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    Personal Training for Military Co-op

    The Co-op program through the school is where students get to "taste-test" a career they want to join so they know if they actually want to do it or not. The military co-op is basically the same thing. However, it involves physical training, physical testing, soldiers pay, and two weekends through the semester where you get to stay up for 72 hours straight in simulated combat/battlefield situations (gooooood times).

    The physical requirements are the same for this program as they are for actual military enlistment. at my age, I must be able to do:
    -Do 19 pushups
    -Do 19 sit-ups
    -Run 2.4km in under 12 minutes

    The purpose of this thread is for me to display my weekly progress. To do this, I am recording how well I do in 7 exercises (plus my weight and the date) on paper, and then scanning it weekly to assess progress. The exercises are:
    -# of Push-ups that I can do at once
    -# of Sit-ups I can do at once
    -Furthest I can bike in one sitting (in km)
    -2.4km running (or, as per my baseline thus far, how far I can actually make it, and how long it took for me to get there)
    -Amount I can bench press (in lbs, and how many reps I can do).
    -Amount of bicep curls I can do (in lbs, and how many reps I can do).
    -# of reps I can do on the Lat Machine at 50lbs (the max)

    If anyone see me lagging behind, feel free to shout at me, otherwise this is just to display my progress to the world. I am have 5 of them done, just have to do lat work-outs and biking and I will get back to y'all with my starting stats
    Rock on, go big or go home, hit the ground running, hang in there kitty... don't eat the yellow snow...

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    so, what are your baseline numbers?
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    Good luck. Sounds like a nice challenge and fun. I was in the USAF for ten years, and I would go back in a heartbeat if they accepted old farts.
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    Bike Riding is being switched to "# of smokes". I can ride the bike indefinitely, so there really isn't any progress to record. If I record the number of smokes in a day, I can note progress towards quitting.

    February 12, 2011

    Weight: 276lbs
    Pushups: 7
    Situps: 10
    Curls: 15 at 50lbs
    Running: 0.37km. 03:53. Quit due to chest pains
    Number of Smokes: 8
    Bench Press: 13 at 70lbs
    Lat Machine: 50 at 50lbs


    I am also on a diet starting a week from now. Switching to deli meat sandwiches from 3 packages of ramen noodles for lunch every day, as the most major example I can think of. Going to try and follow Canada's Foodguide.
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    Rock on, go big or go home, hit the ground running, hang in there kitty... don't eat the yellow snow...

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    Good luck! Don't expect instant success....it will take a couple of weeks to begin seeing major progress, but it will.

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    Running: 0.37km. 03:53. Quit due to chest pains

    That sounds familiar. When I started jogging, I quit at 1/8 mile because of the pains. Within a three weeks, I was jogging 3 miles with just a bit of heavy breathing and no pains.

    Bottom line: like bfmorgan says, you'll soon see the results you're looking to achieve. Stay at it. We're pulling for you.
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    Go Benny Go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennerman View Post
    The Co-op program through the school is where students get to "taste-test" a career they want to join so they know if they actually want to do it or not. The military co-op is basically the same thing. However, it involves physical training, physical testing, soldiers pay, and two weekends through the semester where you get to stay up for 72 hours straight in simulated combat/battlefield situations (gooooood times).

    The physical requirements are the same for this program as they are for actual military enlistment. at my age, I must be able to do:
    -Do 19 pushups
    -Do 19 sit-ups
    -Run 2.4km in under 12 minutes

    The purpose of this thread is for me to display my weekly progress. To do this, I am recording how well I do in 7 exercises (plus my weight and the date) on paper, and then scanning it weekly to assess progress. The exercises are:
    -# of Push-ups that I can do at once
    -# of Sit-ups I can do at once
    -Furthest I can bike in one sitting (in km)
    -2.4km running (or, as per my baseline thus far, how far I can actually make it, and how long it took for me to get there)
    -Amount I can bench press (in lbs, and how many reps I can do).
    -Amount of bicep curls I can do (in lbs, and how many reps I can do).
    -# of reps I can do on the Lat Machine at 50lbs (the max)

    If anyone see me lagging behind, feel free to shout at me, otherwise this is just to display my progress to the world. I am have 5 of them done, just have to do lat work-outs and biking and I will get back to y'all with my starting stats

    Hey Bennerman, good on ya for wanting to do the co-op. Funny thing is, just last week I had to do the Canadian Forces express test for this year....a whole week after being back to work after getting home from afghanistan haha.

    So just some friendly pieces of advise: First off is the diet.....just remember to not starve yourself.....food is not always the enemy.... quantity, type, and how its cooked are the huge factors. Second is on the running. Make sure to pace yourself, if you find you cant keep going try starting with a slower pace and work yourself up. Next, make sure you are doing different exercises at the gym each time....you dont want to work the same muscle groups over and over again and neglect other.

    Also, if you want, check out crossfit. There are a ton of us military guys that use crossfit to train. It combines strength, agility, and cardio all into one session and it gets results if you keep at it.

    Oh and the 72 hour sleep deprivation is fun.....i remember yelling password challenges to a tree that i thought was coming at our defensive....hahaha

    If you ever want some help with anything, just let me know, id be more then happy to help you out with anything ya need for training

    Keep at er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxHound View Post
    Oh and the 72 hour sleep deprivation is fun.....i remember yelling password challenges to a tree that i thought was coming at our defensive....hahaha
    If you heard the tree respond to your challenge with a pass phrase, then there would be some concern.
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    Long ago, before you were invented, and I was you age, we had higher physical requirements just to make it through PE in High School. Things sure have slid. But, congrats on looking at military service. Keep chipping away at it. Personally if it were me, I would consult my doctor on diet. I would also go cold turkey on the smokes. Cutting back never ever works. You need to develop discipline anyway and that's a perfect place to start. Not to mention it will save you a load of cash these days.

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