The physical fitness of the crew is crucial to the execution of the mission. The crew conducts group PT for 2 hours every morning. Group PT allows for greater competition, accountability, and cohesion. PT consists of full gear hikes in steep terrain, 4-5 mile hill runs, calisthenics and weight training.
It cannot be stressed enough to prospective candidates the importance of individual physical fitness. Take an honest look at your fitness level and where you can be by mid-April before you apply. The crew thrives on physical challenges and that is the type of mentality we look for in applicants.
Minimum goals to shoot for, pre-season:
- 7+ pull-ups
- 45+ push-ups
- 50+ sit-ups
- 3-5 mile runs maintaining a sub-8-minute-mile pace for the duration.
- 3-5 mile hikes in steep terrain with at least 40 lbs of weight, maintaining a steady pace and an elevated heart rate.
Pre-season training should include hiking with boots and a pack, running distances between 3-8 miles in varying terrain, and strength training.
Our weekly PT schedule consists of the following:
First Week of Pay Period:
Sunday Weights & Run
Wednesday Circuit Training
Saturday "The Deck"
Second Week of Pay Period:
Tuesday "The Deck"
Friday Loop & Upper Body Circuit