Home' Navy News : February 17th 2011 Contents MANY people assume
military members are
peak humans ready to act
when called on to defend
their country with swift and endless
power and strength.
If only it were that simple.
Yes, we can go a long way towards
fulfilling that image -- but it's not
going to come out of a health-food
aisle, via an infomercial or from the
simple act of putting on a uniform.
It takes sustained hard, specific
Rest, for instance, can be a luxury
in our world -- some trainers are spoilt
by having a defined finishing repeti-
tion, time or distance.
So what works best for military
Try cross-training, weight repeti-
tions and cardiovascular activities.
Circuits, boxing, mixed martial
arts or even resistance training that
incorporates very little rest between
activities can achieve an overall better
level of fitness and greater total body
Explore cross-training combina-
tions, such as hill efforts after a rear
lunge or a weighted squat set, or multi-
complex upper body movements and
Cross-training works on cardio-
vascular and muscular strength while
helping with endurance. It also allows
you to combine a high and continu-
ous heart rate with multi-movement
Reducing rest between sets, com-
bining cardio efforts during resist-
ance, and performing dynamic
strength and powerful movements
during longer periods, will help
achieve your goals.
To know where to stop and rest
can be undefined in reality and there-
fore shouldn't be respected by mili-
Relate your training and reap the
benefits of increasing performance cur-
rency to what it is you would like to be
Recognise you're not unbreakable,
so don't expect great physical changes
and capabilities straight away.
And remember: looking good
doesn't overcome getting beaten/
Train for success first throughout
all athletic or military performance
applications, and let the favoured mir-
ror image catch up.
If in doubt with technique or
physical progression, ask a Physical
Training Instructor for advice.
CPL Dean Cook is a PTI based at Russell
Offices in Canberra.
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February 17, 2011
LIFESTYLE Mixing it up
Cross-training is the best way for members who want to put the
business into exercising, says CPL Dean Cook.
not unbreakable, so
don't expect great
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