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The Top 8 Best Resources to Prepare for Basic

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Basic training is tough, but with a bit of preparation you can give yourself a major advantage. If you are going to be attending basic training in the next year, you should definitely check out the resources below. The following are my top 8 preparation tools that will make life at basic training a lot easier.

1) The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook

A staple to read when preparing for basic training. This best-selling guidebook helped thousands of recruits survive military basic training. Learn how to make your drill sergeants happy, or at least not totally pissed at you. This Guidebook will show you what to expect, how to prepare, and even has an 8-week fitness regimen specific to basic training. There is also a version specific to the Air Force.

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2) Push X Pro

Push X Pro is a revolutionary new way to do push-ups and, private, if you think you can go to basic training without knowing how to do a lot of push-ups, you're sadly mistaken. With Push X Pro you can improve more than just your push-ups: you can work almost your entire body with various exercises. This is a great piece of portable equipment that is low-cost and easy to use.

3) Strength Stack 52

Strength Stack 52 is a deck of Smartphone-enhanced bodyweight fitness cards that makes fitness fun. You can play tons of fun fitness games with your friends or relatives, and even by yourself. If you don't know how to do the exercise on the card, simply scan the card with your phone to get a video of the exercise being performed. Strength Stack 52 uses only bodyweight exercises, which is perfect for military recruits.

4) BW44

BW44 is a 90 day bodyweight training program designed to increase strength and cardiovascular fitness. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or intermediate, this program will suite your needs. Along with this program is a handy Kaizen Clean Eating nutritional manual.

5) The Recovery Pack

From Pacific Elite Fitness, this recovery pack is a potent recovery formula for healing muscles and bouncing back after a hard workout. Certainly your basic training prep workouts will leave your sore, and this recovery pack is an excellent way for your body to recover quicker and more efficiently.

6) 90 Day Beginner Program

This beginner exercise program is perfect if you are overweight and preparing to get in shape for basic training.  This program consists is perfect for those who just don't know where to start.

7) The Ultimate Diet Log

Do you need to lose weight before basic? The Ultimate Diet Log is a unique food and exercise diary that fits any weight loss plan or health goal. Whether you want to lose weight, drink more water, trade in refined carbs for whole grains or learn to overcome overeating, this personalized tool can help you succeed.

8) Your Local Hiking Trail

No matter where you live you have access to local hikes. Why not turn them into a fun workout? Watch the video to learn how.

Sergeant Michael Volkin is a U.S. Army veteran. He served in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as a Chemical Operations Specialist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts and for the fitness programs he designed to help his fellow soldiers. He has a Master's degree in Science and is the author of the Ultimate Basic Training series of books which help recruits prepare for the mental and physical aspects of basic training.

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