I thought I might share some ideas I’ve heard or am using to prepare physically for the grueling test of OCS! This page will be updated more and more as I talk to OCS grads and maybe even after I go through OCC myself!
Run For Your Life!
First and foremost, every Marine/ OCS grad i talked to recommended MORE RUNNING as a part of my preparation. Probably very few civilians will be used to the amount of running necessary to complete OCS.
Also to keep in mind is the varied nature of the running. Of course, there will be the several-mile runs, but also much more sprinting and short runs mixed up with calisthenic-type activities. Vary your running with practice for “humps,” or long marches with heavy packs.
Second is a nice link to a unique exercise I hadn’t heard about before talking to Marines. The exercise is called a ski jump.
The Donkey Kick is another one of these excercises fitness buffs probably aren’t used to seeing in a gym.
Next are the great cardio calisthenics exercises shown here, which you will be doing at OCS!