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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Co. H recruits test their bodies’ endurance

By Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | June 04, 2014

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Recruit Julian M. Arrogo,an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, jump ropes for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups.

Recruit Julian M. Arrogo,an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, jump ropes for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begin bicep curls with a drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begin bicep curls with a drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, perform bicep curls with their drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, perform bicep curls with their drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Before recruits began the course, they ran three quarter-mile sprints testing their maximum endurance.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Before recruits began the course, they ran three quarter-mile sprints testing their maximum endurance. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Julian M. Arrogo, an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit training Battalion, begins a maximum set of sit-ups for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups.

Recruit Julian M. Arrogo, an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit training Battalion, begins a maximum set of sit-ups for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Julian M. Arrogo, an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begins a maximum set of sit-ups for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups.

Recruit Julian M. Arrogo, an Sant Antonio, Texas native, Platoon 2163, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begins a maximum set of sit-ups for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, carry two ammunition cans weighing approximately 30 pounds up and down steps during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each station was designed to target a specific muscle group forcing recruits to push through fatigue.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, carry two ammunition cans weighing approximately 30 pounds up and down steps during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each station was designed to target a specific muscle group forcing recruits to push through fatigue. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Before recruits began the course, they ran three quarter-mile sprints testing their maximum endurance.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Before recruits began the course, they ran three quarter-mile sprints testing their maximum endurance. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, carry two ammunition cans weighing approximately 30 pounds up and down steps during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each station was designed to target a specific muscle group forcing recruits to push through fatigue.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, carry two ammunition cans weighing approximately 30 pounds up and down steps during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each station was designed to target a specific muscle group forcing recruits to push through fatigue. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begin a 60-second set of sit-ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, begin a 60-second set of sit-ups during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, execute over-head presses in with their drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, execute over-head presses in with their drill instructor during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. If a recruit performed the technique wrong, a drill instructor corrected him and made sure he executed it correctly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, partner up and pass a weighted medicine ball back and forth forcing them to work the core of their bodies during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, partner up and pass a weighted medicine ball back and forth forcing them to work the core of their bodies during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Each exercise was different and physically challenged the recruits in a different way using various muscle groups. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, perform dips for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. The Circuit Course was designed to build recruits’ strength and stamina as they pushed through fatigue and exhaustion.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, perform dips for 60 seconds during a Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. The Circuit Course was designed to build recruits’ strength and stamina as they pushed through fatigue and exhaustion. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, run three quarter mile sprints before beginning the Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Drill instructor ran with the recruits as motivation to keep pushing themselves.

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, run three quarter mile sprints before beginning the Circuit Course aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29. Drill instructor ran with the recruits as motivation to keep pushing themselves. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Recruits from Company H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, tested mind and body during the Circuit Course after interval sprints aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 29.

The Circuit Course, a track laid out with exercise stations along the route, builds the recruits’ strength and stamina as they endure each exercise while pushing through exhaustion.

Before starting the event, recruits performed three quarter-mile sprints testing their maximum endurance. When they finished the sprints, they began ammunition can lifts as a pre-workout to the course. The exercise worked their bodies to the point of exhaustion even before they started the Circuit Course.

“This course gives recruits an all-around body workout, which builds their strength and conditioning by doing several workouts at a fast pace,” said Sgt. Jorge A. Castillanos, drill instructor, Platoon 2166.

“The course builds physical strength and mental toughness, and it’s important to have both,” explained Castillanos, a Houston native.

Before they started the course, the recruits were split into groups of approximately 15. With the assistance of a drill instructor they maneuvered through each exercise. Each station is designed to target a specific muscle group forcing recruits to push through fatigue.

“It wasn’t a specific exercise that was more tiring than the other, but doing all of the exercises back to back within a short period of time is what pushed us mentally, emotionally and gave a true test to our endurance and will to keep going,” said Recruit Julian M. Arrogo, Platoon 2163.

The workout consisted of a 60-second set of maximum effort for each exercise.

As if the physical fatigue wasn’t enough, the drill instructors were vigilant and ensured each recruit did the exercises until the sound of the whistle, indicating a rotation to the next station.

Each exercise, such as pushups, crunches, dips and over-head presses, challenged the recruits in a new way.

Drill instructors led each exercise, ensuring proper technique was used and each exercise was executed correctly.

Recruits attend three circuit courses during their training to continue building strength and endurance.

“Marines train year round to maintain their all-around physical fitness and combat conditioning,” said 19-year-old, Arrogo. “Marine Corps recruit training teaches us everything we need to know to be a stellar Marine. Physical fitness is one of the most important traits of being a Marine.”


2 Comments


  • Elizabeth Smith 51 days ago
    Am I to old? I turn 59 on the 25th.
  • Chanda 54 days ago
    Deonte you the man...oh, sorry I mean you the MARINE!!!!!

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