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    Im really dead set on joining the army and would like to take the oath by early october. the only problem is that Im 5'7 and 195 lbs. I weighed 210 at the end of may but since mid july I just stopped loosing weight. Im still dieting and excersising and have actually incresed the intensity of my pt. I do a mile run every day with an average time of around 11 minutes. I then do a minute of push ups, a minute of situps, a .5 walk and then another min of push ups and minute of sit ups. I do this around 5 times a week, eat healthy and drink nothing but water and green tea and yet I dont see any difference. Im focussing more on losing inches off of my waist than anywhere else since it would be easir to make tape than to make weight (which for my height is around 170). I did 4 years JROTC and scored a 79 afqt on the asvab so all thats really holding me back is a couple of inches on my waist and my run time. Can anyone give me any advice to help me acheive my goal? also I heard about something called the ARMS test and asked my recruiter about it and he was completely clueless, Does anyone know anything about what it entails or if they still do it?

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    You're not the first person to hit a plateau when trying to lose weight. It happens all the time. Don't give up. Eventually you'll have to go 2 miles in your run & do 2 minutes each of push-ups & sit-ups. That will help you a lot.

    Always be careful not to cause injuries while doing your PT. It's important to eat healthy. Don't starve yourself.
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    Hey Bro,

    Welcome the forum and congrats on a great career choice!!. Weight loss is always an issue and the there are more ways to do it incorrectly then correctly. I would say on your PT side to run every second day... How you build muscle endurance for running is as much in the recovery as its is in the actual act of running. Tissue gets damaged on the run normally and needs to recover stronger then before.. its a natural process... When you get to a top level fitness point, then recovery will be so slight due to slight damage, a daily run is ok once you break within a week cycle.. its important to break as otherwise, you are only hurting yourself incrementally.. also, dont over focus on waist size given there are often other issues like unused core muscles at play so I would be sure to do exercises that focus on the core muscle group along side running and press ups, sit ups, etc. Pilates is the way to go on getting core and upper and lower body strength which will make running easier.. I know Pilates sounds girly but it worked a treat for me!!.. Its a professional approach to getting that core to working for you in your new career..

    Good luck and keep us posted..

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    Here is a good thread on ARMS testing. Click me
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    Thanks for the help guys. So far Ive taken your guys advice and have gone from 195 to 187 and I feel great. I want to loose more and get to a higher point of fitness before I take the next step so that I give my self more of an advantage but I am really happy so far with my progress and its made a notable difference according to my former JROTC 1SG and he doesnt tend to pull punches so I'll take his word for it.

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    Good stuff Rambro... keep it up.. the trick to getting into conditioned shape is the right program followed by consistency in training...

    Keep us posted on how you go..

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    I just retired and was the Operations Sergeant Major for a battalion in recruiting. We got rid of the ARMS test. You now have to make weight or tape. You need to do more cardio. What I told kids trying to lose weight is no sugar, salt, or dairy. The only thing you should drink period is water. You need to run at least 40 minutes in the morning. Run straight out not in a circle. Run 20 minutes out and then of course it should take you at least 20 minutes back. Do not walk run. If you run in a circle it is too easy to just stop and go inside or back to your car so run straight out. You need to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. For dinner you need to eat a salad with the dressing on the side and eat it by 6:00 PM. Dip your fork in the dressing then in the salad so you get the taste. You will plateau with weight just keep going and it will come off again. The final thing you need to do is get you a DVD Billy Blanks Tae Bo. Get the hour cardio one. Do this before you go to bed.

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    Welcome, welcome, MSG! Are you still in contact with Recruiting command & have sources there? We're fresh out of Recruiters on this site. We need somebody that can keep up with all the changes in policy & regs pertaining to recruiting. You're hired, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    Welcome, welcome, MSG! Are you still in contact with Recruiting command & have sources there? We're fresh out of Recruiters on this site. We need somebody that can keep up with all the changes in policy & regs pertaining to recruiting. You're hired, lol!
    MSG Glenn I am in contact with USAREC. I just retired so I am up on everything. I will try to help out as much as I can. Things changed since we joined. These young men and women on medical have to know that. Look forward to helping out.

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    Thanks, MSG! We can sure use the help. Unfortunately the site isn't as active as it was a half year ago. We're getting hit with spam & that scares people away. Most of our mods are either deployed or in the field so I try to do my best.

    Enjoy your retirement! I sure do & now I'm even retired from my civilian job.

    Things haven't only changed since we joined but within the last year & I expect it to continue changing. I use to be close with a bunch of Recruiters in Milwaukee but they've all moved on & now I'm out of the loop. I can't even help much with SpecOps advice because my son has been out of 3rd Batt, 75 Rangers for 5 years. He stayed in the Reserve but is starting to lose his Ranger contacts who probably wouldn't know too much about present day Option 40 & 18X contracts anyhow. My son & I are still somewhat involved with the Special Warfare Mentoring Program but it's run by a bunch of local Recon Marines & they know little about Army contracts. It's the pre-training we're mostly involved with. Our group also pulls security for our local air show & we secure the DZ for skydiving groups. It was The SEAL's Leapfrogs last year. I was a SEAL in my Navy days & those guys were in awe of a real live old time Frogman, lol.
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