One of the questions that has cropped up a few times over the last week or so has been what sort of training to do once a PRMC pass has been secured. I can see why this would be at the forefront of the mind. In one sense the easy bit is in the bag, and the hard bit (32 weeks of training) now needs to be prepared for.
An important thing to remember is that the PRMC is the Potential Royal Marines Course. In the same way that they aren’t looking for a finished product for PRMC, they also aren’t expecting a finished product at the start of recruit training either. However, it is in your best interests to keep up the standards you showed on the PRMC; you can’t afford to join at a vastly lower level. But again, you aren’t going to be expected to be at a vastly superior level either.
For me, I did my POC aged 19 during my first year at University and I didn’t join until the August after I graduated some two years later. I had to keep that level of fitness up, but I didn’t just do PRMC style training; I mixed it up with weight training, running, calisthenics, cross-country running, intervals, martial arts and climbing. I guess what I am trying to say is, don’t worry too much about WHAT you are doing, just ensure you do SOMETHING and keep one eye on what you will be required to do in the first few months of training.
I imagine anyone reading this is now thinking: “What will I be doing in the first two months of training?” In terms of Physical Training, apart from road runs in trainers and a couple of short yomps in boots with daysacks (not full military bergens yet), everything will be gym based. The gym training will centre around the IMF (initial military fitness) circuit, rope climbing and shuttle sprints. You can’t teach yourself rope climbing, and nor should you. These days crossfit has opened the world’s eyes to rope climbing but every crossfitter (apart from ex-RMs) climb ropes horrifically, so wait until you join and your RM PTI will teach you. Just ensure you keep doing pull-ups and RM style sit-ups to build your lat and hip flexor endurance for rope climbing.
Other than that, you will perform an RMFA (as you did in the PRMC) in weeks 1 and 9 of recruit training. Therefore the IMF training has you doing press-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and some extra bodyweight exercises like dips and squats. Therefore, the best type of training you can do between your PRMC and starting RM training is the training you did for your PRMC.
Again, you don’t need to improve on your PRMC fitness per se, unless of course you just scraped by on a couple of pull-ups and low scores on press-ups, pull-ups and sprints. Personally, I would definitely keep the interval training and runs of up to 4/5 miles up as well. Just keep on top of it, as the same exercises you performed at PRMC will be the same exercises you will expected to be able to perform to a decent level. Anything new will be taught to you.
Finally, swimming will be a skill you will need, so it won’t hurt to get in the pool once a week and just keep on top of your swim strokes and confidence in water. You don’t need to be a fish, but being able to swim proper head down front crawl and tread water for a good length of time will pay dividends as training progresses.
There is nothing wrong with continuing the training programme from my Pass The PRMC ebook and extending it up until the week before you join. I would always advise tapering off before joining. At least have the weekend off before you go to allow your body to rest before the real training begins.