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    • #152116
      Tony S
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        Working on improving my functional fitness BEFORE Heat-1 in September rather than sucking wind during it and vowing to get in shape after the fact.

        Hoping to find someone else on here doing the same thing so we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable. Plus if you’re NoVA maybe we could swing some IRL group training sessions. Normally this time of year I’d be training with a group of people focused on triathlons, but the difference between the approaches is difficult so I find myself training solo and without any kind of mutual support. And I’m finding that to be both boring and difficult to get/stay motivated to do.

        So, if you’re interested in forming a workout group, online or in the real, reply and we’ll go from there.

      • #152118
        Dark Knight
        Participant

          Not sure I can do much in person, except on weekends. But I am willing to be a virtual accountability partner!

          I am already putting my fight to get fit on here for all to see!

        • #152119
          wheelsee
          Participant

            One of the things I’ve started (double-check with JohnnyMac) is wind sprints, in a different fashion. Run 10 yards, drop do 5 pushups. Back up, back 10 yards, do another 5 pushups. repeat ad nauseam until the shoulders or elbows give out. then start with 5 lunges on each end. keep doing the wind sprints though. Throw in some farmer’s carries (I use 20# propane bottles), beginning or end.

            Your only limitation is how bad you wanna punish yourself. Make sure you’ve seen a doc for medical clearance if you have any heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. You should never feel true pain – thats the body’s way of saying stop!! you’re tearing something (and you get to see your local orthopedic specialist). Soreness is ok, pain is not.

          • #152122
            Robert Henry
            Participant

              Get yourself some Kettlebells. I never did farmer’s carries before the MVT Fitness test. Now we start every walk or run with carrying 30lb. kettlebells about 400 yards to the paved road then drop them on the side of the road do our run or walk and pick them up and carry them for the last 400 yards.

              If your stuck inside- covid, work, kids, etc. carrying them from room to room for a few minutes will help also. I’ve been stuck inside a lot this year with business, and the KBs get shuffled around a lot. If I have two minutes between phone calls, I can carry them around a bit, do some shrugs, etc.

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              Lost my MVT class list- been here a time or two :)
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            • #152125
              DuaneH
              Participant

                Best of luck to you. I showed up at my first real world class in 2013 when Mountain Guerilla did one in WV. I figured after doing several other “flat range” classes that I would have no problem. Plus I have never failed a PT test in the Army and had just passed one. Halfway through day 2/3 we were on our second fire and maneuver UP a hill and I was thinking poke me I’m done.

                So 2 years later when I began training for the MVT Rifleman Challenge I integrated wind sprints into my workout routine. Up a hill with a pack.

                I have not been to MVT in a while, but I see where there is Functional Fitness Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea4-CX5Ml9I

                If I am reading correctly it is administered at the end of day 2 or beginning of day 3 of Heat 1. As I understand it, if you don’t pass you don’t get kicked out of the class but the cadre then knows what your personal limits are and will adjust accordingly.

              • #152135
                Dark Knight
                Participant

                  One of the things I’ve started (double-check with JohnnyMac) is wind sprints, in a different fashion. Run 10 yards, drop do 5 pushups. Back up, back 10 yards, do another 5 pushups. repeat ad nauseam until the shoulders or elbows give out. then start with 5 lunges on each end. keep doing the wind sprints though. Throw in some farmer’s carries (I use 20# propane bottles), beginning or end.

                  I did something similar when I had a SF guy as my workout partner. We were in Arlington and would Sprint a block at a time and do an exercise before crossing the street. We did 10-15 reps. We would change exercise at the turn around point. Exercises included pushups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks if I remember correctly. This and the other stuff we did lead me to my highest PT score ever.

                  Get yourself some Kettlebells. I never did farmer’s carries before the MVT Fitness test.

                  I hope you have some already. Finding any kind of home workout stuff is tough right now. Kettlebells and Dumbbells are hard to find. I kept hoping I would find some and didn’t order in June when delivery was for early August. Looking yesterday so delivery dates are now into OCTOBER!

                  Luckily I had some old iron 30lb dumbbells that were rusting in the shed. Cleaned them up a little and use them for farmers carry and shrugs.

                  Maybe we can meet at Bull Run Battlefield and ruck some weekend.

                • #152136
                  JohnnyMac
                  Participant

                    If I can help, feel free to PM me.

                  • #152138
                    Tony S
                    Participant

                      I hope you have some already. Finding any kind of home workout stuff is tough right now. Kettlebells and Dumbbells are hard to find. I kept hoping I would find some and didn’t order in June when delivery was for early August. Looking yesterday so delivery dates are now into OCTOBER!

                      Oh, I have a metric ass ton of workout equipment that I’ve accumulated over the years between training myself, clients, and for PT exercises for various injuries. I know *what* to do, it’s just having the motivation and accountability to actually do it that seems to be in short supply right now. Plus I’m much more happy/complacent doing repetitive cardio work like running or biking, most of my strength training for the past decade has mostly been an adjunct to that and focused mainly on injury recovery or injury prevention. I’m that guy in the Army who would crush the 2-mile run portion of the PT test, but often didn’t make the push-up minimum and had to get ‘counseled’ and retake it a couple weeks later. I’ve had pipe-cleaner type arms for basically my whole life.

                      Like I mentioned before, normally from early spring through early autumn I’m focused on triathlons, usually long-course and Ironman. Then I usually do a marathon or two, or once in a while a 50-mile ultramarathon in the late fall. The last couple of years though I got injured in crashes/falls that damaged my knee and so lost out on a lot of training time in the autumn and early winter, having to spend the spring rehabbing and doing base work instead of working on speed before the next competition season. But when I’m training for tri’s, I normally have a few other people (either friends or clients) who are also training, and so have partners for either actual joint workouts, or at least someone holding me accountable because they’ll ask why my swim/bike/run/whatever workout didn’t get posted. And that’s with activities that I find pretty easy to self-motivate to do. With things that I don’t, I’m finding it really difficult to maintain any kind of regularity with my training. For example, 2 weeks ago I did pretty good, I integrated a video workout series similar to P90X into my normal runs/rides doing 3 videos that week. I’d planned last week and this week to increase that until I was doing the full plan (which is 6x/week) in addition to runs/rides/swims. But I just haven’t been able to ‘get up’ for it. If anything, I’ve been ‘down’ more, not doing some of my usual cardio activities…basically being an useless bum.

                      So, basically I’m trying to form a little community for mutual support and motivation to improve functional fitness since I think I might not be the only one in this boat.

                      Maybe we can meet at Bull Run Battlefield and ruck some weekend.

                      I’d be interested in that! :good: I haven’t done anything like that since the last time I went backpacking, and that was more than a decade ago I think (fuck I’m getting old!)

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