DrillFit: Hydration

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Water 75% of Americans are dehydrated. (This likely applies to half of the world population) In 37% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism by as much as 3%. One glass of water has eliminated midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters …

DrillFit: Side Bend with Rifle Exercise

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DrillFit: Side Bend with Rifle Exercise This exercise works the core muscles. Count1: Start with the rifle in either arm and above the head in a wide stance. Count 2:Bend to the side as far as you can without twisting. Repeat this exercise for one minute on both sides as part of your regular routine.

DrillFit Exercise: “Wood Chopper” Variation with Rifle

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DrillFitTM: The Wood Chopper Exercise Variation with Rifle This exercise works on your core muscles and shoulders. Count 1: Begin with the rifle in either hand held over the head in a wide stance. Count 2: Bring the rifle down and to the left/right without bending the arm or the back: Repeat this exercise for 30 seconds each side as …

Practice Makes Permanent: Knees and Hips

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The first part of the series, Feet, is here. In this article, we will look at the knees and hips- we are working our way up the body. Knees Should point in the direction of the feet and should be controlled during marching/walking. Save your knees, don’t extend them past your feet. Here are some knee exercises. Also see this …

How to Train when not “Practicing”

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Here are some simple tips that you can do on your own each day to help you improve your body development which will help you improve your drill overall. When doing those simple daily tasks, change it up, keep the body guessing: When brushing your teeth, stand on one leg while you brush the bottom teeth; switch to the other …

Developing Balance

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If you had to do only one thing to improve your performance, what do you think it would be? Balance Balance is the equal distribution of weight. When you perform, through each movement that you execute, you need to have that equal distribution of weight- or at least the appearance of it. Take a dance class or start doing exercises …

Posture for the Honor Guard and Drill Team

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When standing and sitting, your posture matters. The Foundation: In this diagram below, you can see that your feet have much to do with your posture. from drleusden.com From media.tumblr.com Now your hips Your hips should be square, horizontal to the ground and rolled back.  From courses.vcu.edu From radiancewellness.ca From bellevuewellnessone.net Your back The “Cross” This is what you need to …

Practice Makes Permanent- Feet

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“Practice makes permanent.” Lt. Col. Bernard C. Lorenz always told my drill team this phrase. He was my AFJROTC instructor when I was in high school and has now passed, but I have always remembered that phrase and included it in my training. Thanks, Sir. Practice makes permanent and education is key. We will tackle both in this article. Many …

Balance

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If you had to do only one thing to improve your performance, what do you think it would be? Improve Your Balance Balance is the equal distribution of weight. When you perform, through each movement that you execute, you need to have that equal distribution of weight- or at least the appearance of it. This is the greatest factor in …