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Exercise of the Week
The Burpee is the most effective exercise, as it targets all five dimensions of fitness: endurance, speed, agility, strength and flexibility. It is probably the single most effective and complete, whole-body conditioning exercise there is. No other movement on the planet will work as many muscle groups, whilst at the same time massively improving your endurance, stamina and cardiovascular conditioning.
The basic movement is performed in four steps and known as a "four-count burpee":
1. Begin in a standing position.
2. Move into a squat position with your hands on the ground.
3. Kick your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended.
4. Immediately return your feet into squat position.
5. Stand up from the squat position.
There are many variations of this exercise, Here are few you could give a try:
Burpee push up (also known as a "bastardo")
The athlete performs one push-up after assuming the extended plank position.
Jump-over burpee: The athlete jumps over an obstacle between burpees.
Jump up burpee:The athlete jumps straight up as high as possible at the end of the movement, before beginning the next burpee.
Knee push-up burpee: The athlete bends their knees and rests them on the ground before performing the push up.
Long-jump burpee: The athlete jumps forward, not upward.
Muscle-up burpee: Combine a muscle-up (a variation of a pull-up) with the jump or do a muscle-up instead of the jump.
One-armed burpee: The athlete uses only one arm for the whole exercise including the pushup.
Pull-up burpee: Combine a pull-up with the jump or do a pull-up instead of the jump.
Side burpee: The athlete bends at waist and places hand shoulder-width apart to the side of right or left foot. Jump both legs out to side and land on the outer and inner sides of your feet. Jump back in, jump up, and repeat on opposite side.
Tuck-jump burpee: The athlete pulls their knees to their chest (tucks) at the peak of the jump.
Have a go!!
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• ARMOURED ENGINEER
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• Drive/operate and maintain military engineer heavy tanks
• Operate the BOWMAN digital communications systems
• Clear obstacles and lay bridges
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Imagine driving a huge machine that lays bridges for soldiers. Or clearing a road blockade using another massive vehicle. Like the idea? Why not join the Royal Engineers as an Armoured Engineer? You start by training as a Combat Engineer. Then you learn to drive, run and fix the Trojan and Titan – tough machines used for building bridges and clearing ditches and minefields. Once you’re trained, you could go all over the world. Army life also gives you the chance to take qualifications, move up and train on other Armoured Vehicles.
Age: 16 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months
QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed
FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)
TRAINING FOR THE ROLE
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Then it’s 16 weeks technical training at the Armour Centre in Bovington, learning about the Titan, Trojan and Terrier fleet.
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING:
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Installation (Mechanical Maintenance) – (City and Guilds)
• Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (QCF) – (City and Guilds)
• Functional Skills English at level 1 – (City and Guilds)
• Functional Skills Mathematics at level 1 – (City and Guilds)
• Functional Skills ICT at level 1 – (City and Guilds)
• Cat B and H driving licence
PAY & BENEFITS:
Earn £14,931 during training. When your Phase 1 training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper, your pay will rise to £18,488.