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This website is a knowledge and information sharing platform for both professionals and enthusiasts of civilian and military fitness, as well as military training.

What are Boot Camps?

When boot camps were first introduced in the US they were meant for the purpose of reforming prisoners, then soldiers, and finally overweight teenagers, adults and celebrities.  Such has been the rise of boot camps that in 2009, the American Council on Exercise listed boot camp training as one of the top exercise trends (Mercer, 2009) and research suggests it works (Barker, 2010). Continue reading…

History of Boot Camps

Modern fitness boot camps (also known as outdoor fitness, bootcamps and military fitness) have only been around for about 25 years in the US where they originate, and the UK where they have only really taken off in the last decade (approximately 2005-2006). Continue reading…

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Research Paper Title Materials Handling Ability of Regular and Reserve British Army Soldiers. Background The main objective of this research was to compare the materials handling ability, aerobic power, and body composition of fully trained Reserve and Regular male British Army soldiers (∼6–7 years of military experience). Methods Twenty-one Reserve soldiers and 15 Regular soldiers… Read More

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Research Paper Title “Leather” and the Fighting Spirit: Sport in the British Army in World War I. Excerpt The assiduous and organized cultivation of sport, and what is more important the spirit of sport, has become one of the most distinctive marks of the British Army, and it will be a task worthy of the… Read More

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“A sharp mind is the warrior’s edge.” Unknown You can learn more by reading ‘Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge’ which is the first text which examines survival and combat performance from a scientific perspective. Author Bruce K. Siddle methodically brings together one hundred years of research which identifies the relationship between survival stress, the heart rate… Read More

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Research Paper Title Modernizing the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test: Introducing the Navy General Fitness Test and Navy Operational Fitness Test. Abstract The lessons learned from recent combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown operational commanders that the military fitness tests currently used by the different services are inadequate in terms of assessing the physical… Read More

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Research Paper Title Smoking impairs the response to a physical training regime: a study of officer cadets. Abstract One hundred and sixty five officer cadets completed a 6 month physical training programme; 47 (28%) were smokers and 118 (72%) were not. Improvements in fitness were measured by the Army Personal Fitness Assessment (APFA) which scores… Read More

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Research Paper Title Relationship between body mass index and physical fitness in army cadets. Background While the importance of physical fitness for cadets is well-documented, no study has ever been conducted to investigate if there is an optimal BMI for physical fitness in army cadets. The aim of this study was to examine the association… Read More

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