The Mine Field
1. A crawl under a cargo net with simulated mines to go around while crawling.
2. Blanket Bog
As we navigate through life, we should always be alert to detect possible mines threatening to alter or halt us on our course. Mental strength must prevail in order to pass through our personal minefields but this obstacle might not only put you under a cargo net, but under extreme physical stress as well. Be prepared to get down, grab the nitty and get GRITTY!
Army Rangers basic training challenges soldiers’ combat skills in the swampy areas of Florida during a phase of their military training called, The Swamp Phase. A combat engineer’s priority is to breach a minefield quickly in order to create a safe path for troops. Speed is vital in order to advance past your enemies! So here’s some exercises to boost your training from the ground level.
PUSH-UPS AND FLUTTER KICKS
Hands on the floor for some push-ups! Do the max number of repetitions you can in 30 seconds. By doing this, you’ll grab some crawling strength and be able to push your face above the water as needed! Immediately upon completing the push-ups, roll onto your back and do flutter-kicks for 1 whole minute, working the lower abdominals and hip flexors. Following the Flutter Kicks, lie flat on your back and stretch your arms over your head for 30 seconds of rest, then repeat the combination 5 more times.
TIP: During both parts of this exercise, focus on keeping your abdominals contracted. Follow these simple steps when doing the flutter kicks.
- Begin by lying on your back on the floor or exercise mat, with your hands underneath your buttocks to decrease the demands on your spine.
- Raise both legs 1-2 feet off the floor.
- While flexing your abdominal muscles, mimic a swimming or kicking motion with alternating legs.
To obtain the best possible result, it’s important to stick with it. Once you’ve defined your exercise routine, be consistent. Hard work and discipline will pay off in the Mine Field!