This section of the website provides the reader with publications relating to the military, outdoor fitness, boot camps, fitness boot camps and military fitness.

Listing in this section does not imply, implicit or explicit, endorsement for a publication. The list is for information purposes only and is presented in no particular order.

Book 01:

Title: Physical Fitness: 5BX 11-minute-a-day plan for men, XBX 12-minute-a-day plan for women5BX

Author(s): Royal Canadian Air Force

Publication Date: 30 April 1964

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (74 pages)

Synopsis: The book enables you to follow the same fitness programme developed for and used by the Royal Canadian Air Force pilots up to the 1980’s. At least one of the exercises is deemed to be out of step with current thinking but the concept of following a straightforward plan for a few minutes each day as a means of maintaining fitness holds true. No gym or specialist equipment needed, making it cheap without reducing its effectiveness.

Book 02:

Title: The Official British Army Fitness GuideArmyFitnessGuide

Author(s): Sam Murphy (Sport & Fitness Journalist, Author and Running Coach) & The British Army

Publication Date: 08 January 2009

Publisher: Guardian Books (176 pages)

Synopsis: The British Army is the fittest in the world, employing tried-and-tested training programmes that are guaranteed to build the levels of stamina, strength and flexibility that every soldier needs. In this official guide – developed with the Army Physical Training Corps – you can discover the exercises and activities that the Army uses and follow specially designed programmes to get yourself to the peak of physical fitness. Whether you are a complete beginner who simply wants to be a bit healthier or a weekend warrior looking for the next challenge, this easy-to-use book will help take your fitness to the next level.

Book 03:

Title: Military FitnessDalePatrick

Author(s): Patrick Dale (former Royal Marine Commando)

Publication Date: 31 May 2012

Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (176 pages)

Synopsis: Throughout history, physical fitness has played a vital part in our struggle for survival. There is no better example of this than the fitness levels of soldiers. From the Spartans of Ancient Greece and the Legionnaires of Rome to the modern-day Parachute Regiment and the elite SAS, a high level of fitness has always been a vital component in the success of any armed conflict. Military fitness means being ‘fit for anything life throws at you’ – something that fitness expert and ex-Marine Patrick Dale knows all about. He has developed a no-frills exercise programme that will help you build all the fitness you will ever need. Based on his personal experience as a member of the elite Royal Marine Commandos and, more recently, as a personal trainer, this book will help you improve every aspect of your fitness in the shortest possible time, using a minimum of exercise equipment. Inspired by the training methods used by the military, this programme is not just for potential or ex-soldiers but for anyone who wants to develop real-world fitness.

Book 04:

Title: Boot Camp Fitness for all Shapes and SizesBobWeinstein

Author(s): Bob Weinstein (former Lt Col in the US Army Reserve)

Publication Date: 2010 (276 pages)

Publisher: Health Colonel Publishing

Synopsis: Put on your commander’s hat. Boot Camp Fitness is a practical and useful complete boot camp fitness manual. Packed with exercise photos and charts. Find out how to eat right, exercise without a gym, how to start a fitness boot camp, weight loss and much more.

Book 05:

Title: The Boot Camp Workout (2nd Edition)

Author: Cat Smiley (two times Canadian trainer of the year)CatSmiley_TheBootCampWorkout_2ed_2005

Publication Date: 2005 (158 pages)

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

Synopsis: As title suggests!

