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Strength Training to prepare for Battle

How should strength training be done for those who go into war? The real world physical demands for infantry soldiers is examined in this study.
The battlefield has changed significantly over the last many centuries as technology and warfare change dramatically. No longer are soldiers running into battle, weapons ablaze. The anaerobic nature of the warfighter is no longer as valued as it once was (powerful and explosive, excuse the pun!)
In this study, researchers at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT review how the US military physically trains its soldiers in a more relevant way to the demands placed on them. They argue that an integration of both strength training as well as other characteristics of the physical demands is necessary. Old methods of training to run 10 to 25 miles are still often thought of as a benchmark of military fitness even though these measures are not applicable to infantry activity.
In addition, the researchers also discuss how to use periodised mesocycles and proper workout sequencing to maximise results. Training using specific, relevant workouts week by week can help to integrate and prepare the soldier for the right types of movements. Both men and women require a combination of cardiovascular training, strength training, power training and stress training.
Finally, the researchers argue that it is very important to avoid overtraining and over-reaching as was done in the past. Allotting adequate rest and recovery during training can help to reduce time off duty and improve overall fitness.
The review on strength training for the warfighter concludes that soldiers should be treated as elite athletes. Rather than generalised training, very specific training should take place, designed for each individual soldier's needs. The resources and expertise of coaching is available and ready, and should be made use of.
Kraemer, WJ, Szivak, TK. "Strength training for the warfighter". Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26(7): S107-S118. 2012.

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