When to start training for BCT?

usafagirl99

Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2017
Messages
12
I'm on cruise control for now. I'm a girl and can still do about 4 pull ups, and I'm a runner. Not too in shape. When would be a good time to get serious about training for BCT?
 

USAFA10s

USAFA Class of 2012
10-Year Member
Joined
Nov 18, 2007
Messages
736
Ummmm, now. Seriously, you want to be in incredible shape/have a habit of working out when you get there. The more fit you are, the easier EVERYTHING else becomes. Many of the basic workouts turn into stress RELIEF instead of added stress when you are used to doing challenging workouts.

I was a serious tennis player and in pretty good shape, but I added weight lifting and daily running starting with my final semester (so a couple weeks ago) and the altitude still was a pain (I am a girl as well).

Find a workout buddy, make it fun, and enjoy your senior year!
 

Hodge

5-Year Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2014
Messages
83
START HYDRATING NOW!

But seriously you want to be in the best shape you can be by I-Day
 

fencersmother

10-Year Member
Founding Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2007
Messages
3,203
If you live at sealevel, begin preparing NOW for altitude: run, work out, run, work out, run, work out... you get the idea. Mine ran twice as far as they normally would have and were not too bothered by altitude when they showed up for BCT. One wore ankle weights, one decided not to do that. The latter had a little more trouble with altitude, but was acclimated in a few days.
 

dol-amroth

USAFA '22
Joined
Oct 21, 2016
Messages
40
The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago. The second best time is now. But seriously, START NOW! You should try to get in the best shape of your life in the time leading up to entering the Academy. While BCT at every SA is tough, USAFA is an even bigger challenge once you factor in the altitude. Run, lift weights, practice push-ups. The better shape you are in, the better off you'll be.
 
Top