MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
“Let me hear your war cries!” shouted the Company B drill instructors during their strength and endurance course on the depot physical training field Nov. 27.
Company B recruits, led by their drill instructors, tested their physical stamina in a 2.5-mile run with unit exercises, followed by a circuit course with weightlifting and calisthenics.
The course is divided into several areas where recruits do timed conditioning exercises. These exercises include squats, lunges, crunches, pull ups and push ups, and are performed for an allotted amount of time to ensure their muscles and lungs are challenged.
“Stopping in between breaks up the monotony of the run,” said Gunnery Sgt. Sam Mortimer, chief drill instructor, Co. B.
The recruits run a full sprint in between each exercise to enhance their endurance, while the other exercises in the circuit course target specific upper-body muscle groups such as the triceps, pectorals and laterals.
“I tried to keep the platoon motivated because I enjoy doing physical activities like this, but not all the recruits do,” said Company Honor man Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Dewald, Platoon 1030, Co. B.
Although some may not enjoy the course, they still receive motivation from their fellow recruits.
Recruits struggling to keep up with the platoon were positioned at the front of the formation where they received extra motivation from other recruits to continue.
Describing this strength and endurance training, Mortimer said, “The name says it all, this session is one of the hardest for the recruits.”
Drill instructors also use this training to help build camaraderie between the recruits to ensure a stronger platoon when they graduate.
The recruits are either split into separate groups based on their run times or by platoon.
Mortimer said he likes to keep the platoons together to help build unit cohesion with fellow recruits pushing each other to do their best.
Recruits are physically tested throughout boot camp to help prepare them for their final physical fitness test.
Weekly physical training sessions range from running to weightlifting. Marine Corps standards require Marines to finish their physical fitness test with a minimum of a three-mile-run in less than 28 minutes, three pull-ups and 50 crunches.