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    I’m thinking of joining the army at 16 and going to harrogate, I have a decent level of fitness but I’m worried that I need to be more fit to get into the army Foundation College
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    (Original post by Josh_itfc)
    I’m thinking of joining the army at 16 and going to harrogate, I have a decent level of fitness but I’m worried that I need to be more fit to get into the army Foundation College
    Hi there,

    Fantastic that your going into the Armed Forces. You do not need to be lightning fit at the beginning however having a good level of fitness will help you through out. At Harrogate they focus more on cardio for the first half, so being able to run at a good pace over a set distance is key. Later on in training, second half, thats when you will be running for 4 or 5 miles pushing onto longer exercises however they train you for that so don't worry there. However the way you can prepare is by continually doing the fitness test at the gym with the look to cut down your time. You will need to run 1.5 miles in under 10 minutes to get in for cardio, so keep doing this and each time on the treadmill put up the pace by half a mile and hour or half a kilometre. Over time with consistency you will be able to do that run un 9 minutes or even 8 mins 40 secs.

    I have gained a bursary from the Royal Navy and this is what I did for the running test and my final time was 8 mins 50, I started at 10 so it does work.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Teebowe)
    Hi there,

    Fantastic that your going into the Armed Forces. You do not need to be lightning fit at the beginning however having a good level of fitness will help you through out. At Harrogate they focus more on cardio for the first half, so being able to run at a good pace over a set distance is key. Later on in training, second half, thats when you will be running for 4 or 5 miles pushing onto longer exercises however they train you for that so don't worry there. However the way you can prepare is by continually doing the fitness test at the gym with the look to cut down your time. You will need to run 1.5 miles in under 10 minutes to get in for cardio, so keep doing this and each time on the treadmill put up the pace by half a mile and hour or half a kilometre. Over time with consistency you will be able to do that run un 9 minutes or even 8 mins 40 secs.

    I have gained a bursary from the Royal Navy and this is what I did for the running test and my final time was 8 mins 50, I started at 10 so it does work.

    Good luck!
    Thank you so much, very much appreciated
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    (Original post by Josh_itfc)
    I’m thinking of joining the army at 16 and going to harrogate, I have a decent level of fitness but I’m worried that I need to be more fit to get into the army Foundation College
    For the army it’s more important to build up your muscles with weight training. Too much aerobic cardio exercise like running etc causes too much weight loss leaving you thin and weak. Also for the Army its a good idea to take up boxing or MMA so you can handle yourself and look after yourself and to gain respect from the other lads.
    Do running of course but not too much, the MMA or boxing will give you plenty of stamina training.
    Avoid too much junk food, don’t smoke, and eat good stuff lots of fruit, and protein like lean meat and steaks etc.
    Good luck.
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    For the army it’s more important to build up your muscles with weight training. Too much aerobic cardio exercise like running etc causes too much weight loss leaving you thin and weak. Also for the Army its a good idea to take up boxing or MMA so you can handle yourself and look after yourself and to gain respect from the other lads.
    Do running of course but not too much, the MMA or boxing will give you plenty of stamina training.
    Avoid too much junk food, don’t smoke, and eat good stuff lots of fruit, and protein like lean meat and steaks etc.
    Good luck.
    Please stop giving duff gen.
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    (Original post by NFI)
    Please stop giving duff gen.
    What’s wrong with advising someone to balance their cardio execise etc with weight training and to eat healthily and not to smoke etc?
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    What’s wrong with advising someone to balance their cardio execise etc with weight training and to eat healthily and not to smoke etc?
    It's your MMA BS saying it will earn you respect.
    It's your poor advice saying that running will leave you thin and weak.
    It's your poor advice saying that weight training is more important.

    Just stop talking about things you have zero knowledge or experience of.
 
 
 

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