Kid A looked up the Army’s age group requirements for me, so I can work along with him on running, sit-ups and push-ups. If he reaches certain levels, he gets to bypass some of the crap of basic, and maybe get a couple steps up the ladder of Infantry School.
For each exercise they have a range of passing scores, from acceptable on up to excellent. Having spent the winter performing a kind of sit-ups called “torture twists,” I’m pretty good with core strength, and the running is coming along well enough for this time of year. Push-ups, meh. I managed two on Wednesday, worked hard on arm strength yesterday, and today couldn’t even manage one.
I made a chart for the fridge. While the run moved from C to B and the sit-ups from B- to B+, today’s push-up score earned me an F-. Pretty sorry showing for a fitness geek.
But the real problem is, I’ve only got two and a half weeks before Kid A shoves off for Basic. I think I can manage a few more push-ups in that time, but getting my head around becoming an Army Mom is another matter.
This isn’t me, but you get the idea. The “suggested photos” from WordPress all featured twenty-ish people, mostly male. This photo presents a nice alternative.