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Day 64 – Master Sarge Doing Push Ups

Master Sarge Doing Push Ups – March 16, 2011

Day 64 - Master Sarge Doing Push Ups

I guess it was only a matter of time before Master Sarge had to drop and give General Sarge some push ups too. Today his turn arrived to work up a bear-sweat while crunching out a series of push ups.

Seriously though, getting into shape and keeping in shape is a very serious thing when it comes to the military. Tony Horton, the P90X fitness trainer has started working with the military to help get the future soldiers into shape so they can “make weight” and actually join the Army. There was a time when the military had issues getting recruits as a result of them being under-nourished. These days obesity is a problem. As a matter of fact, Ben was by no means fat when he shipped out. However, he was a few pounds overweight and he had to work to drop those few pounds so he could ship out to Fort Benning. He did it the hard way – taking laxative.

As he made numerous runs to the bathroom he just kept saying – “If only I’d stayed on top of my physical training more than one day a week”.

Okay, I admit it – I did laugh under breath.

Making Weight To Join The Army

As I said, Ben did make weight. But, there are a number of recruits who are turned away simply because they can’t make weight. I remember telling someone that the Drill Sergeants at Basic Training make the recruits do push ups when they receive mail. Some people thought that was rather mean. Reality is, it’s all part of making sure the recruits get into shape. Tony Horton is trying to address that issue as he’s working with the military to introduce a fitness program.

Find Out More About Tony Horton’s Plan – Click Here!

The series of pictures over the past few days have been fun to look at. It is fun watching General Sarge work with his troops to make sure they’re in shape. But, it’s just a sliver of a look at what both Ben and Ryan are doing these days as they’re at Basic Training. In the days ahead be watching for more exciting news from General Sarge as he starts to ponder how he can help not only our Future Soldiers get into shape, but our Reservists to stay in shape too.

Don’t forget you can support us by buying a “General Sarge’s Family First Campaign” coffee package. All the proceeds from the sales of this coffee package, which contains five 1.5 oz packages of Devil Dog Brew flavored coffee and a signed General Sarge 4×6 picture go towards helping off-set travel costs to Ben’s graduation at the end of April.

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Also please note, all of the proceeds from the sale of the “Families First Campaign” will always go to support military families off-set their expenses for graduation travel. It’s important that families attend the graduation ceremonies, but many times they can’t afford to go because of the expense.

So help out General Sarge in this worthy cause.

If you’d like to support financially in other ways, please feel free to contact me via email and we can talk about that too.

Staying Army Strong!
Dr. Rus

4 thoughts on “Day 64 – Master Sarge Doing Push Ups

  1. When I read about them having to do push ups to get the mail, I thought that was genius. I mean they have to do push ups and exercise a lot, at least this time they get a good reward! I think a trainer is a great idea, even if you are the right weight you might not be in shape!

    1. You are absolutely right Shari! I didn’t mention it in the post, but Ryan was the right weight and didn’t have to worry about that. However, he was not in the best of shape when he shipped out. I have a feeling he’s in much better shape now. LOL!

  2. I absolutely love the form Master Sarge is showing at the top of his pushup, now that’s a bear that has been through basics. I see that Private Sparky is laughing, I hope General Sarge doesn’t catch him or he might be next in line working twice as hard as Master Sarge.

    Being turned away from enlisting due to weight or fitness must be a very difficult and defeating thing to go through. So many people struggle with their weight and don’t have any idea how to begin the process to get fit. When a future enlistee is struggling to hit the his weight goal does the military have a program to follow? I look forward to hearing more about what General Sarge has in store for the new recruits and reservist to help them get and stay in shape.

    Tony Horton has been visiting bases across the US, Italy and as recently as January 30th of 2011 he was in Japan. When Stripes Okinawa wrote in their local paper detailing Tony Horton’s recent visit, they quoted Tony as saying this during his recent visit:

    “I think our military suffers from a lot of the same problems that the general population does,” Horton added. “People are trying to be fit and healthy and they’re trying to figure out ways to do that, and I think a lot of times, they’re doing the wrong thing. They’re using pills, potions, and processed foods to lose weight in the future, but the idea here is to be fit and strong and ready and ripped and also to make PT tests a little bit more doable.”

    Click here to read the entire Pacific Air Force article detailing his visit.

    1. Hey Janet;

      You noticed PVT. Sparky laughing there again too!? I saw that as well. LOL! As for the Future Soldiers making weight, yes, it is devastating if they don’t make weight. Especially if it’s just missed by a few pounds. That’s exactly where Ben was. He was just a few pounds over and he was really nervous when he went to MEPS the day before he shipped out because he knew he was very close. He’s been looking forward to joining the Army for so long he was dreading the possibility of missing the cut because of a couple extra pounds. He did make it in and he was very pleased. But, as you rightfully point out in your comment, not all are like Ben. Too many recruits are turned away because they miss their weight goal. There is a need for some kind of planning to get into shape and then keep in shape.

      As always, thanks for reading and thanks for comment!

      Dr. Rus

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