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This is a debated issue in airsoft, but it is a must for what I am trying to get out of airsoft. Each player has their own reasons for playing this sport and mine specifically is to keep me in shape, effectively communicate, and also learn tactics and fundamentals before I join the Military.

(Background: I'm 15, enlisting after junior year then finishing my senior year and attending Navy Boot Camp the following summer. Going to go straight through the NSW Pipeline to become a U.S Navy SEAL.)

This is going to be based off what I do, take it with a grain of salt because each individual is different, and thus there goals will change.

PFT Test:

If you are starting off new, then take the PFT Test that fits the Branch you want to go in. (I actually do the Marine PFT, due to the fact it's a little harder) Write down the information somewhere, in this you will log your times. From this you will see what you have to work on. For instance my problem started at the running point, I was not nearly as fast as I needed to be.

What Needs To Be In Good Shape:
There isn't one single answer to this, but for an airsoft sniper their is a generalization I can at least make to help you guys.

-Arm Strength (Forearm & Upper)
-Cardio
-Agility
-Leg Strength
-Ankle Strength


Arm Strength: This is going to help get over obstacles, climb, carry your rifle, hold up your rifle, pull back your rifle's bolt, and numerous other things.

Cardio: Being able to not tire easily, and to run quick sprints as well as long ruck marches or runs.

Agility: Traversing through thick woods while you are moving from pursuing enemies is fairly difficult. Having agility, being light on your feet and able to move fast is a great advantage to you.

Leg Strength: Able to walk great distances with heavy loads. Being able to be explosive when jumping or lifting heavy objects. Girls like muscular legs:tup:

Ankle Strength: Woods are not perfectly flat. Ditches, holes, and various other items can seriously harm your ankles. Having built up ankles coupled with a pair of nice boots will prevent injury.

My Personal Workout Routine:

Monday,Wednesday, Friday:
1 Mile Run
3x10 Bench Press (Medium Weight)
3x10 Snatch Press (Medium Weight)
3x20 Dumbbell Curls (Heavy Weight)
(5 Minute Break)
3x50 Jumping Jacks
3x50 Crunches
3x25 Flutter Kicks
3x20 Squat Jumps
(5 Minute Break)
3x15 Squats (Lower Weight)
3x15 Front Squats (Lower Weight)
3x10 Squat Thrust (Lower Weight)

Tuesday,Thursday:
3 Mile Run
1/2 Mile Walk
1 Mile Run
1/2 Mile Walk
(10 Minute Break)
5 50 Yard Sprints

Now I am no fitness instructor, but I think that this is a halfway good routine. At least it is fine for me, but you made me to make changes.

How This Helps:
As a Sniper you aren't taking the easy routes. You need to be in good physical shape to keep ahead of your team in a recon mission. The sniper is a movable element.

Having upper body strength will help you overcome and get over obstacles that you may need to climb over. This also helps once you are skull dragging 100 Yards. Lower body strength is good running and moving. You may end up carrying a heavy ruck over a large distance, or if you play in MilSim operations you may have to carry a teammate to an extraction point.

I am not saying that you have to be some superhuman. Good physical fitness will not only help you in airsoft, but overall in life. You will be prepared to take on whatever comes your way, and it also gives you self confidence.
 

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I find that being a sniper requires getting into some strange positions. Being able to crawl through tiny spaces between trees and making little noises requires muscle control. Good physical shape takes some stress of the mental game, and vice versa, to make you become a stronger warrior.

I was planning doing NSW, BUT I got accepted to medical school. To do both would've been amazing since my PT scores were competitive. The warrior mind set really has helped me excel academically. Meditation was a key component in my training and maintaining a 4.0 GPA....oh yeah, I am also one very skinny dude haha
 

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Just FYI, you can low crawl (skull-drag) effectively with a lot of leg strength and not that much upper body strength. I suggest you practice that, your legs will tire slower than just about any other muscle in your body and that leaves your arms free in case they are needed for something.
Very true. Which also why I need to get a drag bag lol
 

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I'd suggest doubling or tripling the run distances for the tuesday/thursday thing, or slowly and consistently building it up. Long distance running is a very effective builder of endurance, and is extremely good at building mental endurance and toughness. Long easy runs are a fun way to take it easy on your body for a day, too.
Actually, after looking at this again, I think it'd be a good idea to have one day a week where you do a long speed march with a heavy load, or do a very long run at a slower pace.
 
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