Many new fitness enthusiasts and aspiring athletes join uniformed service training programs, expecting to transform their physiques with 'boot camp' style training. Those of us who are out of shape, a bit overweight or have less of a foundation of fitness, however, won't be able to withstand the extensive physical stress for long durations. The muscles simply won't be prepared or conditioned.
In my work, recruits with a lack of mental and physical preparation causes can quit their training programs, either from sustaining an injury or because they failed to meet the minimum fitness requirements. When you join, you'll go through rucking and remedial physical training programmes designed to push your body past its limits and consume significant portions of your spare time, leaving you with no time to learn about the profession you're pursuing. These issues stem from a lack of preparation and no strategy.
Don't be that guy. To excel through the challenges and hardships of becoming a tactical athlete, simply master these rules:
1. Understanding Your Motivation
Everyone has different goals and reasons for starting a training programme. To achieve long-term success, you must be your biggest motivator and cheerleader. In high-pressure scenarios, your fitness will determine whether you, your friends, or the people you are attempting to save live or die.
2. Upper Body Strength
Your upper-body strength impacts your functional capabilities. Performing compound movements with the addition of pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups will improve your ability to jump over walls, climb fences, and scale ropes. Continuously strive to improve, and never overestimate your physical capabilities. When you master your workouts and execute them properly, your athletic performance and physique will make remarkable progress as your posture and form simultaneously improve.
3. Go The Extra Mile
You'll have to take the initiative in your fitness plan to ensure you surpass the physical requirements of your programme - slacking and focusing solely on meeting the minimum required standard will limit your level of success. Those that perform well during entrance fitness tests are generally better at successfully completing their basic training and go on to having a more fulfilling career off the back of it.
4. Master Rucking
Becoming great at rucking doesn't require extensive experience. You should, however, be capable of rucking 3-5 miles per week as a foundational baseline for your fitness routines without sustaining any injuries.
5. Work Well With Others
During your assessment and career, you should feel comfortable sharing your ideas with your team and following orders because teamwork is crucial to succeeding as a tactical athlete. In many scenarios, teamwork will be the defining factor between failure and success.
6. Feed Your Success
The food you consume determines your physical performance. Focus on eating healthy food rich in protein and carbohydrates, like lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, to provide the energy needed to carry out your training. Steer clear of energy drinks! They give initial boosts due to sugar and caffeine, but it's best to avoid them because they're not sustainable long-term and have detrimental health effects.
7. Avoid Negative Influences
For the sake of your mental and physical growth and development, you must only surround yourself with people capable of providing you with the support you need to persevere through your training. Having negative people in your life will negatively impact your performance and distract you from reaching your true potential, which is why it's best to avoid people who negatively influence your life.
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