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Re: Is it possible to keep up with my workout routine at BMQ?
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2009, 21:22:16 »
Hello, just a quick question, I work out 5 days a week for about 40-60 minutes and each day focussing on a different muscle group, is it possible to have the time, or am I able to use the gym this frequently?

I've been working out for just over a year now and while I'm at BMQ I was hoping to keep up and continue building muscle while there, my request seems difficult in my mind as I heard there was limited free time and limited time using the gym.

But I'm hoping there's still a chance this might be possible, If anyone knows or has insight I'd be very appreciative, thank you.

PS: I've used the search function and could not find anything similar to this question.

Your free time is limited during BMQ and is even more limited in the first few weeks, or in the event that your staff disciplines the Platoon collectively.  You will be too busy learning things and cleaning your room to spend time in the gym on a regular basis - you won't have the time.  Later on the course, if you all behave well and perform, you may have enough free time to exercise as you wish.

Fortunately for you, BMQ will have you doing plenty of exercise in some form or another.  Although you will do pushups and stuff every now and then most of your efforts will involve muscles below the chest (and hopefully between your ears).  You go for long runs of 5K in length or more, carry a pack of equipment 25lbs+ for certain distances, et al.  You do a lot of pushups, especially if you piss off your staff.

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Access to gym at BMQ / BMOQ
« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2013, 19:49:15 »
on the forces website the video for basic training shows 2 clips of recruits in a gym, do you actually have access to the gym during basic? here is the link to the video:
 
http://forces.ca/en/page/training-90#noncommissionedmembertraining-3

skip to 1:40 to see what I am referring to.

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2013, 20:39:08 »
There will be some use of the gym as part of organized physical training with your platoon. It will be guided by properly trained and qualified personnel.
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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2013, 20:54:14 »
Is it possible to go to the gym during the evening or we don't have the time / energy for this?
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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2013, 20:54:21 »
so you wouldn't be aloud to do your own workout?

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2013, 20:58:41 »
The guys in the gym are doing the morning PT it looks like.

I can say with 99% certainty you're going to be more concerned with passing inspection and learning everything else then to want to go to the gym after a 14 hour work day. You will do PT with your platoon, and not be doing whatever P90x/crossfit/insanity/powerlifting program you currently have. After BMQ, fill your boots.

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2013, 21:08:13 »
how often a week do you do morning pt in the gym? What do they make you do?

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2013, 00:34:55 »
you wont be wanting to head to the gym after any day you have at basic.

Plus you wont be allowed to, nor will you have time to.

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2013, 03:57:47 »
After the indoc period you will be allowed to use the gym and a few people on my course did. As long as it does not interfere with your duties, then there are no issues.

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2013, 09:01:24 »
During your course you will have course PT which PSP staff will coordinate.  Typically you will not be allowed to do your own routine.  However, there are some PSP staff that will allow you to "push yourself" and do something more technical as long as there is the space, time, and you demonstrate the expertise required.  Ask politely, be humble about it because if you give them any attitude it can be an instant PRB.

As for your own gym time, after your 5 weeks of indoctrination you are certainly allowed to pump iron on your own time.  I never went during the week as there is rarely time to do so.  As for weekends, you should have enough time to go Friday, Sat or Sun as long as you don't have too much to get ready for Monday morning.  The gym that you will do your weight room PT in with PSP staff is out of bounds to any out of course PT, the room next to it is the one you can use and it is a very inferior version.

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Re: gym use in basic training?
« Reply #35 on: March 07, 2013, 09:37:56 »
 Depends on your staff; you ll notice this a lot in regards to everything within the military.

 During my basic, last January, we were not allowed to do anything during our "free time" at night. Even during the weekends we had off we weren't allowed to go to the gym on base, that facility is for staff and personnel posted to St. Jean.

 But then again, you may get some cool staff who have a totally different mind set than others! Doesn't hurt to ask. But with that being said, wait to get a feel from your staff, I suggest asking after week 5, not on day one.

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Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2015, 17:08:47 »
Hiyooooo!

I've seen one post about gym access during basic but I want to talk about other things as well.

From what I gathered from the one post, it seems like after week 5 you may or may not have access to the gym during the weekends off etc depending on the staff you have.

I have been exercising a lot, trying to buff up and reach certain physical goals in my life. I've put a lot of work into it and I'm worried that the three months in basic will make me lose gains.

Can someone tell me just how rigorous Basic is in regards to strength?

Will I lose muscle? Is it mostly just running/marching?

Or do you regularly workout your upper body with bench presses, dead lifts, etc?

Any information would be appreciated!

I suppose on my weekends off I could drive home and exercise.

I'm not really sure what to expect as far as strength, muscle building goes.

Thanks!

