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Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by california12, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. california12

    california12 New Member

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    I've already filled out a body fat test for the academy and was cleared. If i'm over the air force height-weight standards on I-day, will they just do another body fat test, or will I get sent home.
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I'm going to make a "personal" opinion here because ONLY USAFA/RRS can answer your question with 100% certainty.

    Why show up over?

    I-Day is what, 4 months away? Okay...true confession time...I've lost 35.5 lbs as of last Wednesday and I started on October 10th. That's just over 4 months and I'm 52 years old.

    Unless you're a recruited athlete and have an athletic height/weight waiver (and they are given to certain athletes) I think you put yourself at risk of all sorts of problems...none the least of which is health, which is why I decided to no longer be known as "the big guy" like I have been since high school!
    (And YES, to answer a few folks; I met the body fat/fitness standards of USAFA and USAF, but I didn't like my size...I'm doing this with my doctor's blessing!)

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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  3. Dad

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    I'm not sure they will do another body fat test on I-Day. You still have about 4 months to get into the best shape of your life. The altitude is a killer for lowlanders. The advice I have heard from people who have survived BCT is to run as much as you can. If you work out regularly and watch what you eat, you can put yourself in a position where the height-weight standards are moot. Good luck. :thumb: You have come this far, you can do this!

    PS If you are a recruited athlete, talk to your coach about your concerns. They can give you a work out regime that will help you report in the best shape for your sport.

    Sorry, I cross posted with Flieger. Listen to THE Man!
     
  4. FightingFalcon

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    You need to be doing all the pull ups, sit ups, flutter kicks, and running you can. Every day. You're going to be doing them all summer, anyway. Except at BCT, upper classmen will be yelling at you, and you will make NO friends among your squad mates if you're the "weakest link".

    Best to get on it right now, so you're better able to do it under pressed later.
     
  5. USAFA_Falcon_15

    USAFA_Falcon_15 USAFA '15 Appointee

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    My opinion. Why not get a regiment down now? You're going to have free time here and if you can't be habitual about physical standards when you have 10x more free time at home, how can you expect to do it here? Basic isn't going to hep you that much, sorry. Build a habitual workout routine now and then once you get here you won't have to sweat AFT's and PFT's. If not you're going to have to go through RECONDO which will eat your time away with workouts that may or may not be beneficial to you. Sorry, if this harsh or brutal. I wish you the best of luck and assure you you can do it. You've made it this far, make the extra push to ensure your success here.
     
  6. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Fitness and height/weight are on you.

    I say that as someone who fought the same battle, from the other end of the spectrum. You need to be determined and methodical about your work-out and eating habits.
     
  7. otterpop

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    Best Advice I have ever received from a dietician - "Eat for calories, drink for hydration." Exercise for an hour a day, and eat a negative balance of nutritious calories (use olive oil instead of butter, fish, etc...). You're body will not only melt off the pounds, but it will build much needed muscle for this summer. I've lost 35 pounds since January 1st, you can do it too man! Can't wait to see ya at basic!
     
  8. erikct1325

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    Sometimes it's not an issue of fat though. I'm only 5'6" and I'm around 5-4% body fat but always weigh between 175 and 180. Just have alot muscle
     
  9. jro

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    I'm 50 and I've lost about 25 lbs since mid-October. My best advice I can give is to put yourself on a regular workout program like the other posters recommended and .... Eliminate - The - Carbs !! You can pick up an Atkins book at the store for cheap, or borrow one from the library. It has a very simple but effective low-carb diet strategy in it. If you want to get more sophisticated, search for "carb cycling" on the internet ... you will find somewhat more complicated but also effective diets that mix high-, medium-, and low-carb days. Good luck !
     
  10. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    If THAT is the case, there's NO worries...other than the fact that you probably have TOO LOW a body fat; especially for a young person.

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  11. scraper

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  12. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB

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    If I remember right, you don't do weigh ins until the first night, and then they merely write down your status/put you on weight gain if you are under. If you are over, they don't do anything at that point (at least that is how it was when I was cadre two summers ago)
     
  13. Pima

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    What is your BMI?
     
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    Your weight doesn't count until after you come back from Christmas break during your 4* year. If you are over the weight limit for your height, you come back for a BMI check. If you are still too heavy, you meet with a nutritionist and I think are given a workout journal.
     

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