Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 063 – Avoid the biggest reason that 92% of regular exercises fail to reach their long term goals.

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 063.

Royal-Marines-thThis is the one where I talk about exercise in its most basic form. We talk about how to add fun and variety to your sessions and how to keep the body guessing all the time.

Specifically we discuss the RSVP method for checking your Reps.

  • R – Rate, Range, Rest
  • S – Specific
  • V – Variety
  • P – Perfection

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 062 – Body building, wearing RM clothing and recovering from shin splints

pjft-trainingWelcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 062.

This is the one where I answer your recent Facebook questions including:

  • Bodybuilding after you have passed out
  • Wearing Royal Marines clothing before you pass out
  • Recovering from serious illness
  • Recovering from shin splints

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 061 – How to avoid the biggest mistake in the fitness industry when training for the Royal Marines

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 061.

Marine-Training (14)This is the one where I explain that extrinsic factors and shiny objects are not what give you motivation and results. Intrinsic factors such as dedication, clean eating and hard work bring results… everything else, all the latest fitness fads just add variety.

I also answer more listen questions from Facebook and share some of your breakthroughs.

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 060 – How to get back to fighting fit when you are struck down with an illness.

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 060.

10530690_643640672409756_2491330330718656130_nThis is the one where I talk about how you can get back to fighting fit when you are struck down with an illness.

Including 5 steps to ensure you are doing the right thing when you pick up a cold or the flu while training for 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.

Author of the Bootneck Blueprint

Founder of the Commando Coaching Academy and PRMC Preparation Course

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Q: How Hard is Royal Marine Training?

A: It is up to you!

10530690_643640672409756_2491330330718656130_nIf you are contemplating the idea of joining the Royal Marines you have seen the film Full Metal Jacket right?

If not you have even been living in a cave or it is time to take the application process a bit more seriously, go and watch it and then continue to read this post…

Now that everyone is familiar with the Stanley Kubrick classic it is time for a brief plot synopsis of the first half of the film…

The first half of the film takes place in a USMC Bootcamp where the potential recruits are physically, racially and psychologically abused by their Gunnery Sergeant all the way to the end of training. Eventually the main victim of this abuse, Pvt. Pile ends up killing himself and the sociopath Gunnery Sergeant.

This Hollywood portrayal of Marine training, amongst other films, is guilty for misleading a lot of those joining the Royal Marines. I for one watched the film the weekend before I started training just to pump myself up for the barrage of emotional torment I was about to willfully embark upon. The reality of the situation, however, is that you are not going to be screamed at and abused throughout your time at Lympstone CTCRM, quite the opposite in fact.

Royal Marines training’s purpose is to teach you how to become a soldier of the highest quality and therefore you could compare it to some sort of sick boarding school where the teachers are allowed to punish you by making you exercise until you are physically exhausted or waste your precious free time by keeping you up at night cleaning and doing menial tasks (Our troop actually all got given lines once just to take away a couple of hours of our time “I must not point my weapon in jest”).

Sound tough? Well it is supposed to be. Just like any other school though the ‘teachers’ are there to produce an end product and to produce the end product they have to correct the ‘pupils’ when they behave badly. Unlike school though instead of giving out detentions at Lympstone you will be given extra exercise and you don’t have to be there if you do not want to be.

Conclusion

Ultimately school was just a game wasn’t it? You do what you are told and you don’t get punished – this is just like Royal Marines training (you will get punished anyway sometimes but this is merely to strengthen you psychologically). No one is going to abuse you racially, physically or psychologically, (okay, maybe sort of psychologically but it is for your own good) they are there to teach and you are there to learn.

Your biggest challenge during training is the one inside yourself that makes you doubt your abilities or looks for the easy way out – not some psychopathic drill instructor or people pinning you down or beating you with soap at night time. If you are prepared mentally, physically and determined to succeed in what is a challenge of a lifetime then you already have the tools to succeed.

The famous corps adage goes: “They cannot kill you and they will not make you pregnant.”

Bootneck Blueprint Podcast 059 – Am I good enough for the Royal Marines?

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 059

downloadThis is the one where I help you answer the questions ‘Am I good enough to join the Royal Marines?’

I explain why the answer is YES and if what you can do if the answer is NO.

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 058 – How To Get Started When Training For The Royal Marines

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 058.

Start-LineThis is the one where I give you 5 tips to getting started when first training to join the Royal Marines.

The tips include:

  1. The key to getting started is to get started!
  2. Consistency = Results
  3. Be smart…
  4. Work on your weaknesses
  5. Be prepared to make sacrifices

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 057 – How To Pick Yourself Up When You Just Want To Give In.

