Army Fitness Requirements

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Get to the 'Next Level'

Improve Your Pushup and Running PT

I received two great emails from an Army Soldier and an Army recruit. Both utilized my free workouts offered through my "article archive" page at the Military.com Fitness Center - The Pushup Push Workout and the Free Six Week Running Plan. The following emails explain how these workouts helped improve their performance on the PFT. Here are thei... more

Army Physical Fitness Program

Army Basic Training

The Army Physical Fitness program has two factors the weigh-in and the Physical Fitness Test. The APFT is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is a simple way to measure your physical strengths, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness. The intent of the APFT is to provide a baseline assessment regardless of your... more

Army Weight Control Program (AWCP)

Army Weight Control Program (AWCP)

The Army's Physical Fitness program has two factors: the Physical Fitness Test and the Army Weight Control Program. The AWCP ensures every soldier is healthy, physically fit, and combat ready. The program requires you to meet specific weight standards, which are based on their height, weight, and gender.  Under the AWCP you will be required to... more

TRADOC Revises Army Physical Fitness Test

Tradoc Revises Army Physical Fitness Test

This piece was written in November of 2011. The test is still being evaluated. Soldiers will be better prepared if they train how they would fight. This innovative physical readiness training philosophy, implemented by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has driven the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School to revise not only how the Army c... more

Army's Big PT Test Changes

Army's Big Pt Test Changes

This potential policy change of the Army PFT standards article was written in 2011. After testing the ACRT / APRT on more than 10,000 soldiers, TRADOC decided not to implement proposed changes and are still researching the data.  The original Army Physical Fitness Test of pushups, situps, and 2 mile timed run is still being used by the entire Ar... more

Preparing for Army Ranger School

US Army Ranger School Training

Ever wanted to put on the Ranger Tab on your Army uniform? As with any of the Special Operations units in the U.S. military, to become a Ranger takes endurance, stamina, intelligence and mental toughness. The training is broken up into three phases: Fort Benning Phase, Mountain Phase, and Florida Phase. The Benning Phase is executed in two par... more

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