Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 052 – Life In A Royal Marines Commando Unit

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 052.

Royal-Marines-Commando-UnitThis is the one where I describe a few of the differences in military life after training once you get to your Commando Unit.

I hope you find the information interesting and remind you to leave your comments here, on iTunes or help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

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The Renegade Bootneck.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy and PRMC Preparation Course
PS… If you haven’t already got a copy of the latest Royal Marines Book ‘Going Commando‘ By Mark Time – Get yours Here

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REPLAY – Royal Marines Training Webby | PJFT Special – April 2014

REPLAY from – 20:00 Monday 14 April.  Thank you for joining us.

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Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 051 – Finding Time & Creating The Focus For Royal Marine Commando Spirit

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 051.

Marine-Training-blogThis is the one about how you can prepare to become a Royal Marine Commando by creating not only the time to prepare, but also the focus you will require. The ability to focus on essential aspects will be a powerful tool enabling you to ‘get shit done!’ and is a major component of Commando Spirit.

Specifically I give 6 tips for creating focus…

1 – Be consistent – keep going to bat!

  • Keep turning up
  • Small steps
  • Be… Don’t just do!!!
  • We are the sum of what we consistently do

2 – Create a routine

  • Time of day
  • Duration
  • Location
  • Systems of work
  • Big 3!!!
  • Initiate your success triggers… Trainers on, playlist, post work out coffee etc etc
  • Create powerful neural pathways

3 – Negotiate your expectations

  • Think small steps
  • Recognise consistency
  • List the things you MUST compromise on
  • List the things you simply WILL NOT compromise on!!!

4 – Create Ally’s

  • Explain goals and reasons to close family & friends
  • Be mindful of saboteurs
  • Find like minded people or significant role models

5 – Eradicate interference

  • Limit distractions, phone, FB, Tinterweb, close the door, tidy desk etc
  • Be realistic, hectic periods in the day

6 – Make time, don’t try to find it

  • Concurrent activity

I hope you find the information interesting and remind you to leave your comments here, on iTunes or help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

The Renegade Bootneck.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy and PRMC Preparation Course

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Can I Be A Royal Marines Commando With Flat Feet?

Its a very common question.

royal-marines-commando-flat-feet1The simply answer is yes. I spent the whole of my career with horrendously flat feet and didn’t know for 5 years! The only caveat on that is you will have to develop the ability to look after them as you will undoubtedly suffer more than others do.

Why…
Having flat feet will mean a few things to you.
First of all your’re going to be more susceptible to injury and ailments that result from reduced bounce, poor posture and poor running technique. To understand this we must understand what the arches in the feet actually do.
The arch act as a spring. Because of their elastic properties arches absorb impact and thus reduce the risk of injury. They help generate and return energy during walking and running in particularly, where vertical forces are higher.
If you don’t have the spring you obviously then run less efficiently and have a great chance of getting impact related injuries such as shin splints and other fractures in the feet and alteration to natural knee and hip alignment can cause knee and lower back problems. The good news is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

Listed below are my top tips developed through a decade of service in the Royal Marines that will help you survive the yomps, speed marches and arduous Commando Training with flat feet.

1. Don’t play the victim
Ok, everyone is going to tell you that having flat feet is a bad thing that’s going to mess up your chance of joining the Marines and having the greatest career in the world. The truth is you do not have to believe that. During my time I decided I was going to be the judge of whether or not I suffered with the problems associated with flat feet or not, not Wikipedia or webMD.

2. Value your feet
Though I said previously that you should not play the victim, you will need to be smart. If you leave things to chance and do not take a proactive role in looking after your feet and lower limbs you significantly increase the chance of injury. During training you will be taught how to look after your feet which is a routine you must get into immediately. Other lads that are less susceptible to foot problems will no doubt pay it lip service and learn the hard way. You do not have that luxury.

3. Prepare for blisters
dsc00005No doubt if you have flat feet you have had to shop around for the right trainers that fit well, you cannot do this with issue boots. There will be a choice of fitting so you will be able to get a Narrow, Medium or Wide fit, but that’s about all the lea way you will have. With ill-fitting boots and an increase in activity you are very likely to pick up more blisters than the average nod. You can easily learn the simple techniques for taping your feet (see the posts on this blog and videos on the YouTube channel). Make ‘preventing blisters’ a priority and make it a habit.

4. Elevate whenever possible

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Basic first aid and treatment of injuries teaches us to elevate bleeding or injured limbs to help the blood return to the rest of the body and prevent it from pooling in the injured areas causing swelling and pain. I used to elevate my feet every opportunity I got. I would prop my bed up at the bottom with a chair or place a pillow under the mattress (so I didn’t kick it off in the night) to elevate my feet at night and in the field I would sleep with my feet on my bergan. It’s a really simple trick, but it really helps elevate pain and reduce swelling and bruising caused by having little to no spring in your step.

