Soon, the heavy heat of summer will beat down, making every training session both a high octane celebration of overcoming oppressive conditions and a reminder of proper hydration and other cautionary considerations. Despite the warnings, the overwhelming evidence that caution must be taken many will foolhardily press into their exercise day and suffer from the effect of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
It was only a few months ago that these training sessions were through snowy confines were barely had feeling in your fingertips and while you pressed on, when it came time to impossible cold weather conditions very few challenged the environment.
Though each of those conditions is valid, for those in the military there are no choices. In-fact, military personnel must be prepared not only to handle physical and mental extremes but be accustomed to them as a part of an everyday environment.
Training for military service, if you will allow me to say this, must accommodate you to chaos and not simply a challenging exercise complex but the reality where hell is the cradle you rest in and everything else is easy.
Individuals must be prepared to adapt to rapidly changing environments that are physical, mental and environmentally challenging. This is a crucial test and why standard gym environments should be avoided as rapidly changing environments will improve survivability.
This is best managed with the following training mediums and approaches
- Use of non-conforming objects
- High repetition movements with use of “buddies carries” and the like
- Training in outdoor conditions with (far) less-than optimal weather
- Directed training, whereby you enter the session without prior knowledge of the events to come.
- Mentally challenges throughout workout, particular when physical fatigue is highest
- Conditions that push adrenaline, with further stress of mental challenges
- Consistent use of rucksack and (with reason of-course) wearing of similar tactical field armour. Naturally this point has to be within reason but the point should be clear that this is not a filmed workout.
- Fitness levels radically enhanced. As a general rule of thumb, the military suffers from having a population pool mired in obesity.
- Dynamic range of motion
- Development of muscular endurance through body weight movements and heavy stress of legs. This is also heavily stressed within the consistent use of a rucksack.
Prepared by John Davies
Photos: Will Sarty, Bottom Photo Joey Smith
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