Just when you think you're tough enough

Cross Train Obstacle Race

Spartan Up with Army Unit Level Physical Training

Warriors, rise up and take on the challenge. Pretend you’re a soldier for the hour, and take on this training.

CSM ( R ) Frank Grippe shares a workout with you all in honour of all veterans in the Army. This is a highly efficient workout that can be tailored to fit your location, enemy threat and time constraints.

Not a lot of space is needed, so it’s great onboard a ship, inside an airfield hangar or in the heat of things within a forward operating base.

Spartan Army

Task: Conduct Unit Level Physical Training

Conditions: Given, a unit of the finest US Warriors in the world within a designated area with a 100 meter measured distance.

Standards: Conduct a highly efficient Physical Fitness session to ensure that you can crush any obstacle that crosses your path. We want to develop a mixture of flexibility, strength, aerobic endurance and anaerobic endurance during the workout.

Start – 10 minutes of stretching and warm-up. The routine is your choice. Use a rectangular formation or form a circle with your Warriors.

Use (at a minimum) a one minute standard for all exercises. You may alter that time depending on your unit and mission.

Follow each exercise with a one hundred meter sprint and return to the start point in a slow run.

Suggested exercise routine:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Mountain climbers
  • Burpees
  • Crunches
  • Squats
  • Pull-ups

Be sure to mix upper-body and core movements between sprints. You may intensify and use a variety of exercises as need be.

Now, for those of you with some time on your hands and rural routes, grab a rucksack—fifty pounds minimum — and Move Out Sharply!