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Tactical Fitness: Combining Personal Workouts with Recruit PT

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Hello Stew,

I have been combing over all your articles looking for ways to improve my USMC IST/PFT/CFT's, and there are a lot of great methods. What I'm wondering, however, is if you have any advice on balancing all these training regimens and PT, such as doing 200 pushups a day for two weeks, then going to PT and doing the exercises my recruiters give me. I'm just curious if I can do both or if that's too strenuous on the body. I'm aiming to be a top recruit at boot camp as I plan to apply for PLC next year. I'm trying extremely hard to do anything to get to top tier levels of performance.

Great job with your training so far. It's a great start to have high expectations of yourself going into training. Too many think that it is bootcamp's job to get you in shape. Thinking that way will cause a lot of pain and injury, but so will pushing too hard prior to bootcamp.

Be smart about designing your own program for pre-military training. When mixing several different plans, arrange them in a way where you actively pursue recovery. You can still rest even though you work out six days a week. You do this by resting body sections. Like on Mon / Wed / Fri, do your upper body workouts mixed with running and swimming for skill.

On Tues / Thurs / Sat, mix in running and leg PT. Consider making one or two days a weighted leg day, and add in rucking one to two times a week with a leg mobility day of treading water to loosen the hips, legs, and back by treading water with no hands and doing dynamic warmup stretches in the water.

Take Sunday off – relax and recover.

Stew Smith works as a presenter / editorial board with the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  There are also over 800 articles on Military.com Fitness Forum focusing on a variety of fitness, nutritional, and tactical issues military members face throughout their career.

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