Q:

What is the Army's Daily Dozen exercise routine?

A:

Quick Answer

The Army's daily dozen exercise routine is a set of 12 calisthenics exercises that are done each day as part of the physical therapy program. It was developed in 1920 by Walter Camp in an attempt to improve and strengthen all the major muscles groups. Seldom-used muscles were also included in the exercises. The routine was originally devised for the Yale University football team.

 Know More

Full Answer

The exercises included the high jumper, trunk twister and turn and bounce. After completing those, push-ups, knee benders and the side straddle hop were performed. Next, came squat thrusts, bend and reach and toe touchers. The routine was finished with the mountain climber, lunger and leg lifts.

The whole routine was devised to be completed in 15 minutes. Each exercise was done for 60 seconds, followed by a 15-second break. This program was done every day prior to running during a recruit's basic training. After boot camp, it was done formally when circumstances permitted, but the soldiers were expected to stay in shape by doing the daily dozen on their own as time permitted. The Army Physical Training Guide no longer includes this routine, but offers three different conditioning drills that are rotated for a complete physical therapy program. The original daily dozen was also used by the United States Navy.

Learn more about Exercise

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you trigger the afterburn effect?

    A:

    The after-burn effect can be triggered by an intense workout and exercise routine. Known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC in scientific terms, the effect is triggered as a result of the body burning calories.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the "8 Minute Abs" workout?

    A:

    The 8 Minute Abs workout is an exercise routine created by a company called Fitness Blender. The exercises target the abdominal area and help people accelerate their weight loss and achieve more toned stomach muscles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Does exercising help cervical stenosis?

    A:

    Physical therapy exercises recommended by therapists that strengthen surrounding muscles and maintain their flexibility are important, explains the American College of Rheumatology. Patients with cervical spinal stenosis can also get pain relief through immobilization, medications and ultrasound, electrical stimulation and heat, according to New York University's Langone Medical Center.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a good ab workout routine?

    A:

    A good abdominal workout routine should result in a streamlined waist, reduction in flab and etched abdominal muscles, according to Jim Stoppani, PhD, in an article describing the program he designed to build powerful abdominal muscles. Stoppani explains that in addition to the exercises, it is critical to eat a low-fat diet. Stoppani also believes that crunches are not the most effective abdominal workout.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore