Army Special Forces Workout Routine


The following workout routine is designed to get recruits ready for Army Ranger school.  Many claim that Ranger school is an even tougher physical challenge than Navy SEAL training.  This workout will help you build strength as well as endurance.  Try using this 5 week plan  two or three times a year when you start to hit a plateau. 

Week 1

Day 1:
A. 100 meter swim (nonstop, any stroke, do not swim on back or touch the side or bottom or the pool).
B. Forced march with rucksack (1/4 body weight); 3 miles in 45 mins. Along a road or 1 hr. cross country.

Day 2:
A. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 70% heart rate.
B. Side straddle Hop or Jump rope 10 minutes (work toward nonstop).

Day 3:
A. 3 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups in 30 seconds.
B. 3 mile run (moderate, 8-9 minute pace).
C. Rope Climb/or 3 sets (maximum repetitions) of chin-ups Forced march with rucksack (1/4 body weight); 5 miles in 1 hr 15 min along the road or 1 hr 40 min cross country.

Day 4:
A. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 70% heart rate.
B. 40 yard sprints (10 times; 30 second rest).
C. 15 meter swim.

Day 5:
A. Forced march with rucksack (1/4 body weight), 5 miles in 1 hr 15 min along road or 1 hr 40 min cross country.

Day 6:
A. 3 sets push-ups and sit ups (max repetitions in 30 seconds).
B. 3 sets chin-ups (max repetitions).
C. 200 meter swim.

Day 7: REST.

Week 2

Day 1:
A. Forced march rucksack (1/3 body weight); 8 miles in 2 hrs along road or 2 hrs 40 min. cross country.

Day 2:
A. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 70% heart rate.

Day 3:
A. 3 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 35 second period.
B. Run 5 miles (moderate 8-9 minute pace).
C. 3 sets (30-50 each) of squats with rucksack (1/4 body weight). Go down only to the point where the upper and lower leg form a 90 degree bend at knee.

Day 4:
A. 300-meter swim, nonstop; any stroke but not on your back.

Day 5:
A. Forced march with rucksack (1/3 body weight); 10 miles inn 3 hrs along road or 4 hrs cross country.

Day 6:
A. 3 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 35 second period.
B. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 80% heart rate.
C. 15-meter swim.

Day 7: REST

Week 3

Day 1:
A. 4 sets (maximum repetitions of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.
B. Run 4 miles (fast to moderate 7-8 minute mile).
C. 4 sets (50 each) of squats with rucksack (1/3 body weight). Go down only to the point where there is a 90 degree bend at knee

Day 2:
A. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 80% heart rate.
B. Jump rope or Side straddle Hop 12 minutes (work towards nonstop).

Day 3:
A. Forced march; 12 miles with rucksack (1/3 body weight or 60 lbs, whichever is greater) in 3 hrs along road or 4 hrs cross country.

Day 4:
A. Swim 400 meters.

Day 5:
A. 4 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.
B. Run 6 miles (fast to moderate 7-8 minute mile).

Day 6:
A. Stationary bike; 20 minutes at 80% heart rate.
B. Jump rope or Side Straddle Hop 10 minutes nonstop.
C. 15-meter swim.

Day 7: REST

Week 4

Day 1:
A. Forced march; 8 miles rucksack (1/3 body weight or 60 lbs, whichever is greater) in 2 hours along road or 2 hrs 40 min cross country.

Day 2:
A. Swim 400 meters.
B. 4 sets dips (max repetitions).
C. 4 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.

Day 3:
A. Run 6 miles (fast to moderate 7-8 minute pace).
B. 3 sets (8-12 reps) leg presses, heel raises, leg extensions, leg curls.

Day 4:
A. 4 sets (maximum repetitions of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.
B. Stationary bike; 25 minutes at 805 maximum heart rate.

Day 5:
A. Forced march; 12 miles with rucksack (1/3 body weight or 75 lbs, whichever is greater) in 3 hrs along road or 4 hrs cross country.

Day 6:
A. 4 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.
B. Jump rope; 15 minutes nonstop.

Day 7: REST

Week 5

Day 1:
A. Run 3 miles (fast 6-7 minute mile pace).
B. 500 meter swim (nonstop, any stroke but not on your back).
C. 3 sets (8-12 reps) leg presses, heel raises, leg extensions, leg curls

Day 2:
A. Jump rope or Side Straddle Hop 12 minutes nonstop.

Day 3:
REST

Day 4:
A. swim 400 meters
B. 4 sets dips (max repetitions).

Day 5:
A. Forced march; 18 miles with rucksack (1/3 body weight or 75 lbs, whichever is greater) in 4 hrs 30 min along road or 6 hours cross country.

Day 6:
A. 4 sets (maximum repetitions) of push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups in a 40 second period.
B. Jump rope or Side Straddle Hop 12 minutes, nonstop.

Day 7: REST

You should be sure to record all your progress in a journal while attempting this workout routine.  For many of you who don’t have a rucksack, just fill a backpack with weights.  Be sure to get maintain a proper diet and hydration levels throughout this training.  For those trying to preserve muscle mass, consider taking a Glutamine supplement as this workout is high intensity and will strip you of body weight.

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