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Military Muscle: Shake up command PT

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Tired of the same, boring command PT? Military Muscle columnist Bob Thomas writes this week about how to mix things up.

He says:

At military posts throughout the world, on land or at sea, all hours of the day: “Everybody fall in. Let’s get ready to do some PT.”

The majority of large-group PT leaders will stick with the basics: a few warm-up exercises, formation runs of varying distances, pushups and pullups, and crunches or situps — a workout that has been tried and tested through the years.

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? I asked Shiela Brand and Leon Freeman, two of our expert trainers who specialize in large-group workouts of 100-plus participants, to provide me with insight on how they work large groups.

Get the tips, plus a sample workout, over on OFFduty.

Tell us: Does your unit put its own twist on group PT? We’ve heard of units ditching the old workouts for CrossFit and even swimming. If you’re doing something different, let us know so we can spread the word in an upcoming feature.Email pt365@militarytimes.com.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 31 ultramarathons. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .