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Royal Marines Fitness: Physical Training Manual Hardcover – 3 Dec 2009


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255610
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After joining the Royal Marines, Sean Lerwill served in various Royal Marines Units around the country, as well as taking part in numerous exercises and Operations across the globe. He specialised in the Physical Training Branch of the Royal Marines at the earliest opportunity, and after joining the PT Branch gained numerous qualifications in the fitness, teaching and coaching industries. Having left the Royal Marines in Autumn 2009, Sean now co-owns a physical training company, Commando Conditioning, with another Ex-Royal Marines PTI.

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Dickens on 3 Jan. 2010
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Royal Marines Fitness: Physical Training Manual
I'm too old to be trying to join the Marines but I do like to keep fit. Over the years I have bought a number of Training Manuals and this is the first time I have been physically bothered to write a review. This book is excellent. If your looking to join the Marines or, like myself, are interested in the details of how fitness is incorporated into their work then this book is well worth buying. The real strength of this book, however, is that the Author is a Royal Marine PTI who is setting out, without any macho posturing, how to design your own fitness programme, whatever your requirements or fitness level. This is not a "10 weeks to being a Special Forces Ninja". It is an intelligent description of how to get fit, quickly, cheaply and practically. I fully recommend this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pamir on 8 Jan. 2012
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This book was recommended by my son's gym to help his with his training. It has helped him physically and most importantly mentally to keep going and achieve his goal. He has lost 3 stone, long hair and a lip ring along the way - so his Mum thinks its great. Best of luck to anyone buying this book and my best wishes with your training and to keep you safe in your future career.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By alex on 22 Aug. 2010
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i am a 15 year old boy, who wishes to join the royal marines. im am starting to train for when i join when im 17. this book has everything you need to have good/safe trainings. this book has everything from how to do correct exersizes to nutrional help. as it is written by a PTI (physical training instructer) within the royal marines, you can trust everyword.
i fully enjoyed this book and so would anyone wishing to join, any forces really, or you can read just to stay healthy. 5 *****
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Weller on 4 Mar. 2010
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Fantastic! This is even more detailed than the car manuals! As an avid fitness fan, I have a massive collection of fitness and training books. This was by far one of my best buys, it covers everything you could want to know on training.

The Commandos are among the fittest, most elite athletes in the world and this book demonstrates many ways of getting to their level, including tests etc...

I can't possibly go into all the aspects of training this covers, please trust me that it's a must.

Anyone looking to apply to the Marines will need this book as a guide to fitness, be prepared BEFORE you go.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andreybelopopsky on 26 Mar. 2010
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This book is excellent. It contains the experience and philosophy that have formed the Royal Marines into one of the most formidable fighting units on the earth. Yet it also portrays the essence of the Corps, which is not only about fighting or war. Having a RM PTi write this book is a coup, as the experience of training people to the incredible standards required is clearly passed on to the public in this book. It shows you what is required mentally, gives concrete, up to date instruction that can be applied at all levels. There is no bull here, and it shows. One of the best books I have read in a long time, and inspirational in helping me achieve the fitness goals I have. If you only buy one fitness manual, you won't go wrong with this...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maverick on 24 Aug. 2010
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I have trained with the author - and let me tell you if Sean has written a book, buy it! He knows all the technical details and tricks for getting anyone into REAL shape.

Also, this is a book written by a REAL warrior who has trained some of the best REAL warriors on the planet, as opposed to all those "gym" warriors and spartan work-out books you see.

BTW, the man himself is in incredible shape and ripped (less than 8% body fat) all year round and functionally incredibly fit...a walking advert for what he has written
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on 27 Mar. 2010
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A no fuss approach to fitness modelled around the hard as nails Royal Marines Basic Training programme. An absolute must for anyone trying to get for for the Royal Marines. The book also includes a history or the Marines and other things that you will no doubt be quizzed on in your Marines initial interview!

Full marks, good effort Royal!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brentwood on 13 Jan. 2012
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I'm training for a military fitness test and have received so much advice ranging from 'just run faster and when the going gets tough just grin and bear it' to in depth explanations of anatomy, thus I had a little information overload. This book, in my opinion, is straight forward, practical and realistic.

The author has presented the information clearly, the photos are brilliant and the advice easy to understand. Whether you are someone who is an avid gym goer, an endurance enthusiast, taking a fitness test or simply interested in getting involved in fitness you will not be disappointed with this book.

It shows you what the human body is capable of and re-iterates the importance of an understanding of the mind and body dynamic.

Buy this book, at the very least you will enjoy simply reading a well written book and at the most you will take your fitness to the next stage whatever your level.

If you're interested in the Royal Marines there is a DVD series available which follows the 32 week training course called Commando on the front line - it's fascinating and shows exactly why the Royal Marines are so revered.

One final small point, it is nice to see someone re-iterate the simple 'calories in, calories out' advice. I have several friends who truly desire to eat what they want and exercise little, they then become perplexed when they gain weight. This book (although it's a tiny section as the Royal Marines generally never suffer from weight problems, understandably) does establish this point, albeit in a tiny section.
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