Training Program for Plebe Summer

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  1. mcfeeley15

    mcfeeley15 New Member

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    I've received an LOA and my nomination (although I know it's not over until the BFE comes and could still not work out). But, since this could now be real, I want to start preparing for I-Day. My biggest concern is in strength training as I'm a runner (although not an allstar) and as long as I stick with the assigned training program, I should be able to do the running. So I'm more so curious on how I should prepare for the strength requirements. I know there's no substitute for constant repetition of push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups, but should I be weightlifting, and if so are there any programs anyone could recommend. Also any dietary recommendations for preparing for Plebe Summer? Thank You.
     
  2. bk2015

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    If you're a runner, you're pretty much set for plebe summer because you will be running for majority of the day (including chopping). I would get good at bodyweight stuff - push-ups, curl-ups, pull-ups - because there will be evolutions where you have to use strength, such as the IST and most importantly, the PRT. Mainly during grayspace, which is time during plebe summer when official evolutions aren't scheduled, a lot of times you will get dropped because you and your classmates will have "messed up" so being able to be in push-up position for long periods of time is helpful. You don't need to be weightlifting to prepare. In fact, if you do high weight, low rep type weightlifting, it might even slow you down.
     
  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ Member

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    More "training" tips:

    Learn to do all these fast:
    Shower. You will share 1 shower with multiple roommates and single-digit time to get it done.
    Eat.
    Shave.
    Dress.
    Get up the minute the alarm goes.

    ;)
     
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  4. lingeringboat

    lingeringboat USNA c/o 2020

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    I am a runner too but recently joined CrossFit and it seems to be helping out a lot with the strength portion of my fitness (provided that you go to a CrossFit gym where the trainers know what they are doing). My coach has a qualification from the US Olympic Weightlifting team and I was sure to find out his qualifications before I started because I did not want to risk any injury. I told him this, and he changes the weights to where I do more reps with less weight, trying to avoid any injury. It might be a good option for you!
     
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  6. mcfeeley15

    mcfeeley15 New Member

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    Thanks for the responses, I don't really have any family or good friends that are midshipmen or alumni of USNA so any and all information helps.
     
  7. bk2015

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    Feel free to PM me! I am class of 2019 so I can probably provide you with some of the most up to date information :)
     

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