Weight limits

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Alexhill, Oct 29, 2006.

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  1. Hi, im 14 at the moment nearly 15 and want to do further education with the army and then go on to the parachute regiment. But theres 1 thing... Im a bit on the light side for my height and just wondered about restrictions as i cant find any on the army website. thx :D
     
  2. They'll go by your Body Mass Index (BMI). If you're below or above the healthy weight limit you'll fail.

    You can work out your BMI here:
    BMI
     
  3. Hi Alex

    I'm not sure how reliable BMI's are for folk who are still 15 when it comes to seeing if you'll be the right size in a couple of year's time.

    Have a chat with your GP and see what he/she reckons.

    At your age, you need to be careful trying to bulk up by using weights, as someone in their late teens or 20s might do. Your bones might still be growing, so take some medical advice on what sort of excercise you might try. You could talk to a sports physiologist who specialises in young people if you're really keen to.

    You'll probably find your musculature will fill out a bit over the next couple of years anyway, so you might be better doing cardiovascualr stuff such as running to improve your overall fitness, and leave the weights for a couple of years.

    Best of luck with joining the Army when the time is right for you.

    FB
     
  4. Hi Alex,

    Well, it is early days in terms of you reaching your full potential in size and weight. This can be largely determined by genetics. If your father/mother were better at long distance running than say sprinting; then you may follow in that path. If you look at the footballer Peter Crouch who plays for Liverpool; he is tall and very lean and probably has a very high amount of slow twitch muscle fibres in his muscles. He would find it alot harder to build muscle and put on lean body mass because of this (unless he used anabolic steroids, and that is cheating). Now, consider the All Blacks legend Jonah Lumo; nearly just as tall as Crouch; but his genetic code gave him an awesome, powerful physique. He had a large amount of fast twitch muscle fibre, which, with the correct training; can acheive massive gains.

    In Australia, young children are selected at an early age and directed into various sports. They are tested to see how their genetic code would best suit a particular sport. The Eastern block countries did this in the 70/80s; but they also gave all the young kids anabolic steroids to make them super human. It was a fairly brutal way to acheive great success, but moraly wrong.

    I would suggest you concentrate on being able to lift your own body weight at present:- press ups; climbing a rope; pull ups on a bar. Work in reps and sets:- 5 reps = 1 set. Build the sets/reps up over a period of time. Start doing some simple sit ups, again in reps and sets. If you don't already start playing sport contact sport. I would suggest rugby union/league. This will give you much more confidence in your physical ability; teamwork; mental toughness and a more aggressive, competitive edge (albeit controlled aggression). If not rugby then some form of martial art or boxing.

    Why not go into your local Army careers office and get some info on the Parachute Regiment. They should be able to give you a website that you could log onto to find out more about the Paras.

    Have you thought about joining the Army Cadets, as a stater? Alex, life is all about preparing yourself for future aspirations. You hold the key, you can achieve many things if you want it badly enough. Life in the Army is not easy by any means, special forces require a focused and highly motivated individual, who must be prepared to push themselves beyond their knowm limits. This is a tough, uncompromising career.

    The better prepared you are the more chance of success awaits you. Remember, pain is inevitable; failure is optional!

    Good luck in your future endeavours

    lats
     
  5. I agree with what you said Dorsi, follow that alex and you will be ok. But dont just focus on strength training, do stamia training aswell because it is no use being able to lift a car but not be able to walk up the stairs. For now alex focus on stamia, but if you can do a sport like boxing because it will build your strength up aswell.

    It is another year and a half till i join, I hope to join the fusiliers. The acf is good to join if you have an intrest in the army but be careful not to take it to seriously, also when you go in the army its best not to big it up about being cadets.

    Another quick question: Will i be able to sign up for infantry before my gcse results?
     
  6. the infantry don't need any formal qualifications

    so i guess so yeah.. minimum age is 15 yrs 11 months to apply (i think)
     
  7. It is good to see that you guys know what you want to do.

    Should of mentioned nutrition last night but was in a bit of a rush. Recommend you buy a good book about nutrition for young athletes, for example. Have a look on the internet or ask your Phys ed teacher. If you get no joy then come back to me and I'll try to find a suitable book.

    Good luck.

    Lats
     
  8. Dont worry about your weight son, if you're a little on the light side, they'll give you a mortar base plate or something equally chunky, to stop you drifting too much.
    Good luck. :wink:
     
  9. What you have to remember is children's BMI is different from adults check here Children's BMI Calculator

    My lad is in the process of applying to join, he's just turned 16, and you would easily find more meat on a fingerprint than him :wink: Admittedly he's a sports freak playing hockey, rugby and football at county level but the AFCO said his BMI was fine even though on an adult BMI calculator he shows as underweight!!
     


  10. thanks all for the help and i am going with your advice and found a suitable book which tells you about health and fitness in the army. As for cadets i already am one although the air cadets, as the army cadets dont really have one locally :s
     
  11. Good luck Alex,

    It is a pleasure to be of some assistance, even in a small way.

    I too am hoping to have a career in the military, though this time I hope it will be with the Australian Army. I did 23 years in the Britsh Army and now at the age of 45 I want some more. So, just like you I'll be starting over again. Apart from that, Australia will give a fantastic future to my wife and young son.

    Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing by my email.

    Good luck kid!


    Lats
     
  12. When I joined I was approx 1 stone underweight at about 9st, the Medical Officer carrying out may medical stated I was a bit on the light side and promptly wrote my weight on the form as 10.5st!

    I was 16 at the time and it didn't take that long before I was 10.5st, only wish I was still now!!!
     
  13. Its not the stamina thats bothering me its the strength I'm worried about the log race and boxing the most. I can easily run 1. 5 miles in around 9-10 minutes. 8O
     
  14. 9 mins 30 secs for Para Reg mate!
    However thats what basic is for, trust me, they'll build you up before you go on to P Coy!
    The 'boxing' as you call it is called milling ..... it is in no way boxing, just 1 minute of haymakering at your opponent!
    Don't worry about the phys If you want it bad enough the phys will be there! You'll get it!
    Good luck!
     
  15. Hello young man don't worry about your weight. I have served in the paras and I can assure you that we had plenty of tough men who were on the short side and skinny side. you will grow out and up as your hormones kick in over the next few years.

    Eat healthy and play your sports. Best of luck and I am sure you will do well. :)