Welcome to the BootneckBlueprint.com podcast episode 057.

Marine-Training (14)This is the one where I teach you how to pick yourself up when you just want to throw in the towel during Royal Marines recruit training.

Specifically I talk about:

Step 1 – Recognize it.
Step 2 – Process it:

  • Feel it…
  • Process it…
  • Harness fear…
  • Talk about it…
  • Write about it…
  • Visualize it…
  • Prepare to dispel fear
  • Increase knowledge to dispel fear
  • Draw power from it…
  • Work out what the cost of giving in is…

Step 3 – Take Action

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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6 reasons why you should apply to join the Royal Marines today

Guest Post By Former Royal Marine – Matthew H.

Thinking of joining the Royal Marines? These are the 6 reasons why you should apply today

Marine-Training (13)Travel – The Royal Marines Commandos are mountain and cold weather warfare specialists as well as part of UK’s rapid reaction force and as such are expected to go anywhere in the world. Because of this level of expectation upon these elite amphibious soldiers they need to train in all parts of the world. The Royal Marines have recently been on training exercises in the mountains of the Himalayas, in the Arctic Circle of Norway, Jungle training in Africa and South America as well as potentially conducting amphibious training anywhere in the world where there are coastal waters. The possibilities for travel are endless and the good news is you get paid to do it and plenty of down time in the process.

Worthy Cause – Despite the intricacies of geopolitics and disputes over foreign wars the Royal Marines still provide a force for good in the world. If you join up you will be a defender of your country, your friends and family as well as helping those around the world who are in need. Recent operations around the world have included civilian evacuations in Libya and Lebanon, peace keeping in Sierra Leone and Kosovo, aid relief in Haiti and the Philipines. How many of your friends have been part of such a historic force for good?

Royal_Marines_Firemans_CarryPhysical lifestyle – Life in Royal Marines is essentially like being a professional athlete. As a Commando you are expected to be in the highest level of fitness and because of this part of your daily working day will be dedicated to becoming fitter and stronger – so you will be getting paid to do exercise! Just like a professional athlete you will also have access to world class rehabilitation facilities if you need it.

Adventure – There are things that you will do if you join up that you would have to pay £100′s or even £1000′s for if you were a civilian. Because of the wide spectrum of operations that the Royal Marines are expected to go on they need to train appropriately. Fast roping out of helicopters onto the decks of a Naval warship or riding around on powerboats is bread and butter for these elite amphibious troops. Furthermore, as mountain and cold weather warfare specialists you will be cross country skiing in the Norwegian wilderness and abseiling from dizzying heights in the mountains.

Unlike other jobs in the civilian world there will be many opportunities to conduct adventure training. Members of the corps regularly go to Bavaria on adventure training and others have been known to arrange their own adventure training doing kite surfing in Cyprus or sky diving in Spain.

Personal Challenge – The personal challenge of earning the coveted green beret is massive. You will have to overcome physical and mental exhaustion during the 32 weeks training – the longest and possibly the most arduous basic training in NATO. This challenge is not for everyone and only the strongest will survive till the end. Operating out in the field on Dartmoor will test your mental and physical robustness. During the Commando Phase of training the physical challenge will culminate in the ominous “30 miler” across Dartmoor, this will be your final test before winning the green beret.

Once you finish training the personal challenges do not stop there and you will be challenged further whilst on operations in conflict areas around the globe. If you are still seeking further challenges you can put yourself up for the ultimate mental and physical test of applying for selection into the UK’s special forces – your previous experience within the Royal Marines will put you in good stead to pass the selection process.

The Pay – Jobs in the armed services have a reputation for low pay, this could not be further from the truth. Sure during training you are only paid about £14,000 per year, but this is with no rent or food outgoings and therefore pretty much all disposable income that is all yours to spend. When you finish training you will earn in the region of £17,000 which is high when compared to other 16-21 year olds and pay goes up every year and as you specialise. At the 5-7 year point (sometimes sooner) promotion to Corporal will be a very real possibility which could see you earn a salary £26,000.

As well as collecting your healthy paycheck at the end of the month you will have unprecedented job security and also receive extra pay when away on long operations or training exercises, this includes large operational bonuses.

Conclusion

The benefits of a career in the Royal Marines in incomparable to those else where in the civilian world. If you would like to have the challenge of a lifetime followed by a life of adventure and keeping fit whilst getting paid then I suggest you do some further research and start the application process – it’s tough, you need all the help you can get.

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