5. Stretch, stretch, stretch
As a young Marine you’re not likely to pay much attention to stretching, but as a flat footer it is pretty much essential for you. After yomps and hard training sessions I would manipulate my feet to get the blog flowing and loosen them off. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, but just getting your fingers into the soles, moving the bones and soft tissue around can help ease aches and pains and will also give you the opportunity to check your feet for blisters, cracks and abnormal swelling and bruising. I suggest you also spend a little time massaging and stretching the calves, Achilles and muscles on the front of the lower leg. This routine should only take a few minutes, but could be vital in keeping your soldiering on in pursuit of your green beret.

Another great tip is rolling your foot on a hockey ball which acts like a deep tissue massage. You can pick them up from a sports shop for a few pounds.

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So with a little knowledge and plenty of awareness that your ‘plates of meat’ are a little more susceptible than others you can succeed as a Royal Marines Commando. It’s going to take a consistent effort to keep yourself on the road, but it’s worth it. Remember you really must take all the tips on when you finish training and get to a unit. Learn the skills to look after your feet and develop habits to prevent and treat ailments, having flat feet is just another obstacle that you have to overcome to be a Bootneck of which there will be many… So let’s get this done.

 

Other useful tips: Treatment of flat feet 

Royal Marines Training Webby | April 2014

Replay from 2100 03 April, 2014.

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Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 049 – Creating and maintaining Commando motivation

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 049.

This is the one where I explain how old methods of getting motivated no longer work and also give you 5 steps to creating and maintiang motivation in pursuit of becoming a Royal Marines Commando.
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The 5 tips are:

  • 1 – Ditch the carrot and stick way of getting motivated
  • 2 – Ditch the word ‘SHOULD’ from your goals
  • 3 – Alter your mindset
  • 4 – Help others
  • 5 – Keep a motivation board / file or checklist

I hope you find the information interesting and remind you to leave your comments here, on iTunes or help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

The Renegade Bootneck.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy and PRMC Preparation Course

 

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Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 048 – 5 Things You Will Need To Succeed

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Welcome to the Bootneck Blueprint podcast episode 048.

This is the one where I talk about 5 critical things that you will need to succeed in your quest to get through marines training .

Specifically I talk about:

  • Having the belief that you can earn a green beret
  • Making sacrifices
  • Changing your mindset and habits
  • Becoming comfortable in being uncomfortable and having uncertainty

PLUS – I answer a few questions from the Facebook page.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

The Renegade Bootneck.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy and PRMC Preparation Course

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Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 047 – 10 great tips for the PRMC from a recent success.

http://royalmarinestraining.comWelcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 047.
This is the one where I interview Ash who recently attended the PRMC course and was successful.

He not only chats about how he prepared and how he found the PRMC, but he also gives his 10 top tips for getting through unscathed, including:

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1 – Don’t be fooled by the Royal Marines adverts… the videos do not set the right expectations.
2 – Do as they say… to the letter!!!
3 – Don’t be late!!!
4 – Train hard fight easy!!!
5 – Be smart on getting your kit and boots. Get to the front to ensure you get the right size. Bring extra socks, especially thin ones to prevent blisters
6 – Take a small selection of painkillers to ease the pain
7 – On the Endurance Course on the hair and hounds, start strong… its only a mile and try keep up.
8 – On the sheep dip be confident and don’t panic otherwise you’ll do it again
9 – Work hard on the ‘pays to be a winner’.
10 – The hardest bit is the run back from the EC. Its only three miles.

I hope you find the information interesting and remind you to leave your comments here, on iTunes or help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

The Renegade Bootneck.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy

 

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Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 046 – Joining the Royal Marines at 16

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Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 045.

This is the one where I present the pro’s and con’s to joining the Royal Marines at 16. If you’re thinking of joining the marines at 16 then you need to make sure you make a good decision and these tips, for joining as a junior Royal Marines Commando, will help you do that.

Now there is no right and wrong answer and making your decision process should consider all the factors in your life right now… You just don’t want to be one of the guys later in life that has regrets. Now armed with these good points and bad points for joining the Royal Marines at 16, you can crack on knowing you made the right decision for you.

In next weeks podcast I will throw out the pro’ sand con’s of joining at 30, so don’t think I have left you out if you are a little older than most Royal Marines recruits.

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Ps… If you haven’t watch the remake of the Royal Marines Fitness Tips Part 1… Check out this post or head over to YouTube to watch 9 mins of essential viewing for anyone that wants to join the Royal Marines.

I hope you find the information interesting and remind you to leave your comments here, on iTunes or help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in pursuit of excellence,

The Renegade Bootneck.

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