If you want to be the best, safest, and oldest
aerobatic pilot around, you should work out. I
have been flying F-16's for about six years now.
That means six years of flying in a nine +G environment.
That's not just squaring the corner to show a
nice vertical upline in the front crowd, that's
sustaining nine G's for 15 seconds or more, followed
by another seven to eight G turn only moments
Of course, eating healthy is very important.
The only piece of advice I will give here is
vary your diet. I never narrow my appetite to
just a couple types of food. I have tried high
protein, low carb eating programs and they are
effective in losing weight. However, be careful
as some of them reduce your muscle strength and
energy level during the weight loss phase. I
recommend moderation. Whatever you do, take one
day a week and eat what you want, within reason.
And, as always, stay hydrated with plenty of
Next, I ride a stationary bike a couple times
a week for about 25-30 minutes. I feel it is
a couple aerobic workouts during the week. However,
longer aerobic workouts can sometimes lower
tolerance to positive G's, so I keep mine short.
(that's my story and I'm sticking to it).
Now for the most important part of increasing
you ability to combat G forces over a long period
of time-the anaerobic workouts. Lifting weights
or using nautilus. I lift weights about three
four times a week. I usually concentrate on higher
weights and less reps. This helps build your strength
and ability to strain against positive G forces.
If you want specifics, one day I do back and biceps,
next I do chest and triceps, and third I do legs
Living the Dream,