Posted by jae_1833
USMC has gotten into this lately, I love it! It shocks your body, builds stabalizer muscles, and it's done relatively quickly with few supplies....great for being on ship.
Yeah, man.. I wish I had known about this stuff while I was deployed and we had next to nothing to train with. I could have done a lot more than just stupid dumbbell complexes over and over again and had a lot more fun.
I spent several months (8) deployed with the USMC and to me there are a few things the USMC does better than anybody else. One of them is, as a branch, they're much better at organizing fitness than any of the others. Even while in combat. They make fitness part of esprit de corps which is another area in which they excel beyond all other branches of the military.
I think for combat crossfit is the perfect program. Endurance is important for mental strength, but for the most part firefights and contact in general are short bursts of energy mixed in with long bouts of increased heart rate due to adrenaline. Crossfit's metcon exercises are perfect for this IMO since they build on both cardiovascular fitness and muscular work capacity.