Book 06:

Title: Royal Marine Fitness: Physical Training ManualRoyal Marines Fitness, Physical Training Manual

Author: Sean Lerwill

Publication Date: 03 Dec 2009 (208 pages)

Publisher: JH Haynes & Co Ltd

Synopsis: The physical training that all Royal Marines recruits undergo is challenging and demanding, yet also structured and achievable. Here, for the first time, is an official manual to show you in detail how they succeed and how you can mirror all relevant aspects in your own fitness training. Packed with facts and step-by-step instruction accompanied by hundreds of colour photographs, Royal Marines Fitness contains a wealth of guidance for anyone wanting to achieve a higher level of fitness, whether it s preparing for a marathon, losing weight or putting on muscle mass. This manual provides you with all the tools and information you need to put together a training programme specific to your own targets, and to adapt it as you surpass your expectations. The Royal Marines the training, ethos and lifestyle. Physical fitness including the seven components of fitness. Fitness psychology training your mind to control your body. Exercise physiology understand how your body will respond to training. Diet and nutrition, the facts and figures you need to know. Fitness programme, the Royal Marines approach. Warm up, cool down, the reasons, the importance and the ways. Fitness training all the methods, aerobic, anaerobic, circuits and weights. The exercises extensive, step-by-step instructions for all types of fitness training.

Book 07:

Title: Para Fitness and Training GuideBook, Para Fitness Guide

Author: Sam McGrath (former Head of Parachute Training and Selection)

Publication Date: 01 Jan 2011 (176 pages)

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Synopsis: What better way to start the new year than to get fighting fit? Major Sam McGrath of the legendary Parachute Regiment has put together this easy to use and inspirational exercise guide that is perfect for everyone – from the couch potato civilian to the aspiring Para recruit. Major McGrath previously ran the selection course for the Parachute Regiment – the brutal ‘P’ Company and he draws on his vast experience to create a step-by-step guide to improving fitness through easy to follow exercise programmes. But this is more than just an exercise guide – it offers advice on how to choose a gym or personal trainer as well as healthy eating. The book also sets out five aspirational challenges for readers to aim for if they follow the exercise programmes including a 10 mile race and the gruelling Fan Dance around the Brecond Beacons. If you can do that then you know you really are Para Fighting Fit!”

Book 08:

Title: The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom 2014-2015Armed Forces of the UK 14-15, The

Author: Charles Heyman

Publication Date: 30 January 2014

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

Synopsis: This book has been published at regular intervals during the last 20 years, and the latest 2014-2015 addition is the one that deals with the most far reaching changes the UK Armed Forces have gone through for a generation. Although the UK’s Armed Forces are reduced in size, the UK remains the country with the fourth largest defence budget in the world and extensive international commitments. This remains an extremely potent defence force and arguably the most powerful in Europe. The Royal Navy has new submarines, new destroyers and a Type 26 Global Combat Ship in the pipeline, with two new aircraft carriers and F-35 attack aircraft by the end of the decade. The Royal Air Force consolidates its Typhoon force, introduces new air to air refuelling aircraft, new transport aircraft and extra helicopters. The Army sees the most extensive organisational changes with a complete reorganisation of the Divisional and Brigade structures following the commencement of the withdrawal of Land Forces from Germany. Major armoured and infantry units are restructured to better cope with the challenges of the new operational environment. With a new Joint Forces Command that brings together the combat power of the three armed services, the UK is better positioned to engage in the expeditionary operations the UK government and its allies may wish undertake in the future. By 2020 the majority of capability enhancements and formation reorganisations will be complete, and this informative publication is the best guide available to the size and shape of the UK Armed Forces during the next decade.

Book 09:

Title: The British Army Guide 2012-2013British Army Guide 12-13, The

Author: Charles Heyman

Publication Date: 01 September 2011

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

Synopsis: This invaluable information resource which deals with all aspects of British Army organisation, recruitment and training has been extremely popular with service personnel, the defence industry, military libraries and other groups who are interested in the British Army worldwide. Copies can be seen on desks throughout the UK Ministry of Defence and it would be fair to say that almost every foreign defence attache in London has a copy in his briefcase. Chapters include a Defence Overview; Army Organisation; International Commitments; Armour, Infantry, Artillery, Army Aviation, Engineers, Communications and Combat Service Support; Units of the Army; Recruiting and Training; Reserve Forces plus a final Miscellaneous Chapter which deals with a number of items essential to understanding How the British Army functions on a daily basis. Lavishly illustrated throughout there is no comparable publication available on the market.

