Military PFT Prep

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Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Proper Pushup Posture

Stew Smith: Proper Pushup Posture

Dear Stew: Could you give me some tips for proper pushups? I will be leaving for AF BMT sometime in the next couple of months, and I want to achieve the Warhawk PT standard. I can't seem to do pushups correctly; my back always has a slight curve, especially near my shoulder blades. I'm really skinny, and I don't know if that contributes... more

TV Watcher's Workout

TV Watchers Workout

Welcome beginners to fitness or those who need to get back in shape! This one is for you! A majority of the emails that I receive are from young men and women who need to lose weight in order to qualify in the military height / weight standards as well as get in shape to meet the physical standards. Many of these folks need to lose 40 lbs befo... more

Remedial Fitness for Military

Remedial Fitness for Military

An Army Reservist of twenty plus years emailed me for some help. This question, and the need for a basic program, is universal throughout the military ranks - active and reserve. There is a growing trend in remedial fitness. Here is the question: "I have corresponded with you in the past and a while back you sent me an intermediate level fitne... more

Top 10 Fitness Questions

Top 10 Military Fitness Questions

I have had many emails that ask similiar questions, so I have compiled a list of the top ten questions. Here are the questions I consider my Top Ten. They range in subject, but are all relevant to fitness and health. Feel free to continue emailing me with your questions at 1) Should I lift weights as fast as possible? Of c... more

Lose Weight and Get Fit for Duty

Lose Weight and Get Fit for Duty

Often young men and women ask me about training for the military and police officer  professions, but unfortunately most of them (about 60% who email me) have to lose weight in order to meet the minimum requirements for the height and weight / body fat standards. The military refused more than 47,000 people due to not passing the height-weight /... more

Running Distance vs. Timed Run Fitness Test

Running Distance vs. Timed Run Fitness Test

Sometimes we think we are in shape because a "test looks easy" or "you were in shape in high school", but many people fail to prepare for a fitness test and wind up realizing they need to change their training AND their thinking. Check out this email: Stew - I run all the time 4-5 days a week and usually get 25-30 miles a week, so I have a runn... more

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