A few minutes ago I gave push-ups and sit-ups a try. Um, the army test is going to be harder than I thought. Ha!
First off were the push-ups. I got down into a beautiful plank position, all 318 lbs of me, but when I tried communicating to my arms/chest to start lowering me to the floor, they were like “are you shitting me?” and then started laughing at me.
Just for that, I forced them to lower me and they were like “oh, hell no!” and promptly turned to jello and dropped me to the floor.
Then I was all like “I’ll show you!” and I got into plank position on my knees and did 10 girly push-ups. Suck that arms and chest. Ha! Who’s laughing now? Continue reading
So in my decision to see if I can get fit enough to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), I did a little research. Turns out they test three areas of physical performance to assess endurance:
- 2-mile run
The test starts with push-ups, then sit-ups, and ends with the 2-mile run. Order is non-negotiable. 10-20 minutes of recovery time is allowed between tests. Push-up and sit-up tests are administered for 2 minutes and are based on the number of reps you can turn out in that time. The 2-mile run is based on how quickly you can run two miles.
Taking my age into account (currently 30) and my gender (female) I have to achieve the following minimum:
Out of curiosity, here’s what a guy my age needs to do to score the minimum and what a female would have to do to meet the male minimum requirements: Continue reading