VMI Ratline & PT

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  1. bismo_funyuns75

    bismo_funyuns75 New Member

    Jul 20, 2018
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    What are some of the specific exercises that VMI Cadre make rats do during the ratline? How many reps and how many sets? How often? How can I best prepare in terms of muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance before I matriculate this fall? Would maxing out my VMI Fitness Test or APFT help the most?? How often is PT conducted with the VMI Corps of Cadets and the ROTC programs there every week?

    Also, how should a cadet balance their weight training with all the PT at VMI (ratline) and Army ROTC? What is recommended, what type of training regimen/schedule to be able to focus on excelling at PT tests while simultaneously performing resistance training to build muscle efficiently?
    (I really want to make sure I am in great shape before I commission in the Army and especially having a great physique when leading soldiers in the infantry as a platoon officer)
  2. turtlerunnernc

    turtlerunnernc Member

    Dec 17, 2014
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    Run. Run hills. Run more hills. Push ups, sit ups, squats, flutter kicks.........

    Just be strong and run a lot. How often? Very often.
    The ROTC's have weekly PT sessions. Rats have PT sessions as often as cadre gives them, no real answer to that question.

    You should always strive to Max the APFT and VFT

    You will have minimal free time as a rat. You should be able to squeeze in some gym time for weights but not a lot.

    Make sure you eat well during the ratline. Not junk food. Protein and carbs.
  3. Dadof2

    Dadof2 Member

    Apr 7, 2016
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    My advice, FWIW is to slow down on thinking ahead to commissioning. You have to get through the Ratline first. Not trying to scare you, but it's going to be hard and you need to focus your energy on more short term goals as a Rat. To get through the Ratline you need to take it a day at a time; sometimes even an hour at a time or less. There are going to be times when the going gets tough that your going to have to think in terms of just making it to the next meal.

    You want to show up in good shape. You'll be doing more pushups and running than you can imagine, along with lots of other "fun". I can promise you that you will be in great shape by breakout. Work hard, always try your best, don't fall out of runs, don't be that guy who gets "injured" just to get out of PT. Of course, if you have a real injury, by all means take care of it. Your cadre will quickly figure out who is working as hard as they can and who is not. You don't have to be the best, or even good at everything, but you always have to work as hard as you can.

    Once the academic year starts you are going to have to figure out how to study and get decent grades with all the demands of the Ratline. Don't try to study in your room - find a quiet academic building. Also, find a church at the matriculation fair. Even if you are not religious you are going to enjoy a little down time on Sunday with people who will treat you nice, feed you and offer the use of their cell phone.

    Good luck.