[quote]Velvet Elvis wrote:
Hey there buddy, I was a Marine and I had a 300 PFT score. I can share with you what I did.
Before I enlisted I wanted to be a SEAL and did the BUD/S Warning order. I instead went into the Marines (another story). It is a simple prep routine of nothing but running, swimming, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.
Here is a good link I found: chriswilderusna2017.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/navy-seal-buds-warning-order.pdf
Start with Category 1. Best of luck.[/quote]
^ agreed …
Parris Island was 22 years ago for me, but you can’t go wrong on a steady diet of push ups, sit ups, pull ups, and running … Before I left for the Island I was doing 300 push ups (sets of 50) and 150 pull ups a day (ladders or sets of 10-15) … I’ve always been good at sit ups so I didn’t worry about those, and I ran at least 3 miles a day (5 x week) with one longer run (5-6 miles) and one day off … I was in shape enough not to dread PT or draw “unwanted attention” from the DI’s, lol
You don’t need to go into boot camp maxing out the PFT, but being good at the above will definitely make life easier - especially pull ups, since so few show up being good at them
I’ve heard the Corps has gotten into Crossfit in the last few years (along with most of the military) … And while I detest all things crossfit for anyone with a penis, it might not hurt to start doing some “WOD’s” just to familiarize yourself with some of the movements you MIGHT be doing in daily PT … Your recruiter could probably fill you in on how crossfit heavy boot camp has become …
How long before you report?
Thanks for the link. If I’m already at, say, week 4 levels, should I just start there? Also, is swimming really prevalent in Marine Corps boot camp?
And I’ll probably be shipping out in April according to my recruiter. I just took my ASVAB and my recruiter’s still working on paperwork to get me to MEPS in a few days. Really wish this process wasn’t so drawn-out.[/quote]
You can start with week 4 no problem. Keep the rest intervals as short as you can without hindering performance of course.
You will be swimming in boot camp. Not to the extent of what is in this program, but you should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim confidently. Depending on your MOS, you will be required to pass a swim qualification at different levels. If you are infantry (03), you will have to pass SwimQual 2 minimum, if you interest Recon, SwimQual1 (unless they have changed this since the early 2000’s.).
Boot camp really is not a big deal, it is more mental than anything else and just being there gets really old and irritating because you feel like you’re in a POW camp. Don’t sweat it, its only 13 weeks.