Consider these facts regarding the condition of our military recruits and how far we have fallen:
- In 2000, 4 percent of males and 12 percent of females were unable to pass a "1-1-1" test, which requires participants to complete one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a one-mile run.
- By 2006, 22 percent of males and 40 percent of females were failing the same test.
- In 1998, a total of nine femoral neck-stress fractures -- a serious hip injury -- were reported at one of the Army's training sites.
- By 2008, there were 30 males and 40 females who suffered that injury at the base.
Strength and conditioning are at an all time low and injuries are at an all time high. Each recruit costs the military approximately $250,000 to put through 19 weeks of basic training - Training that has to start at the fundamental conditioning level. That is a lot of lost time and energy (and money).
How do you stack up?
Through a recent study, training for 6 weeks at 1 - 3 sets per week on the Exerbotics Chest Press added an average of 14 push-ups to each subjects maximum output. We'll get those recruits shaped up to pass those tests - and more importantly - to protect and serve!
- JP Stockton