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2015, 17:41:04 »
Can someone tell me just how rigorous Basic is in regards to strength?

Will I lose muscle? Is it mostly just running/marching?

Or do you regularly workout your upper body with bench presses, dead lifts, etc?

Any information would be appreciated!

I suppose on my weekends off I could drive home and exercise.

I'm not really sure what to expect as far as strength, muscle building goes.

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http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=89246.0;nowap

Is PT done every morning at BMQ?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=115732.0

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2015, 18:08:25 »
If I were you I would become very familiar with calisthenics type training and find a way to rig a workout on your floor. I don't know anyone who maintained their size/strength during basic, but I'm sure it has been done. My course didn't have access to the gym outside of scheduled PT time for our whole basic.

 Handstand pushups, pullups, dips.... weighted if you can find a way to rig something up, I'm sure you're a creative guy.

 If you get gym access it's a non issue but prepare for the worst. These are the types of workouts we ended up doing in the field if we couldn't bring a field gym so get use to them now.

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2015, 16:01:26 »
Thanks for the tips! I hope I can manage to retain some size & strength by time I'm finished there.

If I get any weekends off I can drive home as I've said too so perhaps I can stall the degradation somewhat.

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2015, 18:12:52 »
Thanks for the tips! I hope I can manage to retain some size & strength by time I'm finished there.

If I get any weekends off I can drive home as I've said too so perhaps I can stall the degradation somewhat.

I appreciate that your muscles are important to you at the moment and I get that, but your career choice should be more important and as such I wouldn't focus too much on your loss of gains.

I found basic hard to keep any gains I had made partially due to being too tired to workout whenver we did have free time, as well as nutrition factors and sleep deprivation. Basic training (and probably all of your training courses) are not ideal environments for muscle gain, but don't worry about that. Also keep in mind that protein powder and creatine and whatever else you're taking probably won't be allowed at basic but please check elsewhere because I may be wrong on that.
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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #41 on: May 23, 2015, 18:24:30 »
Also keep in mind that protein powder and creatine and whatever else you're taking probably won't be allowed at basic but please check elsewhere because I may be wrong on that.

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http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4051.0/nowap.html
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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #42 on: May 24, 2015, 00:46:04 »
I appreciate that your muscles are important to you at the moment and I get that, but your career choice should be more important and as such I wouldn't focus too much on your loss of gains.

I found basic hard to keep any gains I had made partially due to being too tired to workout whenver we did have free time, as well as nutrition factors and sleep deprivation. Basic training (and probably all of your training courses) are not ideal environments for muscle gain, but don't worry about that. Also keep in mind that protein powder and creatine and whatever else you're taking probably won't be allowed at basic but please check elsewhere because I may be wrong on that.

I am doing it all natural without protein powder & supplements! I know the career is important. I don't intend on sacrificing my career developments/skills for my own muscle gains. I would just like to work on my own physical goals along side career ones!

Thanks for your input! I understand what you're saying. Speaking of nutrition. In your free time can you eat? Or are there only dedicated feeding times?
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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #43 on: May 24, 2015, 03:11:08 »
Keep in mind you will be marching, climbing stairs, and numerous other activities daily.  You will need rest as much or more than iron slinging time.
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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2015, 09:09:21 »
In your free time can you eat? Or are there only dedicated feeding times?

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #46 on: August 04, 2015, 16:19:37 »
We had a pro bodybuilder on our course who ate as much as he could and still lost almost 25 lbs by the end. It's fine tho... he gained it back with the borden 40! Ha!

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Re: Tips/Questions for maintaining strength during Basic Training.
« Reply #47 on: August 08, 2015, 07:45:28 »
I am week three at basic right now and I've lost a lot of mass that I had before, along with a few of my mates in my platoon. Don't worry though you'll get it back. Basic is more to do with the mental readiness of a candidate than their muscle mass. Don't get me wrong you need to be prepared for basic physically but worry more about your head space.
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« Reply #48 on: June 07, 2017, 13:06:25 »
I was just wondering if you were able to use the fitness facilities during basic training. Ive heard you aren't allowed and for some reason apparently frowned upon to use them. This doesn't make sense to me so just wanted to confirm it. Starting July 24

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Re: Basic
« Reply #49 on: June 07, 2017, 13:22:51 »
I was just wondering if you were able to use the fitness facilities during basic training.

You will have access to the following services at the St-Jean Garrison:

a.chapel (Protestant and Roman Catholic) and Inter-faith Room;
b.internet (limited access);
c.public telephones;
d.a general store (CANEX) with dry cleaning service;
e.barber;
f.banking facilities (ATMs for BMO and Caisse populaire Desjardins);
g.post office; and
h.physical training and recreation facilities.
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school-joining-instructions.page