Conditioning Drill 2 (CD 2)


Conditioning drill 2 consists of five advanced exercises that require more complex plyometric and bilateral movement skills, while challenging the components of strength, endurance, and mobility (Table 9-4). Exercises are conducted at a slow (turn and lunge, supine bicycle, and swimmer) or moderate (half jacks and 8-count push-up) cadence. In the toughening phase, Soldiers should perform no more than five repetitions of each exercise in CD 2. In the sustaining phase, Soldiers progress from 5 to 10 repetitions. If more repetitions are desired, then perform an additional set of the entire drill. Precise execution should never be sacrificed for speed.


Any level area of adequate size is satisfactory for conduct of CDs.


Soldiers will wear IPFU or ACUs and boots.




For the most efficient instruction, the ideal unit size is one platoon. Larger units up to a battalion can successfully perform these drills if properly taught and mastered at the small unit level. The extended rectangular formation is prescribed.


A PRT leader and an AI are required to instruct and lead CD 2. The instructor must be familiar with the method of teaching the exercises; the commands and counting cadence; cumulative count; formations; starting positions; and the use of AIs as described in Chapter 7. Soldiers should memorize the exercises by name and movement. The exercises are always given in cadence. Soldiers begin and terminate each exercise at the starting position and return to the position of attention before beginning the next exercise. The goal is to complete the entire drill with only enough pauses between exercises for the instructor to indicate the next one by name. This continuous method of conducting CD 2 intensifies the workload and conserves time. Considerable time and effort must be expended during the early stages to teach exercises properly to all Soldiers. Teach and practice exercises using a slow cadence (50 counts per minute) until correct form in executing each exercise is achieved.


Conditioning drill exercises lose much of their value unless performed exactly as prescribed. Precision should never be compromised for quantity of repetitions or speed of movement. A cadence that is too fast will not allow Soldiers to achieve a full range of movement.


Soldiers perform no more than five repetitions of each exercise while learning and practicing CDs. In the toughening phase, CD 2 is performed for five repetitions of each exercise. In the sustaining phase, CD 2 is performed for five to ten repetitions of each exercise. Do not exceed ten repetitions of each exercise. Instead, perform additional sets of the entire drill if more repetitions are desired.


Conditioning drill 2 integrates the components of strength, endurance, and mobility. This drill builds strength by challenging control of body weight and promotes endurance without the repetitive motions that often lead to overuse injuries. It also improves mobility by progressively moving the major joints through a full, controlled range of motion.


Conditioning drill 2 consists of four 4-count exercises and one 8-count exercise that train the body segments listed in Table 9-4. Chapter 7 provides instructions for giving commands.

Table 9-4. Body segments trained in the conduct of CD 2

Conditioning Drill 2 (CD 2)

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