Marine Corps PT sets foundation for recruits
By Cpl. Liz Gleason
| | January 31, 2013
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --
It was organized chaos aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as recruits from Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, endured another strenuous physical training event Jan. 28.
Although recruits of Co. L are only on Training Day 6, they’re quickly learning what is expected of them, not only as recruits, but also when they become Marines.
“Today we did max pull-ups, max crunches, max pushups, sprints and calisthenics,” said Recruit Paul Boley, Platoon 3242, Co. L 3rd RTBn. “These things are important because your legs and body need to be prepared to adapt to any physical situation. It takes physical discipline and intense working out to live up to the high physical quality that is demanded by the Marine Corps.”
Boley, who joined the Marine Corps because he wanted to be part of the best, used his enthusiasm and drive to help motivate other recruits to do their best.
“I gave 110 percent today and it felt good,” said Boley. “It’s important to always push yourself and strive to do better, never give up.”
Drill instructors were with the recruits through the entire event showing them proper technique, guiding them and encouraging them to give it their all.
Recruits arrive at the depot at different physical fitness levels, however, the training schedule is geared to help recruits reach and exceed physical standards at a safe pace.
“You can’t throw a first phase recruit into a third phase training schedule,” said Baughman. “The workouts we do are strenuous, however, we slowly build them up to peak performance. Events like this help build strength, endurance and agility. It also improves their Physical Fitness Test score and helps them become well rounded.”
The PFT is a staple of annual training for Marines and consists of a maximum set of pull-ups, crunches and a 3-mile run. A perfect score for male Marines requires 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches and an 18-minute run time.
As the recruits progress through recruit training, they will continue to build on the foundation they have laid during the first few weeks aboard the Depot.
“The physical fitness goal of recruit training is not only to make strong recruits,” said Baughman. “But also to instill the discipline they need to continue to eat healthy, workout and become stronger on their own.”