I have long been aspiring to join the Royal Marines (UK based) and have recently had my application accepted and will be updating this log on training and stages of application process, hope this makes for a good log for training as well as allowing people to see what it is like when training for service. Any input is greatly appreciated.
Current stats (all weights in kg):
Squat: 140 (in competition)
Bench press: 110 (100 in competition)
Deadlift: 190 (in competition)
Current affairs are a bit odd as I will travelling outside of the country for 5 months in total from November 6th, working as a personal trainer in a local gym (free membership including other bonuses).
Early age through till 16 I was a cross country runner (skinny and light) and also played rugby and basketball. From 16 I went to college (English version) where I studied in outdoor adventure sports where I found a love for the outdoors including rock climbing, canoeing, skiing and surfing.
Worked in south of France as canoe guide for 9 months before starting a degree studying Sports Therapy (mostly rehab) where I first went to a gym and discovered my love of lifting, I started at 63.8kg, will try and find photos from this time for the laughs!
Lifted for 3 years to date, competed at a student powerlifting competition Nov 2015 where I ran 5/3/1 quite successfully putting 40kg on my deadlift. Since then has mostly been bodybuilding focus (for self marketing purposes).
Bodybuilding split with running every other day
Making the most of gym equipment whilst I have access of it!!
Front squat: 100kg 10 reps
Bench press 100kg 6 reps
Run 5km inside 20 minutes
Sorry if you’ve gotten this far thanks for reading and enjoy!!
I have trained with the Royal Marines, They are professionals, with a long history of courageous service. Just curious, but I am sure they gave you the “list” for making the minimum standards? Since you are a personal trainer, I am not going to tell you what to do, but, as SF/CQB instructor, the biggest mistake I see is trainees working heavy strength programs and then crash on selection. I have heard in the past, “I dont want to lose any muscle mass”, well, what is more important? training to increase your bench or passing selection? Just some thoughts.
Thanks for your input idaho, greatly appreciated!!
Sorry those are the goals to be achieved by 5th November before I am out of the country where it will be solely bodyweight (pullups, dips, pressups, squats etc) alongside the running. Those goals are specific to while I have use of the gym equipment. After that my goals will be adjusted accordingly. Having spoken to a former colonel from the Army I agree that the physical side heavily favours working on running and endurance based training! Hope this clears it up a bit. Any general advice having been an SF/CQB instructor?
My favourite advice so far has been pants>boxers due to the chaffing!
First and foremost, decide before you go, that YOU WILL overcome any and all obstacles, convince yourself that only death itself will keep you from not achieving your goal. Your mental strength is the ONLY factor that will separate you from the rest of the group. I have seen guys come into selection, looking like the God of War, only to fail out in 24 hours. I have seen guys come in who I would have never given a chance to make a JV football team, and, they had the mental strength to overcome all challenges. One guy I nicknamed “little nerd” he was so skinny and non- aggressive. The cadre had inside bets he would not last 4 hours, Guess what? That guy turned out to be a top operator, mean as a rabid weasel. So, get your mind right or dont go.
Get your personal life in order: if you are going through a divorce, plan on getting rid of your girlfriend, getting married, moving in with a new shack rat, etc. get it over with. you cannot have any distractions, nothing that will weaken you mentally. get your personal finances in order, try to find someone you trust to pay your bills, care for your car, feed you pet, check on your family, parents, kids, whatever. Try to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
Start right now weaning yourself from social media, remember you are going into a war fighting world, where operational security is like breathing. Never post anything on Facebook, Twitter, ect about anything in your life, especially the military. Because I have a TS/SCI and have to keep it, T-nation is my only social media forum. The chances ISIS is on this website is remote. Remember, dont do something stupid in youth that will deny you entry into a specialized unit in the future.
Slow or quit drinking alcohol. Stop sleep aids, steroids, drugs of any kind. They will run a blood test on you the first day. anything show up you have not disclosed, you are gone.
buy the best socks you can afford, especially designs that will “wick off” sweat. Take care of your feet at all costs, treat any blisters as fast as possile, many a guy has failed due to bad feet or stupid foot care. Cotton is the enemy.
Try to find “athletic support underwear” or “compression shorts” , “bike underwear/shorts” etc, just make sure they are a fabric that allows sweat to evaporate (Underarmor, iron wear, etc). Cotton is the enemy.
make sure you have a good body lotion, because, believe me, your groin and butt will be a mass of red rashes in the first three days, especially, you are in any type of water training.
never, ever show up on the first day and tell people you are going to “smoke this course”, Keep you mouth shut and your ears open. From the first step off the bus, you are being observed by men whose only thought is “you are not worthy to die on my battlefield”. Better to send you home now standing up, than in a body bag next to my friend. Strive to be the “quiet professional” someone a combat vet will go through a door with.
There are several threads on the Combat Forum, where I hang out, dealing with this subject, just do a search on " Sf/Military training" should get you some returns. There are also some threads on the Conditioning Forum.
I havent seen him around lately, but, check and see it " Boatguy" has a training log. I believe he pulled 20 in NSW and he is a good source to tap into. A sincere good luck.
Based on my childhood, I should have been mentally tougher, I had to grow up quick, I should have been more mentally prepared, because, here is the real lesson: no one gives a shit whether you pass or fail. So, decide you are on your own and learn to deal with it. Probably my greatest lesson in life: you are alone, so handle your own shit. My childhood background in martial arts was a life saver here.
There is a big difference in being in “jock shape” and conditioned for combat. If you think you are working hard now, double it. The first week cuts over 50% of the class. Dont think for one second if you are good at football, soccer, basketball, baseball, etc, it will translate into combat skills. You ability to move helps, but, dont rely on a jock attitude.
it comes down to this: mentally strong, mentally strong, and mentally strong.
Some personal advise based on experience: This life and what it means, is not for everyone and thats ok, we each have our own talents and sometimes those do not match up to this world. A single working mother trying to raise two kids has to be as mentally tough as the best SF operator. Courage comes in many forms and believe me, civilians always have it the worst. I know of cases where someone did not make the cut and committed suicide. Its not worth your life. There are thousands of ways to be a warrior, this is just one path. I hope that makes sense.
BTW: An example of how some view the world of combat: I actually had someone say to me, they were going to succeed because they were a master at playing “Gears of War” . seriously.