July 09, 2006

Shit: Through the eyes of the Military

This one is for my nephew, Robby, a newly minted TSgt in the AF. Congrats Rob!

*An Army grunt stands in the rain with a 35 pound pack on his back, 15 lb. weapon in hand, after having marched 12 miles, and says, "This is shit!"

*An Army Airborne Ranger stands in the rain with a 45 lb. pack on his back, weapon in hand, after having jumped from an airplane and marched 18 miles, and says with a smile, "This is good shit!"

*A Navy SEAL lies in the mud, 55 LB pack on his back, weapon in hand, after swimming 10 miles to shore, crawling through a swamp and marching 25 miles at night past the enemy positions, says with a grin, "This really is great shit."

*A Marine Scout/Sniper, up to his nose in the stinking, bug-infested mud of a swamp with a 65 LB pack on his back and a weapon in both hands after jumping from an aircraft at high altitude, into the ocean, swimming 12 miles to the shore, killing several alligators to enter the swamp, then stalking 30 miles through the brush to an FFP, says, "I love this shit."

*The Air Force NCO sits in an easy chair in an air conditioned, carpeted office and says, "My e-mail's out? What kind of shit is this?!?"

Posted by Delftsman3 at July 9, 2006 03:18 AM | TrackBack

I saw a variation of this in the Gaurd Armory years ago. Only it had drawings.

First panel was an infantry man bitching about the shitty conditions, second panel had a green beret praising the shitty conditions, third panel had an airforce pilot remarking how shitty it looked down there.

Posted by: Deathknyte at July 9, 2006 06:53 AM

The USAF sends its brave and smart officers out to fight while the majority of the dumb ass enlisted types stay back on the base and wait for them to come back.

Posted by: GUYK at July 9, 2006 07:07 PM
The USAF sends its brave and smart officers out to fight while the majority of the dumb ass enlisted types stay back on the base and wait for them to come back.

I think you have it all wrong Guy, the enlisted "types" in the Air Force are so much smarter than the enlisted in the other services they have convinced the officers that they are so important they need to do the fighting.

In all seriousness, my career field has lost many in ground combat in the past few years, both enlisted and officer fight in the Air Force, in fact most of the time we pick up and fix things when the Army and Marines screw them up!

SlagleRock Out!

Posted by: SlagleRock at July 12, 2006 02:43 PM

One of the best activities for getting your body into shape and slimming down is something that many women are scared to attempt. Weightlifting can be a daunting activity for a beginner especially in the crowded gym environment. Seeing the scores associated with overly muscled men because they throw about ridiculously heavy amounts of weight can scare many through the weight room and keep them happy and comfy hovering over their exercise bikes or treadmills. This is not always a good option for someone who is trying to lose weight and get in shape however and building true muscle should participate anyone's exercise and weight loss regimen. Muscle helps to burn off fat and muscle also helps shape the body- so selecting a weightlifting program for women can be extremely helpful for them within achieving their goals.

But how does one go about choosing this type of program if they really are a beginner? Well, as may be the case with beginning any new activities the wisest advice is to simply take it slower. You don't have in order to rush in and grab the heaviest weight or advanced program you learn about to start making progress. In fact, this is probably the easiest way to impede your progress. Your goal is to get in shape, not hurt yourself. In addition, you don't even need to lift free weights to build significant amounts of muscle.

In any gym environment there are usually a number of machines which you can use in your weightlifting system. One of the coaches on-site or members of the gym can surely help you get acclimated if this is the first time. Your goal as a beginner should be to incorporate as many muscles as you possibly can into each movement you make. For instance, first-time weightlifters are probably wasting their time through doing sets Inversion Table of bicep curls. Instead, choose a compound movement like dips or pull ups utilizing a machine that recruits many muscle groups at the same time. Performing these exercises will allow you to work your biceps, triceps, delts (shoulders), upper back, trapezius, and also the muscles of your whole forearm. In the same amount of time it would take you to do a few sets of curls to simply hit your biceps or push downs you've worked a great portion of your entire chest.

The same is true for your lower body. Many women assume that a weightlifting program must include such singular exercises as leg extensions or lower leg curls. Instead, a few sets of high rep body weight squats provides you with much bigger bang for that buck. Body weight squats are simply just performed by standing upright and squatting down until your thighs are about parallel using the ground making sure to maintain your knees behind your own toes. This one exercise can work your glutes (bottom), leg biceps (hamstrings), quadriceps, calves and believe it or not, even your abdominals. Add a couple of sets of push ups to these exercises already mentioned and you have worked your entire body.

As you can see, developing a weightlifting program for women to help them build muscle and burn off fat is not as hard as once perceived. Taking it slow and simple can be your key to a healthful and effective weight-loss program.

Posted by: Olevia Pitman at November 5, 2011 08:09 PM
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