The John Carter of Mars workout is designed to emphasize the bounding power in the legs and hips. Mars has less gravity than Earth so John Carter spends his time leaping over the Martian landscape decapitating horrific monsters, battling larger than life foes, and rescuing Martian princesses. You can see why I appreciate his style.
|John Carter and Tars Tarkas on a typical Saturday night on Barsoom.|
Each exercise was done in a one minute interval with a 30 second break between each exercise. We did four total rounds for approximately 20 minutes all together.
The first exercise was vaults. With a rifle, each Marine vaulted over six jersey barriers continuously for one minute. In the photos you can see it is pretty dark out. This is because I have to get the Marines out there early before the Sailors take over the field so they can do toe touches and hip rotations. They get a little uncomfortable when Marines are nearby actually sweating.
The next minute we did sprint bounds. The object here was to use maximal effort to leap as high as possible and explode into the next toe strike. Unlike John Carter, we were not able to clear attacking hordes of Tharks.
|Keeping focused on muzzle awareness was an additional challenge.|
Following the 30 second break, broad jumps were next. This was another max effort exercise with max distance not repetitions being the goal. The addition of the rifle made it an interesting exercise.
|After the first two exercises Marines reconsider the wisdom of attacking broad jumps.|
|Some mistakenly thought I said Planet of the Apes Workout.|
Concluding the four exercise circuit were sprints. The object here was to get in five or six 30 yard sprints in one minute. Marines were reminded the “carrying handle” on the rifle isn’t.
|America’s 1stSgt and another Marine consider blowing chow for time.|
|Bunny hops and jogging were grounds for massive amounts of ridicule and negative commentary.|
As is my practice, after PT I bring the Marines in for some PME and general discussion on how a culture of physical fitness applies to small unit leadership and swashbuckling.
|Me doing my thing.|
All in all, not a bad session of physical training. Just doing our part for the cause of liberty.