Recruiting Station Lansing --
United States Marine Corps recruiters with Recruiting Station Lansing, conducted a high-intensity, conditioning workout for local high school athletes on the beach at Pere Marquette Park, Muskegon, Michigan, July 16, 2021.
Staff Sgt. Chase Andrus, staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Recruiting Substation Muskegon, designed the workout to challenge the pre-conceived limitations of the participants.
The workout was split between six groups in two segments. For the first half, each group worked out at each of the six stations for an undisclosed amount of time -- six minutes per station -- to challenge their confidence.
“The shock factor is huge,” said Andrus. “To make them doubt their own confidence, to doubt themselves; and then, over time, show them what they are actually capable of. Not just by themselves, but as a team.”
After sipping on water while resting and listening to the mentorship of the schools’ faculty, the groups split back up to complete the second half of the workout. During the second half, the groups would all rotate at the same time. That meant if a group completed their tasks quickly they could receive more recovery time as they waited for the other groups to finish.
“The second time through, they started to work as a team and communicate with one another,” said Ted Quick, an athletic trainer at Muskegon High School. “They started to push each other a little bit. They started to lean on each other a bit.”
As the event progressed many of the participants realized that by working together and communicating, they could get more done with less effort.
"The second half was designed to show the participants that they had the ability to do it the entire time, they just needed to work together,” said Andrus. “Setting objectives allowed them to make a plan and work out how to accomplish it.”
Andrus said he hoped that in the future, the participants will look back and relate any self-doubt they have with the doubt they had during this workout and tell themselves ‘I pushed through it then, so I know I can push through it now’.
“When these guys leave this event, they will think about themselves and the things they approach in life differently,” said Andrus. “Everyone has a ceiling in their head. That ceiling is glass and you can break through it with the proper motivation.”
Placing these athletes and teams in uncomfortable situations can help prepare them for their upcoming seasons, which, for some of the participants, will be their final season.
“I feel like the lessons they learned in working together, and putting out even when they wanted to give up, will definitely benefit them both on and off the field,” said Sgt. Wesley King, Marine recruiter, Bay City. “I saw each and every one of them push themselves and come closer together as a team.”
If you would like to learn how to participate or how to establish a workout for your team you can contact your local recruiting office or visit us online at: www.marines.com/4MCDLAN