Book 10:

Title: The Royal Navy Handbook: The Definitive MoD Guide, Second EditionRN Handbook 2012, The

Author: Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Publication Date: 2012

Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd

Synopsis: In a world of increasing international tension and uncertainty, the Royal Navy has been faced with new and unconventional threats, which must be considered in addition to regular peacekeeping tasks and other challenging operations across the globe. To effectively counter such threats, and to increase dramatically the operational capabilities of the service, a large-scale naval construction programme, the largest for a generation, is currently underway, with the aim of ensuring that the fleet is equipped with cutting-edge technology and equipment.To illuminate these new developments, Conway presents the revised and updated “Royal Navy Handbook”, the official MoD guide to the Royal Navy of today and tomorrow, examining all aspects of the service, covering strategic forces, the submarine and surface fleets, naval aviation, the Royal Marines Commandos, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and support forces, Joint forces, naval bases and future procurement. It contains a wealth of information on every type of vessel, aircraft and weapons system in service, as well as detailing projects which are currently in the development and construction phases.Such significant technological advances include the STOVL variant of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the two much-publicised Future Aircraft Carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, the Astute class submarines (and their Spearfish and Tomahawk missile armament), RFA Bay Class Large Amphibious Landing Ships, and the Viking Amphibious Armoured Vehicle, now being used very effectively by Royal Marines Commando units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full specifications of vessels, aircraft and other equipment are presented, along with colour illustrations and plans showing the full extent of Royal Navy offensive, defensive and logistical forces in unprecedented detail. There are also key insights from serving members of the Royal Navy illuminating the practicalities and advantages of new, sophisticated ships, aircraft and weaponry. “The Royal Navy Handbook” is the complete work of reference for the professional and enthusiast alike.This is a fully updated and revised edition of one of Conway’s most successful volumes in recent years. It is produced in exclusive collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. It also covers the much-vaunted new carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth & Prince of Wales.

Book 11:

Title: The Royal Air Force Handbook: The Definitive MoD GuideRAF Handbook 2006, The

Author: Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Publication Date: 29 June 2006

Publisher: Brassey’s (UK) Ltd

Synopsis: ‘The Royal Air Force Handbook’ provides the only official definitive guide to the structure of the RAF of today and the future. From the front-line fast-jet forces, tankers, transport and helicopter forces to the training squadrons, Search-And-Rescue squadrons, the RAF Regiment and reserve forces, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows aerobatic display team, this is the complete work of reference for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Every aircraft and weapon system is included with a brief background, exhaustive specifications and a colour illustration. The guide also includes details of the future procurement plans of the RAF, including the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Hawk 128 as well as future missile systems, and includes colour photographs of RAF operations in the recent conflict in Iraq and elsewhere. Following the attractive format and structure of its successful sister volume ‘The Royal Navy Handbook’. The Royal Air Force Handbook is the premier resource for the layperson with an interest in the UK’s air arm.

Book 12:

Title: Royal Navy Way of Leadership

Author: Andrew St George

Publication Date: 07 June 2012

Publisher: Preface Publishing

Synopsis: Four years ago the Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy asked Andrew St George to spend time with every level of the Navy staff, from junior sailors in the engine room of an aircraft carrier, to handlers of landing craft, through to Royal Marines, ships’ commanders, and Royal Navy staff right up to Navy Board and Cabinet level, with the aim of creating a book which distils the leadership culture of perhaps the most highly respected and efficient organization in the world.

This book charts that journey – representing the largest piece of research on Royal Navy leadership ever done – and it is the current state of the art leadership framework for the Navy. St George writes about how to plan and execute, how to exercise judgment and how to motivate people. Everything in the book is here because it works, tested over thousands of hours of hard training, rigorous assessment and absolute measurement.

The book’s messages are deceptively simple. In order to succeed we must have: the clarity of intent; the strategy; the resources; a contingency plan; an emotional investment. These tenets stand in all walks of business and personal life.

