I was reading your posts from your ďStrength Training Starts HereĒ thread and have a couple questions for you to help me clarify. I could not find the answers in the forum - If these questions have indeed already been answered elsewhere by yourself, then please donít go through the trouble of answering them for me now. I frequently scour the forums here and will find them eventually. I apologize in advance for wasting any of your time if this turns out to be the case.
When you discuss the general guidelines for how to conduct training for BUD/S, I found everything you wrote to be extremely clear and helpful, however the basic concept of (this is not a direct quote) ďmaking sure all parts are strong (i.e: running, swimming, exercises that cover isolation movements, multi joint movements, etc, all that you have mentioned in posts) so the whole unit can be strong when the time comes to performĒ, was, I admit, a little foreign to me (I apologize for lack of articulation of the phrase in quotations, but I believe it illustrates the basic concept conveyed). I understand why training this way is important: itís designed to maximize performance and full range of motion with each exercise to get the best result possible for each muscle/movement/etc.
The way I have been training is by combining PT calisthenics with exercise routines that resemble training evolutions at BUD/S. In other words, Iíll do my morning PT, then later in the day Iíll go to a field and walk while holding a 40 lb. sandbag at the handle with one had for a few miles to mimic elephant walks. Iíll do overhead presses/shouldering/sit ups, etc with a 35 lb. section of log for log PT. Iíll do a pyramid where I do a push up, sprint 40 yards to a pull up bar, do one pull up, sprint back and then do two push ups and so-on to mimic the o-course. I make sure I basically feel like I got the *** kicked out of me by the end of my workouts. I do this because at BUD/S, I know thatís how itís going to feel, at least sometimes.
I know in some of your posts you talk about how itís ok to do a ďmarathonĒ (which Iím guessing doesnít just describe running), but only as an exception, not as a rule. You also mention briefly how doing exercises that directly relate to (and then you list) the o-course, log pt, etc. is important.
I feel like based on all the information you have provided, I have been going about this completely wrong and that I, in fact, have an incredibly unbalanced and not very effective training method. My questions: Am I truly going about this all wrong? I know the types of workouts I do are ok sometimes... should I just use them to test my abilities once in a while to make sure Iím making progress? Should I incorporate these types of exercises into my regular PT? Or should I drop everything and start in a new direction? Basically, Iím more than interested in reading anything you have to say about it.
- I know being on these forums is an extremely small part of your job as Fitness Director and I sincerely appreciate any time you spend answering questions and checking in with all of us. All of the information and help you give here is always extremely clear and invaluable. Thank you.