SlayBodies #11 – Taco Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, and I wanted TACOS. So I made my workout hard enough to support my lack of discipline. Sweat is the fuel of life… Always be willing to grow!

 

Warm-up

Stationary Squats – 13 four count (Twice)
Long Striders
– 12 yds (Three Times)
Bear Crawl
– 15 yards (Twice)
Highland Fling – 14 four counts (Twice)

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Pull-up with a Knee Raise – Max set of how many you can do. (Five Times)

1/4 Mile Sprints – Start the first lap at 70%. Increase your speed by roughly 5% every lap until your last 1/4 mile is at 100%. Take a 2 min break between each lap.

Full Extension Bicycle Crunch – 10 reps (Five Times)

Star Jump Burpees – 10 four count Burpees with a Star Jumper at the top (Three Times)

Explosive Push-Ups –  15 reps (5 Times)

Fogle’s Pyramid – This is a submission by an enlisted candidate who wanted to help me spread the sweat. So Corey Fogle, lets see what you got. You start out with 2, there are three workouts pull ups, push ups and sit ups. You take the number your on (2) and multiply it by 1 for pull ups so you do 2 pull ups. Then you multiply the number of pull-ups you did by 2 for push ups so 4 push ups. Do the same for sit-ups and multiply your push-ups by 3 for sit ups so you do 6 sit ups. 1 x 2 x 3 method.

Don’s special add-on: (Note: only if able to)

Go eat some taco’s, and thank me for making you pay with sweat so you don’t feel as guilty for being nasty.

A Letter from Week One of Boot Camp

A Marine Corps Recruit wrote the following letter to his recruiter from Tempe, AZ after his week of boot camp at MCRD San Diego.

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Funny Boot Camp Stories – Volume 3

Boot camp and basic training are high stress environments. That, combined with some genius/cruel Drill Instructors leads to pretty funny incidents.

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I Own Your Soul

When I was on Parris Island, we were drilling on the parade deck and this one recruit kept messing up. Our drill instructor stopped us, stalked up to the recruit, and started wearing. him. out. Gave him the classic DI: screaming in both ears, spit flying, smacking him in the face with his cover.

Eventually, the recruit broke down and silent tears started streaming down his face. The DI took his finger, wiped a tear from the recruits eye, and licked it, telling the recruit “Now I own your soul.”

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The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac

The first couple weeks of boot are full of medical and dental exams, and if you need a procedure, you get it done right there. Tons of guys had their wisdom teeth pulled, and we had one guy come back right before lights out with his mouth full of gauze and loopy from the drugs.

Our DI called us all to the center of the room, formed us up, and then told us to sit Indian style on the floor, and that Recruit Toothy was going to tell us a bedtime story.

He pulled up a chair for Toothy, and then told him to tell us the story of the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac. Toothy mumbled that he didn’t know the story, so the DI told him to just make it up, and for every fact that he got right, we’d get to sleep an extra 5 minutes in the morning.

What followed was like a live episode of Drunk History, minus any factual accuracy. As best as Toothy could recall, the Monitor was British, the Merrimack was “Old Ironsides”, and that in the end, “they shot the sh*t out of each other and everybody died. The end.”

We were all dying laughing, but the DI sat there stone faced. After Toothy was done, DI just stood up and said “That is exactly how it happened. Well done,” got up, turned off the lights, and walked out.

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Hope Your DI Isn’t This Mean

We had a drill sergeant make a private carry a branch everywhere she went so it would replenish all the oxygen she was wasting.

We had a guy named Fitzwater, we called him “Fats-water”. We weren’t just calling him just cause he was fat (he was), he was a lazy piece of shit who was constantly pretending to be hurt to get out of work. Anyways, he got pissed at us one day and said “if anyone calls me fats-water again I’m going to tell drill sergeant!” Immediately the drill sergeant walks in and goes “hey what’s up fats-water?”

A mother of one of the other privates sent him a photo of a drill sergeant trashing a locker, with a letter saying “hope you’re drill sergeant isn’t as mean as this! :)” it turned out that it was a picture of our dill sergeant. He had posted on Facebook that ended up going viral, she was just looking up pictures of drill sergeants and it just happened to be him.

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Thanks to the Veterans over at Reddit for sharing their boot camp stories.

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Servicemembers, veterans, reservists and recruits can use Sandboxx Units to stay in touch with all those they have or will serve with. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by giving loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic training, boot camp or on deployment. Join the Sandboxx community here.

Funny Boot Camp Stories – Volume 2

Boot camp and basic training are high stress environments. That, combined with some genius/cruel Drill Instructors leads to pretty funny incidents.

