This past week I got sent to me a email from a 1SG in theater somewhere in the FARAH PROVINCE. His issue was the ability for him and his men to repair and recover enough. This guy doesn’t want to just get by. He is a warrior and a Tactical athlete that wants himself and his men to have the ability to TRAIN to become better and more effective in what they do. His primary issue is REPAIR!!! The ability to recover/repair from exercise is one of the determining factors in the long term success of any training program. What follows is Part of the letter:
“… going out on 3-12 hour patrols, sucking down gallons of water, getting into contact, really takes
everything out of me and my men. I mean our asses are whooped when we come back…
The Army, Marines, Air force and Navy all have physical fitness standards because they understand the absolute minimum fitness level required the do the job. When you take the PT (physical training) test generally you wear the appropriate PT uniform. When on mission the uniform the service member wears is often different and as such can have a negative effect on overall performance. There are many factors that indicate fitness from flexibility, strength, endurance, agility and so on, some more specific measures are Ventilatory Threshold, Lactic Threshold and VO2 max.
VO2 max is a metric used by athletes to determine the efficiency with which an individual utilizes oxygen. VO2 max is one measure that indicates an athletes ability to undergo sustain (more…)