Fort Knox, KY.- Remember in middle school when your school made you participate in physical fitness tests and run a mile? Well that’s basically what PT is but 10x harder because you have to do push-ups the correct way and there’s this funny part where you can’t actually give up.
Today the Third Regiment for basic camp participated in a 1-1-1 physical training, which is a one-mile run, one minute of pushups, and one minute of sit ups. Even though the training can be a lot of hard work, the Cadets highlight the positive aspects more than the negative. Most Cadets emphasize the motivational side of PT to keep them focused. “I like all the motivation that everyone gives, like that really pumps me up”, said Cadet Julia Botello of Texas Rio Grand Valley University.
During these trainings Cadets are able to push themselves to do better as well as push their teammates. PT is an individual test but team work still plays a big part in Cadets achieving success. The mile run seems to be the most motivational part of the training. As Cadets are running they are hit with words to keep their energy up and their minds right. It’s clear that everyone out on the track is there to see you win no matter what, if you’re first or last it doesn’t matter, it matters that you finished. “You feel really great afterwards”, said Botello.
Physical fitness is a big factor in whether or not your body is ready for this type of training. PT allows Cadets to know where they are physically and gives them an idea of their strengths and weaknesses within the training. “It builds physical fitness and tells you exactly where you are at and what you need to work on”, explained Cadet Tyler Hardy of Western Kentucky University.
PT can be really grueling for Cadets who have never done this kind of physical activity before but the lack of experience doesn’t seem to be holding any of these Cadets back.
“Drink a lot of water, carbo load the day before, stretch, and don’t throw up on the track”, recommended Hardy to future Cadets.
The Third Regiment is off to an excellent start and will continue to make great improvements throughout camp.