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Help or hurt: Boot camps are physically demanding though they can dramatically improve strength, stamina and conditioning if properly supervised. There is risk of injury and before taking on such a vigorous approach to exercise or any exercise program it is wise to consult your family physician first. ...Read more
Shopping?: Your question suggests you're having problems with a recalcitrant adolescent. If so, before sending them off to boot camp, you may wish to consider counseling and a visit to your doctor to be sure there no underlying causes for the misbehavior. Drug use is a common problem in this area. As are learning problems. ...Read more
Pt: Start training early! ensure you meet entry level weight requirements. Ensure you can swim if entering the navy. Ensure you can do multiple repetitions of pullups from a dead hang (no kipping). Sits ups, flutter kicks, hello darlings, jumping jacks, stretching, aerobics, stretching and running! good luck. ...Read more
Pull ups!!!!!!!!!!!!: Make sure you can do pull ups from a dead hang with no kipping. Maximumize the number of pushups and sittups you can perform in a sitting. Run, run, run - with and without a pack. Work on agility, strength and speed. Find some obstacle courses to practice. If you are over the militaryentry level weight - that needs to be tackled asap. ...Read more
Depends: A moderate workout in preparation to do a boot camp is a good start, but it depends on how intense the boot camp is and what is its goal. Specifically training for your activity is important, so understanding the type of exercises you will be doing in your boot camp can best guide you on how to prepare for it. ...Read more
Get in shape NOW!: If you are already in althletic shape - it may just help to maintain. However, be prepared to be challenged if you aren't in great shape. Don't count on recruit training to get you into shape - or you will be behind the 8 ball. Work hard physically with a trainer well before enlistment. You will be happy that you did so. ...Read more
My son is 18 and 108lbs, He can not gain weight at all. He has joined the Marines and is not able to continue to boot camp until he hits 125lbs.
Hi! I'm Dr. Ivy Fisher, a pediatrician for health tap.
With all of his exercise in the marines, he'll need to take at least 2500-3000 cal/d. One needs to take more protein (50 gm/d) to enhance his weight to the goal
125 lbs. Welcome to make a virtual appt with me noon-6pm tomorrow Wed 9/14 or Thurs am 9/15. ...Read more
Intense Running/walk: The key is intense, long & repetitive, i.e. Very hard workout, well beyond what most civilians are accustomed to. Though most calories are burned in repairing & maintaining our body, see: nusi.Org, exercise can impact. 1 lb fat=6-12 hrs intense repetitive workout, done for weeks on end will burn off fat. Additionally, many people engaging in repetitive intense exercises, change how & what they eat. ...Read more
I've been doing boot camp for 3 months I've cut out bad foods I have lost 5 kg but can't seem to lose more weight Please help as I'm trying so hard?
Congratulations!: 5 kg is a big deal! Do not be discouraged and keep up your new lifestyle changes. Use a BMI calculator and plug in your new number for weight and your height. Make sure you have a reasonable goal. It's common to hit a plateau of weight loss. A visit with your health-care-provider to discuss your concerns may lead to some tests. Keep a positive attitude and keep it up! Thanks for trusting HTap. ...Read more
Danger !: The ABC Diet or Ana Boot Camp Diet lasts for 50 days w calories ranging from 0 to 500 per day except 1 day at 800 calories. It is essentially a starvation diet which rotates the # of calories eaten per day. It is predictable that high % muscle mass will be lost. This can cause a lower metabolic rate. That in turn causes you to burn fewer calories & that can lead to weight gain. This is dangerous ...Read more
Variably: I loved "boot camp" (it was different for officers). The 6 weeks was a time to become indoctrinated into military life, understand the philosophy, become more physically fit than any other time in life, and to develop friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. I still communicate with my buddies from 20 years ago! ...Read more
Strength training: Strength training is the only effective method. There are no shortcuts. ...Read more
Spinal tap: If no headaches , the next day. ...Read more
For sure!!: Great idea to mix it up as the less predictable your routine, the harder your body will have to work. Definitely get a yoga class in there to get the great benefits of deep rhythmic breathing and stretching and strengthening your muscles. Pilates is also great for this. And, don't forget weight training as the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn when not exercising. Good 4 u! ...Read more
My elbows pop whenever I extend them past 90 degrees, but there is no pain unless I am max lifting. How worried should I be? Going to boot camp soon
No: Popping is a benign condition, consider stretching. ...Read more
I just recently started working out to get ready for boot camp for the army and my knees have been hurting almost 24/7 since. Am i overworking myself?
Sounds like it: Stop your leg work outs and see if you get better.For now, focus on non weight bearing upper body exercise and core strengthening. ...Read more
Is there anything i can do to reduce or eliminate the pain induced from shots? Hi, i recently enlisted in the navy and i was reading about how at boot camp recruits receive many shots in the arm and butt. The last time i received a shot in the arm it was
Thank you for choosing to serve in the navy and congratulations.
The best way to minimize the discomfort from injections is to be as relaxed as possible. Tense muscles tend to cause more discomfort. Take several deep breaths and when the injection is being made, exhale as forcibly as possible. Afterwards use a little ice and motrin.
Good luck in boot camp
g. Joel funari, capt USN ret. ...Read more
Yes, with a plan!: Boot camps can be effective, but coming up with a long term strategy to maintain the loss is most important. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake, so increase your amount of physical activity, consider appetite suppressants, explore weight loss programs directed by doctors, etc. Boot camp is the start of a longer process of maintenance. ...Read more
3-4 times a wk: 3-4 times a week should do it. Do something light on the other days. ...Read more
Yes the military: provides medical care for recruits who are injured at boot camp. If the injury is minor, it is usually treated by an athletic trainer or paramedic. If the injury is major, the recruit would get care at the medical center affiliated with the base where s/he is located. If the major injury is permanent, the recruit might be receive an honorable medical discharge. ...Read more
Possibly: The ones that are worth their salt have a well designed selection process for members. ...Read more
Yes: I would advise all terrain footwear and a pull on neoprene foot support to be worn over cotton athletic socks. ...Read more
I smoke a joint back in late Nov. and three weeks ago my friend smoke a joint next to me in a car. Will I test + at navy boot camp in 3 weeks?
Too soon: Chronic use of marijuana can remain in urine for about 30 days. Would not expect limited exposure to stay in urine more than several days. It is great that you are considering serving the country. You should wait at least 30 days from your last exposure to enlist. Joining the military could help get you on the right path and take you away from bad influences. ...Read more