Lose 30lbs for Sprint Football?

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  1. whtcnnr

    whtcnnr New Member

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    The other day I received a letter informing me that I am a prospective candidate for sprint football at USNA. I'm weigh about 200lbs, at about twenty percent body fat, maintaining the general, recommended workout. Can I assume that the rigors of plebe summer will help me easily shed the excess 30lbs?
     
  2. Malachy Marine

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    It'll probably help some. Although be prepared to cut weight regularly. Most of my friends, who played Sprint at USNA, were in the cutting weight category. They couldn't constantly maintain 170. So they cut. Plus the program encourages it to the extent that they want you to maximize your muscle mass within the allotted weight limit.
     
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    Awesome. If GSP can cut that much, why can't I right? Thanks for the insight.
     
  4. Whistle Pig

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    Do not assume you'll be a weight-loser simply as a function of Plebe summer. Many are, conversely, USNA is careful that Plebes eat high-cal, 3 squares/day. And for some, that is a "first" and a weight-gainer. I'm not sure, but I speculate that it would be challenging to treat this time as "cut" time, at least during Plebe summer. And helping you to lose 30 elbees for sprint football may not be high on your cadre's list of desires and good wishes for you. :wink: In fact, I'd bet the ranch that'd be about the LAST thing on their hopes for your summer camping experience at Camp Yard! :eek:
     
  5. singaporemom

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    Start training and eating properly now, and you may seem some progress... It all depends on your body type. Plebe summer will probably shed a few pounds, but it will come back afterwards. my son lost 8 pounds and was very skinny at PPW. but he was back to regular weight by Thanksgiving. he's now probably at the same weight as I-day but much leaner. He's definitely more muscular but the same weight. Good Luck
     
  6. PositiveThinking

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    Our son lost 20 lbs. during Plebe summer last year! :eek: He had done a lot of weight lifting, so when that stopped and the constant cardio started, the pounds came off. His detailers took him to weigh in every day toward the end of the summer, and he was on the "4 meals a day" plan. Believe me, his detailers kept a very close eye on their plebes' health during the summer! He has now gained back about 10 lbs. and is at a good weight for him. Like singaporemom's son, he's very lean and strong.
     
  7. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Conversely to the original post,
    I got the sprint football letter, and my goal is to survive at least a week of practice, once it begins (plebe summer or AC year).
    I'm about 140 lbs., and I know I'm a bit underfed. (When I went to the 3 summer seminars week after week, I gained wieght).
    I'm not the best football player, and I'm not looking for a sport that would get in the way of a potential Aero. Eng. major.
    Am I barking up the wrong tree? Should I stick to intramural/club sports (like lacrosse)?
    Just looking for opinions/different perspectives.
     
  8. Whistle Pig

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    I know 2 140 lb plebes who gained 25 each during summer due to the plan. Still, not knowing much about many things, especially you? I'd say yep, wrong tree. Especially w/ aero. It's a buster, we're told. jmho ...
     
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    If you are still in school go see the wrestling coach at your school. He will be able to help you safely lose weight. My son routinely cuts 10-15 lb to wrestle and he never misses a meal. During wrestling season he was 5'8", 145. He is currently 160 and wants to play Sprint Football if he is accepted at Navy.

    Eat lots of yogurt, lean protein foods, veggies, fruit. Avoid white carbs. Eat something small every 3 hours to keep your metabolism going. Drink lots of water. Do not try to starve yourself. It seems counterintuitive but you MUST eat to lose weight.
     
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    Any idea what qualifications result in the letter about sprint football and how many plebes receive them? DS received one and was wondering.
     
  11. whtcnnr

    whtcnnr New Member

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    I had three years of High School football (2 years varsity) and four years of Track (3 years varsity). Nothing in the letter stated how or why I was qualified, just that I'm being considered.
     
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    Thanks again for the insight everybody.
     
  13. Whistle Pig

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    Don't get too wound up or unduly flattered. USNA minor sports all "recruit" like this, using some very basic parameters. You likely IDed at least one here. Don't fret about this one way or the other. Great being part of a team. And you will be, whether on the field, court, or P-way! And one can often detract and or discourage the other. Keep eyes on the prize. And it's not being the center on the sprint team. And don't misinterpret my thought as discouragement from participating.
     
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    Dear CandidateElias15 - Sprint Football is intense. It is a varsity sport and some on the "big boys" team have said that their workout/practice regiment is not nearly as intense as Sprint. The season is shorter which means you do not miss as much class time.
     
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    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Yes, I've decided that I'll take Plebe year finding my niche, decide if I'll have time to spare for youngster year, and bulk up or find another sport accordingly.
    Thanks for the insight everyone.
     
  16. singaporemom

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    Last year, my DS received the recruitment letter for Sprint Football and Crew. He looked into it during Plebe summer and in the fall started with Karate. But then......Ultimate Frisbee came to the academy and he went with his first love. There is nothing quite as liberating as playing some 'bee!!!!:biggrin:
     
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    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    Did the recruitment letter for crew say anything about how the measure your abilities? Erg score, varsity???
     
  18. 2012mom?

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    Letter or no letter, everyone will have a chance to try out for crew during sports periods over PS. While the various teams (heavyweight, lightweight and women's) have some "recruited" members, there are also lots of members who never rowed before I-day. A guy on the #1 varsity boat last year never rowed before USNA.

    Can't say for men's, but spots on the novice women's boats for regattas (after lots of practice) were determined by erg times and "seat races."
     
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    My son had never rowed, but when he visited the Academy during h.s., he introduced himself to the plebe crew coach to express interest. The coach didn't -- let's say "didn't seem to share that interest," but when son arrived @ NAPS, he was informed he was a recruited athlete for crew!

    He loved crew and rowed in varsity boats as a 2/C, but an ERG injury threatened his ability to serve, so he had to give it up during 3/C year. Agree w/ 2012Mom re: ERG and seat races determining who rows in races.
     
  20. honor66

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    Sprint football

    Bully on the wrestling. My kid wrestles at 170. He weighs 192 during football. He can lose the weight in the wrestling room in less than a month.
     

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