getting fit

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by redrat, Jan 28, 2006.

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  1. hello all , first post ,
    i leave collage in 2008 july , im intrested in joining the TA very much so after talking to a
    specialist . At the momet i know that im currently not fit enough to do the 40 press ups 45 sit ups and 1 and a half run in 10 mins , so iv got 2 years to get fit , will my local TA center help me ? is their some kind of fitness weekends to build me up to that level ??? thanks dean
  2. RR,

    I imagine that you are not old enough to join the TA yet? If you are old enough - join now!

    The thought of doing the required sit ups, press ups and a mile and a half run should not be a daunting prospect! If you are looking to start training now for these feat, then you are either extremely overweight or you are very much in with the progrsessive training approach! If you are to start training now, you will probably give Brian Jacks a run for his money!!!

    A TA Unit is very unlikely to help, as to be honest they have much more important issues to deal with. Check some of the threads on the 'Health & Fitness' Forum and go from there. I would not worry about the entry standards too much?!

    Have you concidered the Cadets etc?
  3. msr

    msr LE

  4. shame on you MSR :D

    no need giving this guy ideas about buying books that anyone with a bit of motivation and effort could talk to him about ;)

    If you want an idea about military fitness, go into the local ACIO and ask for a copy of the fitness booklet for joining the Army, it will have in it suggested exercises to build yourself up, and also a basic six week programme that takes you from a walk to a run.

    Its free, and if they ask you if you are interested in joining then just tell them you are in college and that you are wanting the TA and not the Regular Army (but make sure you have it in your mitt first ;) :D )

    Failing that i am sure i have somewhere on my PC a word document that we use for applicants awaiting their ATR intake date, it gives them advice both on fitness regimes and also nutritional stuff.

    (i am an ex PTI, but got out before they removed the last part of my brain, so i can give you some advice, but its mainly called "repetition" ;) )
  5. Agreed, you could pass anything with two years of training. You should be able to easily get within those margins within a month or two unless you're really overweight or have 'bad knees' or spinabifda or some such bullsh*t.

    No excuses, get on with it. And do it now. Not in two years. What's stopping you?
  6. redrat

    Stand by for a lot of advice, much of which will be contradictory. This is because fitness is a very personal thing and different people find a different approach works for them. It is also because different TA Centres have different facilities and permanent staff and will be prepared to offer different levels of assistance.

    For example, Pips is a gym queen who has funny ideas about fitness and funny ideas about the TA :D

    Go along to your local TA Centre and ask the question - will you help me? Even if you are too young to join the TA I would hope that most centres would offer helpful advice, and may even be able to give practical assistance. Many have gym equipment - but you won't be insured to use it unless you are a serving member of the TA (and once you are in the TA you won't have as much spare time to do phys - Catch 22!). I'm not sure that the ACF would be able to offer much concrete help, but again it depends on your local detatchment.

    If it helps, my personal view is you need to get out and run, about 3 times a week, for about 30-45 minutes each time. As you get fitter you'll want to do more. It's free (apart from investing in some decent trainers) and it is the basis of all military phys: you can be a world class cyclist, but you won't be riding a bike on ops. You also need to do press ups and sit ups (almost) every day (alternate press ups 1 day, sit ups the next etc.) and aim for a number that seem sensible for your fitness level. Try and do 3 repetitions. You can watch telly while you're doing it. Press ups and sit ups are muscle memory - your body just gets used to doing them; running will reduce your weight and improve your stamina. It will also build your confidence - no-one thinks they can run 5 miles until they've done it.

    Gym membership, motivational books and exercise videos etc don't work for me. Spend some cash on a decent pair of running shoes (they are cheaper than gay bar loitering "fashion" trainers in any case) and work out a number of decent routes that start and finish at home. Try and run off road (footpaths etc) where possible as it will save your joints and make you work harder.

    Oh, and if you're fat: eat less! Have a look at the "Search for a Walt Star" thread in the NAAFI Bar if you need any motivation to lose weight. You do not want to look like those ******* when you get your uniform!
  7. This may or may not help, but regardless of whether or not it is contradictory advice it will help/work nonetheless and the only thing it will cost is your input and effort.

    After moving from recruiting, i basically changed some of the wording over so it could be used as a TA PT guide for recruits that were getting ready for CMS, disregard dates and units etc because they mean nothing, its all about achieving the basic fitness standard ;)

    TA recruit fitness guide

    oh and please right click and save, rather than downloading it into a browser ;)
  8. thanks all , no im not over weight :p
    im training to be a tree surgen although i do get wednesdays off and half days so i will be working on this , i dont have any difficulty walking for miles on end , but press ups seem to be my down fall so i think i ll have to start lifting some weights to build them up . thanks all .
  9. Thanks for the link, am on day five of week one and finding it very useful.
    Keep up the good work,

  10. Fair enough: personal advice is best. But just in case the poor guy gets told to feck off because he's not planning to join for a while, or finds the advice he gets contradictory or needing further clarification, or needs a lot more detail re diet, there's nothing wrong in recommending that particular book. See my review of it, below.

    Well done to the fella who put together that scaley PT PDF.

  11. Make sure you get a decent set of running shoes from a propar running shop as so many guys go in their flashy training and end up damaging there knees or getting shin splints. Also running on grass is better if you can as it may be harder but reduces the chances of injury. And remeber the BPFA is only a basic fitness there are other tests. But with two years to prepare you should have plenty of time.
  12. Fitness PDF

    From our very own Wiki, scroll down & there is a fitness guide to download.
  13. Its 50 sit ups in 2 minutes, 44 press ups in 2 minutes and under 10minutes 30 for the 1.5 mile run after an 800m warm up. But it works in a points systems so the more press up and sit up you do in the time the more points and the quicker your run time the more points max is 300 points. My advice if your joining the TA aim above the minimum eg 60 press ups, 60 sit ups and sub 10 preferably sub 9:30 on the run. But you got tons of time to get to that level.
  14. Aiming for BPFA times & targets are your best bet. 44 Press-ups & 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes is easily acheivable with a bit of practise & determination. You can try breaking it down, and taking small rest periods in between sets of 10-15.

    Running. Go to a running specialist shop and purchase the type of trainers your feet requires i.e. if you prolate when running, you will need stability trainers. Most new runners wreck themselves very early on by not having the right shoes. When it comes to the actual running, concentrate on your times rather than distance. Aim to run 20 minutes at a time to begin with. When you feel that you are acheiving this, move up in blocks of 10 minutes, & lightly increase your pace. This will take a little bit of time, but running 2/3 times a week (and not getting disheartened) will soon get you up to the standard you require.

    Walking. Get a good rucksack and start getting up the hills at the weekends. Don't need to put too much weight in it, it's just to get you used to carrying weight. Walking on beaches is also good for strengthening your legs.

    Other than this, don't go mad hitting the weights; you might be able to lift loads, but moving with it over distance is a different kettle of fish. If you are a member of a gym, do the cardio courses like Body Pump or Circuits.