hi! any advice?

#1
hey every1 im steve im 20 years old, about september time i decided i wanted to join the navy! ive decided id like to join the subs as a marine engineer! ive got my date for the pyschometric test! i was just wondering if any1 had any advice for this!!? also how strict are they on the basic fitness test as altho ive been training hard i still get worried as im overweight!! :S
 
#5
well im 5ft 7.5 and 15.6!! i know its alot but i can do the sit ups and press ups! and i can run 3.5miles in 35mins not massively fast but i think i should pass the fitness test
 
#6
cheers m8 thank you very much i think my diet is good im coming down a fair bit n my diet is reasonable i dont have sugar in tea or anything i dont eat sweet at all! im quite partial to a take away on a weekend! i have salad with fish or chicken twice a day! and im running 3/4 times a week press ups and sit ups and weights 3/4 a week aswell
 

redmonkey

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#8
Hello Steve. Good luck with with the application however your BMI is on the high side and the AFCO may advise you to lose some weight. Keep on with the training and your fitness and times will improve.
Good luck
 
#9
I'm in a similar situation with the weight thing, need to lose a bit and get fitter before I'm ready; personally, I'd advise you to eat a lot of protein to help your muscles recover after exercise, and cut down on carbs like white bread [but keep the complex ones in, wholemeal and oats etc]. Oh, and dairy's a killer for me; I find if I eat less dairy, the weight goes a lot faster. That seems to work for me!
Best of luck mate.
 
#10
would they turn me away at afco because of my weight? even if i could pass the 1.5mile run? ive been down n met the chief at my local afco and she gave me an application for she never mentioned my weight!??
thanks nikki and good luck to you too!
 
#11
Doubt it, I saw a guy in the AFCO when I went for my interview. Must've been 5'9" and 18 stone.

Tatts on his neck and hands and he still got given an application form. Although it was by an RAF recruiter.
 
#13
StixJimboRM said:
Being given application forms from the AFCO is no guarantee of passing the medical, as alluded to in my previous post.
Sorry, I meant him being turned away. And I was re-itterating what you said :oops:
 
#14
ive chosen that as i love mechanics, working with my hands and making things work! whenever i use something i like to know how it works aswell. the subs rather than surface as its abit different not many people would get that chance! navy in general as its brilliant for being able to better yourself and see the world. also my dad was in, his dad and my mums dad.
 

HighFlyer

Lantern Swinger
#15
Hey guys, trying to work on my fitness too, I'm 5'10'' and I weigh 11st, but after I passed my Aircrew medical, they said I need to tone up more. At the same time I want to work on my stamina. I've read about Fartlek Training from www.brianmac.co.uk/fartlek.htm. Can anyone tell me which is the best one to do?

Also whats the best way to compliment a training regime in terms of diet? I've read that it's all in moderation, yet I dont believe that for a second. Any recommendations along the lines of "None of these...", "Only these..." etc?

Last thing, along with the cardio and diet, what weights are best for most impact?

I've put my usual workout below:-

2m jog
2.5k run
50 floors worth of steps
2000m on rower
5k bike ride
10 minutes on cross trainer

300 sit ups
Decreasing sets on fly machine i.e: 3x6 at 75kg, 3x8 at 70kg, 3x10 at 65kg, 3x12 at 60kg
same for pull down, tricep, ab crunch, arm lift

Thanks alot
 

tiddlyoggy

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Book Reviewer
#17
steveo_2e said:
ive chosen that as i love mechanics, working with my hands and making things work! whenever i use something i like to know how it works aswell. the subs rather than surface as its abit different not many people would get that chance! navy in general as its brilliant for being able to better yourself and see the world. also my dad was in, his dad and my mums dad.
At risk of getting incoming from the submariners, if it's pure hands on that you are interested in. You will get more in surface ships. Submariners tend more towards the plant operation side of things, the nature of their job means they are restricted as to being able to stand kit down to work on it. Most submariners I know and work with would admit that.
 
#18
tiddlyoggy said:
steveo_2e said:
ive chosen that as i love mechanics, working with my hands and making things work! whenever i use something i like to know how it works aswell. the subs rather than surface as its abit different not many people would get that chance! navy in general as its brilliant for being able to better yourself and see the world. also my dad was in, his dad and my mums dad.
At risk of getting incoming from the submariners, if it's pure hands on that you are interested in. You will get more in surface ships. Submariners tend more towards the plant operation side of things, the nature of their job means they are restricted as to being able to stand kit down to work on it. Most submariners I know and work with would admit that.
You've obviously not done an AMP back aft, when the kettle is shut down it's all hands on. Steam driven vessels require a lot of hard work to keep the hot fog in the pipes so ME's tend to dig out far more than other branches alongside, but there again I am biased. At sea I would agree it's all plant operation (until it goes TU) :lol:
 

tiddlyoggy

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#19
WreckerL said:
You've obviously not done an AMP back aft, when the kettle is shut down it's all hands on. Steam driven vessels require a lot of hard work to keep the hot fog in the pipes so ME's tend to dig out far more than other branches alongside, but there again I am biased. At sea I would agree it's all plant operation (until it goes TU) :lol:
As a skimmer, obviously I haven't done an AMP back aft, however I have been unfortunate enough to do refit work on a V boat. Obviously I was talking about when you are at sea, as my post states, "the nature of their job means they are restricted as to being able to stand kit down to work on it." You did agree with me with your last sentence though. :)
 
#20
StixJimboRM said:
Your BMI is 33.7 (ish), you fall into the obese category, you'll have to do some work to get in the RN I think mate, but keep going with what you are doing and I'm sure you'll get there
Athough not arguing with you, I contend this BMI is a right load of Boll**s,
I worked as a Para Medic until my accident, and whilst in the Andrew was a Light Heavy boxer.
According to the BM index there was never a time whilst fighting that I was not (on the BM scale) obese. This would have applied to atheletes such as Daley Thompson, Mohammed Ali, Henry Cooper, and Linford Christie. It does not seem to allow for body structure, and muscle being heavier than fat.
My Doctor at present has told me I am officially obese, but my waist size is 36" and I am 6ft.
So soldier on and be guided by the "Experts" who run todays show, as its a case of "when in Rome".

Good Luck
 

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