The Air Force Fitness Program assesses your fitness in four areas: aerobic (running), body-composition, push-ups, and crunches. Your scores in each area are based on your age, gender, body measurements, amount of repetitions or elapsed time.
The Aerobic Fitness test is a one and a-half mile timed run. For a 17 to 25 year old male the score ranges from zero for 21:30 elapsed time to 50 points for running it in less than 9:36.
Body Composition Test
The Body Composition score is determined by measuring the abdominal circumference, and comparing the measurement to a body composition point chart. A 17 to 25 year old male with a 36-inch waist would get a score of 22.20 for this area.
Note: To measure abdominal circumference, place a measuring tape in a horizontal plane around the abdomen at the level of upper hipbone. Before reading the tape measure, ensure that the tape is snug, but does not compress the skin, and is parallel to the floor.
Push-ups are done in a one-minute time-period. For a 17 to 25 year-old male the scores range from zero for less than 8 push-ups to 10 points for 62 or more.
The crunches test score is based on the number of repetitions are counted during one minute. For a 17 to 25 year old male the score ranges from zero for less than 27 crunches to 10 points for 55 or more.
Your aerobic, body composition, push-up and crunches scores are added to give you a fitness rating. The Air Force fitness ratings are as follows:
|Fitness Rating||Score Required|
|Excellent||90 or above|
|Good||75 - 89.9|
|Marginal||70 - 74.9|
|Poor||Less than 70|
Example: A 25 year-old male with a 36-inch waist, who runs the mile and half in 13:00 minutes, does 41 push-ups and 41 crunches would receive a "marginal" fitness rating.
Fitness ratings are used to determine how often an airman must retest. Those who score in the "excellent" or "good" categories are re-tested annually. Those who score in the "marginal" or "poor" categories are re-tested every three months. In Addition, those in the Marginal category are required to attend a Healthy Living Workshop, while those in the poor category will be required to attend the workshop and participate in a fitness improvement program.
To max out your score on the Air Force Fitness Program you will need to commit to a regular work out routine. For help developing a personal fitness plan, check out Stew Smith's article on Preparing for the Air Force Fitness Program.
Stew will teach you to develop your own personal workout routine. PT programs to train for the Air Force fitness test can be found in the following Military.com links:
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- Prepare for Air Force Special Forces - PJs and CCT
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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