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For info, tips and advice on the physical fitness aspect of preparing for boot camp, click on the below image to visit the fitness section on our website.

You will find info on your IST, PFT, running, push-ups, crunches, pull-ups and much more.

This fitness site is no longer being maintained, so visit the new site by clicking the pic below.



Decades ago, Major Charles L. Armstrong devised a workout routine which enabled him to set a world record in pullups. Since then, tens of thousands of Marines have used his program to get to 20 pullups and beyond.
The Armstrong Pullup is the newest site in the USMC OCS Blog’s constellation of websites including Becoming an and It serves as your one-stop shop for the famous Marine Corps pullup workout. 
Additionally, you can find customized pullup workouts for Beginners, Advanced, and Women
Good luck and Semper Fi!


Push-ups are not part of the Marine Corps fitness test meaning you do not have to do a certain number of them to pass. But you will be doing hundreds of them all throughout your USMC career regardless of what your job is, especially during boot camp.

It is in your best interest to just keep working on them and to be able to do as many as you possibly can without stopping/resting. You can never do enough push-ups, so learn how to properly do them and get busy.

The below video will show you how to do a correct USMC push-up and keep in mind that two civilian push-ups equals one Marine Corps push-ups. Marine Corps push-ups are a four count exercise meaning you begin laying flat on the ground and then you: push up to the ready position, 1) you go down, 2) you go back up, 3) you go back down, and 4) you go back up equaling one Marine Corps push-up.