Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting physical

Every day Recruit trains physically as well as mentally.

This reportedly consists of six limbering exercises, followed by a "daily dozen" of side-startle hops, bends and thrusts, rowing exercise, side benders, leg lifts, toe touches, mountain climbing, trunk twisters, push-ups, bend and reach, body twists, and squat benders, up to 15 reps each, and up to three sets of each. This is in addition to required runs and long-distance marches.
On week three the recruits also begin on the Confidence Course. Obstacles, just what our Recruit loves, I see more and more what the draw was for him to go through this thing.

No there are no young women where Recruit is. The women go to Parris Island on the East Coast, but this video describes the idea of the Confidence Course better than any of the others.
Once the recruits know how to fight, they need to know how to maneuver across a battlefield. This is where the confidence course comes into play. This course is made up of 15 obstacles that make recruits climb to new heights of more than 35 feet.
"Some recruits are terrified of heights,"  said Staff Sgt. Roger A. Taylor, close-combat instructor "And sometimes, recruits don't know they are scared of heights until they get up. But we encourage and motivate them to complete the obstacles, and once they do, it's a great sense of accomplishment and they leave for Camp Pendleton ready to take on any challenge."
The course ends with the Slide for Life - where recruits shimmy down suspended cables over a swimming pool.


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