The Army Physical Fitness Test
Congratulations on taking the steps to learn about, train for, and PASS the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)!
A soldier’s level of fitness directly impacts their combat readiness. The Army uses the APFT to measure a soldier’s level of fitness by evaluating 3 events testing a soldier’s muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness.
The APFT consists of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a timed, two-mile run. Performance standards are scored based on the age and gender of each soldier, regardless of MOS or component. Each event is scored on a scale of 0-100. A minimum score of 60 in each event is required to pass the test. Soldier’s who score 270 or above on the APFT, with a minimum score of 90 in each event, are awarded the Physical Fitness Badge. Soldier’s can proudly wear the badge on the physical training uniform. Not only is this a goal to strive for, the APFT score also converts to promotion points used in part to determine the eligibility of soldiers for promotion to higher ranks. Here is where you can view the APFT Standards.
All soldiers in the Active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve must take the APFT. Active component soldiers are required to take the test at least twice a year, while Reserve component soldiers are required to take the test at least once a year.
Training for the Army APFT
This is why you are here! We have loads of APFT training workouts, nutrition tips, and information to not only make sure you are prepared to take the APFT, but are able to reach new personal highs on the test.
Our team is dedicated to providing you the tools you need to get in better shape both physically, and mentally. Please look over our Training Blog for all of the latest information to jumpstart your APFT preparation. Also sign up (In the Sidebar!) to receive monthly training tips, workouts, and tools to help you get your best score ever!
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How to Max the APFT
Soldiers and civilians alike consistently ask me this question. While there is no secret formula to max the APFT, there are at least 5 steps you can take to get to a 300 score.
1. The APFT Mental Edge
If you read my post on The APFT Mental Edge, you know it boils down to 2 principles: Visualization and Believing. I am a firm believer in this concept. Maxing out the APFT starts with your mindset.
2. Consistent Training
It is one thing to workout, it is another to stick with a workout plan and execute it to the end. If you aren’t dedicated to your training, you can’t expect to max out the APFT. Get on a workout plan that involves the core exercises of the APFT (push-ups, sit-ups, 2-mile run) at least 6 weeks out from your test date and follow through until test day. I recommend The Foundation APFT Workout as a starting point.
3. Solid Nutrition
It does you no good to train like a champion when you eat like a loser. A healthy diet is important for recovery, mood, and physical development. There are numerous diets and fads out there, but my recommendation is to stick with a basic plan of lean meats and proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats such as the kind found in nuts. A great book I recommend for tons of nutrition tips is The Men’s Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition.
4. Adequate Sleep
Another important aspect to your training should be getting enough sleep. Most experts agree getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night will help your body recover from the stress of the day, and will prepare you for the rigors of the next day. Being realistic based on the life of a soldier, and many civilians, shoot for at least 7 hours of sleep. In the same light, don’t overdue it either. Sleeping all day can throw of your sleep cycle, plus waste valuable time you could be getting work done.
5. Have a Training Partner
Although it is an Army of One, you’ll want a training partner to help motivate you and keep you accountable to your APFT preparation. Choose somebody that will really help you stick to your plan. There are folks that are motivated and have no problem sticking to training programs, you may be one of them, but somebody to provide mental support will pay huge dividends leading up to test day. Even if your training partner is just there to give you a call each day to check in on you it is better than going at it alone.
These are very simplified tips, but if you think about it, the most effective strategies are the ones simplest to execute. Get started now with your program, and reap the results of hard work and dedication.
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