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  • Army PFT Push-up Score Chart
    Army PFT Push-up Score Chart
    The Army's Basic Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is used...
  • Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score Chart
    Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score Chart
    To ace the running portion of any PFT, it is most important to learn your pace. Recognize breathing, arm swing, leg stride, foo...
  • Army Basic Training PFT
    Army Basic Training PFT
    Check out the updated version of the Army PFT. The Army's Basic Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical perfo...
  • Army PFT Sit-up Score Chart
    Army PFT Sit-up Score Chart
    The Army's Physical Fitness program features a Physical Fitness Test and the Army Weight Control Program. The program helps mak...

Stew Smith

Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, and Maximum Fitness. As a military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, Air Force PJ, Ranger Training, and other physical law enforcement professions. 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 stew@stewsmith.com.

Stew Smith Article Guide

For the past few years I have written weekly articles on fitness, military forces training, injuries, and starting a fitness program. If you are looking for answers to questions concerning military fitness, it is probably in the article archive.

For the past few years I have written weekly articles on fitness, military forces training, injuries, and starting a fitness program. If you are looking for answers to questions concerning military fitness, it is probably in the article archive. Take look at some of the topics and titles: Get started with a program for better health: - Th... more

The Biggest Mistakes When Swimming the Combat Swimmer Stroke (CSS)

Kickoff in pool.

For a while I have been coaching and critiquing young men and women learning proper military swim techniques. Usually they're seeking programs in the military that require an underwater recovery stroke for the entrance fitness test and/or requires swimming with fins during training. These programs include: Navy SEAL, Navy EOD, Navy SWCC, AF ... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Periodization Advice

Airman leads calisthenics exercise

Hi Stew! I know that you do longer workouts in the summer and shorter workouts in the winter by following a bell curve cross-training periodization program through the year. What do you think of the concept of "de-loading" where you systematically increase workout-volume over three-week periods and then, on the fourth week, cut the worklo... more

Two Top Lessons on Fitness from a Former SEAL

Stew Smith in the woods.

After reflecting on the last twenty-plus years that I've been involved in fitness as a student athlete, a service member and veteran, and training others to achieve a wide variety of fitness goals, I realize that I've learned a thing or two. The two lessons that have had the biggest impact on my overall health and abilities are: Weight loss... more

A New Version of the Double PFT

A group of sailors and Marines who failed the so-called "tape test'' are led by an instructor on a three mile run as they work to improve their fitness.

Preparing for a PFT, PST, PFA, PAST or whatever your branch of service or agency calls its fitness test is something that takes time and specific practice. If your goal is to crush the fitness test and reach maximum points, doing what we call the Double PFT is a good option. Typically, we have done the Double PFT in regular order the first ... more

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