Kendall is one of my clients and he's training to become a Marine Corps Officer. If this is something you’re facing, then I encourage you to read his story…
I wanted to check in and give you my results from the 300 PFT workout.
- Pull Ups - 15
- Crunches - 76
- Run 1.5 - 12:07
- Projected Score - 214
- Pull Ups - 20 + 1 for good measure
- Crunches - 99
- Run - 9:25
- Projected Score: 294
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the results. While, I'm not at my ultimate goal of a 300 PFT, I have surpassed my goal for the 8 week period which was to reach the 285 PFT threshold.
This is by far my proudest moment in regards to athletic achievements. As I've stated before, my goal is to be an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. In order to do so, I've had to do work at excelling at the two things that seem to be the bane of my existence - ab work and running.
I was never a long distance runner. In fact, I hated it with all my heart. Along with the hate for running comes a real sense of self doubt - doubt that I could ever run 3 miles under 20 min and subsequently doubt that I'd ever have what it takes to become a Marine. After two months, I finally feel like I can do it. I'm not where I want to be and will continue to work until I get there, but to see substantial results after working hard is rewarding.
I elected for an IST because I knew I wasn't quite at a 300, but needed to get a better sense of where I was. I want to continue to get my mile time down to the point that I'm comfortable at a sub-6 min pace. I'm going to continue to work hard, incorporating many of the principles of the 300 PFT over the next month and check in again (I have a 5K scheduled for September 29).
One thing that really helped me mentally over the course of the workout was to stop recording every single mile time. I was starting to obsess over decreasing my time each day and when I didn't, I was discouraged. That led to fear, anxiety over running, and a dread for working out - a tad bit counterproductive if you ask me. What I decided to do was to trust the program, work as hard as I could and when the time came to check progress, do so. Also, Your email on 8/20 about the #1 Reason You Might Quit really resonated with me. I was in a constant state of dread and anxiety every workout day. With a small change, I now I feel like a new man physically and mentally.
One last thing. I forgot to add that over the 2 months I lost 16 pounds (205 lbs - 189 lbs). In my opinion that was due, in large part, to sticking to the warrior diet.