Pine Cone Family

Ah, yes, “The Pine Cone Incident.”

So, I was at Basic in Fort Benning, and we were zero’ing our weapons as a company. Zero’ing a weapon is when you ensure it shoots where you want it to by shooting a paper target repeatedly. Sounds easy enough.

Now, I am a terrible shot. I know this. Everyone knows this. However, I get even worse when I’m being screamed at. I spent hours on the line until, finally, there were only four of us cats who hadn’t gotten a “go” in the whole company. We had three more hours of range time, and if we failed to zero, we’d be “recycled.”

“Recycled” entails having to revert to another company earlier along in Basic Training. So, not only do you lose your buddies, but you catch a couple extra weeks of training with a unit that knows you’re a sh*tbird of some sort. So, a fate worse than death.

After another unsuccessful grouping, my drill sergeant, without a word, picked me up from the prone position and stood me up. He looked at me and said “Go find me a pine cone.”

Confused, I took four steps, scooped up a pine cone and took it back to him. I presented him my findings, and he responded “Private, that’s not my pine cone, go find me my f*cking pine cone!”

Keep in mind, this is a forest in Georgia, there’s a metric sh*t ton of pine cones. So I jog off and work on my “mission.” This entire time, my DS is shooting all my rounds off, genuinely enjoying himself. Every pine cone I bring to him is not his pine cone. This continued for about 15 minutes while the rest of the company, sitting in a clearing eating MREs, cheered me on.

Finally, I breathlessly run up and hand him another pine cone, about to jog off to grab another. He looks at me, then the pine cone, then me.

…. “STEVE!” he yells “You found Steve, private!”

I sh*t you not, I had never been more relieved in my entire life, until his face scrunched into a grimace.

“Wait, private, where’s his family? … WHO THE F*CK TAKES A PINE CONE AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY!?”

So, terrified, I spend around half an hour scavenging for appropriate sized pine cones, while he fires maniacally. Eventually, I hunt down his “wife” and his two “kids.” (At one point I brought “Steve’s estranged son, Dennis”, and I needed to do push-ups for causing Steve “emotional duress.”)

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Anyway he lets me fire (after I prop up the family to “cheer me on”), I go prone, and I zero on the first iteration.

He picks me up again, cracks the only smile I ever saw from him, and says “It was all in your head, you dumb f*ck. Good job. Now go do push-ups till I’m tired.” He also had me write my congressman later that day to apologize for wasting taxpayer money on bullets.

Fort Benning, never again.

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Barracks Streaking

Had a guy decide to run through the barracks naked while a Drill Sergeant walked in.

They put him on fire guard the entire night and made him waddle around the barracks on his knees while wearing only underwear. The best part is that he had two flashlights in his hands while doing this and put a blue lens in one and a red lens in the other. The entire night he waddled around while making a “WEE WOO WEE WOO WEE WOO” sound like a police siren.

I lost a lot of sleep, but it was worth it.

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Pump and Dump

After the first breakfast there we headed back up to the compartment to get ready for the day. AROC yelled, “Port side 5 minute pump and dump.” I whispered to my bunk mate, “I need a little more romance than that.” Chief overheard me somehow and got up in my face. I had to follow him to the head. Then stand in front of the mirror point at the mirror and say, “You’re an idiot.” Then point back at myself and then say, “No, I’m an idiot.” Forced to keep that up for 30 minutes. Will never forget most of the stupid stuff I did or said at basic in the Navy.

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Thanks to the Veterans over at Reddit for sharing their boot camp stories.

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Servicemembers, veterans, reservists and recruits can use Sandboxx Units to stay in touch with all those they have or will serve with. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by giving loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic training, boot camp or on deployment. Join the Sandboxx community here.

Funny Boot Camp Stories – Volume 1

Boot camp and basic training are high stress environments. That, combined with some genius/cruel Drill Instructors leads to pretty funny incidents.

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Ghosts

One of the guys fell asleep during fire watch. One of the drill instructors ambushed him and told him that he was now dead. So then he had to go around being a spooky ghost . So he has to walk around with a sheet over his head booing and shaking everyone’s racks. It would have been hilarious if I wasn’t so damn tired.

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Permission to adjust

I had the pleasure of witnessing this one myself. At the end of the chow line the MTIs have a table called the Snake Pit. The MTIs randomly pull out trainees and question them on stuff we’re supposed to know. One day, they pull out one poor sap from our brother flight. It went roughly as follows:

TI: “Trainee! What is the insignia of the full Colonel?”

Trainee: “The insignia of the Colonel is the bird sir.”

TI: “What type of bird exactly?!”

Trainee: “Permission to adjust sir?”

TI: “…. Adjust ….”

