Many runners refer to treadmills as 'dreadmills', but there is a known fact about this type of cardio equipment that no one can deny. Professional treadmills have the technology required to prepare you for athletic performances, without needing a coach by your side during every workout session. And anyone training to enter a Military Academy can take advantage of this feature.
Although those interested in attending a Military Academy may already know this info, I want to highlight that every military test includes also a running test, among other requirements.
So, to enter the United States Army you have to complete a 2-mile run test, part of the Army Physical Fitness Test. For the United States Navy you must pass the Navy Physical Readiness Test which includes a 1.5-mile run. For the United States Air Force you are required to complete a 1.5 mile test, part of the Air Force Physical Readiness Test.
The United States Marine Corps demands passing the Marines Physical Fitness Test which includes a 3 mile run. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center will put you to a 1.5 mile run test that is part of the Physical Efficiency Battery test.
The International Association of Fire Fighters demands passing the Gerkin Protocol test. The Gerkin Protocol is mostly done on treadmills because they include the functions and the heart rate reading systems required to predict correctly the peak of VO2. VO2 is the maximum amount of oxygen in milliliters you can use during intensive workout, more specifically in one minute per kilogram of body weight. The treadmill calculates the VO2 value when you reach the target heart rate and you stay in that zone for at least 15 seconds.
Many of you know the Military Tests requirements, but few may be aware that there are treadmills with preset Military Running Workouts included in their consoles. These treadmills allow you to prepare on your own for the test you're interested in passing. The most important detail is that right at the end of the workout you know your score in points, based on your age, sex and your finish time. How easy is that?
I have had the opportunity to test these preset workouts on some impressive treadmills. In this article I want to talk about three treadmills that include military workouts and how they can help you prepare for your biggest test.
The first treadmill on my list is the Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Inspire 7''. This model comes with 34 preset workouts, among which you will find the Gerkin Protocol, the Physical Efficiency Battery test, the Army Physical Fitness test, the Navy Fitness Readiness test, the Air Force Physical Readiness test, and the Marines Physical Fitness test.
Another great treadmill is the Landice L9 (or L7) with the Executive Trainer Console. This specific console includes the following running tests: the Gerkin Fitness test, the Navy Test, the Army Test, the Marine test, and the Air Force test.
The third model is the Precor 966i which comes with 29 preset workouts, including: the Gerkin Fitness test, the Air Force Test, the Navy test, the Army test, the Marines test, and the Federal Law Enforcement Physical Efficiency Battery test.
What do these treadmills have in common so you can complete the Military Workouts as efficiently as possible?
- On all models you can insert your personal information (age and sex) before engaging in the test. This will allow the consoles to calculate accurately your points based on the Military Standards. - On all treadmills incline is preset by the console and you can't change it during the test. You only have control over the speed value. And remember: the faster you finish the better you score. - All are professional treadmills and cost over $5000. The most expensive is the Life Fitness Club Premium model ($7,000) and from a personal point of view it's also the most amazing of all.
What will you find different on these 3 treadmills?
- On the LifeFitness treadmill and the Precor 966i model you have also altitude options. For the Navy test you can choose between 5,000 feet above or below the sea level. For the Marines test your options are 4,500 feet above or below the sea level. Each option has a different difficulty level. - On the LifeFitness model you will be asked to enter you speed goal at the beginning of the test only. The other 2 models allow you to control speed throughout the workout. - The Landice model shows you a projected score on the console during the exercise. This will motivate you to change speed during the workout so you can reach your goal faster. But remember that you don't need to score 'excellent' from your first attempt! Proper training will get you there. - Precor workouts come with a 3 minute warm up period. The test begins when you reach your target heart rate or after 3 minutes of warm up.
I also want to add some personal notes. No matter what treadmill you choose or what workout you want to engage in, make sure you warm up correctly and you finish with a cool down session. If you don't do so, you may get injured which is never fun nor desired.
After the workouts complete and the console shows you the points made, compare your results with the Military Tests standards so you know how well you did and how far you are from your targeted score. Write down your daily results so you can keep track of your progress.
As I mentioned above, these are expensive treadmills so not everyone can buy his or her own treadmill to train at home. The good news is that you can find these models in Gyms also. Once you find the right training equipment, all you have to do is stay motivated and be consistent until you get the passing scores you aim to. Happy training!
This is an article written by Anna Ursu from RunReviews, a site dedicated to treadmills.