Hello everyone, I am currently training with the goal of becoming a royal Marine.
I want to start My training now at 19 (twenty on the 27th of the month) and start the application process straight after my 21st birthday.
I am a former fat guy and have lost around five stone in the last couple of years however the last six months have been frustrating as I have been out of training due to a knee injury that I got awhile back, building my fitness back up sucks.
I popped into the AFCO and had a chat with the royal marine guy about a year ago when I first started wondering about joining the forces. As I was very out of shape then he gave me the simple goal of running an hour every other day and doing bodyweight exercises on the other days.
I am now much fitter and am looking for a schedule to get me ready for the 32 weeks training and the 30 miler with full kit at the end. I have been doing some weight lifting with my cousin but I don’t feel it helps as much as simple bodyweight exercises like dips, pullups, chins and pressups. I have three 6 mile runs a week and one bleep test or 3 mile run depending on how I feel, along with 3 days of lifting or bodyweight workouts.
I weigh around 160-165 lbs and am 5 foot 10. I have a solid diet that has 3500 calories exactly, I have the same food everyday (bulk buyer) and am dedicated to my nutrition.
I get 314 grams of protein in my diet along with 100 grams of fat and 337 carbs.
I would really be thankfull for some quality advice. I understand as is the nature of a forum like this, for the people to naturally recomend weight lifting, however I am using guest passes my cousin got me at the gym and when they expire I will only have a pullup and dip station, sit up board and 16kg kettlebells along with my cousins olympic bar and 35 kilograms of weight plates if he decides to hook a brother up.
He is constantly telling me to squat and deadlift but if I am going to be working out at home I can’t exactly squat and deadlift with no rack and no heavy weights so basing my routine of lifting seems pointless.
Anyway thank you very much for taking the time to read this and some honest advice will be welcome.
Scan the interwebs for some insight into the standardised pass or fail requirements that you’ll need to be prepared for once your are accepted for PRMC. If you can’t beat the requirements of the PRMC then you wont even get to the more specific tactical training tests the commando course throws at you. And so whatever your programme looks like, you must test yourself in those areas to gauge your readiness. The actual selection assessment is easy peasy, but it is vital that you beat the split timed run on the treadmill. (I think they’re still using that). Typically the Navy will give the older recruits some leeway, if they aren’t super fast. But as a younger recruit, you’ll be expected to run like a hare. I think it is important that you take command of your own fitness programme and why I wont personally give you a list of exercises. Your potential to become a Marine is directly proportional to your ability to create success from your own initiative.
Check out militaryathlete.com. The site typically doesn’t provide training programmes for people without a military email address, but they do help out coalition allies. You should pop them a mail and ask very politely if you don’t already have a UKNavy address. Maybe even ask your military sponsor/mentor to request the programme for you, if you have one. That really is the best advice I can give you because those dudes know what they are doing and I consider them streaks ahead of standard military fitness training providers. They offer free basic WODs and military only deployment prep stuff. Although timed long distance will be incorporated into your Navy training, you should prepare for the commando course with sprint interval training.
Not to give you a false sense of security here, but the UK armed forces have a very pragmatic approach to selection and fitness. If you are not fit enough but demonstrate potential, they give you reasonable opportunities to prove yourself. They don’t have infinite patience, but it’s not a one and done situation that some other militaries offer recruits. I have a mate who bombed quite badly out of para training twice before finally beating P company. He was a stick insect of a kid, but with heart of a lion. Officers see that. Do not get hung up on dumb shit like combat training, hand to hand, map reading, marksmanship. Just be fit and ready. The Navy will teach you the rest.