The Royal Navy’s way of getting things done depends on soft skills, high emotional intelligence and an understanding of how people work in small teams.This book (15,000 copies) will be issued to every Royal Navy officer and Senior Rate (middle manager) in the Service.

The book’s insights are profound and their applications are wide-ranging: for industry, for finance, for professional services, for commerce, for academia and for the public sector these methods of planning, executing and inspiring make a tried, tested and effective way of leadership.

Book 13:

Title: The Principles and Practice of Educational Gymnastics

Author: Royal Navy Admiralty

Publication Date: 1916 (183 pages)

Publisher: HMSO

Synopsis: The principles and practice of educational gymnastics for the use of officers and physical training instructors in His Majesty’s Fleet.

Book 14:

Title: Air Publication, 3125:.

Author: Air Ministry

Publication Date: 1946 (180 pages)

Publisher: HMSO

Synopsis: The Principles of Anatomy and Physiology for Physical Training Instructors in the Royal Air Force.

Book 15:

Title: Manual of Physical Training

Author: War Ministry

Publication Date: 1914 (? pages)

Publisher: HMSO

Synopsis: see title.

Book 16:

Title: Basic and Battle Physical Training

  • Part I: General Principles of Basic and Battle Physical Training and Methods of Instruction, 1944
  • Part II: Basic Physical Training Tables and Basic Physical Efficiency Tests, 1944
  • Part III: No.7117, Syllabus of Battle Physical Training and Battle Efficiency Tests, 1946
  • Part IV: No.7206, Endurance Training, 1945
  • Part V: N.7048, Jumping, Vaulting, Climbing, Scaling and Obstacle Training, 1946
  • Part VI: No.7126, Pulling, Pushing, Lifting and Carrying, 1946
  • Part VII: No.7062, Throwing, Balancing and Physical Training for Mountain Warfare, 1946
  • Part VIII: Swimming, Life Saving and Improvised Aids to Crossing Water Obstacles, 1945
  • Part IX: Boxing and Wrestling, 1945
  • Part X: Basic and Battle Physical Training, 1944

Author: War Office

Publication Date: 1944-1946 (? pages)

Publisher: HMSO

Synopsis: A comprehensive set of books looking at all aspects and concepts of fitness and training that were relevant at the time of publishing.

Book 17:

Title: Physical Training in the Army 1958

  • Pamphlet 01: Principles of Instruction and Application of Training
  • Pamphlet 02: Recruits Physical Training
  • Pamphlet 03: Boys’ Physical Training
  • Pamphlet 04: Battle Physical Training
  • Pamphlet 05: Allied Subjects (Group A):
    • Part I: Swimming, Life Saving and Methods of Crossing Water Obstacles.
    • Part II: Close Combat.
    • Part III: Wrestling.
    • Part IV: Boxing.
  • Pamphlet 06: Allied Subjects (Group B):
    • Part I: Organisation of Recreational Training.
    • Part II: Athletics.
    • Part III: Association Football.
  • Pamphlet 07: Allied Subjects (Group C):
    • Part I: Basket Ball.
    • Part II: Gymnastics.
    • Part III: Fencing.
  • Pamphlet 08: Anatomy, Physiology and Body Mechanics for PT Instructors

Author: War office

Publication Date: 1958 (? pages)

Publisher: HMSO

Synopsis: A comprehensive set of pamphlets looking at all aspects and concepts of fitness and training that were relevant at the time of publishing.


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  1. I am very interested in the following publications. Could you please give me a price for them and how I should go about ordering them?

    Title: Physical Training in the Army 1958

    Pamphlet 01: Principles of Instruction and Application of Training
    Pamphlet 02: Recruits Physical Training
    Pamphlet 03: Boys’ Physical Training
    Pamphlet 04: Battle Physical Training
    Pamphlet 05: ?
    Pamphlet 06: ?
    Pamphlet 07: ?
    Pamphlet 08: Anatomy, Physiology and Body Mechanics for PT Instructors

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