Category Archives: Equipment

Do You Incorporate Ammo Cans Into Your Workout?

A student with Infantry Training Battalion picks up ammo cans during the movement-under-fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Anderson/Released)

A student with Infantry Training Battalion picks up ammo cans during the movement-under-fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Anderson/Released)

It’s a pretty simple question.  Do you incorporate ammo cans into your workout?  If so, how do you use them?  In a deployed environment, there is likely no shortage of ammo cans, but in garrison they may be hard to hold onto after training due to the requirement to turn in pretty much everything when you turn in your brass.

We would be interested in hearing how you incorporate ammo cans into your PT program because it seems like a cost effective way for units to change up their normal physical training program a little.

Make Your Own Medicine Ball For Crossfit

medicine_ball_001If you are in a location where medicine balls are not available or they are too expensive to ship due to their size or weight, you can make your own with some items that may be found locally. Here is what you will need:

  • An old basketball or soccer ball
  • A way to put an opening into the ball to add the sand. (This could be a drill, a leatherman or gerber or just a knife.)
  • 100 MPH Tape or Duct Tape
  • Sand to add the medicine ball

The good thing about using a basketball or soccer ball is that if you have to order the item from a place such as Amazon.com, they are lighter than a weighted medicine ball and will probably cost less to ship.  I am not sure of what the price will be when you read this, but as of the writing of this article I found a basketball for Read more

Austere Equipment List for Crossfit

ammo_can_50For those of you that are at a FOB and want to start a crossfit program, or your unit just not have the funds or resources to finance a program back home, here is a list of equipment that may be readily available to you.

The equipment listed below was in a 2010 study of crossfit conducted by the Command and General Staff College.  This is by no means a complete list, but it should help to get your wheels turning and give you some ideas of similar items to look for and utilize. Read more