Physical Question- Please help

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by WP1010, May 28, 2015.

  1. WP1010

    WP1010 New Member

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    So we received a letter stating that we must be able to do one pull-up or 12 seconds on the flex arm hang on R-Day. Failure to do so can lead to possible dismissal. I have not worked out since my CFA in November because my sport went into season. So now I struggle to do even one! :( I am working very hard now to get that number up before I leave for R-Day. Does anyone know how serious this is? Or is it just a scary encourager to continue working out and improving? Hopefully my worries can be eased!
     
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  2. Jcc123

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    Seriously? Just do a dang pull-up. My 15yr old daughter can do them. You're entering the pipeline to be an Army officer, excuses really don't fly anymore.
     
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  3. NavyHoops

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    You have a month. If you start today, you should be able to knock several out. Your sport is not an excuse. If your sport didn't keep you at good enough shape to do 1 pull up, then you should have been working on this throughout. You have known you were going to WP for awhile now. Put a pull up bar in a door way and work on it daily. Find an online program. 30 days is a lot of time to be running, working on core strength and upper body strength.
     
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  4. tug_boat

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    The first week you will be tested! And either your first or second semester you will be enrolled in either boxing for men/judo for women and the IOCT. You must pass the indoor course its required. Here is a link on it and ask yourself how important upper body strength is.

    During Beast you must also complete March Back. Everyone who has ever graduated from West Point had to go through R-Day and March Back with full battle rattle. During your Yuk year you must pass Combat Survival Swim. Now do some soul searching and make sure this is the path you want to take to become an Army officer. If you enter West Point and decide this is not for you and separate your spot will go empty for the next 47 months that could have been occupied by someone else.

    Thats how important that one meezly pull up is.

    Gut Check!!

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  5. 845something

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    @WP1010 yes, it is serious. It is a quick way to weed out those that potentially lied on their application and those that are going to have issues balancing their physical fitness. It happens before you take the oath so turning you around/out is simpler. As others have stated: you've done it once and you have a month to prepare, so "No excuse, Sir/Ma'am", you've got to execute.
     
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  6. parentalunit2

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    Oh, my. Work to exceed the standard, my friend. Not just to meet it.
     
  7. Capt MJ

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    You could have spent the time reading these posts working on your pull-up or doing exercises to build the skill, or heading over to the sports store to get a pull-up bar for your bedroom doorframe or researching online for YouTube demos of how to build the skill or asking a strength coach for technique tips. Let us know you have taken active steps to identify, attack and resolve the problem, with a goal of several more than 1 pull-up. Don't spend time polling to see if we think it's a serious requirement.

    You will feel hugely better if you direct the worry about this into fueling a desire to conquer this and head out in a month confident of your physical skill.
     
  8. parentalunit2

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    It is any wonder we’ve been losing to Navy all these years?

    I’ll go back to something I’ve said before on here…….is USMA really not explaining at all exactly what type of environment one is going to encounter when they enter the academy? Such that candidates actually ask a question like this? I hope and pray this is a troll question. If not, just shut the place down.
     
  9. tug_boat

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    Shut the place down huh? USMA has more wins in their column than Navy. USMA beat Navy at their own game in sailing at the last Patriots game! As you know the Army needs take precedence over anything else. Just because Army football offensive and defensive lines are under weight doesn’t mean anything. What does matter is minting 2LT that are physically, mentally and spiritually ready to defend our constitution and that begins with a fit Army. The BIG defensive line guys have a very difficult time on the obstacle courses, swimming challenges and academic demands. Army physical standards call for a very lean cadet, there is a mountain of empty cadet uniforms at Nininger Hall left behind because cadets couldn’t make tape.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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  10. vrs

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    I am the mom of a candidate. I can do one and most of a second pull up, and I only started about a month ago, and not seriously either. I am 51 years old. If I can do it, you can do it. It's not hard. Just start working. No excuses. No retreat.
     
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  11. bookreader

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    If you think that the army will write down a requirement and then not really mean it, then you will be in for a big surprise at WP.
     
  12. Dixieland

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    I think you'll find that the Army and West Point don't "play".
     
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  13. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Are you a troll?

    Perhaps you thought you were going to study basket weaving at Hippie U? What the heck were you thinking?

    Get off your bum, get off the computer, and get busy.

    And no more excuses.

    Fencersmother is wrathful.
     
  14. Will2k17

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    You guys are savage hahaha
    I'm 15 and I'm kinda tall (6'3) so pull ups are an issue but I have no doubt Ill max my pull ups when I take the CFA next summer
     
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    You will be attending THE PREMIER leadership institution in the WORLD. Once you graduate you will be responsible for MOTIVATING our Nation's MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE. Think about the endeavor you are about to embark upon and realize that before you can motivate others you have the responsibility to motivate yourself. As a leader you MUST meet and EXCEED the standards; anything less is unacceptable. You can accomplish almost anything in 30 days so dig in...
     
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  16. Craig

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    Get the weights out and start during curls every other day. Do lighter weight for endurance and heavy for strength. Mix it up. Get on the pull-up bar and start doing reps or best you can do. 30 days is a lot of time.
     
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  17. bunnylady

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    WP1010 and Will2k17, just follow the workouts you are to prep with, but add that flexed arm hang 3 times daily. Be as serious about it as you are about anything in your life. Set goals and achieve them for advancing to pull-ups on a weekly basis. My DD struggled too. She thought she'd be fine and slipped right off the bar first time practicing for the CFA! Her brother is a tall, muscular football lineman and he helped her through it. It's an isolated group of muscles in your fingers and forearm doing a lot of work, but dedication and perseverance will get you through.
     

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