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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...
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    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

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Can Pilates Get You Tactically Fit?

Pilates exercise banner.

Stew, I am active military and always looking for good fitness routines, and my girlfriend recently introduced me to Pilates.  So far I really like it. What do you think about it and does it have a place in  helping me maintain military / tactical fitness?  –John John, Absolutely! Pilates has been a growing fitness system for 50 years. ... more

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

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