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For Those Who've Been Through Basic Training


So, I'll be shipping to Army Basic Training at Ft.Benning in Aug. I'm currently doing a Hybrid Power lifting/Army training program to get ready. My Question for those who have been there before is how much Strength and muscle did you guys lose, what were your lifts before/after, and how long did it take to come back?

My lifts are far from spectacular so I don't have a ton to lose, I'm 6'1 and about 195lbs ,Bench: 205x5, Squat 255x5, Dead:365x5. I've come to the realization that I will lose strength, I'm just curious how much and how long it will take to get back and I realize it can vary a lot from person to person.



It was a while ago and I definitely lost strength, but I was in the best shape evah.

Ft Benning, Infantry I take it? Hooah!


No I'm going 13F(Forward Observer)

Yeah I expect to get really cut which will be nice maybe even get to see my abs for the first time.



Only took me about 4ish months of hard training to get my strength back from Marine boot camp.

You'll lose fat, but a lot of muscle too...so the whole "cut" thing sucks, cuz you're weak as a kitten.


Sandhill is a blast. You will def. loose strength, but it doesn't take long to get the weights moving up again. We did lots of bodyweight exercises in our spare time.