Thursday, November 21, 2013

What I learned in US Air Force Basic Military Training

1.     Train fasted. Physical Training was before dawn and on an empty stomach.

2.     Do Strength Training before Cardio. We did our PT routine then ran for 20 minutes.

3.     The buddy system and personal trainers work. Both your squad members and drill instructors encourage and motivate you.

4.     Drink plenty of water. We were required to down at least 2 glasses before we touched our meals.

5.     Whole foods are all that’s required for recovery and muscle building. No protein shakes, pre-workouts, creatine, amino acids or carbohydrate drinks were available. I gained muscle and cut fat.

6.     Eat fruit. Helped recover and gave us fiber. The stress can clog you up.

7.     Walk everywhere. You want to get lean. Walk, walk and the walk some more.

8.     Encourage others. I didn’t let me squad members fall out of a run. My reward…being made first squad leader.

9.     Focus. The USAF removed all distractions.

10.                        Train your brain. The only information we could study was our BMT manual, textbooks or religious books.

11.                        Be spiritual. If you didn’t participate in your own religious or spiritual service on Sundays, you could end up doing work details.

12.                        Sleep is valuable. You really learn this one.

13.                        There is no such thing as overtraining. Physical training was 6 days per week. If the Marines and Army aren't overtraining, I doubt that anyone else is.

14.                        Have confidence.

15.             Don't judge a book by it's cover. You don't know who will fail and who will excel.