March 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm #15797
First off let me say thank you to all those who have contributed to this forum. This is my first post. I have been a long time lurker here on the boards. Having had no military experience, I feel that it made more sense for me to keep my mouth shut and read and learn until I have something to contribute. The vast amount of information and knowledge you all have shared is nothing short of extraordinary.
Tomorrow I am starting the MVT Improve your tactical fitness plan Beginner 12 Weeks. I am extremely overweight. 5’10” 266lbs I haven’t always been this big. I graduated high school at 155lbs. I have been motivated by this forum as well as other websites to get fighting fit. I feel very strongly that a fight is coming and whether that fight is for this country or against “zombies” I want to be ready. Fit people are generally harder to kill.
I will report with updates to let you know my progress. Who knows? Maybe I will inspire someone else to get up off their fat ass and do something.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer DavisMarch 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm #15799busyguyintvilleParticipant
Mark, I’m driving home from the MVT Rifleman Challenge and stopped for gas/rest. I was very encouraged to read your post.
You can do it!
Let us know your progress.
MVT Rifleman. TC3/RMP/CRCD Alumni.
Southern Illinois AreaMarch 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm #15800
Thanks Rob! I will keep you posted. I hope you had a great experience at the MVT Rifleman Challenge. I hope to get there for training within the next year.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer DavisMarch 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm #15803Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Congratulations on taking the first step, you’ll be amazed at the results.
Looking forward to hearing your progress.March 30, 2015 at 5:11 am #15804
Good luck Mark.
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863March 30, 2015 at 5:22 am #15805KeeperParticipant
Good luck on the starting the PT
keep us in the loop
Alumni living in N.E Fla. for now. Going to retire in Iowa on the farm some day soon.March 30, 2015 at 8:28 am #15815DiznNCParticipant
In conjunction with your training plan, I highly recommend Matt Fitzgerald’s “Making Race Weight”. Changing your diet will maximize your MVT training plan. Good luck!
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanMarch 30, 2015 at 10:59 am #15819
Thanks DizNC! I looked into the book and it is on order.
I will be using my Suunto T6 heart rate monitor and my Runkeeper app on my phone to track my workouts. I plan on posting regularly to let everyone know my progress. I have actually lost quite a few pounds using the My Fitness Pal app so far. It really makes tracking my intake easy.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer DavisMarch 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm #15855
First workout summary
Weight 268.4 lbs
Pack Weight 13 lbs
Distance 2.76 miles
Average Heart Rate 153 BPMMarch 31, 2015 at 10:43 am #15884DiznNCParticipant
Hey good start. Remember, times are just numbers. You have to start from your personal baseline. From this point, strive to improve on a weekly, or monthly basis. It doesn’t matter what everybody else is doing at this point. Just that you are showing steady improvement. You’ll get there, when you get there.
People get wrapped up around trying to match someone else’ performance, without taking the time to build up to it, slowly.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanMarch 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm #15918
Mark, Congrats on starting the plan. Remember to RESPECT THE PLAN. First time around I didn’t and it cost me 8 weeks recovering from a stress fracture in my ankle. This time I am going to respect the plan. We both are starting out with the same plan on the same day. Here is my break down:
Pack weight: 11lbs
Distance: 2.68 miles
Average HR: 160 BPM
For a starting point I am pleased with the results.
Never give up. Never quit.March 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm #15932
Looks like a great start 12aklabs. It’s extra motivating knowing there is someone else on the same program at the same time as me.
I’m on day two and I’m a little confused. The program says to do 60 pushups but then it says do 3 sets of 10 or 6 sets of 5. If anyone out there can answer this that would be greatly appreciated.March 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm #15936
Keep it up Mark….I mentioned elsewhere…started timing my stretches so as not to short my warm up.
One thing I learned on the MVT plan is the value of a good stretch/warmup.
Look forward to more updates.
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863March 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm #15937
Ok As far as the pushups maybe try the higher number if possible…record your results on the calendar.
The previous plan told me to do more pushups if that’s where you are at. I would say do as many “solid” pushups as you can.
"These are not men, but devils" --Colonel Francisco de Paula-Milan, Mexican Army, Camerone 30 April 1863March 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm #15938Mike QParticipant
Mark I just hit week 2. I did 60 push-ups on the first week each day it told me to do the push-ups. The push-ups were not that hard for me.
However the lunges kicked my ass!
Looking forward to finishing out in 7 more weeks!
There never seems to be enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it twice.
CRM Sept. 2014, CTT 1505, CTT July 2015, RC-Rifleman 1502, CP Nov. 2015, FoF March 2016, CCW May 2016, FoF Oct. 2016, FoF Nov. 2016, CLC April 2017, FoF Nov. 2017, Alumni weekend Aug. 2018, CQB Dec. 2018, CQB May 2019March 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm #15939
I finished day two and ended up doing 60 pushups. It took me quite a few sets and the last few I ended up just doing straight negatives, but I got it done. Lunges also totally gassed me!
