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Getting the Right Body Composition for Boot Camp

Getting ready for military boot camp
 
 

   Many people today join boot camps to increase their fitness with a tough, intensive program. There are professional fitness organizations across the world extorting the benefits of joining one of their boot camps. However, it is somewhat different when you are going to boot camp because you have signed up for military service.

   People join the armed forces for many reasons and most will understand that there is a certain level of fitness that is expected from every candidate. Of course, you will receive fitness tests and training, but you need to be in some sort of shape before you arrive at boot camp.

   If you are looking for some tips for basic training and arriving at boot camp in the right shape then you will find some here.

   Here are some thoughts, tips, and suggestions about joining the armed forces and how to prepare for your first-ever boot camp.

 

   Reasons to join the armed forces

 

   Last year the Covid pandemic ripped through the world and is continuing to cause havoc across the world. Due to businesses closing temporarily and often permanently this has led to a much higher level of unemployment than before.

   The armed forces have always attracted people looking for a level of job security that can be found in many areas and this situation is still the same due to Covid.

   Job security is only one of the many good reasons that people join the armed forces though. Here are a few others:

   ● Job satisfaction
   ● Fitness and an active lifestyle
   ● Patriotism
   ● Leadership qualities
   ● Looking to develop marketable skills
   ● A desire for adventure and to see the world

   That last point has been the reason that many a young person has joined the Navy, Army, or Air Force over the years and not regretted it.

   But, to be able to take on adventure, you need to be fit.

 

   Getting fit and losing weight for military service

 

   You have decided to sign up (or perhaps you already have) and now you want to make sure you are in the best shape possible. Now you know the many reasons why someone would join the armed forces it is time to learn how to prepare yourself for boot camp.

 

   What is body composition?

 

   The Army expects its recruits to be below a certain level on their BMI scores. To see the maximum you are allowed to weigh according to your height and age you can use the official Army calculator.

   For example, a 20-year-old, 6ft male, could be up to 200lbs. Any more than this and he would exceed the requirements defined by the Army. The armed forces will look at a recruit and determine their BMI and BFP.

   BMI stands for body mass index and is a rough indication of how much body fat a person is carrying. It is normally measured with calipers and while it gives a good indication of whether someone is under or overweight it doesn’t take into account other factors such as muscle mass and bone density.

   BFP is a more accurate representation of how much fat there is on a body as it distinguishes between that and muscle mass.

 

   How do you obtain an accurate reading of your BFP?

 

   When you are preparing to enlist and also later when you are about to go to boot camp you want to be in the right shape. Understanding your BMI and BFP will help you to be on the right track.

   To get an accurate measure of these measurements along with other body metrics you could use smart bathroom scales. This is one of the most reliable ways to measure BMI and BFP at home. For instance, the FitTrack Smart Scales can measure 17 different body metrics to help you see areas that need working on and where everything is good.

 

   These metrics include the following:

   ● BMI and BFP
   ● Muscle mass
   ● Bone mass
   ● Protein mass
   ● Body water percentage
   ● Subcutaneous fat
   ● Bodyweight
 

   The reason there are 17 metrics is that it has been determined that these are the key elements to health and wellness. Using a smart scale like this can help you with your pre-boot camp program.

 

   Be ready for your fitness test

 

   This is a great chance to increase your fitness. Being active when young can transition into later years and help you to enjoy a long healthy life. When you arrive at boot camp you will face a fitness test. It might surprise you but not everyone arrives at camp physically ready for this but if you are prepared it will make the rest of your time a lot easier.

   The personal fitness test PFT is a requirement for every new recruit and if you are physically ready for it you won’t just be trying to get through training, you will be ahead of the game.

   There are different tests for each branch of the armed forces. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have different measurements and standards but for the sake of this article, you will be looking at the Army’s PFT.

 

   What does the Army personal fitness test involve?

 

   There are a number of tests that make up the APFT and they are all listed here:

   ● 2 minutes of push-ups
   ● 2 minutes of sit-ups
   ● Pull-ups
   ● 2-mile run
   ● 5-mile run
   ● 16-mile hike with 65lb pack
   ● 15 meter swim with gear
 

   It is not as simple as just achieving the above. There are the minimum and recommended measurements for each activity. You will want to be hitting the recommended amounts and this is why you want to be the right body composition before you go.

   The numbers you are looking to hit are as follows:

   ● Push-ups - between 49 and 80 (with 80 the best)
   ● Sit-ups - between 59 and 80
   ● Pull-ups - between 6 and 12
   ● 2-mile run - 15.12 mins and 13 mins
   ● 5-mile run - 40 mins and 35 mins
   ● 16-mile hike - 5hrs 20mins and 4-5 hrs
 

   The 15-meter swim is done on a pass-fail basis.

 

   Diet and training

 

   One thing that affects people in certain situations and professional sportspeople, is nervous energy. Boxers for instance train for a longer fight than they will be having as nervous energy can destroy stamina. When you are training for boot camp bear in mind it is the runs that many struggle with. Allow yourself 6 weeks and combine sprinting with jogging and walking.

   Look to eat fatty fish that is high in Omega-3, eggs, fiber, lean meats, and proteins are good. Cut out sugary drinks, alcohol, and snacks. Try to avoid processed foods to help lower your BFP if necessary. Black tea is also good for helping to lose weight around the belly area.

 

   Summary

 

   Exercise can boost your memory and thinking skills. These are areas needed when serving in the military. A healthy diet can lead to a longer life and when combined with exercise it will help you to avoid the risks of any diseases later on. By using technology such as smart scales you can monitor your progress and set yourself goals.

   By setting yourself fitness targets and reducing your BMI to the required level needed you will be ready to excel at boot camp.

 

 

 
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