What does Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy Seals, Marine Recon, and Air Force Special Tactics all have in common? First off, they are some of this country’s highest trained military members. Secondly, the core of all there training is done with body weight exercises. Why is that? If these are our most elite soldiers then why don’t we have them in the gym pumping heavy iron? The answer is very simple. They are soldiers who have to be ready to handle anything that is thrown their way not body builders. Lifting heavy weights all the time does build big muscles but it doesn’t build the kind of muscle endurance that is needed to accomplish strenuous tasks in stressful situation.
I was into body building when I joined the Army and looked like I was in great shape. Even though I was in better shape than people who were new and didn’t get very much exercise, I was still no match for the drill sergeants. These drill sergeants didn’t look like they were in any better shape than me. However they out did me in every single physical aspect that the army threw my way. It didn’t matter if it was running, sit – ups, pushups, pull ups, or long distance marches, I kept falling short to the senior military members. It didn’t matter that I was 20 years old and in the peak shape of my life. They ran circles around me at 40 years old.
I wanted to be the best and knew I had to change my ideas on training. I had to start building muscle endurance through body weighted exercise. I put down the weights and started using my body weight to train. This changed everything for me. I was able to do everything longer and easier than I was able to do when I first got into basic training. This helped me accomplish all the tasks that the army threw at me. My eyes were now open. I realized that different types of training helps with different situations. If I wanted to be a body builder than long hours in the gym with various training techniques where I needed to be. But If I wanted to be a Spartan Warrior I will need to incorporate allot of tough body weighted exercises into my routine.