Originally Posted by M Honeycutt
if your PTing and squating and training im sure you will always have aches and pains. you probably have some inflamation in your joints from lifting and PT. I work for the marine corp at camp lejeune so i know what PT is about. Good luck trying to balance PT and weight lifting... it can be done if approached correctly. Are you in the army?
I'm a "future soldier". I'm shipping into the Army in January. We have PT twice a week, but we only have to come once a week, which I'll probably start doing. It's other future soldiers who run PT, and god do they have no clue how to run a good training session. I don't mind a drill sergeant who's younger than me yelling at me, because they are sergeants for a reason, but it takes every once of control I have to handle an 18 year old private yelling at me, when they have no experience or training in how to develop a fitness program.
At first I was focussed on just increasing the military's "big three"; pushups, situps, and running. After I passed all three parts of the fitness test on the first try, I switched over to a conditioning focus to prepare myself for basic, which includes very high volume. I've been training upwards of 10-12 times a week, switching around from heavy lifting, speed work, and high-rep stuff for muscular endurance, to MMA style workouts including bag work and grappling exercises. Whatever part(s) of me feel good on a given day, I'll train. I've almost forgotten what periodization and specialization mean, but every time I try to make and follow a weekly plan, something gets overdone and holds back everything else.
I know it's a crazy, overwhelming plan, but Hell if it isn't working. I'm steadily recomping, even gaining a couple lbs while leaning out, and my conditioning is through the roof, and all while improving my joint mobility, especially in my horrible knees which feel great (thank you squats!).