Getting fit

#1
I am at the application stage of joining the army, Got to take the forms in on thursday. I want to get into logistics as a driver.
On the fitness side of things, I have been running for a mile every other day and i have got it down to 6 minutes, not sure what else i need to be able to do to pass selection, can anyone help?
 
#2
martync06 said:
I am at the application stage of joining the army, Got to take the forms in on thursday. I want to get into logistics as a driver.
On the fitness side of things, I have been running for a mile every other day and i have got it down to 6 minutes, not sure what else i need to be able to do to pass selection, can anyone help?
Add another half mile and see if you get a decent time. If you aren't training in terms of press ups and sit ups, start.

And good luck.
 
#4
martync06 said:
I am at the application stage of joining the army, Got to take the forms in on thursday. I want to get into logistics as a driver.
On the fitness side of things, I have been running for a mile every other day and i have got it down to 6 minutes, not sure what else i need to be able to do to pass selection, can anyone help?
Add pull-ups and some core training exercises.

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#5
I can do 10 press ups and 10 sit ups, i have also just started practicing Chin-ups and i can do 5 of them, i am also doing char dips, i can do 20 of them.
Got to go in on thursday but i don't have a passport, will this cause problems down the line?
 
#6
martync06 said:
I can do 10 press ups and 10 sit ups, i have also just started practicing Chin-ups and i can do 5 of them, i am also doing char dips, i can do 20 of them.
Got to go in on thursday but i don't have a passport, will this cause problems down the line?
Get a passport application form and get one sorted. Do more press ups and sit ups. You won't be able to do more unless you train to a level of exhaustion.

May I ask, how old are you and are you a member of a gym?

Remember that you'll be trained when in, so don't stress yourself (or kill yourself) doing this business.
 
#7
Carry on working on upper body strength. Your running fitness is fine, just don't let it slip. The army will get you a passport when you get in. You are British aren't you?
 
#9
You don't necessarily need a passport to get into the army as you can apply for one whilst in training. You don't have to join a gym, your'e only joining the RLC and your fitness doesn't have to be to that high a standard.
 
#10
Fallschirmjager said:
You don't necessarily need a passport to get into the army as you can apply for one whilst in training. You don't have to join a gym, your'e only joining the RLC and your fitness doesn't have to be to that high a standard.
Quite a generalisation there! You're a soldier, get fit so that it will never be an issue!
 
#11
Why a generalisation. He'll probably run a BFT in around 9.10. Plenty fit enough for the RLC. What do you mean when you say You won't be able to do more unless you train to a level of exhaustion.
 
#12
Fallschirmjager said:
Why a generalisation. He'll probably run a BFT in around 9.10. Plenty fit enough for the RLC. What do you mean when you say You won't be able to do more unless you train to a level of exhaustion.
Just doing 10 press ups/sit ups won't working. He's got to break through that plateau and increase the number. Sets of press ups and sit ups and varying the types of these exercises will help. Seeing as he's on the internet finding more expert advice is easy!

Now calm down dear.
 
#13
Dont know about in training at moment but you need to do as a personal fitness test.

44 situps in 2 minutes.
40 press-ups in 2 minutes.
A mile and a half in 10.30 minutes
 
#14
g2_loony_bin said:
Fallschirmjager said:
Why a generalisation. He'll probably run a BFT in around 9.10. Plenty fit enough for the RLC. What do you mean when you say You won't be able to do more unless you train to a level of exhaustion.
Just doing 10 press ups/sit ups won't working. He's got to break through that plateau and increase the number. Sets of press ups and sit ups and varying the types of these exercises will help. Seeing as he's on the internet finding more expert advice is easy!

Now calm down dear.
I tend to agree, simply bimbling along doing 1.5 miles in 10 minutes every day for a year won't get you a faster time, doing 1.5 miles in 10 minutes for the majority of the week and then going hell for leather once a week however will improve times. Likewise pressup, don't count them and stop at 25, set yourself a time a sweat out as many as you can in that time, hopefully until the lactic acid makes it impossible for you to scratch yuor head
 
#15
Polar, he says he's not sure what else to do to pass selection. He's going for RLC selection not SAS selection! Running a BFT in 9.10 is around Para Regt standard and easily good enough for RLC. If he wants to get even fitter then fine, but his question wasn't about running BFTs in under 8 mins! exhausting yourself performing pressups, chins and situps everyday is also detrimental. Why not stop at 25, then set a target for 30 or 35 the following week. Your body will only adapt gradually. Pushing it too far isn't the way to go.
 
#16
Fallschirmjager said:
You don't necessarily need a passport to get into the army as you can apply for one whilst in training. You don't have to join a gym, your'e only joining the RLC and your fitness doesn't have to be to that high a standard.
Do not apply for a passport now if you do not have one. Wait until you start training and then if you are posted abroad you can apply through the system and hence save yourself almost £100.

Also, do not play the I am only RLC card in respect to fitness. Whilst you do not need to be super fit when you start training you should always strive to be as fit as possible. I can name many a RLC Driver who 'only joined the RLC' but then ended up in a fire fight and running like a loon in a sandy place. Also the fitter you are the easier it will be for you to recover from an injury and fight off infections etc.

Save your money on Gym membership if you can, try to use the local council gym if possible but the best thing I coudl recommend is joining a circuit training session in the gym rather than 'pumping iron'.

Other that, good luck.
 
#18
Fallschirmjager said:
Polar, he says he's not sure what else to do to pass selection. He's going for RLC selection not SAS selection! Running a BFT in 9.10 is around Para Regt standard and easily good enough for RLC. If he wants to get even fitter then fine, but his question wasn't about running BFTs in under 8 mins! exhausting yourself performing pressups, chins and situps everyday is also detrimental. Why not stop at 25, then set a target for 30 or 35 the following week. Your body will only adapt gradually. Pushing it too far isn't the way to go.
I'm not looking to get into an arguement but I didn't say do it everyday. I did in fact say look up advice of the internet and not "exhausting yourself everyday".

However I have found benefit in doing max press ups/sit ups every morning OR evening. Two days on, max ps/su with long distance runs, one day off, with the off day being a ragging CV session.

Again good luck.
 
#19
Fallschirmjager said:
If he starts RLC training way above the fitness required, unless he does extra fitness in his own time he will lose fitness whilst training.
He may lose it, but muscles have a unique ability to remember former shapes. Get rock solid fit and it will be easier to return to that in future.
 
#20
martync06 said:
I am at the application stage of joining the army, Got to take the forms in on thursday. I want to get into logistics as a driver.
On the fitness side of things, I have been running for a mile every other day and i have got it down to 6 minutes, not sure what else i need to be able to do to pass selection, can anyone help?
I think you need to look at his initial question again. He's not looking to enter the next Olympic Games.
 
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