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Army Training, Sir! Part 1 of “Four for the Core”

General Barnicke: “Where have you been, soldier?”
John Winger: “Training, sir.”
Soldiers: “Training, sir!”
General Barnicke: “What kind of training?”
John Winger: “Army training, sir.”
Soldiers: “Army training, sir.”

From “Stripes” Copyright 1981, Columbia Pictures Corp.

That’s one of my favorite movie scenes ever. Bill Murray leads a ragtag group of army misfits to believe in themselves and rise up to an impossible challenge. Hilarity ensues. (It’s beginning to sound like “Think Right Thursday” in here.)

So, what does that have to do with “Move Right Monday?”

Nothing.

Well…one thing.

He mentions “army training,” and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

The US military receives some of the best physical fitness training ever developed. In some ways, they receive better fitness training than some professional athletes. It’s not about bulking up or training for pure power (although soldiers who adhere to the training are powerful human beings). It’s about greater stability, mobility, motor function, stamina, and endurance. The exact kind of training I emphasize here on “Move Right Monday.”

Of course, when you see what modern soldiers are required to face, perform, and endure, you understand why their training is so rigorous. My hat goes off to them.

But my purpose here on “Move Right Monday” is to help you benefit from the best of their training. Over the next few weeks, I want to replay a series of videos we created to capture some of these powerful exercises our soldiers use to build a firm foundation in their core. Then you’ll be a “lean, mean, fighting machine.” (another great quote from that movie from the one and only John Candy.)

Now, I want to warn you – you’re probably going to ask, “Where are the sit-ups and push-ups? Where are the calisthenics we learned in grade school? Aren’t those the exercises real soldiers do in boot camp?”

No.

They are not the basic exercises we’ve been told they are, and most of us do them wrong. In fact, until you strengthen your core with the exercises I’m going to show you over the next few months, sit-ups and push-ups are just a waste of time. But I’ll get to that later.

For now, I want to introduce the first exercise, which we’ll call “The Bridge.”

This exercise is an easy one to do wrong, so it’s important to follow along with the video to maximize the benefit you receive.

I want every “Move Right Monday” exercise to be transformational for your physical health, but I realize that doing these by yourself might not be much fun. I always encourage people to work together on these exercises whenever possible, not only for the companionship but also for some accountability. Having a partner to exercise with can increase your impact because it keeps you on track and gives you something to look forward to. Maybe you can think of someone right now that you would enjoy sharing these exercises with. Share this video with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or wherever you meet with people.

Who knows? It might change their life.

“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.”  — Eric Thomas

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