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  1. jonny813

    jonny813 Jon Simmons

    Nov 22, 2014
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    I'm sure that the answers to my questions may be different at every school but I have a few general questions about PT with Army ROTC:

    1. What does PT generally consist of (what is an average workout) and how long is it?

    2. Is it broken into different groups and workouts based on ability level? If so how are the groups decided and how fit do you have to be in order to be in the top group?

    3. Is it really effective for staying in shape?

    4. Is it difficult adjusting to the early morning workouts? (this is what I'm most afraid of)

    5. What is the general breakdown of cardio vs strength training (how much of each compared to the other)?

    6. How many times a week do the Ranger Challenge cadets train? Are their workouts harder? Can you still train with them even if you're not on Ranger Challenge?

    Any answers to any of these questions would be much appreciated.

  2. USN16x

    USN16x Member

    Aug 27, 2013
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    PT is different from school to school. Here is what PT is like at my school.
    1. For me PT is 3 days a week there are 2 sessions, 0600-0700 and 0700-0800. We lift for 35 minutes and do cardio for the remaining time.
    2. There are no differences in workout ability between the two different times. We do get assigned to a weight rack based on ability.
    3. Yes and no, I know alot of cadets go to the gym everyday even on days with PT.
    4. I was a swimmer in High School so I was used to early morning workouts... The key is to try to go to bed early, I try to be in bed NLT 10:00 the night before PT. Also hydrate the day before! After your first semester your body will get used to waking up and working out early.
    5. It really depends on your school. For me we never go on long runs, its always lifting and sprints or track workouts.
    6. I'm not on RC team but I know if you use the search option on here you can find a ton of info on Ranger Challenge.

    Good luck!
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  3. ginko

    ginko Member

    Aug 3, 2014
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    DS had early morning basketball practice this year. He got his booty out of bed and out the door for every practice before we even woke up so I'm hopeful that he can manage this in college. My question is this: how many morning workouts are there per week? DS has priority registration because he was accepted into the School of Honors. I am going to mentor him through setting up an optimal class schedule. I assume that the morning workouts will not be enough to be competitive and he will need to hit the gym in the evening as well.
  4. soccmomer

    soccmomer Member

    Jan 28, 2013
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    1. DS is at an SMC, and his AROTC PT is on Mon, Wed, Fri from 0530-0630. The workouts vary every single time: he has mentioned doing upper body, lower body, running, ruck marches....
    2. His is not broken down according to ability. They are split into random Battalions(?) each semester.
    3. Not sure how effective it is by itself, as he has so much more he does to stay in shape (he played a sport in the fall, the school is on a hill...a big one, and he has to go up and down stairs, many of them, to get to his room). He and his friends also go work out - usually lifting, but often adding running and other activities. They often do this every day, even when there is PT. They also hike the mountains on weekends.
    4. Not sure - he goes to bed earlyish. Have not heard it is a problem.
    5.Not sure about this either, from what he has said it is mixed.
    6. Not sure about this one, but we may find out next year!
  5. JakeFromWisco

    JakeFromWisco Member

    Jul 29, 2014
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    A quick question to add: I've heard that by achieving a high APFT score (close to 300), one can not be obligated to attend PT. Is this true?

    I ask primarily because I've heard that PT sessions are primarily maintenance. I am very well disciplined, and would rather push myself through my own workout sessions only, rather than having to balance my own workout sessions and regular PT. Not sure if that is advisable or not. Just curious.
  6. yakazoiii

    yakazoiii Member

    Jun 11, 2013
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    Really depends:

    Usually it starts with CD1, then either Hip Stability Drill if Army Group Run + run (3 to 4 groups, A ->C/D in function of running times during apft)
    or upper body -> CD3 + CD?? (differs from battalion to battalion). But basically it's challenging.

    Then stretches.

    And I'm not even talking about reconditioning...

    But remember, PT makes you s*xy :)

    If you scored 300, good for you but it doesn't matter. You still have to show up (at least where I am).
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  7. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    There's more to PT than just PT. There are things like unit cohesion and team work. You will be required to attend. I encourage you to add your own PT sessions on top of that. My son is only required to attend PT two days a week because of his scores. He still works out at least 5 days a week. It's easily doable.
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  8. soccmomer

    soccmomer Member

    Jan 28, 2013
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    At DS's school, they don't attend PT during their Varsity sport season, but still required to attend Record PT's and height/weight.

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