Territorial Army: Fitness

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  1. So, lately I have been looking at refining my training programme to help prepare me for the Territorial Army. Problem is I am 100% civilian; and as such have no idea what this ‘Army fit,’ means.

    I have made an educated guess by completing a Soldier Fitness Profile from my perception; feel free to correct me.

    Fitness Required - Reason

    Aerobic Fitness - Runs, MST, CFT, ACFT2, Gym Tests.
    Anaerobic Fitness - Contact Drills, Assault Course, PFT, ACFT1, Beastings.
    Endurance Fitness - Tabs, Patrolling, Longer Runs.

    Maximal Strength - Gym Tests, Riot Control, FIPAC.
    Explosive Strength - Assault Course, Unarmed Combat.
    Speed Strength - Contact Drills, Slick Drills.
    Strength Endurance - Load Bearing, Patrolling.

    So basically I assume I pretty much have to build a decent/ high standard in pretty much everything. Sound about right?

  2. Cross-train, mate. You should focus on aerobic fitness - running etc - but without neglecting strength.

    As a sample routine: 4 - 5 runs per week, varying terrain(if possible)and distances. Two sessions of weight training per week, basic, compound exercises, including body weight exercises such as press-ups, pull-ups etc.

    Swimming is good exercise and always a useful skill to have. Try one session a week.

    Hill walking is an excellent preperation for carrying a heavy bergan over rough ground. Just make sure you have the right kit. :wink:

    If possible, have one day a week off to let your body recover.

    One thing I would correct you on is Unarmed Combat; unless you're joining a specialist unit, jap-slapping will not be part of your training.

    Good luck! :D
  3. msr

    msr LE

    Are the MATTs available online any more?

  4. Cheers Frank; yeah cross training is definitely the way forward. I recently got a hold of a fantastic book on bodyweight exercises and conditioning (Never Gymless) and was planning on incorporating that into my current routine.

    At present I am doing 4 runs a week (3 miles fast, 5 miles steady, 10 miles slow and fartlex), 3 weight sessions (German Volume Training), spinning and the occasional weekend stroll on the hills.

    I am seeking a Territorial Army Commission so I don’t want to be lacking in the fizz department.

    MSR: do the OCdts on the TACC do the same MATT's

  5. msr

    msr LE

    All those links are broken.

    I am not sure what the fitness standards are at Sandhurst now.

  6. If you change the web address to www2.whatever, they work.

    I'll get full details on what is expected of me from my unit anyway, I was just looking to be at a competitive level of general fitness.

    Cheers anyways,

  7. msr

    msr LE

    It's the wiki, you can make the changes. Initiative and all that ;)

    I recall people who were fell marathon runners at one end of the fitness spectrum and me at the other :oops:

  8. Done.
  9. Sounds like you're doing the right stuff. Especially the way you're mixing up the times and distances of your runs; too many people get caught out by just running the same route and distance over and over again(I was that soldier :oops: ).

    No idea about the specific fitness requirements for the Sand Castle, but there does'nt seem to be any dramas with your present training schedule.

    Crack on and good luck! :thumright:
  10. msr

    msr LE

    Many thanks!

  11. Alpha 13

    That is a good regime.

    Currently training my son who is joining up soon, 5-6 milers mixed terrain, 4 times a week with a1.5 mile run once a week.

    Sit ups, press ups, dips and heaves and swimming, some weights

    Thats my own usual training prog and i piss PFT's and CFTs so you should do fine.

    Good luck

  12. Do you have a link for that book ?
  13. The book can only be bought from his website: Ross Training. Including the shipping charge it was about £18.

    If you click on the 'Articles,' link you can get a general idea of the kind of content. He also has a few videos on His YouTube channel - Although, some of those workouts are from his other books.

    Alpha 13
  14. msr

    msr LE