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8-Week Basic Training Fitness Routine
Become a Fitness Soldier!
By Rob Wilkins
“Success and general efficiency of every military establishment is, in a very large degree, dependent upon the physical fitness, endurance, and condition of the individual units of which it is composed."
-- William Nash, Military Historian
When asked why they are not physically active, millions of Americans typically respond, “I’m too busy and just don’t have the time to exercise.” Ironically, some of the busiest people in the world today are the men and women of the US Armed Forces who concur that physical fitness is a vital component to the overall success and strength of the US military and its members.
In order to accomplish a mission, military personnel may need to respond within 24 hours to a particular situation and must be fit enough to deploy to worldwide locations that vary from extreme heat to bone-chilling cold. To ensure troops are physically prepared, each branch of the military makes physical training a top priority. Highly effective fitness programs that promote readiness and increase combat effectiveness have been developed for military personnel.
The focus of the 8-Week Basic Training Fitness Routine is for you to take control of your time and, like the military, make physical activity a priority in your life. As you progress from week to week an amazing transformation will take place through your effort and commitment towards making a positive and massive change in yourself.
There will be days when you want to give up because you are too sore, too tired, too stressed, so let your commitment and determination drive you towards your target--graduation from the 8–Week Basic Training Fitness Routine. You can achieve amazing physical and mental results while inspiring the people around you. To increase your chance for success I recommend a dedicated workout partner to go through this life changing experience with you.
The following schedule will serve as your guide:
8-week Basic Training Schedule
05:00 a.m. - Wake
09:30 a.m. - Snack
12:-00 p.m. -
5 p.m. - Dinner
The following is the 8-week exercise routine to help you achieve your goals. The prescribed exercises consist of basic movements and if possible, I suggest using free weights. “Strength training will greatly assist you in performing weight bearing exercises such as pushups, pull-ups or dips. Not only will strength training help you becoming more powerful, but it will also, through the addition of hard-earned muscle, help your body utilize calories more efficiently,” commented Kathy Watson, a certified personal trainer.
“Free weights, in particular, will place a greater emphasis on the targeted muscles allowing for additional benefits over the long term. You simply cannot go wrong by investing time and energy into making yourself stronger and leaner by weight training,” Watson said.
The basic trainee warm-up consists of 3 sets of 12 push-ups, 3 sets of 15 jumping jacks, 3 sets of 15 crunches and 5 minutes riding the bike or walking on the treadmill.
*Before you get started with this program, I strongly suggest you get a checkup from your physician
Wayne Williamson, a certified personal trainer at Gold’s Gym, Arlington, VA, comments, “In my opinion, strict form is essential if you want to make progress and stay injury free. Stick with basic exercises and use a full range of motion for each exercise. Using these fundamental principles will quickly improve your strength and help you during daily activities such as carrying groceries or climbing stairs. The bottom line is train with intensity, record your progress, and listen to your body.”