Train like a Marine with this functional fitness plan.
For all-round fitness, special forces like the British Navy’s Royal Marine commandos are second to none. The average Royal Marine may not be able to bench or squat much more than the seasoned gym-goer, or run a marathon faster than most, but they fare exceptionally well in CrossFit-type activities.
Their cardio and muscular endurance abilities are first-rate, not to mention their mental strength – crafted during commando training and remaining with them throughout every fitness session they undertake. This all boils down to the intensity level at which they can work – and it’s intensity that’s key to any transformation programme.
The following five-day split gives you a taste of the functional fitness training prioritised by the military, and while you’re at it you will torch fat, build muscle and find out what it means to dig deep.
THE MILITARY FITNESS TRAINING PLAN
Words: Nick Hutchings and Sean Lerwill
Model: Sean Lerwill