Well, it’s all come down to this. Hello, T-Nation family, friends, and maybe some enemies. My name is Luke and I am 18 years old. Recently, I have made the switch from a competitive powerlifter to a military athlete. Here are some things to know about me:
Weight: 188 lbs.
Body fat % ~14%
I used to train at Quads Gym under the guidance of Ed Coan and competed once in the USPF. Best raw competition lifts were:
Squat: 363 lbs.
Bench: 281 lbs.
Deadlift: 419 lbs.
My best raw gym lifts were:
Squat: 385 lbs. X 2
Bench: 310 lbs. X 2
Deadlift 400 lbs. X 2
Now that I have made the decision to fully commit myself to becoming an officer in the U.S. Army, it has come to my attention that my current training style won’t help me. I’ve decided to run 5/3/1 and put an emphasis on conditioning.
I leave for college (The University of North Georgia) and ROTC on 10 August, which leaves me exactly 16 weeks to train. On my second day at school, I have to take the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), which consists of a 2 minute push-up test, 2 minute sit-up test, and a timed 2-mile run. The best score possible for each are 71 push-ups, 78 sit-ups, and a 13:00 2-mile run. My goals for the APFT are:
2-mile run 14:24
These scores would give me a projected 280 out of 300 possible points. By the end of my freshman year at college, I would like to have a perfect 300. After my first semester or freshman year, I plan on leaving school and enlisting in the Georgia National Guard. Once I have completed BCT (Basic Combat Training) and AIT (Advanced Individual Training), I will return to college and complete my degree and earn my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Once I receive my commission, I will be honorably discharged (barring any screw-ups) from the Georgia National Guard and begin my career as an officer.
Well, now you know what to expect in this log. I hope y’all enjoy the ride with me.