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The Newbie’s Guide to Combat Training

Combat TrainingIn getting fit, we sometimes use a variety of techniques and strategies to lose weight and maintain body health. The fitness world has offered us a lot of physical activities to choose from, some may be costly but most are really cheap. Nonetheless, we all have the capacity to choose from this variety of choices. One of the interesting physical activities is the basic combat training. That’s right folks; we are talking about the rigorous exercises made by the people who want to join the army.

Principally, a basic combat training is a course taken by army recruits to learn how to use, clean ammos and store military weapons and how to navigate obstacles under adverse conditions. It is also the art of hand-to-hand combat. After passing the training, recruits are then considered as soldiers and then, they move on to a specialized army training school. The training usually lasts for a number of months depending on the country where they are in.

The physical training is deemed to be the most important part of an army basic combat training. It includes “running, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and other exercises designed to strengthen and tone core muscles”. So that is how we are going to make use of the basic combat training, “imitating” their exercise routines. There are different routines involved in this training depending on the purpose of what you want to do with your body, whether you want to improve your cardiovascular system or you want to increase your strength.

Different Exercises That You Can Add In Your Own Routine

Let me start of by saying that we all have our unique needs for physical fitness. Before engaging in an exercise routine, it is best to consult a professional fitness expert first. You would not want to experience mishaps with these exercises, right?

According to Livestrong.com, there are different exercises involved in a basic combat training, few of the many, and sometimes the most commonly heard and used, are:

• Running or Jogging – Let’s presume here that we all know how to run or jog. If you are just beginning with running, it is important that you take the initial steps. Never ever push your body with too much running. It is always better to condition yourself first.

• Skipping – To do this, follow these steps from Wikihow:
1. Choose the right rope.
2. Stand up and pick up the rope.
3. Step over the rope
4. Use your hands and wrists to swing the rope over your head.
5. When the rope is coming toward the front of your feet, hop over it.
6. Set a pace that works for you.

• Push-ups – This exercise is easy if you have strong arm strength. To do this, follow these steps from Wikihow:
1. Assume a prone position on the floor or other rigid surface (preferably carpeted-more on that later) that’s able to support your body weight. Keep your feet together.
2. Position hands palms-down on the floor, approximately shoulder width apart.
3. Raise yourself using your arms.
4. Raise yourself using your arms.
5. Raise yourself by attempting to push the ground away from you.
There are different kinds of push ups: closest-hand, regular, and wide-arm. There are also advance push-ups. Always seek assistance when doing them.

• Squats – This exercise is “an excellent upper and lower body workout that primarily targets your thighs and butt, but also works the hamstrings and lower back” To do this, follow these steps from Wikihow:
1.Plant your feet.
2. Position the bar.
3. Look straight ahead.
4. Thrust your hips forward (do not stick your butt out).
5. Lower yourself.
6. Lift back up.
7. Keep the upper body tight at all times.

• Burpees (Squat Thrust) – This exercise is “one of the only equipment-free exercises that work your entire body and give you a great cardiovascular workout”. To do this, follow these steps from Wikihow:
1. Begin in a standing position.
2. Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position.
3. Lower your chest to do a push-up.
4. Kick your feet back to their original position.
5. Repeat.

• Sit ups – This exercise is a quick way to get stronger abdominal muscles”. To do this, follow these steps from Wikihow:
1. Have your knees bent and the balls of your feet and heels placed flat on the ground.
2. Place your hands on opposing shoulders, so that your arms are crossed over your chest, or behind your head.
3. Tighten your abdominal muscles gently by drawing in your belly button to your spine.
4. Keeping your heels on the ground and your toes flat to the ground, slowly and gently lift your head first, followed by your shoulder blades.
5. Hold the position for a second.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remainder of the exercise.

Warm Up and Cool Down!

Warming up and cooling down are probably two of the basic things that you should not forget no matter what kind of exercise you will be doing. Cooling down reduces the risk of injury, and it gets the muscles ready to do all exercises. You can actually do a specific exercise if you go through a proper warm up routine, as compared to plunging straight into the exercises.

Other Benefits of Basic Combat Training

Surely, the physical fitness benefits of basic combat training are undeniable. However, there are also other benefits that basic combat training could help you in the future especially when you are facing danger like physical confrontation in short range. Hand to hand combat training is one of the important lessons you will learn. Usually, close combat training is taught in martial arts classes like judo or taekwondo.

No matter how you pursue a healthy body, you must weigh the disadvantages and advantages of certain exercise routines you are deciding to pursue. Seek help from the right people. Enrich you knowledge with these exercises. Keep motivated. Be physically fit and healthy.

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