Pull ups are sort of a big deal in the Marine Corps. They are part of the Marine PFT (physical fitness test) and must be done properly in order to count. That’s why it’s important that you always perform pull ups the proper way in order to develop the muscles necessary to complete the exercise. If… Read More
Most people know that becoming one of the few and the proud is no easy task. Marine boot camp is a challenging 13 week adventure that will test your limits both physically and mentally. Many people arrive unprepared and don’t perform as well as they could have if they had only taken the time to prepare.
As the old saying goes, if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. The point is that preparation is key to doing well during basic training.
As a fitness trainer and former Marine, I have talked to many future Marines in my career and I often hear questions like, “Won’t boot camp get me in shape? Why do I have to prepare for it?”
This is a good question. The answer is yes, boot camp will absolutely get you into great shape but what sense does it make to arrive in a condition that puts you at a disadvantage? If you are serious about being a Marine and you want to be the best you can be, get started now!
Do all that you can do so that when you hit those yellow footprints, you will know that you are as prepared as you can be.
Trust me, if you arrive in great shape, you’ll be able to focus more on the other difficult parts of boot camp rather than whether or not you’re going to pass your fitness test or whether you can cope with the physical challenges your drill instructors will place upon you.
Boot camp is not meant to be fun nor is it meant to be a summer vacation. It is meant to mold ordinary citizens into basically trained Marines who are able to defend our countries freedoms at a moments notice.
In this section of our website, you’ll learn what it takes to prepare yourself in all areas before you leave. While Marine Style Fitness is a site about getting into great shape, I intend to also dedicate some of my time in giving valuable insights to future recruits about how to make boot camp less difficult in other areas as well.
As you probably already know, Marine boot camp can be quite a challenge. This is especially true for those who haven’t taken the time to train for the struggles they’ll encounter during the 13 weeks. When I was going through boot camp, there were a few who never really bothered to train and if they… Read More
When you think of Marine boot camp, do you imagine the movie Full Metal Jacket? Do you imagine being harassed, ridiculed and pushed to your limits like they are in the movie? Is it really that tough? Well, yes and no. While it’s true that there will be some of all of this, the way… Read More
Are you contemplating becoming a Marine? Do you dream of wearing Dress Blues and joining the group of elite warriors that answer the call to duty before anyone else? If so, you probably already know that becoming a Marine is no easy task. This can also be said of any branch of the military. Obviously,… Read More
What to Expect When you arrive at boot camp, whether it is Parris Island or San Diego, you will definitely be in for a shock if you are not mentally prepared for it. You will be greeted by a receiving Drill Instructor who will try and confuse you right off the bat. There will be… Read More
Why prepare for the physical rigors of boot camp? Isn’t the whole point of boot camp to get you into shape? These are questions that I have been asked many times on my quest to help recruits get into shape before arriving at boot camp. Many would assume that there is no need to get into shape… Read More
Marine boot camp is one of the most challenging boot camps on the planet. If you are headed that way, I hope you are prepared. Those who prepare before they go will have an easier time adjusting to the demands that will be placed on them. It’s not that you can totally prepare for the… Read More