Question from a parent

#1
Hello my son is going to start training at AFC Harrogate on the 15th September, he wants to join the Infantry. He is, what people at the local gym call, an ectomorph. It means hes naturally skinny and his body finds it hard to gain muscle. He can do a fair amount of press ups, sit ups and can run for miles but im worried that he doesnt have the strengh to carry those bergens.

What are his chances of getting through training and making it to battalion? He got a B grade at ADSC if that helps
 
#2
Hello my son is going to start training at AFC Harrogate on the 15th September, he wants to join the Infantry. He is, what people at the local gym call, an ectomorph. It means hes naturally skinny and his body finds it hard to gain muscle. He can do a fair amount of press ups, sit ups and can run for miles but im worried that he doesnt have the strengh to carry those bergens.

What are his chances of getting through training and making it to battalion? He got a B grade at ADSC if that helps
Has he had his heart rate and blood pressure taken?

I can eat loads but still lose weight whilst I sleep.
 
#3
Mountain. Speaking from experience (albeit a while back). I went through Basic and Inf School weighing 63kg, a weight I kept at Bn. As long as he has a good attitude and doesnt jack he will be fine. Pack weight is built up - he will get used to it.
 
#5
Hello my son is going to start training at AFC Harrogate on the 15th September, he wants to join the Infantry. He is, what people at the local gym call, an ectomorph. It means hes naturally skinny and his body finds it hard to gain muscle. He can do a fair amount of press ups, sit ups and can run for miles but im worried that he doesnt have the strengh to carry those bergens.

What are his chances of getting through training and making it to battalion? He got a B grade at ADSC if that helps
Mountain, I joined RM in 1984' I made Ethiopians look obese, my shoulder straps on my Webbing used to fall off. Your lad will be fine it's down to attitude, I ve seen muscle bosuns crumble at the first 3 miles of a yomp.

Goog luck to him, by 19 I had a fine pair of shoulders.
 
#6
I dont think he has had his heart or blood pressure taken
Thanks for the replies you lot! This has made me confident that hes got a fighting chance!
Cheers!
 
#7
From Wiki:

Ectomorph
An ectomorph is a typical skinny guy. Ecto’s have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width.

Typical traits of an ectomorph:

•Small “delicate” frame and bone structure
•Classic “hardgainer”
•Flat chest•Small shoulders
•Thin
•Lean muscle mass
•Finds it hard to gain weight
•Fast metabolism
Ectomorphs find it very hard to gain weight. They have a fast metabolism which burns up calories very quickly. Ecto’s need a huge amount of calories in order to gain weight. Workouts should be short and intense focusing on big muscle groups. Supplements are definitely recommended. Ectomorphs should eat before bed to prevent muscle catabolism during the night. Generally, ectomorphs can lose fat very easily which makes cutting back to lean muscle easier for them.
My bold. That explains everything then.
 
#9
Mountain. I was an inf mong for 6 years & our lot were well known for long tabs. Part of our makeup. We had racing snake built lads with muscles like knots in cotton cracking out 10 milers for fun & hardly breaking a sweat in full order. On the flip side the gym queens with biceps & bumps on bumps can be some of those jumping on the jack wagon after the first 3 miles are in. Its a mindset thing. Sounds like he's got the stamina already, if he's got the will he can do it. Tell him to stock up on Zinc Oxide tape for the bergen sores on his lower back!! LOL.
 

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