S10Ep5 - The Navy & Fitness on a Boat (The Military Series)

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We’re on a boat! Niki Sims talks to CJ Gotcher and Andrew Jackson--Barbell Logic staff coaches, full-time employees, and Navy Veterans--about their experience with the Navy and the physical demands of the Navy, including how you squeeze through tight spaces.

The Navy--and any organization that involves service on the water or out at sea, such as the Coast Guard--puts some unique demands and challenges for its service members. Sailors have to train while serving on a ship at sea and train while preparing for deployments on land.

Living accommodations on a ship are jam-packed, and for many Sailors the challenges are not carrying heavy loads for long distances, but the combined stress of sleep deprivation, long periods of time standing, and navigating a ship.

The initial tests to enter the Navy or Naval Academy include medical requirements, evaluated with a physical, and events that generally aren’t tested again and bear little relation to everyday physical demands of a Sailor: duck walks, ball throws, and broad jumps.

Things going wrong in the Navy looks a little different than it does for the Army or Marines. A major concern--the thing all Sailors must be able to quickly combat--is a fire on the ship and flooding of the ship, such as if a missile hit a ship.

The physical culture in the Navy really different from ship to ship, and even on a ship the culture can change dramatically with a different commanding officer. Generally, however, it was expected that Sailors needed to not fail and not be borderline. Expectations for officers were higher.

CJ, Andrew, and Niki discuss the point of the physical readiness test in the Navy--and really in the military at large. Ultimately, it’s a screening tool. It serves to screen out Sailors and service members who are utterly unprepared for the physical demands of the job.

One aspect they talk about that seemed to help with preparing for not just fitness but combat readiness and proficiency was thinking of the general purpose--combat readiness--versus loading tasks onto people. See the forest, not the trees, so to speak.

CJ also let’s out some pretty good ones: “let’s not forget pilots” & “carriers are bougie,” and “BLOC Busters.”

The views expressed do not necessarily represent the Department of Defense or the United States Government.

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