Armed Forces Day is celebrated on May’s third Saturday. The day is intended to pay tribute to the men and women who have rendered their services to the armed forces of the United States. The day is a culmination of the bigger Armed Forces Week that is celebrated during the seven days prior.
The men and women who serve in the military are required to maintain a high level of physical fitness. Their training regimen is very rigorous and intensive. Non-military individuals who want to be physically fit can follow the lead of U.S. soldiers.
The following is a five-week program for the military’s special forces:
There are three intense days during this week. The rest are easy days where the trainees can do their weight training and swimming workouts. The intense days will include the following:
- Day 1 – Start out with sit-and-reach flexibility tests, including maximum push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups, each in 60-second intervals. You can also mix in a fast-paced two-mile run and swim non-stop for 100 meters in the pool using any stroke. Finally, work in a three-mile march over 45 minutes, carrying a load of 30 pounds.
- Day 2 – This includes three sets of push-ups in 30 seconds, a three-mile run at an eight to nine-minute mile pace, and pull-ups or rope climb of three sets to failure. Incorporate another march carrying 30 pounds for five miles over an hour and 15 minutes
- Day 3 – Build up with another march carrying a 30-pound load. March for an hour and 15 minutes on the road or an hour and 40 minutes off-road.
- Day 1 – Do another march just as before (an hour and 15 minutes on the road or an hour and 40 minutes cross-country) while carrying a 30-pound load.
- Day 2 – Do three sets of push-ups, three sets of pull-ups, three sets of sit-ups in 35- second intervals each; a five-mile run at eight to nine minutes per mile; and three sets of squats at 50 reps with a 35-pound load.
- Day 3 – This will be a three-hour forced march on the road or four-hour cross-country march while carrying a 35-pound load.
Week 3 – 5
The next three weeks will see the same kinds of activities repeated, but with the addition of more reps to the routines for shorter intervals. The forced march will cover longer distances at a faster pace and with a heavier load.
Military-style training is not for the faint of heart. If you are able to complete this type of training, you will be able to face almost any physical challenge that will be thrown your way.