Trainee then proceeds to SET HIS TRAY ON THEIR TABLE, put is hands up in the “Egyptian” pose but with both hands outward, turns his head to the side and says “Like this sir.”

The onlooking TIs nearly choked on their food while the questioning TI stared at him dumbfoundedly for a few moments before yelling at him to “Get (his) sh*t off of (their) table and get the fuck out of (their) sight.”

Oh that was probably one of the best times I’ve seen a TI at a loss for words…

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Double Mattress

In the barracks where I did my basic we had “cubicles” our bunks were separated by a half wall. My bed and the bed of the troop next to me were both against that half wall. Part of our layout for inspection was a specific set of gear on the bed.

One morning inspection our platoon Sgt decided that the bed layout of the troop next to me was utter shit so the Sgt flipped the mattress so hard it landed on my bunk covering my layout.

So after the Sgt finished reaming out the troop next to me he takes one look at my bunk and starts reaming me out because apparently I think I’m special and deserve two mattresses.

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Thanks to the Veterans over at Reddit for sharing their boot camp stories.

 

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Servicemembers, veterans, reservists and recruits can use Sandboxx Units to stay in touch with all those they have or will serve with. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by giving loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic training, boot camp or on deployment. Join the Sandboxx community here.

 

Tens on Tens – SlaySession #10

Wow, just wow! This past week has seen unprecedented growth for us. Help me share the love by grabbing a friend and making them work out with you. Sweat is the fuel of life… Always be willing to grow!

Warm-up

Long Strider – 10 four count (Twice)
Jump Thrusts 
– 10 yds (Three Times)
Bear Crawl 
– 10 yards (Twice)
Squat Drops – 10 four counts (Twice)

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10 mins of jogging at 65-75% speed – Distance doesn’t matter. What matters is that as soon as you’re done, you go right into the next workout.

Power Jumps –
Try to make it as far as you can every jump for 10 yds (Ten Times)

Star Jump Burpees – 10 four count Burpees with a Star Jumper at the top (Three Times)

Close Grip Push-ups – 10 reps (Ten Times)

Full Extension Bicycle Crunch – 10 reps (Five Times)

Pull-Ups – Max Set (Ten Times)

Don’s special add-on: (Note: only if able to)

NO FINISHER THIS WEEK, THAT WORKOUT IS GOOD ENOUGH!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND.

Managing Finances: Part 2

If you use a credit card make sure your being mindful about how you use it. I would suggest not using a credit card until you have your basic budget running consistently. Credit cards can be convenient, but make sure you can pay off your purchases on it at the end of the month. If you are just starting to get monthly checks, I would recommend just using cash until you are financially mature enough for a credit card. Using credit cards in the wrong way can get you caught up in excessive debt. However, once you are responsible enough to use a credit card it’s important to start building your credit history. This means paying back payments on your credit card so that you build a solid credit history so when you decide to make big purchases, your interest rates will be low. To do this, only spend what you have. For example, if you want to buy that new 60 inch. screen for your Super Bowl party, don’t buy the TV on credit if you can’t afford it. Make sure you have the cash, then pay for it on your credit card and repay the payment ASAP. Repeating this cycle will help you increase your credit score.

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Continuing on credit, building a good credit score will significantly help you financially in the future. Using credit and credit cards in a responsible way will help you save thousands of dollars down the road because your interest rates will be much lower. Therefore when you buy a house or a car, you’ll be paying off your loan to the bank with a much smaller interest rate if you have a good credit score.

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Retirement plan: Invest around 15% of your annual income into Roth IRA’s (Individual Retirement Account) and other pre-tax retirement accounts. Putting your money in an IRA account has long-term tax and retirement advantages. All you need to do is fill out a few forms and put down an amount. The most challenging part is deciding where to open your account and which investments to purchase. Mutual funds are the best place to start if you don’t have much investing experience. Investing your money in a mutual fund takes out a lot of the anxiety of investing your money because there is less risk through the diversification of the securities you invest in. In other words if one security does poorly your investment is covered by other securities that will offset the poor one. These companies offer a wide variety of investment options with lower expense ratios but lower yield, however your money will grow consistently in the long-term. If you think you have an idea of where you want to invest your money, you can create your own portfolio of stocks you want to invest in using companies like USAA.

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Take advantage of using companies like USAA and Navy Federal to help manage all sectors of your life. They offer financial advice in mutual funds to grow your investments, retirement plans and IRA’s, real estate, college funds for your kids and insurance for auto, dental, Medicare, life, practically everything. When your first starting out with managing money, insurance, and retirement, USAA is the best place to start when managing all of the advice listed above.

So save wisely

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