Hello everyone. New to the forums and such and have a few questions. I’m going to enlist in the United States Army soon and was wondering the best route to take to drop the weight and gain the endurance needed. My goal is to become an MP.
I’m about 215lbs right now so I need to drop the weight. Suggestions on a nice workout to drop the weight, become lean and still maintain enough muscle to do the psychical aspects of training?
I was a smoker for some years (stupid of me, I know). What’s the best way to improve my running? I have a feeling that once I start dropping off the fat and losing weight that running will become easier and my distance/times will improve but I’m nervous about actually being able to complete the runs. Right now I can only run about 0.5 miles at a time then I have to walk for about 5 minutes before I can run again. It sucks!
Besides push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and running, is there anything else I should consider doing? I want to be prepared and do my best and succeed within the Army so I’d like to get a head start on everything.
Lastly, what supplements would be recommended for the best possible results before leaving for training to get in the best shape possible. I’m looking along the lines of a pretty nice stack. Fat loss (I’m going with HOT-ROX Extreme. Used it before and I love it) + pre-workout + post-workout + protein.
Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this![/quote]
What is your time frame, that will help people frame their answers better.
Running: Starting out right now try to run/walk 2-3 miles twice a week until you can get a consistent pace where you no longer have to walk. 400m/800m intervals at your goal pace 1-2x per week. So if you are shooting for a 16:00 2 mile, then you want to run your 400m in 2 minutes, and 800m in 4 minutes. Take your rest in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio when those get easier then lessen your rests.
How many push-ups are you able to do currently? Be completely honest with yourself, are you doing these push-ups to Army standard?? I’ve seen way too many people that think they knew how to do pushups.
With running 3-4 times per week I’d limit gym time to twice a week, focusing on total body both days, one pull day(deadlift variations, weighted pullups, rows…etc), one push day(squat variations, bench, weighted pushups, dips, overhead pressing). That is a very general outline and the intricacies lay upon how much time you will have available prior to shipping out?
Supplements: You haven’t mentioned nutrition so I’d place a strong emphasis on that aspect before worrying about HOT-ROX, pre workout nutrition, post workout nutrition…etc. Dialed in nutrition trumps adding X number of supplements any day. Flameout or some other fish oil product is what I’d recommend above all else.
Off topic slightly:
Why do you want to be an MP? Not a knock, I’m an MP, but what are you looking to get out of joining the as an MP?