Mike H I must have read your comment about timing your stretching in your other post. I think that’s a great idea and I plan on implementing it.April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am #15979
Great job Mark. Keep it up. I could only do 30 pushups but loved the lunges.
I really don’t have a place to do pullups and the spouse doesn’t want me to alter the doorway to install one . I have a shed so this weekend I am going to find a bar and hang it from the rafters. Until I do I use dumbells (Arm Curls, Overhead Press and Standing Row) to make up for them. It’s not the best solution but it will work for now.
I also think that Mike H’s idea of timing my stretching would be a great idea. I tend to cut that short so this would keep me honest.
Never give up. Never quit.April 2, 2015 at 11:27 am #16010
How you doing Mark? Are you as sore as I am? Yesterday I saw my times drop due my overall soreness and listening to my body (my right knee started to flair up ). Overall, I think I did well but sure have a ways to go. The body just doesn’t bounce back as fast as it used to.
Pack weight: 10lbs
Distance: 2.47 miles
Average HR: 156 BPM
Hang in there and listen to your body. It will tell you when you are overduing it.
Never give up. Never quit.April 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm #16013Brian from GeorgiaParticipant
I really don’t have a place to do pullups and the spouse doesn’t want me to alter the doorway to install one
You can buy a pullup bar that will hang on your door frame without alteration. I have one and it hasn’t busted the door trim yet!
3-4 Aug 2013 CRCD, 2-6 Aug 2014 CRCD/Patrol, 30 Sep 2016 Run n Gun, 1-2 Oct 2016 FoF, 3-4 March 2018 DCH alumni
Team CoyoteApril 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm #16014
Here’s a photo of the bar I purchased a couple of years ago on the web(think it was around 30 bucks). Mounted in the garage…I had to attach some 2x4s to the house side to get it lined up. Have enough room from the corner to complete pull-ups and chin-ups.
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12aklabs I am sore but it feels really good.
I actually have to take the rest of the week off from tabbing. I have had a nagging foot pain for about 5 months and finally went to the doctor yesterday. I have tendonitis in my peroneus brevis tendon. He taped my foot and I have to leave it on for 5 days. It’s already helping. I still plan to do my weight workouts this week.April 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm #16035
Bummer. I was out for 8 weeks due to a stress fracture in my ankle. That is why I started all over again with the training/fitness plan. Go easy and listen to your body.
Sure hope your foot heals and you can get back into the program. I know I missed it when I was sidelined.
Great ideas on the pull up bars. I will look into those. Sure need to get one.
Never give up. Never quit.April 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm #16520hunterParticipant
Mark- Any updates to your training? How’s the tendon feeling? Hope you are back at it!
**Tactical Fitness will be key to your survival. The more tactically fit you are, the faster you will be in your reaction to contact.**
MVT Vanguard. TC3/RMP/NODF/CRCD/PT/CTT/RC AlumniApril 20, 2015 at 7:08 am #16651
hunter- The training has been on hold. My doc has put me on restricted activity for 3 weeks hoping the tendon will heal. It’s driving me nuts. I’m just trying to do more dry fire practice until I get the go ahead to get back at it.April 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm #16660
Mark, do stretches, pushups (if the tendon will allow), pullups and maybe some weight lifting with dumbells. That’s what I did when I was out with the stress fracture.
Hope that tendon heals soon.
Never give up. Never quit.May 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm #17168AnonymousInactive
Injuries will happen.
Dont let that discourage you!May 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm #17169
I have two more weeks of physical therapy and then I should be good to go again. My foot is finally starting to feel better. I’m also getting custom orthotics made which should help so it doesn’t happen again.July 15, 2015 at 7:21 pm #19161
Long time since I heard anything from you. How is it going?
Never give up. Never quit.July 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm #19361
Here’s a little update. So after over two months of physical therapy,MRIs, countless different anti inflammatories and even a round of steroids my foot is finally starting to feel better. My plan is to do some weight training and light walking for one more month and I plan to start the program over from the beginning on August 31st.
The most frustrating part of this was that the pain wasn’t really all that bad. It is only a form of tendonitis after all. I was told that if I pushed it too much that there was a very real possibility of fracturing the bone the tendon is attached to. Once that bone is fractured it almost never heals due to lack of blood flow to that area. I will post more as I start the program again.July 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm #19452
Mark, I know all about foot pain and the frustration of it all. I am heading to the doctors later today to figure out what my foot pain really is. I have put all training on hold until this is resolved. I am however, taking the time to go riding on my MTB (mountain bike). It is a good alternative to just sitting on my collective a$$ and eating.
good luck with healing and keep us informed.
Never give up. Never quit.
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