Fitness

Marine Corps Obstacle Course at MCRD San Diego, California

Marine Corps Obstacle Course | Conquer the Challenge

One of the first challenging events that recruits face in boot camp is the Marine Corps Obstacle Course, also called the O-Course, or the Tarzan Course. It looks difficult, at first, but there’s a technique to it. Your drill instructors will show you how to navigate the course, and then you’ll run through it. Twice. …

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Marine Corps strength training, just the basics

Marine Corps Strength Training | Fundamentals of Strength

When it comes to Marine Corps Strength Training, I never knew where to start. I wanted to be strong enough for boot camp but didn’t have the resources. There are many recruits who have considerable weight training experience from being on a high school football team, wrestling team or involved in other extra-curricular sports. But, …

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Marine Corps Initial Strength Test IST

What is the Marine Corps Initial Strength Test?

The Marine Corps Initial Strength Test, or IST, is given to new recruits to ensure they are ready to begin training. Recruiters administer the test prior to enlistment, and recruits will take the test again during their first week of boot camp. The Marine Corps IST consists of pull ups, crunches, a 1.5-mile run, and for recruits training for infantry occupations, ammo can lifts.

A recruit does pull ups as part of the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test

Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) | Fitness Fundamentals

Physical fitness is essential to the combat effectiveness of the Marine Corps. Every Marine is required to maintain a high level of fitness regardless of age, gender, or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). The Marine Corps also considers physical fitness an important part of leadership. As the saying goes “lead from the front.” The most basic …

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