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OSU Civil War

ROTC challenges campus to a fitness battle.

This April will host a true contest of champions. A real Endgame one might even say, because it falls right at the end of the semester. On the 24th of April, the OSU ROTC and Buckeye Wellness will be putting on the 2019 ROTC Wellness Boot Camp. Come see how well you stack up against members of the ROTC while competing in six fitness events. The events will vary in difficulty based on what rank you place yourself in. Rank 1 is for those who prefer light intensity workouts, Rank 2 is moderate intensity, and Rank 3 is for those of you who love the pain in your gains and need severe intensity. Oh, and did I mention YOU COMPETE IN THE SHOE! How cool is that!

This is the second occurrence for the Boot Camp, the first time was in 2017. The purpose of the event, aside from giving students a chance to get a freaking awesome workout, is to shed some light into what it’s like to be a cadet in the ROTC program. Students get a chance to see how they rank up against the cadets in a healthy and fun competitive environment. Although if you want my opinion, most of us probably won’t hold a candle to the cadets because they are up at 6:00 a.m. doing strength training almost everyday. Let’s hear some serious snaps for the ROTC, ladies and gentlemen.

A lot of the events that participants will be doing are similar to the workouts that the cadets do during their morning training. The exercises are also similar to what soldiers do during basic training, and in the real life scenarios they encounter during their job while serving. If I had to guess though, we are barely touching the tip of the iceberg with the strength requirements it takes to be a member of the military. So if I haven’t said this enough—soldiers deserve mad respect for their bad ass toughness. 

It isn’t all about physical strength, though. Captain Gonzales, one of the coordinators of the event, told me that these events not only test your physical strength, but they also test your mental strength. It takes muscle AND heart to get through the Boot Camp. By the time you are reading this, there will be less than a month to try to train and build your endurance, so when it comes down to it you either got it or you don’t. It takes an insane amount of both physical and mental strength to match up against the cadets and be a top performer. 

But don’t be discouraged! There are different ranks for a reason, so find some friends with similar physical abilities and just have fun with it. Challenge yourself, test your physical limits, and push through the tiredness. You’ll be surprised by what the human body is capable of. Those endorphins you’ll release will feel great. I promise. So for those of you who have always dreamed of competing on this infamous football field, grab some friends to make a team, or sign up individually by April 19th. The boot camp runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., so use it as an extended study break during finals, that way you can decompress and then kick ass on the field and in the classroom. 

A special shoutout to two of the coordinators of the event, Josh Winn and Captain Gonzales, for talking with me and giving me some great insight into the event. According to Captain Gonzales, the best advice he can give to participants is, “Never quit and be a team player. You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” So help your teammates out and give them all your encouragement! We look forward to seeing everyone who is competing, and watch out for me—I’ll be the girl who has a face as red as a tomato and is keeled over halfway through the events!

Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall


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