I was a 19 year old, private first class in the Marine Corps when I started training. I started training due to shortfalls, I thought I could not exercise, have bad habits, like smoke and eat terrible and still do hard things.
Well I learned really quick that I couldn’t. So after basic training and my infantry training, I decided that I was going to workout everyday.
My early days of training were really basic, and that’s because I didn’t know much. I hung a pull up bar at my apartment. I would go out and run 3-6 miles and then come back and do 100 pull ups and 200 push ups.
Day in and day out, it was this workout, or something really similar to this. I would occasionally go to the gym and would find older Marines I looked up to and just do what they were doing. But I really didn’t know what I was doing.
I was small, young and didn’t know how to eat. I was 5’9 and 150lbs on a good day. I thought working hard was all that mattered, don’t get me wrong hard work is key, but it has to be in combination with goals and a well thought out plan.
I didn’t have goals or a plan. So, if you are just starting to train or have been doing it like I use to, STOP!! Make a plan, have a goal, and attack that goal.
I quickly began to gain experience though. This experience came from failing. For example, I attended Infantry squad leaders course. As the name states, it was a leadership course for squad leaders. I started out fairly strong physically in this course, we ran a lot, so I was ready.
As the course went on and weeks went by my physical abilities started to waiver, my weight dropped and I had a hard time packing gear and making long runs…
Well when you live on energy drinks and don’t eat, your body doesn’t want to perform. Shocker!! I know.
So when this course was over, I made a new plan, I was going to gain 10lbs, start running with weight, and start weightlifting more. I wanted to be ready, and I didn’t want to be thought of as a liability.
My plan worked, but I was about to find new holes in my game. To this day I feel like a Captain on a sinking ship, just constantly trying to plug holes, without causing more leaks. It’s hard, but it’s also worth it.
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Train hard! Make less excuses