Today we are going to take a shot at the new Army Physical Readiness Test (APRT). The APRT will soon become the Army's new assessment of physical fitness and will eventually replace the APFT once scores and standards are determined.
Meet at Shea Stadium.
Event #1: 60-yard shuttle run (5 yard, 10 yard, and 15 yard marks): place a small wooden block at each yard mark, sprint from the start point, pick up the block at the 5 yard mark, return to start, drop block (don't throw), turn and sprint to 10 yard and repeat the process until you complete the 15 yard portion. Post total time to comments.
Event #2: 1 minute "Rower": this exercise is an abdominal/core work-out and does NOT involve a rowing machine. You have 1 min to complete as many reps as possible. If you stop at any point, your performance is terminated at the point. See article for description of the rower (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/03/army-first-look-at-new-pt-030411w/ & http://ncosupport.com/military-training/APRT-rower.html): basically you start flat on your back, arms extended overhead, palms facing inwards, you sit-up until your feet are flat on the ground and arms are extended forward, palms inward, that's one rep. You obviously can't use your hands to grab your thighs, clothing, etc. to help pull you up. Post total reps completed to comments.
Event #3: Standing broad-jump (best of 3 attempts): You must start with your feet in line with your shoulders (no stagger steps), bend at the hips and jump forward as far as possible. Feet must land together. Distance measured from where the closest part of your body touches to the start point. Informal standard is you should be able to broad jump at least as far as you are tall (i.e. I'm 5'10" and therefore should jump at least 5'10"). Post furtherest jump out of your 3 attempts.
Event #4: 1 minute of push-ups: Knock out as many push-ups as you can in 1 minute. Unlike the APFT standard, if you stop at any point, your performance is terminated. No resting, sagging, shifting hands, etc. Post reps to comments.
Event #5: 1.5 mile run (6 laps on a 400 meter track). Run as fast as you can. Post time to comments.
That's the future of your physical fitness assessment in the Army. Standards/scores have not been determined yet, so not sure what is good, great, etc. for each event.
In addition to posting event scores, also publish your thoughts on the APRT to comments.