I departed for basic training without an ounce of military knowledge one month after September 11, 2001. However, I used this lack of knowledge to my advantage. I took notes on everything, with the ambition that no military recruit would have to go through boot camp like I did, with no knowledge of what was in store for me. I listened to hundreds of soldiers share their advice, tips, and tricks on surviving basic training. When I was deployed shortly after basic training to serve in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, I had the time to organize the notes, add to them, and assemble the most practical basic training guide ever written. The Ultimate Basic Training Series is straightforward, easy to understand and applies to every branch of the military. Take advantage of the military fitness routine in these books. Many hours of research and trial and error went toward creating the program. I believe there is no other fitness program that can get you in shape for basic training faster." SGT Volkin is currently a real estate broker and marketing consultant.


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