Posted on Jan 2, 2015
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I'm a young soldier and I recently was stationed in a high altitude area that has made my run time suffer. I need to continue to acclimate to the altitude but I am to work out on my own. Does any one have some advice on work out programs that I can do to improve not only my run time but maxing out all events?


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If you want to excel it takes hard work on your own. Unit Fitness is to barely keep you ready for a P.T. Test. Since you just came out of training you most likely have a little work to do as I just left TRADOC and can say that the fitness can be lacking.

I personally utilize the perfect push-up while elevated in order to ensure that I max the p/u event. The other benefit by using the perfect push-up is that it works the whole shoulder instead of one motion which can eventually cause an injury.

For the sit-ups I use a 25-LB weight plate while training and get to more than the max within two minutes. This makes the s/u event much easier on the actual test.

I personally have a bunch of leg injuries as I am AIRBORNE and a Skydiver. Therefore I try to use the elliptical for my cardio conditioning. I would suggest finding a hill or stadium which is easy to locate where you are. I have taught classes on Carson.

Of course you should always mix things up so as not to get bored or work the same muscles all the time. I am sure there are some great programs on Carson as there are on other installations.

If you can find someone motivated enough to work out with you that would be great but I have found that most are not that dedicated to staying in shape. It is extremely important to prevent injury or for recovery from injury. I have come back from some severe incidents and I credit my health and personal dedication to fitness and physical therapy.

Remember this, you are probably young and t is hard because you have to condition your body for things. As odd as it sounds it gets easier as you get older. Men are at peak physical fitness mid to late 20's. Of course if you are dedicated age does not matter.

I wish you all the luck. Stay Motivated, focus on your career, and great things shall happen.
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Thank you! I'll have to act on your advice
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My philosophy is that if you train harder than what is expected when the test comes around it is easy.

I once had to take a fitness test after only 7-HRS of sleep in two days and a cold. My Platoon Sergeant at the time forced me to (who was on profile).

I fought through the adversity and scored a 300. I felt worse afterwards but the test itself was rather easy to max. Of course I was fueled by some frustration as well. :)

Another thing to think about is promotion; when it comes around for a waiver if you have a higher fitness score, a better range card, SSD-1 completed, and working on Correspondence Courses then you have a better shot at the waiver. Of course a good worker within your M.O.S.

Just by asking for assistance you are motivated.
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SSgt Carpenter
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I always recommend soldiers who are having trouble running the APFT to run intervals, such as 30/60s,60/120s, whatever form, or run for time instead of distance. Something I've observed holds people back, is the perception that they can't run. If you save energy on a 4 mile run and jog the whole thing instead of RUNNING it, you'll have a hard time improving. If as SGT Ellman suggests you run for time, it will help you mentally. You don't have to worry about "running out of steam" before you finish, because you are running time. Run as fast as you can the whole time. If that is just a hobble by the end, so be it. You ran the whole predetermined time. And you'll do better the next time you run.
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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SGT Michael Ellman is spot on! I'd recommend getting yourself acclimated to the elevation, it typically only causes you to lose 75 - 90 seconds on the run.....this is not too much to overcome. You might hear about the elevation trainer mask, I'd recommend getting yourself acclimated and in better shape before using it, but it is a great addition for your workouts.
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